To boost kids' interest in science and engineering, Ford recently built the world's largest functional Hot Wheels loop at its research and innovation centre in Dearborn, Michigan.
Standing 12'6'' tall, the loop is made of orange plastic strips reinforced with a wooden structure. It was designed by Matt West, a Ford dynamometer technician who used to build his own Hot Wheels mega-loops with the help of his 6-year-old son.
“It started as part-fun, part-physics lesson with my son at home,” said West. “We built one in our playroom, and then built a five-foot-tall loop in our backyard. When people at Ford heard what we were up to, everyone thought it would be a great way to get young people excited about science and engineering by trying to break the world record on Take Your Child to Work Day.”
The previous record was 9'9''.