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Youngman Lotus L5 Sets Guinness Loop-The-Loop Record: Video


On this side of the planet, Youngman is best known as the Chinese automaker that sank a boatload of money into Saab and will likely walk away with nothing to show for its cash. To the Chinese, however, Youngman is a legitimate domestic auto brand, much like our own Chevrolet.

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 result is the Youngman Lotus L5 Sportback seen in the video above. It’s powered by a 1.6-liter four that produces 130 horsepower, which is apparently sufficient to defy physics. The car also sports a badge reading “Engineered by Lotus,” which itself is probably good for an additional 10 horsepower.

A Youngman Lotus L5, driven by Li Yatao, now holds a Guinness world record for navigating the largest loop-the-loop ever attempted in an automobile. We weren’t even aware that there was a record for this, but there is, and it now belongs to the Chinese.

Chevy has depicted its new Sonic skydiving and bungee jumping, so how hard can it be to build a Sonic just for loop-the-loop competition? The current record, held by the Chinese, involves a loop just over 42 feet in diameter. Chevy, you have your benchmark, so let’s do America proud.
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