A father at Ford's Research and Innovation Center in Michigan and his 6-year-old son set the Guinness World Record for the largest Hot Wheels car track loop.
To help children get excited about science and engineering as part of Take Your Child to Work Day in April, Matt West, a dynamometer technician at Ford, and his son Blade attempted to build the largest Hot Wheels car track loop. The previous record loop was 9 feet 9 inches tall and was set in Ohio.
The Wests built the large Hot Wheels loop at their home in Monroe, Michigan.
"It started as part-fun, part-physics lesson with my son at home," West said in a company news release. "We built one in our playroom, and then built a 5-foot-tall loop in our backyard. When Ford heard what we were up to, they thought it would be great to break the world record on Take Your Child to Work Day."
The attempt took place in the three-story atrium of the company's Research and Innovation Center in Dearborn. The Wests' new record used the Ford Mustang Hot Wheels car, which started at more than three stories high. The car completed a 12-foot, 6-inch loop, breaking the old record. They were notified this week that they set the new Guinness World Record.
Along with building the loop at home, West, with the help of John Jaranson, a technical expert in interior systems, and Grant Compton, a computer-aided design engineer, created the loop using computer-aided design softwar called CATIA, which is often used for car design. Once the loop was designed, the team reached out to TechShop Detroit, a membership-based, do-it-yourself workshop and fabrication studio, to bring the computer images to life.
"West demonstrated exactly what we mean when we say that Ford goes further," said Jim Buczkowski, Henry Ford technical fellow and director of electronics research and advanced engineering. "Getting young people interested in science and technology is a responsibility we all share. By creating the Hot Wheels loop, West demonstrated that engineering can be fun in addition to making people's lives better."