Hyundai Flops at Flugtag

Hyundai at Red Bull Flugtag 2013 / image courtesy:  Long Beach Post
Hyundai at Red Bull Flugtag 2013 / Image courtesy: Long Beach Post

Perhaps Hyundai should stick to land-lubbing vehicles.  At least that’s our take after the  Hyundai team failed to place at this past weekend’s Red Bull Flugtag competition in Long Beach, CA.  Flugtag, which means “flight day” in German, is a Red Bull sponsored event that has competitors “fly” home-made contraptions off a 30-foot (plus or minus) pier into the water below.  The vehicle that “flies” the farthest wins.  This years’s medal went to the “Chicken Whiperers”,  a group of aerospace engineers who set a new Flugtag record with their 258-foot “flight”, beating the previous world record set last year by 30-feet!   (To see more photos of the event visit the Long Beach Post here.)

That’s not to say the Hyundai team didn’t have fun preparing for the event, however.  The video below documents some of their process.  Better luck next year, Hyundai!