Mattel's Hot Wheels Defies Gravity at X Games 2012
Hot Wheels has done what many have only dreamed of as children… taking one of the most popular toys of all time and implementing it into real life. Despite the law of gravity, Team Hot Wheels defied it and set a Guinness World Record for successfully racing through a 60-foot-tall double vertical loop at X Games Los Angeles 2012.
The iconic orange track set was constructed into a life-size 60 foot tall structure and two lead foot drivers sped though it at the risk of gravity providing an alternate result. And like with the Hot Wheels toy set, there was a Green Driver (Greg Tracy, a Hollywood top stuntman) and a Yellow Driver (Tanner Foust) that looped their way into the record books. In the end. and going at about 54 MPH, a Hollywood stuntman won edging out Foust who is a X Games gold medalist.
“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.”