It's more then that. If you go too fast you can overshoot and end up hitting the ramp too hard. Too slow and you crash into the front of the ramp which would probably be worse. But you can also alter the pitch of the car in the air by braking/continuing to hit the throttle. If the pitch is wrong then you can mess up the landing as well.
correct me if im wrong. it doesn't take much skills to do that jump does it? i mean as long as you are going fast enough, and the cross wind is minimal, then you are pretty much grantee to make that jump.
Isn't he 4 time consecutive Rally America champion? Pretty hard to accomplish 4 consecutive championships if you only finish 10% of the rallies...
He was jumping from a pier to a barge anchored in the pacific ocean, he wasn't jumping onto a dock. That being said, a larger barge could possibly have been procured, but I'm willing to bet that there was more than enough room on that thing to stop; had it not been so slick. Watch the video again, the surface was slick, Travis himself says it several times. That, to me, was an oversight that had not been taken into account.
I personally would like to know the troubles incurred on going from test-jumps on dirt to the real deal on concrete. Concrete should, in theory, be more predictable and give more consistent results, but I'm sure it is quite different than doing this kind of stuff on dirt. Could be an interesting topic.
I guarantee you couldn't do it. I'm not going to say that he is the best rally driver in the world, but he does have a massive amount of talent. I have a lot of respect for the guy; he's got bucketloads of talent and the motivation and drive to fully utilize it in multiple disciplines - rally, motocross, freestyle MX, step up, downhill cycling, etc.
How do you expect to know any of the drivers if you've only watched it once? It's not the WRC, get over yourself.