Felix Baumgartner falls for Audi

JonathanApril 25, 2014

Felix Baumgartner shot to fame when he took a trip to New Mexico. Granted, this may not seem all that fame-worthy but when you consider it was at the end of a 22-mile fall, it becomes fairly respectable.

Indeed, on October 14th 2012, Mr Baumgartner entered the record book as he completed the world's highest skydive after he jumped from the stratosphere.

However, now the extreme athlete has turned his hand to race car driving and, with the help of some decent German engineering, he hopes to win one of the most challenging courses in the world.

In June, Felix Baumgartner will be teaming up with Audi to complete the Nurburgring 24 Hours. After undergoing weeks of training, the Austrian-born dare devil will get behind the wheel of an Audi R8 LMS ultra.

However, he won't be alone and will be in good company for the challenge. Mr Baumgartner will be sharing the Audi masterpiece with experienced drivers Frank Biela and Marco Werner, as well as GT specialist Pierre Kaffer.

Both Frank Biela and Marco Werner have been Le Mans winners, and will be hoping that their knowledge and skill, combined with Mr Baumgartner's danger-seeking attitude will be the key to success on the track.

Indeed, Felix Baumgartner is no stranger to breaking records and taking on new challenges. Growing up in Salzburg, he was part of the Special Forces demonstration team for the Austrian military and was soon entering the record books.

Breaking the limits, Mr Baumgartner set a record for the lowest BASE jump from Rio de Janeiro's Christ the Redeemer statue and has set world records for the highest BASE jump from a building twice. He has even landed inside a cave in Croatia.

Putting James Bond to shame, the 45-year-old is also a licensed gas balloon pilot and has earned private helicopter licenses in Austria and the United States, as well as a commercial European helicopter license, saying that the air is "where I am at home".


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