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Rally Car Cartwheels at 60 MPH -- Driver and Co-Driver Walk Away

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Rallying is considered one of the most challenging-- and dangerous -- motorsports in the world. A recent crash at the Rally de Catamarca in Argentina only serves to affirm this sentiment for the sport.

Earlier this month, Nicolas Diaz and his co-driver, Luis Allende, were speeding along a dirt road at 60-plus miles per hour when their Ford Fiesta experienced brake failure. This caused the vehicle at a turn to go completely off the road, somersaulting and flying back up into the air several times before finally landing in a shallow creek.

Amazingly, no spectators were injured in the incident and both the driver and co-driver walked away. Motor Authority states this fact "highlights the incredible level of occupant protection of modern rally cars."

Watch the dramatic scene for yourself and hear from the drivers (Note: Language is in Spanish):

Here is the footage from a slightly different angle:

Here is video showing the aftermath:

Rallying is considered one of the more dangerous motorsports not only because it involves speeding along from point A to point B -- instead of on a closed circuit -- but because it involves a variety of road conditions where the co-driver, also known as the navigator, has to assess "pace notes" and alert the driver to the conditions of what is before them.

Drivers in rally races can face all sorts of weather conditions and frequently compete on non-traditional terrain including roads "covered in snow, ice, gravel, asphalt, mud or rocks."

(H/T: Jalopnik)

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