In honor of the X-Games and all the talented, possibly insane stunt drivers out there, I wanted to pay tribute to some of the most amazing human/mechanical driving accomplishments even attempted. Did you know that two drivers actually made the double loop? Yeah, the one from your childhood that always ended in 1:64 scale chaos. Check it out. Here’s a longer artist’s cut.
What happens when a stunt like this goes wrong? Funny you ask. It looks gruesome but the driver, Toomas Heikkenen, is OK. He’ll probably want a few Heinekens after that crash, though.
As much as we all want it to be sometimes, life is not a video game and I can’t imagine what it must feel like to actually complete one of these Hot Wheel stunts. Congrats Tanner Foust and Greg Tracy for doing something I used to mess up quite often even with toy cars. My only request is that next time you perform this stunt you get this guy to narrate it (I know it’s the Micro Machines guy but those were just as awesome).
The double loop clip got me to thinking what other acts of badassery have been witnessed on film. Below are some of the best ones I found.
Turns out this Hot Wheels crew is no joke. Check out their world record jump of 322 feet from last year. Congrats goes to, the yellow driver? Question: how many of you would be willing just to make that drop? Craziness. This makes me think that the train scene from Fast 5 may actually be possible- actually, scratch that.
If you are going to crash, do it like you meant it.
Here’s one for all you drift fans out there. If you turn the captions off you can still tell that it’s pretty good due to the announcer’s screams of ecstasy.
What’s the most ridiculous World Record attempt you’ve heard of? Farthest golf shot caught in a moving car? I want to be the guy who comes up with these feats. Funny thing is they succeeded. Plus, you get another opportunity to see a Mercedes SLS in action. I wonder who paid for all the dings from the golf ball…
A little PSA now; the road can be a dangerous & unpredictable place even when you’re not attempting crazy flip stunts, or even in a vehicle. These lucky folks were even following the rules and using the sidewalk, albeit maybe with blinders on- I’m looking at you girl in video 2.
Lucky pedestrian #2 (Warning: bad language)
Just goes to show you that you can look left, then right- and still not be in the clear.
Let’s leave things on a positive note. What do you do when you’re bored with the normality of regular road vehicles? Just take to the air. The Terrafugia flying car is on its way to being FAA certified, and it can be yours for only $279,000. Think about it; all you need is close to 300K, a pilot’s license, and some open road to take to the skies, where no one will be able to make fun of you for singing Carly Rae Jepsen.
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