I recently discovered something rather incredible on YouTube. Yes, I am aware that some of the following videos I’m about to comment on are probably fake. Although I’d go as far as to say a LOT of videos on YouTube are fake, but that doesn’t stop them from being awesome. Here’s a little background on how I got to the videos, then you’ll see what I’m talking about.
Back when my parents had the moving company, they would bring me to work with them when I was off from school. After a while, my Mom insisted that my Dad get some toys for the waiting room. Although we never had that many people waiting at any given time, this was a very good idea. That kind of thing always keeps kids occupied. So my Dad set out to find appropriate toys, that would mostly be played with my be. You should have seen the look on my Mom’s face when he brought home Hot Wheels cars and accessories. I spent hours playing with those cars and making tracks around the room over the years. I was just thinking about all of that a couple weeks ago while I was looking for sports car videos on YouTube. I began searching around for stunt driver videos and found “Team Hot Wheels”. This is a team of professional stunt drivers that both reenact classic Hot Wheels stunts and break long distance car jump world records. Not only do they perform some incredible stunts, but they also have plenty of incredible videos showing off what they can do.
While some of these Team Hot Wheels videos and stunts are a bit over-the-top, and probably subject to some CGI, many of them are very real. For the purpose of this post, I have separated the videos into “real” and “not-so-real”. Caution, many of these stunts are genuine and performed by professionals. Please do not try any of these stunts with your own car.
The real videos
This is a video of the development and testing of their “double loop”. It’s rather incredible just how much work was put into this design and construction. Watch them test the car, crash the car, learn from it, and then move on to the next video…
This video was shot at the 2012 X-Games in Los Angeles, CA and is certainly real. In front of a massive crowd, the drivers speed their respective vehicles through the giant 6 story double vertical loop.
Yet another video of the double loop dare. From those tiny orange tracks in a kid’s living room, to a full-scale crowd pleasing stunt.
At the testing facility, the team works hard to develop their stunts. Tests must be continuously done and every aspect of each stunt thoroughly checked. In this video, the team prepares for a four-wheeled vehicle distance jump. The goal is to break the previous record for such a feat.
Watch this Team Hot Wheels stunt driver break the four-wheeled vehicle distance jump record at the Indy 500 in 2011. He drops down on a ten story ramp and flies over three hundred feet.
A crowd-shot video of the record breaking stunt.
The yellow driver’s identity is revealed after breaking the world record. His post-jump interview is not only enthusiastic, but also inspirational. It’s amazing what you can do with a car when you set your mind to it.
Hot Wheels Team Green break another record, this time for the Corkscrew Jump. Soaring 92 feet into the history books, at least until they break that record again. Watching these videos tell me lots of things, but mainly that this progress isn’t over yet. Follow the additional link on the page to get a behind-the-scenes look about this jump.
For all the “drifting” fans out there. Here’s a video of Team Hot Wheels’ Blue stunt driver doing the best donuts I have ever seen.
What you have seen so far is real. However, once the team is done shooting their driving and stunts, sometimes the production team turns the footage into videos that are a bit more fantastic. Yes, by fantastic, I mean fake. Lots of videos on YouTube are fake. At least the Team Hot Wheels “fake” videos are awesome, check out some of them below.
The not-so-real videos
Remember the old stock car electric tracks that had part of the track going up the wall? Imagine that on a full-scale and with drifting. The result is this video.
Watch the blue stunt driver perform his great drifting skills, several stories up in the air. Hey, I told you these were fake. Just enjoy
Since I cannot confirm this stunt is real, I must label it as fake also. The Team Hot Wheels red driver jumps off of a moving semi truck.
Skip to 4:38 for the most ridiculous fake stunt driving you have ever seen, ever. It literally looks like a dream brought to life through imagination, Hot Wheels, and a computer.
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