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Life-sized Hot Wheels staged at LA Summer X-Games

07-06-2012 12:40 BJT

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It seems as if there is no limit to the limits extreme athletes will go to for that next rush. And this year, the annual X-Games in L.A. proved that once again, as a childhood fantasy of many was brought to life.

It’s billed as the most extreme sport exhibition ever - and the Summer X-Games did not disappoint.

This international competition draws the greatest action sport athletes in the world attempting the most insane stunts and extreme thrills and epic spills.

To the delight of exteme fans - No doubt the kind of stuff that childhood dreams are made of.

Tanner Faust, hot wheels stunt loop driver, said, "You know, driving toys for real, somehow I slowly started making a career of being a 12-year old again. It’s absolutely awesome."

Most little boys - and some girls - present company included - remember popular Hot Wheels toy racing cars, and their signature stunts and loops. Many secretly wished they could bring their racing set to life. Today, fantasy becomes reality.

With a life-sized version of the Hot Wheels Double Loop track - It took 2 years, 11 NASA scientists and rollercoaster Engineers,125 tons of steel, and even fighter pilot training.

To create this 60-foot tall loop - the length of two football fields.

Tanner Faust, hot wheels stunt loop driver, said, "I can’t think of a better place to break a world record than the X-Games. This is where all the envelops are pushed in all the disciplines."

Tanner Faust, hot wheels stunt loop driver, said, "7 Gs is making the car push into the ramp with over 20,000 pounds. That’s the amount of force. And the faster you go, just a few miles an hour more takes it to 8 G’s and then 9 G’s. And then the potential for the car to just break."

In the end the live action seemed to move in slow motion - just 52 miles an hour - but the stunt set a record.

Tanner Faust, hot wheels stunt loop driver, said, "And I didn’t believe the 22-year-old engineer when he said it was 52 miles an hour. I was like ’you are crazy, get your, get a masters degree and then we’ll talk."

But ultimately they listened - and lived to tell the story.

Greg Tracy, hot wheels stunt loop driver, said, "It was the most amazing, I don’t know, 10,11 seconds of my life. It was very quick."

 

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Editor:Zhang Dan |Source: CNTV.CN

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