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(YouTube)   Car goes 205mph. FARK: A toy car   (youtube.com) divider line 37
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2013-10-10 06:29:53 AM  
So, is the guy in the middle now spinning at 200mph too?
 
2013-10-10 08:54:49 AM  

colinspooky: So, is the guy in the middle now spinning at 200mph too?


No, he'd be going at some small fraction of it which would be determinable easily if we knew the diameter of the track.  He'd be making 1 revolution in the same time as the car, but he has a much smaller distance to travel, so not going nearly as fast.
 
2013-10-10 08:55:50 AM  
Would it go faster if it wasn't bouncing off the wall ?

Also It wasn't an hour it was less than a minute
 
2013-10-10 08:56:38 AM  
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"I say, but that leaves me unaccountably stimulated in my gentlemen's area."
 
2013-10-10 08:56:53 AM  
There's no way the guy is moving that fast at the center of the track. Look at how he has to move around while holding on to the pole even at the lower speeds. No way he keeps that up.
 
2013-10-10 09:00:16 AM  
Fake.
 
2013-10-10 09:09:28 AM  
The man on the grassy knoll in the middle of the track was only helping the car accelerate.

His co-conspirators are the power plant and gearbox.

Text me (because nobody calls anymore) when it can do 205 MPH on a drag strip.
 
2013-10-10 09:10:51 AM  
I think the guy in the middle hops up onto a little step or platform on the pole, just above the bearing where the tether is attached.  Odd sport that is, I wouldn't really call that a car, personally.  It's more like a "locomotive" to me.  Just brute force contained speed.
 
2013-10-10 09:15:07 AM  

Easy Reader: I think the guy in the middle hops up onto a little step or platform on the pole, just above the bearing where the tether is attached.  Odd sport that is, I wouldn't really call that a car, personally.  It's more like a "locomotive" to me.  Just brute force contained speed.


Yep.. The initial spinning is just to get it going then he attaches it so a swivel.

Video showing how it is done
 
2013-10-10 09:16:48 AM  

styckx: Easy Reader: I think the guy in the middle hops up onto a little step or platform on the pole, just above the bearing where the tether is attached.  Odd sport that is, I wouldn't really call that a car, personally.  It's more like a "locomotive" to me.  Just brute force contained speed.

Yep.. The initial spinning is just to get it going then he attaches it so a swivel.

Video showing how it is done


Er meant to say it's already attached.. as he spins..
 
2013-10-10 09:30:54 AM  

lantawa: Fake.


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2013-10-10 09:45:26 AM  
I guess everyone needs a hobby, but I'm at a loss to see the point of this one.
 
2013-10-10 09:56:11 AM  
Okay.  Most likely not fake.....FFS
 
2013-10-10 10:03:31 AM  
Get one going the other way, and it could be a Hardon collider for some.  (sic)   Also, don't fall off the middle bit - human-cheese cutter anyone?
 
2013-10-10 10:23:21 AM  
Wow- I'm 44 and I've managed to never before hear of 'tether car racing.'
Now I just saw that there is such a thing as 'tether hydroplane boat racing' too.

I may start a new sport of 'tether hovercraft racing' because that would be even cooler!
 
2013-10-10 10:56:30 AM  
also count me in as someone who went "wtf is tether car racing", then you find out there's enough people for a league  and recordsto exist. Hey, whatever you have fun doing I guess.
 
2013-10-10 11:01:04 AM  
I had one of these bad boys....

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(Best picture I could find)

I had lots of fun with this thing as a kid. Managed to keep all my fingers, too.
 
2013-10-10 11:13:11 AM  

colinspooky: Get one going the other way, and it could be a Hardon collider for some.  (sic)   Also, don't fall off the middle bit - human-cheese cutter anyone?


I can't help but visualize nuclear physicists sprinting towards one another, visibly aroused, with white lab coats flapping behind them.

/no homo
 
2013-10-10 11:47:06 AM  

BillTheCat: colinspooky: Get one going the other way, and it could be a Hardon collider for some.  (sic)   Also, don't fall off the middle bit - human-cheese cutter anyone?

I can't help but visualize nuclear physicists sprinting towards one another, visibly aroused, with white lab coats flapping behind them.

/no homo


Stop being sexist:

3.bp.blogspot.com
img.thesun.co.uk

I like their nice, firm bosons.....
 
2013-10-10 12:11:20 PM  
I fly RC planes at Whitter Narrows on occasion but I've never seen those cars there. That's one speedy little machine
 
2013-10-10 12:42:03 PM  
"Sport"?

As in "cup stacking" is a sport?

At least Rome had lead pipes and STDs to blame when their civilization collapsed.
 
2013-10-10 12:47:06 PM  
if the guy doesn't jump onto the platform correctly would the cable wrap around his leg?
 
