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Nissan Rolls Car Down Hill in Giant Zorb Ball

by Paul Strauss

Have you ever heard of a Zorb ball? They’re those giant inflatable balls you can get inside of and roll down a hill if you’re the adventurous type. If you think it’s crazy to get a person inside one of these, imagine what it’s like to put a car inside one. That’s exactly what Nissan did, when they teamed up with Zorb to make a massive Zorb sphere, and placed a Nissan Note inside of it.

The Note is a compact city car sold in the U.S. under the Versa Note moniker. The car weighs about 2,400 pounds and measures 163.7 inches long, so you can imagine how large of a sphere you’d need to safely hold one inside of it. The custom-built Zorb measures about 59 feet in circumference, and about 20 feet in diameter.

Once the car was inside the ball, it was rolled down a hill at a top-secret military facility in the UK – because cars inside of giant inflatable bubbles are top secret stuff, naturally.

The stunt was put together to promote Nissan’s “safety shield” package, which includes blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning and moving object detection technology. Unfortunately, it doesn’t include a giant Zorb surrounding the car for added protection.

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