Hot Wheels stunt to come to life at Indianapolis 500
Remember all those cool stunts you used to do with your toy cars as a kid? Some pretty crazy stuff, right?
Well, Hot Wheels will try to pull off a grown-up version of one of those crazy stunts -- with a real driver in a real car -- as part of the Indianapolis 500 festivities next month.
Mattel Inc., the maker of Hot Wheels, has built a giant replica of its V-Drop ramp -- as well as a 100-foot "door" to attach it to, kid-style -- with the intention of breaking the world record for a jump by a four-wheel vehicle. The stunt will take place in the hours before the May 29 race.
Organizers say it will take three weeks to install the structure in the fourth turn of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Fans will be able to see it take shape throughout qualifying, which starts May 21.
“It is a feat of engineering, and it's a jaw-dropping sight when you see it,” Mattel vice president of marketing Simon Waldron told the Associated Press.
The driver, whose identity will be kept secret until after the jump, will attempt to break the current world record of 301 feet, held by Johnny Greaves.
Hard to picture what it all might look like? Check out the commercial for the toy version of the V-Drop and just imagine everything way bigger. Could be pretty cool.
-- Chuck Schilken
The Associated Press contributed to this report.