2013-10-10 12:49:17 PM  

styckx: styckx: Easy Reader: I think the guy in the middle hops up onto a little step or platform on the pole, just above the bearing where the tether is attached.  Odd sport that is, I wouldn't really call that a car, personally.  It's more like a "locomotive" to me.  Just brute force contained speed.

Yep.. The initial spinning is just to get it going then he attaches it so a swivel.

Video showing how it is done

Er meant to say it's already attached.. as he spins..


If the guy fell off, I wonder how many fractions of a second it would take for the thing to coil around him like a spindly spider web until it collides with his skull.
 
2013-10-10 01:14:00 PM  

lohphat: "Sport"?

As in "cup stacking" is a sport?

At least Rome had lead pipes and STDs to blame when their civilization collapsed.


Oh yeah? We got the Kardashians. Our collapse will make Rome's look like a ... uh, let's see ... a very apt metaphor of some kind.

And ours will be on TV!! And everybody will miss it because they'll be watching X-Treme Teenage Celebrity Wrestling while they TiVo the NASCAR Olympic Trials, so beat that, stupid Romans.
 
2013-10-10 01:20:55 PM  
I used to have a '63 Corvette gas-powered model that could be rigged to run like this. Unfortunately, to keep it on the ground, the body had to be removed, or it'd try to fly every time.
 
2013-10-10 01:43:20 PM  

ReapTheChaos: I guess everyone needs a hobby, but I'm at a loss to see the point of this one.


This. It's a tiny car going fast in a circle. It's like mini-Nascar, but even more lame because the crashes aren't as spectacular.
 
2013-10-10 01:49:24 PM  
I knew this was a hobby back int he 30's and 40's but was surprised to see it's still alive today, more so that there are apparently still parks with the specialized track enclosures. I used to try flying "ukie" control-line planes as a kid, would always get too dizzy, solved that by flying RC later.

For a man of a certain age, the perfume smell of sizzling nitromethane and castor oil on hot metal is like Proust smelling his damn madoline cookies.
 
2013-10-10 03:31:46 PM  
That's more like a hugely inefficient centrifuge than a car. There's no steering whatsoever.
 
2013-10-10 05:14:38 PM  
Bill Elliot went 210+ at Daytona in a 3600 lb car with 4 wheels. Let them take it there... oh wait it is on a string...nevermind.
 
2013-10-10 05:47:45 PM  

UNAUTHORIZED FINGER: I used to have a '63 Corvette gas-powered model that could be rigged to run like this. Unfortunately, to keep it on the ground, the body had to be removed, or it'd try to fly every time.


My dad has an actual '63 corvette. It's a beautiful car.
 
2013-10-10 06:39:17 PM  

Any Pie Left: For a man of a certain age, the perfume smell of sizzling nitromethane and castor oil on hot metal is like Proust smelling his damn madoline cookies.


Yup.
 
2013-10-10 06:40:18 PM  

Honest Bender: UNAUTHORIZED FINGER: I used to have a '63 Corvette gas-powered model that could be rigged to run like this. Unfortunately, to keep it on the ground, the body had to be removed, or it'd try to fly every time.

My dad has an actual '63 corvette. It's a beautiful car.


Some of the best looking cars ever. The closest I have ever been to a Corvette was that model.
 
2013-10-10 06:50:26 PM  

Easy Reader: styckx: styckx: Easy Reader: I think the guy in the middle hops up onto a little step or platform on the pole, just above the bearing where the tether is attached.  Odd sport that is, I wouldn't really call that a car, personally.  It's more like a "locomotive" to me.  Just brute force contained speed.

Yep.. The initial spinning is just to get it going then he attaches it so a swivel.

Video showing how it is done

Er meant to say it's already attached.. as he spins..

If the guy fell off, I wonder how many fractions of a second it would take for the thing to coil around him like a spindly spider web until it collides with his skull.


Several, but it would approach supersonic speed just before it did.

dL/dt = 0
 
2013-10-10 06:52:04 PM  
Seems very similar to an rc car, just a lot more focused on only going fast. Seems like a lot less fun to be had compared to rc cars though.

You can buy an rc car that will go 100 out of the box. Traxxas x0-1. Costs too much for me but is pretty sweet. I  have a car that can hit 55mph on a single battery, and another that weighs 12 pounds and can do 45 offroad. There is rc streamliner cars hitting close to 200mph on salt flats.
 
2013-10-10 07:39:15 PM  
By a strange coincidence, the cars that can also go 200+MPH are also toys.
 
2013-10-10 08:24:27 PM  
Enough pollution for a Indy car.
 
2013-10-11 05:26:33 PM  
This would be a lot more fun if you had to chug a six-pack before you started spinning around the pole...
 
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