Top Gear has set a new world record by successfully navigating the first double loop-the-loop. Even before this event took place, they “built a remote-controlled but full-size buggy to practice the single loop dozens of times before they allowed a driver to attempt it.” Continue reading to see the record-breaking run and for more information.
Staged in one of the venues that hosted the 2010 FIFA World Cup Finals to a wildly enthusiastic capacity crowd, our stunt required pinpoint precision. To defy gravity not once but twice, the buggy had to enter each loop at between 24mph and 26mph. Too little speed and the buggy would fall out at the top of the loop, with fairly grim results. Too much speed would have resulted in an extra G of force on the driver and could have caused him to black out. Again, a fairly grim outcome.