Fearless duo perform death defying Mattel Hot Wheels racing cars stunt in 60 ft double loop
No child’s play this, but an actual real life death defying stunt being performed by a rally car driver Tanner Foust and Hollywood stuntman Greg Tracy. These two dare devils undertake a 360 degree round along a 66ft vertical loop in two life sized Hot Wheel racing cars and have set a new world record.
The stunt is based on the Hot Wheels car racing toy set as the two racers undertake a 53 mile per hour spin around the 360 degree loop. The track is modeled by Mattel Hot Wheels and is set up at the 2012 X Games in Los Angeles. The two racers were excited about their feat.
Greg found a bit of difficulty in slowing down his car with Tanner close behind him, he did manage to pull it off just in time to avoid any sort of tangle. The event took place on Saturday breaking an earlier record with Chinese driver Li Yatao who made a 42 ft loop driving a Lotus 5 Sportback in Shanghai.
News release: TEAM HOT WHEELS LANDS GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS TITLE AS DRIVERS RACE THROUGH 60-FOOT TALL DOUBLE LOOP
Two drivers for Team Hot Wheels™ set a Guinness World Records® title today for successfully racing through a 60-foot-tall double vertical loop at X Games Los Angeles 2012. The Team Hot Wheels™ Double Loop Dare, a life-sized version of a Hot Wheels® orange track set, defied gravity with a first-of-its-kind two-driver challenge. Green Driver Greg Tracy, one of Hollywood’s top stuntmen, took first place victory as he edged three-time X Games gold medalist and Hot Wheels® Yellow Team Driver Tanner Foust as the two simultaneously raced through the giant up-side-down loop.
“Boys of all ages around the world imagine playing with Hot Wheels on a life-size scale – and our vision with Team Hot Wheels was to transform this fantasy into reality,” said Simon Waldron, vice president marketing, wheels, Mattel. “The Double Loop Dare was truly a can’t-miss spectacle that altered the Los Angeles skyline. Anyone downtown couldn’t miss this massive six-story-tall bright orange structure — it was unmistakably Hot Wheels.”
Bringing Toy to Life
The Team Hot Wheels™ Double Loop Dare was modeled after the new Team Hot Wheels™ Double Dare Snare™ track set — available globally at retail — which lets boys race their 1:64 scale Hot Wheels® cars side-by-side in a vertical loop competition. The larger than life Double Loop Dare incorporated an enormous side-by-side loop, exerting a force of 7 G’s which Team Hot Wheels™ drivers took on at a speed of 52 MPH.
“I’ve been a fan of Hot Wheels since I was a little kid, racing cars around my parents’ living room,” said Tracy, a six-time Pikes Peak Champion and a Hollywood stuntman since 1991. “So to be able to be a part of something like this — with Hot Wheels bringing one of its toys to life — is remarkable.”
Meanwhile, Foust, who provided tremendous competition, and spirit can continue to boast about his latest world record obtaining the longest distance vehicle jump at last year’s Indianapolis 500. Additionally Foust a world-renowned professional stunt driver has two Formula Drift Championships complimenting his three X Games gold medals. He will be racing for more X Games glory in the RallyCross competition Sunday July 1 on ESPN.
Double Loop Dare on Instant Replay
While the live broadcast took place on ABC and internationally on ESPN, footage of the Team Hot Wheels™ Double Loop Dare can also be viewed on the Hot Wheels® YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/hotwheels. Additional behind-the-scenes footage will be available on www.HotWheels.com.
Hot Wheels World Record: Double Loop Dare at the 2012 X Games Los Angeles