Ford Motor Co. workers celebrated Take Your Child to Work Day on Thursday by breaking a world record.

Dynamometer technician Matt West, along with his 6-year-old son, Blade, successfully raced a toy Hot Wheels car around a track loop that measured a record 12 feet, 6 inches tall. The previous record track loop was 9 feet, 9 inches, made by students at Woodbury Elementary School in Ohio.

"It started as part-fun, part-physics lesson with my son at home," West said. "We built one in our playroom, and then built a 5-foot-tall loop in our backyard. When people at Ford heard what we were up to, everyone thought it would be a great way to get young people excited about science and engineering by trying to break the world record on Take Your Child to Work Day."

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