The drone glances off the rally car's hood and appears to keep flying after the hit.
Fans congregate at Micky’s Jump at the World Rally Championship's Rally Italia Sardegna for a chance to see the cars jump impressive distances. This year, the folks at the Italian roadside got some extra excitement when Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT driver Esapekka Lappi used his Yaris WRC to hit a low-flying drone.
The slow-motion video above provides a great view of the hit. The drone is in the perfect spot to slide off the Yaris' rounded hood. The aircraft appears to sustain some damage, including a piece flying off and another part looking loose after the impact.
However, the impact doesn’t seem to cause any damage to Lappi’s Yaris, and he keeps speeding down the course. Lappi finished the Rally Sardegna in fourth place – the second best spot for a Toyota in the event. Teammate Jari-Matti Latvala came in second.
Micky’s Jump is famous both for the airtime from the rally machines and for the challenge to the drivers. Taking the jump wrong risks missing the slight kink that arrives quickly when the vehicles land. From the cockpit, the racers can’t see the road beyond the crest, either. The clip below offers some further context by letting WRC drivers explain what it’s like to take Micky’s Jump and their various strategies for negotiating the challenge.
Unfortunately, the footage from the drone that hit Lappi's Yaris hasn't arrived online yet. It would be great to see the video of the rally car slamming into the little aircraft and to see if the camera keeps rolling after the impact.