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Real life Hot Wheels is an actual thing with a ridiculous double loop

"I felt like I was in a toy," one driver admitted.

  • Stunt drivers, Tanner Foust and Greg Tracy experienced real life Hot Wheels in 2012
  • The loop was six stories tall
  • “I felt like I was in a toy,” Foust admitted.

 

Published on Feb 14, 2024 at 7:49PM (UTC+4)

Last updated on Feb 14, 2024 at 8:06PM (UTC+4)

Edited by Alessandro Renesis

If you spent your childhood playing with Hot Wheels you might have never imagined actually experiencing it in real life.

Well stunt drivers, Tanner Foust and Greg Tracy, got to do that in 2012 at the Hot Wheels Double Dare Loop at X Games Los Angeles.

At six stories tall (the length of two football fields) the loop required 125 tons of plywood and steel and a massive 500 gallons of paint.

Requiring “precision, skills, nerve”, it was a one off that had never been done before.

Loading 7Gs of acceleration as they go into the loop at 77-84 km/h (48-52 mph), it is said to have felt like “driving into a wall”.

The added friction of bottoming out could scrub critical velocity, so extra stiff suspension was required.

What’s more, the cars sat three inches higher than the average rally car, on tires inflated to 80 lbs PSI – 60% more than normal.

The stunt driver also experienced zero gravity as they invert – just like astronauts experience.

The jump at the end was “just for fun”

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