Although retired from professional cycling, Hoy is still pushing himself to the limit, and in this case that comes in the form of a stunt known as “skiing” – driving a car up on a ramp until it continues on just two wheels.
Given guidance by stuntman Terry Grant, Hoy was quickly able to learn how to perform the difficult move while at Silverstone Motor Circuit.
On Hoy’s first day of training, he used a specially modified Nissan Juke that featured a large stabiliser arm on its side, making it easier to learn how to push the car on its side.
The second day saw this equipment removed, with Hoy left to his own devices.
He said: “I loved it. I never thought it would be as much fun as it was, but I just wanted to keep going. On day one I felt like I was only getting a first foot on the ladder and it’d be weeks before I’d be driving without the safety net.
“Then when they took the stabiliser wheel off and there was the risk of rolling the car, the pressure didn’t get to me. I remembered Terry’s instructions and it all came together.
“When I caught the roll and was suddenly driving on two wheels it was such a rush of adrenaline and relief in equal measures – an amazing experience.”
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Hoy recently completed the Le Mans 24 Hour Race, following a three-year spell in Nissan’s Advanced Driver Training Programme.
Silverstone was also the venue for more motoring fun this month, when stars from the worlds of football and Formula One came together to play an epic game of car football.
The match, which featured big names such as John Barnes and Damon Hill, was held to commemorate the 50-year anniversary of England’s 1966 World Cup win.
But there was no recreation of that historic victory in the car football game as the final score came in at a 3-3 draw.