Thursday, June 21, 2012

This Is Exactly the Sort of Thing I'm Interested In

Posted By on Thu, Jun 21, 2012 at 1:30 PM

Yes, it's a giant ad for a toy and yes, the X Games are sort of ridiculous, but as far as televised events go, two cars racing each other while driving upside down briefly is exactly the sort of thing I enjoy:


The “Hot Wheels Double Loop Dare” is set to take place at this month’s Summer X-Games in Los Angeles. Drivers Tanner Foust and Greg Tracy will attempt to race through a 60-foot vertical loop modeled after the new Double Dare Snare Hot Wheels toy, in what would be the first time in history two cars mounted a vertical loop at once...

It’s a race and a stunt in one, with the drivers racing two purpose-built cars at 52 mph down separate tracks that merge into one big loop, where they will face a a gravitational force of 7 G’s (that’s what a fighter pilot feels), before being spit out on the other side to complete a jump. First one through wins....

Plans and preparation have been underway since last fall, where former NASA lab experts, roller coaster engineers and stuntmen came together to concoct the life-sized track. In the end, and after what Foust calls a “mind boggling amount of physics,” the 700-foot long (about two football fields) track and 125 tons of steel loop were complete.

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