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…Nic Case’s car is fast?

World's Fastest Remote Controlled Car

Nic Case’s world record setting car cost him $4,000, has all-wheel-drive, has no brakes, makes 11-horsepower, and features a carbon fiber chassis.

Oh, and it’s controlled by a remote, and sits just a few inches off the ground.

Recently, the custom creation was clocked at 161mph on the track, though Nic’s confident that with a few tweaks, he can easily break the 200mph barrier.

Just don’t expect to buy one of these at your local Radio Shack!

[Via: Popular Science]

…It’s Tuner Tuesday: World’s Fastest Street Legal Car?

World's Fastest Street Legal Car

There are plenty of ridiculous looking drag cars out there stalking the strip, but most aren’t Tuner Tuesday worthy because they’re just built to go fast ¼ mile at a time.

What you see here however is the World’s Fastest Street Legal Car, a ’63 Corvette that will do the quarter in 6.95 seconds at 210.54 mph, then cruise down the street with working headlights, taillights, turn signals, wipers, and more on 93 octane.

Despite its street-ability, don’t pull up to it at a stop light and expect to win though, because with 2,400 horsepower on tap thanks to a twin-turbo’ed, 400 cubic-inch small block, it’ll be gone and to 60 mph in just one second. Flat. (Though if you can chase it down, it only gets 10 MPG, so you might have a chance after a mile or two!)

[Via: Baltimore Sun Via: 0-60 Mag]

…The 1959 Opel T-1 gets good fuel economy?

1959 Opel T-1

Though it doesn’t look like much, this 1959 Opel T-1 managed to get 376.59 miles per gallon back in 1973! How did it manage such an impressive number?

  • The weight was reduced as much as possible by stripping out every part of the interior except for the seat.
  • The wind resistance was reduced by chopping the top down to a lower height.
  • Friction was reduced by narrowing the rear axle and using super-hard low-friction tires.
  • Weight and parasitic fuel loss due to slippage was eliminated with the use of a chain drive.
  • The fuel line was insulated and heated to enter the combustion chamber as lean vapor.
  • The car was driven at a steady 30 mph using the stock 4-cylinder engine.

It doesn’t take much, does it?

Prius owners, you have met your match.

[Via: TreeHugger Via: Seattle Pi]

…Golden Eagles make your bike go faster?

Golden Eagle

As gas prices go up, so does bicycle use as people look to escape the pump. Peddling is so old school though. What if there was something that could give you 250 mpg, top speeds of 30 mph, and fit on any mountain bike or street cruiser? Golden Eagle has the answer with their assist engine. Designed to be “the first and only geared belt drive bicycle assist engine on the market”, the Golden Eagle gives you a choice between pedal power and a motor assist when you need it. Plus, it’s a four-stroke engine, so there’s no need to premix the oil and deal with the smelly exhaust associated with two stroke engines. If you’re going to save the world, why not do it with a little speed and a little style? Read through for Kevin Kelly’s account of his experience with the Golden Eagle.

[Golden Eagle]

[Via: Kevin Kelly – Golden Eagle Bike Engine]