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2022-05-22 9:00:36 PM  
That ain't no hot rod lincoln
 
2022-05-22 9:34:17 PM  
Does this have anything to do with that Trump supporting pretend green tech billionaire.

No not him. Ellison
 
2022-05-22 10:00:18 PM  
Could you imagine a Cadillac Escalade setting a land speed record?

I can imagine a soccer mom late for ditching her kids at practice so that she can get tipsy at happy hour, so yes.
 
2022-05-22 10:11:06 PM  

Pats_Cloth_Coat: That ain't no hot rod lincoln


you gonna drive me to drinkin' if you keep drivin that hot rod lincoln
 
2022-05-22 10:13:24 PM  
No, Subby.  It doesn't.  An undefined number is neither greater or less than a real number.
 
2022-05-22 10:19:44 PM  
If you watch it with the sound on, you can pick out occasional English words, but most of it's in Australian and unintelligible.
 
2022-05-22 10:28:24 PM  

MrBallou: If you watch it with the sound on, you can pick out occasional English words, but most of it's in Australian and unintelligible.

Emirates Team New Zealand, the America's Cup-winning sailing team, has launched a land yacht to attempt to break the wind-powered land speed record later this year.

 
2022-05-22 10:43:19 PM  

foo monkey: No, Subby.  It doesn't.  An undefined number is neither greater or less than a real number.


Infinity is larger than any real number

/subby
 
2022-05-22 10:52:41 PM  

Pats_Cloth_Coat: foo monkey: No, Subby.  It doesn't.  An undefined number is neither greater or less than a real number.

Infinity is larger than any real number

/subby


You're trying to divide by zero and you can't do that. The result is undefined, not infinity.
 
2022-05-22 11:45:39 PM  

foo monkey: Pats_Cloth_Coat: foo monkey: No, Subby.  It doesn't.  An undefined number is neither greater or less than a real number.

Infinity is larger than any real number

/subby

You're trying to divide by zero and you can't do that. The result is undefined, not infinity.


This is America!  We're #1 at dividing by zero.

Ok, you're right.
 
2022-05-22 11:55:18 PM  
The boat is fairly quick as well

"According to French publication Paris Match, Team New Zealand reached the magical mark of 56 knots (103.7 km/h) during a training session."

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/americas-cup-2021-team-new-zealand-cracked-100kmh-barrier-report/L7WMXSST4SARBE4C5R7JTORCVU/
 
2022-05-22 11:58:14 PM  

MrBallou: If you watch it with the sound on, you can pick out occasional English words, but most of it's in Australian and unintelligible.


All Kiwis atcherly. The big New Zealand on side might have been a clue
 
2022-05-23 1:14:16 AM  

Pats_Cloth_Coat: This is America!  We're #1 at dividing by zero.

Ok, you're right.


We certainly try and will succeed one day, despite it violating various laws of math, logic, and physics.
 
2022-05-23 2:41:03 AM  

mjjt: MrBallou: If you watch it with the sound on, you can pick out occasional English words, but most of it's in Australian and unintelligible.

All Kiwis atcherly. The big New Zealand on side might have been a clue


Nah, person in the pilot seat is Australian. Rest are Kiwi. The accent is easy to pick. It's the one that sounds like a kazoo.
 
2022-05-23 3:29:05 AM  

foo monkey: No, Subby.  It doesn't.  An undefined number is neither greater or less than a real number.


You are assuming mileage in terms of the fuel consumed by the vehicle itself at any given moment.  But on a whole-of-life/total-production-run basis, not only would this expensive, bespoke toy have involved burning non-zero fuel, it would have consumed an extremely large amount of fuel, proportionately, and probably a lot more than a Prius.
 
2022-05-23 3:30:18 AM  
Special wind conditions? Are you timing your speed in BOTH directions less than 30 minutes apart like they do with all other speed records? Otherwise you're just making the wind do all the work while you take the credit.
 
2022-05-23 3:30:59 AM  
With the outrigger only on one side - what happens when he needs to turn it around?
 
2022-05-23 3:32:22 AM  
The other speed records don't involve wind as the means of propulsion.  So they aren't really comparable.

The three second thing sounds dodgy to me though.
 
2022-05-23 4:04:52 AM  

mr_fulano: With the outrigger only on one side - what happens when he needs to turn it around?


Things get tacky
 
2022-05-23 4:54:09 AM  
I remember the good old days when rich guys just flew around in balloons.

George Carlin - Rich Guys In Hot Air Balloons
Youtube EmMEvCTvW6c
 
2022-05-23 5:05:11 AM  
I had a land yacht back in the 80's and 90's.. It was a $900 puke green rusted 76 Chevy Malibu Classic. It also had the nick name "Lead Sled".
 
2022-05-23 5:56:26 AM  
I didn't see the article before when I declared a NZ trifecta in play. That's three, three New Zealand stories in a row on the Main tab.

