Mercedes ML races a gas balloon
TG embarks on the world’s most graceful car chase
Posted: 15 Dec 2011
Towing the trailer, this is where turbos and diesels go together like cowboys and Indians, the Merc's V6 working hard but effectively, lugging our little rig to the summit and on to the old steel town of Pueblo. It's only when we check in with Mission Control that we hear the balloon has hit a terrifying downdraft, causing it to plummet hundreds of feet in mere seconds in what must have been a severe test for the sh*tbox.
Still, three of the eight original entrants have already been forced to land, so although Team UK is currently running last, at least we're still flying.