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Hot Wheels jump at Indy 500 by Tanner Faust [video]

Stunt driver sets a very real world record jump of 332 feet (101.2 meters) for toy car company

It looks like a toy set up, but this is not a toy jump.

Team Hot Wheels Yellow Driver Tanner Foust has broken the world record for distance jump at the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday May 29 (2011).

You can see the 'flight' in the video here which begins on an orange ramp 10 stories high as Foust takes his very unique vehicle for a jump that totaled a distance of 332 feet (101.2 meters), braking the previous record by 31 feet (9.45 meters). That vehicle has an impressive suspension set up to make for such a perfect landing.

"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 Foust in a Hot Wheels press release.

Foust is a host of Top Gear USA and a three-time X Games gold medalist winner and two-time Formula Drift champion. His professional stunt driving credits include the films Bourne Ultimatum, Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift and the Dukes of Hazard.

The stunt was organized as part of the festivities celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Indy 500 race.

Source: Hot Wheels

Team Hot WheelsTM Sets New World Record With 332 ft. Distance Jump at Centennial Indianapolis 500

Mystery Yellow Driver Revealed as Tanner Foust, Three-Time X Games Gold Medalist, Takes New Four-Wheeled Vehicle Distance Jump Record, Exclusive Content on Facebook

INDIANAPOLIS - Today as part of "IZOD Presents Hot Wheels Fearless at the 500TM," Team Hot WheelsTM Yellow Driver Tanner Foust successfully landed a ramp-to-ramp distance jump of 332 feet. Foust, a three-time X Games gold medalist and professional stunt driver smashed the previous world record by an impressive 31 feet at the 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis 500.

"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."

Spectators at the Indy 500 watched anxiously today as a masked mystery driver sped down a 90 ft. ramp, suspended on an enormous 10-story high door (100 feet tall) and flew across the infield of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Moments after the jump occurred, Foust was revealed as the mystery Team Hot WheelsTM Yellow Driver. The "IZOD Presents Hot Wheels Fearless at the 500TM" jump brought to life the iconic Hot Wheels® V-Drop® track set boys have played with on their bedroom doors for years. The stunt will be nationally televised today at 3:30 PM EDT in a 30-minute ABC Special highlighting various Team Hot WheelsTM stunts, including the new world record distance jump. Additional behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with Tanner Foust will be available on Facebook after the ABC Special. Complete footage of the jump will be available on www.youtube.com/hotwheels at 4:00 PM EDT.

"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."

Foust is a professional stunt driver with a record number of top finishes and thrilling behind-the-wheel moments captured on-screen. In addition to being a three-time X Games gold medalist and two-time Formula Drift champion, Foust is also an on-air host for Top Gear USA on HISTORY. He recently became the first American ever to win a round of the FIA European Rallycross championship in his Rockstar Energy Drink Ford Fiesta. His professional stunt driving credits include Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift, Dukes of Hazzard, Bourne Ultimatum, Iron Man 2, and the remake of Red Dawn.

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OkkyArdhi
Team Hot Wheels Yellow Driver Tanner Foust has broken the world record for distance jump at the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday May 29 (2011).
Oct 29, 2011 2:17 pm
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vilivo
"Thanx for the passion folks, tune in next week to see a Tekken fanatic knock the Heavyweight UFC champ..." Its scary how the line between toys/games and science/technology is blurring
May 30, 2011 5:35 pm
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PONTIAC G8 GXP
Crazy motherfu*ker
May 30, 2011 11:22 am
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NYyanks
so is Tanner gonna make Top Gear America better?????? or are there no more episodes period?
May 30, 2011 10:37 am
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