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Tag Archives: stunts

Our Childhood Come To Life: Stunt Drivers Push Real Cars Through Giant Loopty-Loop

By David Ponce

So, last weekend, something awesome happened: two stunt drivers successfully launched a pair of cars through a 60 foot tall full loop during the X Games in LA. The track was called the Team Hot Wheels Double Loop Dare. Green driver Greg Tracy and yellow driver Tanner Faust pushed their cars to 52 mph and were subjected to 7 Gs while performing the stunt. It did go well, however, and was even capped with a small jump at the end. You can watch all the action in the video below.

This was all marketing however (when is it not?): Hot Wheels was promoting their new track, the… Team Hot Wheels Double Loop Dare Snare Stunt Set. A $22 toy.

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BC Man Breaks Speed Record On Skateboard, Tops 80mph, POV Films The Entire Thing

By David Ponce

While we think this happened over two years ago, Engadget has a video of BC native Mischo Erban breaking a record with panache. This dude knows how to go fast on a skateboard. We imagine it’s not that hard though: find a big long hill, make sure there aren’t any potholes, grow a gigantic pair of balls and get going. That’s what Mischo did, although he was wearing some cool gear that made his record breaking run not just impressive but also interesting from a tech standpoint. He was wearing a customized version of the Recon heads-up display, which also sported a camera to immortalize the event on video. The HUD also kept Mischo informed of his speed as he was doing the run, so he knew the moment he topped 129.94 km/h (80.74 mph) that the record was his. That’s mighty fast while standing up on a wooden plank with wheels. If you care to know what it looks like from Mischo’s point of view, hit the jump.

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JetMan Yves Rossy Does Aerobatics With Actual Fighter Jets

By David Ponce

Yves Rossy is the world’s only flying man. He attaches himself to a custom-built wing and 4 turbojets, and simply takes to the skies (dropping from a helicopter for now), tilting his body to control his flight path. He’s been making headlines for a while, especially when he first crossed the English channel with his wing, back in 2008. And now he can add another feather to his cap: he’s flown in formation with two L-39C Albatros planes from the Breitling Jet Team, flying at their minimum speed. You can see what it looked like in the video below.

A little on the wing itself. It has a wingspan of 2m and weighs 55kg (121lbs) fully fueled and with smoke solution, 30kg (66lbs) dry. It’s propelled by 4 Jet-Cat P200 turbojet engines, with 22 kilograms thrust each. It has an average speed of 200 km/h (120mph) and a top speed (in descent mode) of 300 km/h (180mph). Finally, the amount of fuel on board lets Yves fly autonomously for 10 minutes. After that, it’s parachute time.

VIA [ TechEBlog ]