By Steve & Tamami Laser
How many car specs can you recite from memory? Maybe 10 or perhaps 20? Few people in the world can match the talent of Jonas Von Essen, the 23-year-old two-time World Memory Champion from Sweden. To put his skills to the test Nissan Australia invited Von Essen to the Land Down Under to star in a new video series called the “Human Spec Sheet.”
In this “Behind the Scenes” video, Von Essen says, “I think that these challenges are really great because they are quite unusual compared to what I am used to. I’ve never tried to recall things while driving in a car with a stunt driver before so it will be a very interesting experience.”
How many specs can the man with the best memory in the world remember? Watch the four video segments below from Nissan Australia and witness his amazing mind at work while being pushed to the limit by Aussie pro driver Samantha Reid.
Can Von Essen remember every spec of the top-spec Nissan Juke? We can recall only the first three: 1.6-liter 4-cylinder, Max power 140kW at 5,600 rpm, and Max torque 240Nm at 1,600 to 5,200 rpm. Or was that 5,400 rpm?
In this Juke challenge, dubbed “Stop-Start Parking,” Von Essen attempts to recall 116 specs in just four minutes. Click on the video to see how he does.
Up next is the Nissan X-Trail. If you’re not familiar with this model, it’s similar to the Nissan Rogue in the U.S. Except it has some different specs like…um…we can’t remember what they are, so watch the video below.
The X-Trail challenge is even more difficult than the Juke since Von Essen tries to recite 138 specs in four minutes while bouncing around in a tough On-road and Off-road course.
This is our favorite video in the series. Called the Urban Street Slalom, Reid powers through a slalom course using the Nissan Qashqai’s Around View Monitor as a driving aid. (Please don’t try this at home.)
While Von Essen “only” has to remember 120 Qashqai specs in four minutes, it’s pretty tough to do while the car is speeding through the course in an unexpected direction.
Micra is another Nissan nameplate that’s not offered in the U.S. However, it’s a popular small car across the globe where it’s also called the Nissan March…or is that April?
The Micra Go-Round is enough to make anyone feel a bit queasy. Yet that’s not enough to stop the intrepid Human Spec Sheet from his final challenge of 102 Micra specs.
Congratulations to Von Essen and the Nissan Australia team for completing the Human Spec Sheet challenge.
Nissan vehicles in this story are models sold in Australia. For more information visit the Nissan Australia website.
A note from Nissan: These videos were filmed under controlled conditions on a closed track with a professional driver. Nissan encourages safe and responsible driving. Please adhere to local traffic laws and speed limits.
Videos and stills courtesy Nissan Australia Pty. Ltd.
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