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2022-05-23 6:33:54 AM  

princhester: foo monkey: No, Subby.  It doesn't.  An undefined number is neither greater or less than a real number.

You are assuming mileage in terms of the fuel consumed by the vehicle itself at any given moment.  But on a whole-of-life/total-production-run basis, not only would this expensive, bespoke toy have involved burning non-zero fuel, it would have consumed an extremely large amount of fuel, proportionately, and probably a lot more than a Prius.


This guy, amirite @Pats_Cloth_Coat?
 
2022-05-23 6:47:06 AM  

mjjt: The boat is fairly quick as well

"According to French publication Paris Match, Team New Zealand reached the magical mark of 56 knots (103.7 km/h) during a training session."


Holy crap. That's getting into speedboat territory, on wind power.

It's interesting that they're using a rigid airfoil on the land yacht. I'd assume they're going to be sailing into a quartering wind with this to use that airfoil to good effect, though someone who actually knows something about sailing might have a better idea about what wind angle to use.
 
2022-05-23 6:47:56 AM  
You were making a nerdy, picky point and I out nerdy/picky-ed you.  Deal with it.
 
2022-05-23 7:13:31 AM  
I was so hoping that this story was going to be about someone hyperdrives on Joe Manchin's house boat
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2022-05-23 8:39:18 AM  
Don't laugh, with the cost of fuel this is about the only way anyone can afford to go fast anymore.
 
2022-05-23 8:47:12 AM  

syrynxx: Pats_Cloth_Coat: That ain't no hot rod lincoln

you gonna drive me to drinkin' if you keep drivin that hot rod lincoln


"if you don't stop driving that hot rod Lincoln"
 
2022-05-23 8:53:50 AM  
How can it be a land yacht without rich corinthian leather
 
2022-05-23 8:55:26 AM  
Family and friends had a good laugh when I traded in my 2012' Camaro Convertible for a new 2016' Prius.

Well, well, well.
 
2022-05-23 8:57:04 AM  
No, no, no, no.  It's called a "land yacht" but it's pronounced "land throat wobbler mangrove"
 
2022-05-23 9:19:15 AM  

mr_fulano: With the outrigger only on one side - what happens when he needs to turn it around?


Ask this guy. He only solved his problem by saving the president of North Korea.
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2022-05-23 9:29:22 AM  
I thought the term was "juke anew"
 
2022-05-23 9:32:01 AM  
Queue Matthew Modine.
 
2022-05-23 9:42:03 AM  

Fubegra: mjjt: The boat is fairly quick as well

"According to French publication Paris Match, Team New Zealand reached the magical mark of 56 knots (103.7 km/h) during a training session."

Holy crap. That's getting into speedboat territory, on wind power.

It's interesting that they're using a rigid airfoil on the land yacht. I'd assume they're going to be sailing into a quartering wind with this to use that airfoil to good effect, though someone who actually knows something about sailing might have a better idea about what wind angle to use.


To maximize speed with that rig, you'd want to be close hauled, and with the sail shape (and outrigger), probably on the port tack.

(Look up "apparent wind" for the physics of why you wind up going almost twice as fast almost-upwind than you would on any of the downwind points of sail, at least with triangular sails and jibs. The commonly-seen Bermuda rig is particularly excellent at taking advantage of this.)

You'd be trading some friction on the outrigger's wheel, but you'd be keeping the sail vertical. I'm no expert at rigging, but I'd expect that particular sail was "cut" to be most efficient while pointing straight up. I expect there's a lot of computer simulation behind that design.

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2022-05-23 10:32:11 AM  

Pats_Cloth_Coat: foo monkey: No, Subby.  It doesn't.  An undefined number is neither greater or less than a real number.

Infinity is larger than any real number

/subby


Infinity is a concept, not a value.
 
2022-05-23 1:37:41 PM  

Nimbull: I had a land yacht back in the 80's and 90's.. It was a $900 puke green rusted 76 Chevy Malibu Classic. It also had the nick name "Lead Sled".


Now appraised at roughly $53,200
 
2022-05-23 2:35:25 PM  
I saw that on a Disney show as a kid....
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windwagon_Smith
 
2022-05-23 3:55:06 PM  
tl;dr, Guy in giant dildo gets blown fast
 
2022-05-23 4:10:39 PM  

ElFugawz: tl;dr, Guy in giant dildo gets blown fast


You call that giant? Pfft, amateur.
 
2022-05-23 8:36:47 PM  
That's fun and games until it hits a speed bump
 
2022-05-23 9:00:03 PM  

AlgaeRancher: That's fun and games until it hits a speed bump


Probably fair no worse than a car, plane or train, all of which can travel at the same speed or faster. I don't think any vehicle would do well hitting a speedbump at 250km/h.
 
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