By now we’ve seen the footage of Tanner Foust, aka Hot Wheels’ ’Yellow Driver’, and his remarkable record-setting jump for the longest of a four-wheeled vehicle at the Indianapolis 500.

The feat in itself is very impressive considering the dangers and risks involved in such a daredevil stunt. But while we applauded and congratulated Foust for his courageous derring-do, what we didn’t know at that time was that the whole jump almost never happened.

In a recent video that was just released by Hot Wheels, the company took us back to one of Foust’s previous practice sessions and showed us just how close he came to severely crashing his four-wheeler.

The video goes into detail about how a perfect jump is supposed to happen - Foust was supposed to hit the ramp at a speed of 109 mph and continuing to accelerate - and how Foust got it wrong on one of his attempts, a mistake that almost proved fatal were it not for the modified suspension system in the four-wheeled vehicle.

Check out the video and watch how a practice stunt that almost went wrong could have severely injured one of Top Gear USA’s hosts.


Source: Hot Wheels

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  (427) posted on 07.22.2011

They just want to show in the world that they are really brave and that braveness can cause their death. He wanted a record? That’s the record! I congratulate you Hot Wheels Yellow Driver.

  (1211) posted on 07.14.2011

Sigh, how many times do these people will learn from their own mistakes? Just don’t practice such kind of malicious acts. And no one will be harm in the future.

  (460) posted on 07.13.2011

Oh, that was a bad jump. I hope nothing serious happened to him. Next time, take extra precautions. We really don’t know what will happen next.

  (580) posted on 06.30.2011

Yeah! Although, he haven’t made it successfully still this dude needs around of applause! BTW, I wonder if we could see a death defying act on Top Gear UK?

  (276) posted on 06.30.2011

Wow! Same here, the performance of Foust is quite impressive though he is not successful in his attempt. A death defying stunt like this needs praises! With his killer skill in driving no wonder why he become a host of Top Gear USA!

  (441) posted on 06.24.2011

I salute Foust for his bravery but still I don’t want to watch such kind of car tricks. The routine was a crazy idea. How did the management tolerated such kind of stuffs?

  (320) posted on 06.24.2011

Good thing that nothing really happened to Foust there I always knew that he was a great stunt rider, but I can’t help but cringe at the idea of this one going horribly wrong.

  (528) posted on 06.23.2011

Well, one thing that I can say about these stuntmen is that they should always be well prepared whenever they are doing these crazy things. Who knows what could go wrong.

  (596) posted on 06.22.2011

Actually, Foust isn’t really too old for this one yet. I think he is just in his early 30’s, still too young to quit. But I would say that he really needs to be careful the next time he tries another of these stunts.

  (474) posted on 06.22.2011

I think this a good example for those car stunt maker to study and make sure that they know what they’re doing before a jump. Lots of things may happen if you forget to take a lot of car.

  (359) posted on 06.21.2011

Isn’t Foust getting a bit too old for this one. If I can remember correctly, his other stunt a few months back also nearly turned out int a disaster. Maybe he should consider retiring.

  (331) posted on 06.21.2011

Yeah, and I think its a blessed in disguise that this dude has a wide experience in handling a situation like this. Tanner Foust is such a incredible driver and I think in his second try he could actually make a perfect landing.

  (539) posted on 06.21.2011

Well, in a record attempt We couldn’t expect that it would turn up good in the first trial.

However, its a good thing that although its a death defying stunt there are still safety equipment to handle the car and the driver.

BTW, I was impressed with the analyzer that could actually detect the worst thing that may happened due to miscalculation of the driver.

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