Watch Nissan engineers attempt a Red Bull Flugtag recordA team of nerdy Nissan folks got together to build a non-motorized flying contraption, hoping to fly 259 feet off a 30 foot platform.
[MUSIC] Since 1991, Red Bull has been challenging everyday Janes and Joes to build their own flying rig, pushing off a 30-foot platform and see how far she fly. And today, I'm gonna do the same thing with Nissan's team Take on Flight. Now we're out to beat the world record held by the Chicken Whisperers. They went 258 feet, we're going for 259, and God I hope I don't die! [MUSIC] [MUSIC] When you take a bunch of Nissan engineers and task them to built a flying contraption. You know there's going to be science involved. While only four engineers where on the official team. It hold slew of both converge on a hangar in Smyrna, Tennessee once week to work on the build. [MUSIC] Experts were consulted, a model was built and tested, and the team finally settled on a final design closely resembling a hang-glider. So you know what's coming next, right? Yep, we went hang-gliding. Look, building a model is one thing, but we had to be sure we knew what it would feel like to fly. I put my life in someone elses hands as we got towed up to two thousand feet above the green hills of Tennessee, and glided down in a ride that I thought would be terrifying but ended up being completely exhilarating. The Red Bull's looked out is not just for nerds, no, no, no a huge component is team theme and performance. Grown men as babies? A team of flying Elvises, even five Dolly Partons, anything goes. Nissan team Take on Flight decided on an 80s theme with vintage Nissan and Datsun teams to make the team as one. As a former costumer I pulled those looks together with the help of my local thrift store, dressing up the guys as a metal head and rap star, a gym rat, and a Don Johnson look-a-like. As for me? I decided on low-rent Cyndi Lauper. [MUSIC] Well, they're all here. So this is Team, baby daddy! Buddy. Someone's a little- My gosh! I think he's pooping. My goodness. [LAUGH] Little guy, you did it. Yay! The strategy's to fall as long as possible Flexible. Yeah. Dry land. Made it go far. And you can't spell aeronautical without u or i. Lots of hot guys with like cut off shirts. I could do fine too. Tattoos. There's somebody with some frosted tips that I saw that was pretty sexy. It's just, I got the hair going on this morning. I put a little Put extra gel in it this morning cuz it was hanging down it my face. So we had to get it back to the aerodynamics. [MUSIC] I'm feeling wonderful. All right. We're ready to go. 2:04 Waiting on the time. A lot. We're feeling good, everybody's got good spirits going on. We've got some good competition out here. Think it's gonna be a nice day. We just hope the winds in our favor. [LAUGH] We're gonna give them a good solid push. We're gonna go from the top of the ramp to the water. We rely on my ground crew to give us all the boost we need, and that's it. Go off that edge and fly, baby. The best thing that we're going to do here is just have a great time doing it. Lots of people, lots of fun, great attitude. Everybody's doing to it together, just having a good time, that's awesome. [MUSIC] We've notified O'Hare to expect a landing from a craft. So it's just. He's got some snacks for the ride. It's gonna be a long flight, but party of the night in Chicago when this thing finally lands. It's gonna be good. No competition, maybe that Nissan thing that was designed by scientists, but whatever. Science. I fear no man, but the Nissan one is pretty good. [LAUGH] Yeah, that might beat it. [CROSSTALK] Pretty good. [LAUGH] That's cool like you said but their flight simulator? It's pretty cool. Pretty cool. Yeah, I like that. We have this cool simulator that people can come out, check it out, and actually fly what it's gonna be like flight distance. And the simulator has all of these specs put into it. It's fully built. So did you guys use that simulator then to help get the right specs to get the [UNKNOWN]? We basically, built it in the computer first and did all the simulation. And then said okay, the simulation says it's gonna work. Let's put it in the actual flying simulator and see, yes it does work. And that's what we did. But you haven't tried to fly it yet? We don't need to fly it, it's gonna work. This is the first time we're gonna see this thing fly, is when Collin is strapped into it. He's gonna fly, he's gonna fly. Don't worry about it. [LAUGH] My God. There's a 100% guarantee we're gonna leave that platform and hit the water. Yeah. Yes that is one hundred percent guaranteed that will happen. And time. This is every well known. As we took the stage to our dance to AHA's take on me I think we were all pretty nervous. We ran out there, we pushed the cart. The rig left the edge of the platform and it plunged directly into the Cumberland River. Do not pass go. Do not collect $200. We're back. We made it. We broke the world record for fun but not for flying. And I lost my skirt. But it was awesome. We had so much fun and I'm glad that you guys let me be a part of it. [UNKNOWN] Yeah. It's so much fun. [UNKNOWN] when you jump off, we push you off. Did you feel the cart [UNKNOWN] or anything? I felt a cart [UNKNOWN] yeah. Right before you got to the edge and lifted up and I felt the cart fall away, plane start dropping. [UNKNOWN] you try to get all your weight [UNKNOWN] it just wasn't fast enough. I went all the way back and that was it, I just felt to nose dive I felt it drop and as soon as I felt myself going nose dive, that was it. I knew it was kinda over. So do you guys, engineer guys, do you guys think that had we had more room to push to go a little bit faster that maybe it wouldn't have nosed down? Don't really know for sure, speed could have been an element. We knew we were going on the nose side. We didn't want to come out tail heavy. Some of the tests we ran before said we were extremely tail heavy. So we shifted it the other way, obviously we shifted too much. Well, despite all of the engineering that went into that craft, [UNKNOWN] not do so good. I guess that just goes to show that you gotta engineer and then you gotta test. And then you got to re-engineer and then you got to test again. We did none of that but we had an awesome time. I want to thank Nissan for having me embedded in the team. It was great fun. I hope you all enjoyed this video and now hey maybe next year you can be in the Red Bull Flugtag. [MUSIC] [BLANK_AUDIO]