Mercedes ML races a gas balloon
TG embarks on the world’s most graceful car chase
Posted: 15 Dec 2011
What they also require is a ground crew and a chase vehicle: someone to track the rig's movement from Mother Earth, and to rescue the pilots and balloon from whatever terrain they eventually land in.
This landside crew needs decent navigation skills - cars can't often run as the crow flies, and balloons don't keep to national road networks - and the car needs to be able to chomp through serious distance towing a fairly hefty U-Haul trailer, and be rugged enough to get there if the balloon happens to inconveniently land away from tarmac. Which it probably will. In lieu of anyone better, we are the ground crew. Luckily, we come equipped with a new Mercedes Benz M-Class with a 350 CDI diesel. One out of two ain't bad.