06/27/2012 06:17 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

X Games Hot Wheels Tracks Take Over Downtown LA (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

Stop rubbing your eyes -- you're not dreaming.

Thousands of downtown LA residents woke up to a giant Christmas gift this morning when construction appeared to be complete on a gigantic replica of a Hot Wheels double loop.

The humongous orange race tracks will be part of the "Double Loop Dare," an attempt to break the world record when it comes to racing two vehicles through a 66-foot tall double vertical loop.

X Games explains that two race cars, driven by either Formula Drift champion Tanner Foust or Hollywood stunt driver Greg Tracy, will start on two different tracks. The drivers will accelerate to 52 miles per hour and then enter the double loop, reaching seven times the force of normal gravity before driving off the loop on a shared track together.


To see the stunt in person, head to the Gilbert Lindsay Plaza on Saturday morning. It'll also be broadcast nationally on ABC. The event goes off at 11 a.m. and the broadcast will be 11:20 a.m. Vroom!

Authorities are advising anyone not attending the X Games to avoid downtown LA. Check out Blogdowntown for the X Games street closures that will last from Friday evening to early Monday morning. And if you're an X Games fan but don't want to bother with a commute, check out the tune-in schedule for televised events.

X Games
Dates: June 28 - July 1 (check out the competition schedule)
Cost: Tickets are on sale and start at $10.
Various downtown LA locations: Chick Hearn Court, Staples Center, L.A. Live, Nokia Theatre and the Gilbert Lindsay Plaza

Photos courtesy of X Games

Hot Wheels Double Loop

CORRECTION: A previous version of this story incorrectly spelled Greg Tracy's name. We regret the error.