Norwegian rally driver Andreas Mikkelsen is one of Volkswagen Motorsport’s trio of drivers in the World Rally Championship. The team is sponsored by Red Bull, which is known for making outlandish videos of extreme sports competition.
In this latest stunt by Red Bull, the energy drink company paired up Mikkelsen and his fellow Norwegian professional skier Akesel Lund Svindal, and got them to race against each other downhill on Norway’s Lyseveien mountain.
This two minute plus video is almost like a real life, Norwegian version of Initial D, swapping Mount Akina’s hairpins and Takumi Fujiwara’s Toyota Corolla AE86 with a Norwegian rally stage and a Volkswagen Polo R WRC.
The Polo R WRC is powered by a 1.6-litre turbocharged four cylinder petrol engine producing 318 hp, 430 Nm of torque, delivered to all four wheels via a six-speed sequential gearbox. It goes from 0-100 km/h in 3.9 seconds.
Volkswagen is the reigning World Rally champion, winning both the manufacturer’s and driver’s title for 2013 and 2014.