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Stunt driver Steve Truglia loops a Fiat 500 – Click above to watch the video after the break

If there's an automotive spectacle that rivals the jump in sheer visual excitement, it's got to be the classic vertical loop (aka loop-de-loop or loop-the-loop). There's just something special about seeing a car go vertical, then upside-down and back all in one swift motion that makes the crowds go bonkers... and Shell (purveyors of gasoline that they are) used such a stunt to good effect at the 2011 AutoRAI show in The Netherlands.

Waiting for you past the jump are a trio of videos that include different angles (in-car and out, plus a bonus behind-the-scenes look) of a specially prepared Fiat 500 coupe tackling the famed vertical loop, which looks like a giant spoked bicycle rim more than anything else. Most of the videos are in Dutch, but the stunt driver, Steve Truglia, speaks English... so you won't be completely lost.

Click past the break to see it all go down for yourself.

[Source: Youtube]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      that was alota "khey"s
      • 4 Years Ago
      Jay Leno did it again!... wait nvm
      • 4 Years Ago
      Loop Dee do!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Thats a balancing act. Gotta have light enough weight combined with enough speed, compactness, and suspension stiffness. Too much or little of any of those and it likely fails. If the car was bigger or heavier it would need more speed which means the forces acting on the suspension could be too great to handle. Looks like they got it perfect because it almost looks too easy.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Just wanted to add that going too fast could create enough G force and cause the driver to black out. Notice the stuntman's compression / g-suit.

        Of course, going too slowly could cause the car to fall. Kids, do not try this at home.

        Kudos to the stunt driver, team, and car.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yep. Well explained, too.

        Good point, though, a larger car would need a much more robust and therefore expensive ramp. If the ramp were to increase in diameter to accomodate a longer wheelbase, more speed would be also be needed, therfore compounding the cost.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "If the car was bigger or heavier it would need more speed"

        • 4 Years Ago
        Haha....but comment I've seen on this site in a while....the physics for dummies one....
        • 4 Years Ago
        I could have gotten defensive until I remembered that I only thought about it for about 5 seconds before commenting and I suck at all things related to math. On further reflection I posted my second comment which I think might be closer, but still not perfect. Bip, nice way to call me a dummy without calling me a dummy:)
        • 4 Years Ago
        So what did I miss? I think I know. Now I'm no physicist, but a more massive car at the same speed would have more forward momentum which would then be transferred by the ramp into the same force that keeps the car on the track at the top of the loop, thereby offsetting the increased force of gravity on the more massive car. A less massive car would have less momentum and therefore less force holding it down (up) BUT would consequently also be less affected by gravity at the top of the loop and still stay on the track.

        The only concern is whether the loop can handle the greater force exerted by the more massive car.

        Did I get it that time Professor?
      • 4 Years Ago
      off topic: seems like i would get tired speaking German only after a couple sentences with all them phlegm producing consonants. but at least i wouldn't be hacking up blood like if i was speaking yiddish.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I thought they spoke Netherlandish in the Netherlands. Now I'm really confused. I'll just stick to speaking USAish.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Dutch language exists (official) longer than the German language, and Netherlandish doesn't exist(XD). And i know its off-topic, i was just a correction.

        Greetings from The Hague (yes it is in The Netherlands)
        • 4 Years Ago
        German is NOT Dutch, in the Netherlands they speak Dutch, in Germany they speak German. It's not that hard to remember...
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