Video: Daredevil to recreate Evel Knievel's Snake River Canyon leap

By Rob Hull -

 18 December 2007 15:15

Thirty-four years after the late Evel Knievel failed to clear Snake River Canyon, a new record-holding stuntman is set to attempt the same feat, only this time in an X-2 Skylimo.

Michael ‘Mad Mike’ Hughes currently holds the Guinness World Record for the longest jump in a limo, and deems himself the World’s most famous limo driver.

But that isn’t enough for the former AMA flat tracker and NASCAR builder and crew chief – he wants to recreate the most famous jump that his hero Evel Knievel ever attempted.

Michael Hughes and an expert team of rocket and propulsion engineers have just started work on the 635kg X-2 Skylimo. The rocket will be powered in the same way with the same power as Evel Knievel’s original in 1974 using water heated to 500 degrees with 500 pounds of pressure in a 77 gallon tank.

The Skylimo will be launched from a 100 foot, 45-degree angle stationary ramp and as a result will produce 4000 pounds of thrust that will burn for four seconds and will reach a height of 3500 feet and an air speed of 350mph, aiming to clear over a quarter mile distance.

The Skylimo is currently in the early stages of the build process. However, once completed and the Skylimo has attempted to clear Snake River Canyon and a possible number of other locations next year potentially including the Grand Canyon, the rocket will be auctioned off to the highest bidder in the condition it ends its career with him piloting it in order to fund his museum dream.

MCN will keep you posted in the construction process and jump destination confirmations as they arrive. 

Check out this video to see what Mad Mike has been up to recently.