Plenty of motorcycle riders have lapped Laguna Seca on two wheels, and plenty of Fox-bodied Mustangs have run the track on four wheels. No one, as far as we know, has ever driven the course’s 2.24 miles in a Mustang (or any other car) on two wheels.
That didn’t stop stuntman James August “Ski” Smith from giving it a try. Using his vintage Mustang, Ski attempted to become the first driver to lap Laguna Seca in a car perched on just two wheels. The fact that he’d never driven a lap of Laguna Seca probably didn’t make the task any easier.
As Autoblog explains, Ski’s lap was cut short just past turn six by oiling issues in the Mustang’s engine. Since the car’s engine wasn’t designed to run at this angle for any length of time, four cylinders became flooded with oil while the upper bank received no lubrication at all. Here’s a handy tip - you may want to avoid buying one of Ski’s used cars, for that very reason.
Two plus miles is a long way to drive a car on its side, and we have serious doubts as to whether or not the tires would have lasted through the elevation change of the famed Corkscrew.
A second attempt would require an engine modified to prevent oil starvation at such extreme angles, or Ski could simply take the path of least resistance and repeat the exercise in an electric car.
This sounds like the kind of stunt that Mitsubishi loves, and we can’t think of a better way to promote it’s new i-MiEV than a two-wheel lap of Laguna Seca. On second thought, the i-MiEV will be running in this year’s Pikes Peak Hill Climb, so why not have Ski attempt a run to the clouds on two wheels?
That video would be marketing gold for the i-MiEV.