Driving Through the World's Largest Loop-the-Loop (Video)

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China has a new record under its belt: driving through the world’s largest loop-the-loop.

Li Yatao, of Zhejiang, drove a Youngman Lotus L5 Sportback through a loop measuring 12 feet wide and 42 feet in diameter, Motor Authority reported. The car holds a Guinness world record for the largest loop-the-loop attempted by an automobile.

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What exactly is a Youngman? It’s a Chinese domestic car brand, “much like our own Chevrolet,” according to Motor Authority.

Or, more accurately, much like Chevrolet if Chevrolet built cars designed by another company, borrowed a legendary name from motorsports and then sold product only in the United States. Confusing? Sure, but what about the Chinese automotive industry isn’t confusing. With the help of Hooniverse, where we found this video, we’ll do what we can to explain it. Youngman builds cars, under license from Proton, for the Chinese market. Proton owns Lotus (for now, anyway), so therefore both Proton and Youngman are free to use the Lotus name on their cars.

The Youngman that broke the Guinness record touts a badge that says it is engineered by Lotus. The car is powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine with 130 horsepower.

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