Hot Wheels in Real Life

Posted by Nick Schiltz on April 27


I saw a short video from this event recently and my initial reaction was, "No way. That's totally fake." After a quick Google search, that turned out not to be the case. Not sure how I missed it, but apparently, Hot Wheels, in a Red Bull like fashion, has been constructing life-size tracks and breaking world records for nearly half a decade now. Kids, don't try this at home.

In a surprisingly inspirational documentary, Hot Wheels sets out to achieve a new Guinness World Record by sending two vehicles through a six-story double vertical loop. The short video [4:22] takes you behind-the-scenes to the journey leading up to the event, detailing the math and design involved in completing such a daunting stunt. You can check out that video below.

Not unlike myself, one commenter was skeptical until someone nonchalantly pointed out the simple math equation, "Find the equation for centripetal acceleration, estimate the radius of the loop, plug in 9.81 m/s2 and use simple algebra to figure out the speed required for centripetal acceleration to exceed gravitational acceleration." I think I missed that story problem from my high school algebra class...



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