You know those Hot Wheels Double Loop Tracks that have been popular for decades? And now this is for real! Two fearless drivers have set a new Guinness World Record by racing two life-size Hot Wheels racing cars through a 66-foot double vertical loop based on a toy set.
‚ÄúBoys of all ages around the world imagine playing with Hot Wheels on a life-size scale ‚ÄĒ and our vision with Team Hot Wheels was to transform this fantasy into reality,‚ÄĚ said Simon Waldron, vice president of marketing for Hot Wheels at Mattel.
Both rally car driver Tanner Foust and stuntman Greg Tracy travelled around the track at 52mph and experienced around seven Gs of force as they went through the loop¬†at the X Games in Los Angeles on Saturday.
‚ÄúI‚Äôve been a fan of Hot Wheels since I was a little kid, racing cars around my parents‚Äô living room,‚ÄĚ said Tracy, a six-time Pikes Peak Champion and a Hollywood stuntman since 1991. ‚ÄúSo to be able to be a part of something like this ‚ÄĒ with Hot Wheels bringing one of its toys to life ‚ÄĒ is remarkable.‚ÄĚ
“I tell you what, I’m at a loss for words. That was absolutely the coolest thing I’ve ever done,’ Tracy told ESPN after its completion.”It was a handful trying to land it and get it slowed down. I knew Tanner was right behind me and I was just hoping we weren’t going to tangle before we got to the end.”
Tanner ¬†Foust, who entered the loop just after Greg Tracy, said it was necessary to avoid driving too fast through the loop in order to prevent the car from breaking down if any part of the chassis scraped against the track.
He slowed down a bit when he saw the back left of Tracy‚Äôs vehicle was damaged. If either car went slower than 48 mph, it risked losing contact with the track and falling to the ground.
‚ÄúI saw him pull ahead of me while were upside down,‚ÄĚ Mr. Foust said. ‚ÄúI saw him pull in front of me while we were upside down, I saw him as we were leaving, and I could see he had something broken on the back left. … I eased out of it just a little bit and made the jump.”
He continued: ‚ÄúThere were some big bounces. These cars are designed to handle seven Gs, so the suspension is very stiff, and the landing on the ramp was a pretty good bounce all the way to the dirt.‚ÄĚ
The track, two football fields long, was modeled on Mattel‚Äôs Hot Wheels Double Dare Snare toy racetrack set. ¬†Tracy, a top stuntmen in Hollywood who rides for Team Green, has been doing stunts for movies and commercials since 1991.
Foust, a three-time X Games Gold medalist and two-time Formula Drift Champion, drives for the Hot Wheels Team Yellow. At last year’s Indianpolis 500 he also earned Hot Wheels a coveted world-record-breaking distance jump.
Foust and Tracy smashed the previous record for the largest loop in a car, set at 42 feet in September 2011 by Chinese driver Li Yatao in a Lotus 5 Sportback for Zhejiang Youngman Lotus Automobile Co., Ltd. in Shanghai.