Jon Olsson

The best way to use a super car!

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As most of you know I have always had a passion for taking super cars to the ski slopes. Now that I am injured i can’t ski, so I thought it was about time to see what would happen if I would actually take the car up in the slopes as that would be the closest thing I would get to skiing right now ;-) I first tought about the RS6, but we already knew that the 4 wheel drive Audis works great on snow, so we brought the 600hp, 1000kg Rebellion with 315 wide winter tires to really see what would happen if you brought a true super car to the slopes! 

It all started out as fun little project and I talked to Crill to see if he could film it. Then I got an e mail from Betsafe that heard about the idea from Crill and wanted to help with the video and all of a sudden we have helis and drones booked!  I told them that I really don’t know if this car will run in the snow at all so I was a bit unsure of how smart it was to bring in the heavy artillery for this, but they convinced me that we should just go for and make it happen no matter what!

When I actually rolled the car out of the garage I realized how far out of my knowledge zone I was. I had called an F1 driver, I had talked to the snow cat drivers but no one had any experience when it came to a super car would handel a ski slope. So my plan that seemed so great when first thinking of it all of a sudden seemed like a really stupid one!

We called around quite a bit before I found a ski resort that thought that this sounded like a good idea, but Storlien was super excited and lined everything up for us. When we first got up there I asked them about cross country tracks as I wanted a back up incase it didn't work at all. But after a few small test I saw that the Rebellion seemed to really like the snow so we planned for an early shoot the next morning as we had to be clear of the slopes when they opened for skiing at 9 am.

To be honest I was kind nervous as I knew that the insurance would never cover me if I accidentally put this 500 000€ car in a hole on top of a mountain. I am far from a professional driver, and usually I hate going outside my comfort zone, but it just seems to fun not to try it!

I knew from our test in Tierp last year that the car was a little tricky to drift, but on snow it worked amazingly as long as you kept the drifts from becoming to wide, to my surprise the grip was just incredible and I was able to drive around the resort just like I was on a snowmobile. At one point I was even told on the radio that they had problems shooting from the hell as it had a hard time keeping on on the fast parts, not what I expected when we first rolled it out on the snow! Tire wise we ran regular studded winter tires with a few extra spikes. (same hight as regular road spikes) Over all my hat goes off to Leif Tufvesson for building a car that not only held up for 3000 miles of Gumball but also proved to work just as good on climbing mountains, now that shows how good he is at what he does!

This crazy idea turned out to be one of the most exciting mornings that I have ever had. Pushing full gas while sliding sideways on the top of an empty mountain while the sun is just dipping over the horizon is just hard to beat! I am already thinking about how we can take this too the next level!

Super thanks to Storlien for giving us the opportunity to do this, Crill, Oskar Bakke for the amazing pics and video and most of all Betsafe for pushing me to believe in my crazy ideas!  I can’t wait to try this again! And most of all, I now know that the car is 100% ready for this years Gumball 3000! Make sure to follow us during the rally at World of Betsafe!

/JON

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    shouldn’t jon and his sponsors be doing activities that benefit the environment? not damage it? (oah no wait, that doesn’t sell Red Bull energy drinks, skis, audi’s or betting accounts).

    This video simply says we did this because its cool and we had the money, couldnt that be better invested in the long term protection of ski resorts across the world?- to ensure ALL of us can still use the natural environment for our sport…

    nice one jon, nice one…

    • bateo

      i literally just said the same thing pal wake up!

    • Cam

      You guys are faggots, just shut up and enjoy the video.

    • Taylor

      So Jon isn’t allowed to partake in something he clearly enjoys because you think he should be concerned with the environment? wtf…

    • Hans

      Really? REALLY? STFU and enjoy.

    • Petey

      You know that redbull contributes millions of dollars to charities around the world including eco ocean and nature preservation. Shock and awe stunts used for advertising are without a doubt one of the most successful forms of advertising. If this little damage to the environment is the necessary means to providing the money to care for thousands of acres… It’s probly for the best…

  • bateo

    shouldn’t Jon and his sponsors be doing things to protect the skiing environment so that they can continue to make money from him in the future? This video is just alienating the natural gift we have of mountains and snowfall.

    suck a dick jon olsson, suck a CEO dick again.

  • Patrik

    Hey Jon! Super nice video :) i am just wondering when is the video you shot with your Audi R8 out? Stay safe

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  • Wow that looks like fun :)

    So I know what to pout on my next car:
    What brand of tires were you running?

    • Storlien

      Actually I think it was normal Nokian Hakka 7 with normal street spikes. Same as I have on my SUV;-)

  • JS
  • Epic!

  • Du är en sjuk människa fast på ett bra sätt. Tummen upp.

  • wow Jon, how cool isn’t that!! Hope you get well soon and be back in the the slopes with skis under your feet as well!

  • Sten

    Hi Jon, is it possible to get that second picture in wallpaper size? :)

  • LIKE IT! Great footage!

  • flusy

    Maybe next year it will be the JOI jump? ;)

  • Erik A

    Awesome video i thought it was going to be something with the rebellion at snow as you had a short clip on snapchat with it. Great gumball look. It will totally beat the other cars look on gumball. Looking forward to more videos :)

  • Noah

    It sounds sick! Gives me chills as I watch it over and over! So damn jealous

  • Duuuuude, words can’t even describe how awesome this is. Glad you’re back on the hill.

    I blew out my MCL in Whistler a month ago and could use a drive like this to help ease the ‘non-mobility’!

  • Daniele

    Wow.. Just Wow… Looks supper fun.. Great footage.. Just amazing… Mind Blown…

  • Nikolai

    awsome!!!