Wind-Powered Car Catches up with Mallard

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    Ursa major

    Ursa major Bearly Believable Staff Member

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    In fact, this car may even have been slightly faster, reaching 202.9 kmph compared to Mallard's 202.77 kmph (based on 126 mph dead).
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    Saeltari

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    Hah! :D

    Seriously I saw the title and thought you were talking about a duck. The car caught up with a duck, I was interested. I was thinking a car, powered by wind, up in the air, catches up to a duck...

    Its almost noon, must still be too early for me. :rolleyes::p:D
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    The Ace

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    Rumours of a bipolar bear sitting on the roof and punning furiously are, as yet, unconfirmed.
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    Tillane

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    You mean you haven't seen the video? You should visit YouTube more often...

    Actually, no. You really shouldn't.:p
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    Ursa major

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    * Ducks the uncalled-for criticism. *

    Given all the pun-filled posts I've done, it's bizarre that I'm accused of punning when I'm not - not until the previous paragraph, anyway.


    (Frankly, if one hasn't heard of the A4 Pacific, Mallard, and doesn't know that it still holds the record for the fastest steam locomotive - a record that's 71 years old later this year - one's education is sadly lacking. But then I'm biased.)
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    The Ace

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    Course I know about the, 'Mallard." It was just that given the starter of this thread, I couldn't resist.
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    Tillane

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    Having spent six months working for a heritage railway, I do of course know about the Mallard. Unfortunately, I also know rather more than I'd like about a certain steam loco called Thomas...:(

    Back on topic, that really is a remarkable speed for the car. Kinda pointless, given it'll only use it on a race track, etc, but cool nonetheless.
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    Ursa major

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    Sorry, gents: I wasn't accusing you of not knowing, or anyone else in particular, actually. (And it never crossed my mind that you two didn't know.)
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    Dave

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    That would need to be a very straight race track!

    I have an image now of wind-powered cars tacking and beating around a racing circuit.
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    pyan

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    At those speeds? Wow, I hope someone takes up the idea...it would be really spectacular, yachting at Touring Car speeds...:D
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    Long, long ago, I came across a monograph called 'The 40 kt Sailboat'. It suggested a canted wing-sail, opposed immersed water foil etc etc, and was roundly criticised as absurd.

    Just out of curiosity, I checked: The record now exceeds 50 kts...
    Vestas SailRocket: Outright World Speed Sailing Record Attempt
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    Ursa major

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    I think that boat may be a little wide to allow easy overtaking.
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    I'm rather hoping to be offered a ride on the Hydroptère, the sailing boat with hydrofoils that lifts itself clean out of the water with a bit of wind, ad holds a fair number of sailing speed records.

    After all, I've done enough work on their films.
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    Saeltari

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    Mr. Bear,

    How dare you kast azperjions upon my edgeucashion!!! ;)

    Can you read the Odyssey to me in Homeric Greek right now, without a translation? If not then I throw the aspersions back at you! (don't worry, I have terrible aim) :p:D

    Talking about cars, locomotives and their relation to speed and you should talk to my brother, he loves that stuff. I know enough to take my car to the shop... and I can keep it on the road when going 180.
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    Ursa major

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    Perhaps I was half suggesting that if the record holder had been, say, one of those CMStP&P Class A Atlantics, more people may have heard of it (which may say a lot more about we here in the UK than about ... er ... other people).


    As for reading about Odysseus, I have trouble with some Greek characters. :rolleyes:
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    Saeltari

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    ..... was that a pun? :eek:

    :D
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    Ursa major

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    Thanks, Saeltari. (I like the pictures with that story.)


    I wonder whether they'll stick :)rolleyes:) with wheels or skates/skis. (The current powered record is held by a normal car, with power delivered by the wheels, so it couldn't use skates/whatever.)

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