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Ford sets world record for largest loop with a small car

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Who says learning can’t be fun?

As part of its Take Your Child to Work Day activities, Ford has set a new record for the largest loop by a Hot Wheels car.

The 12.5-foot loop was dreamt up by Matt West, a dynamometer technician who says he builds supersize loops as a hobby at home to teach his 6-year-old son about physics.

It was designed with the help of the same computers used to engineer Ford’s cars, and the plastic orange track is supported by a plywood framework cut with a water jet and assembled at TechShop Detroit.

The approach track is over three stories high in order for the car -- a Ford Mustang, of course -- to build up enough momentum to complete the loop, which is nearly three feet taller than the previous record holder.

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