Feature Flick: Foust and Hot Wheels Beat Record Jump

Did you ever want to recreate your Hot Wheels V-Drop Super Velocity Track Set in life-size when you were a kid? If you said “yes” you’re apparently not the only one -- and you possibly enjoyed the stunt recently performed at the 2011 Indianapolis 500.

Team Hot Wheels built a life-size version of the orange V-Drop Super Velocity Track Set at the “IZOD Presents Hot Wheels Fearless at the 500” for the 100th Anniversary of the Indianapolis 500, Sunday May 29, 2011. The Mystery Yellow Driver, later revealed as Tanner Foust, set a new world record with a 332 foot jump with a four-wheeled vehicle. Foust broke the previous record by 31 feet.

“Fans witnessed not only a record-breaking jump today, but also an incredible childhood fantasy come to life which engaged multiple generations,” said Simon Waldron, vice president of marketing for Hot Wheels. “Hot Wheels has a deep and rich history in racing that spans over 40 years and there was no better global stage than the Indy 500 to create this once-in-a-lifetime experience.”

Foust, known at the time merely as the Mystery Yellow Driver, dropped down the 90 foot ramp of the life-size V-Drop Super Velocity Track Set, which was suspended to a 10-story high door, on his way to the record-setting jump. Foust was revealed as the mystery Team Hot Wheels Yellow Driver moments after the jump.

“As a kid playing with Hot Wheels I could only dream of experiencing something as outrageous as a life-sized V-Drop track set, and today it became reality,” said Tanner Foust, Team Hot Wheels Yellow Driver. “There’s a lot that goes into being on Team Hot Wheels and the training and testing leading up to the jump gave me the confidence needed to push the mechanical and mental limits of the challenge and land the world-record title.”

Source: Hot Wheels

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