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Lil' Nitro-Powered Tether Car Doing 205MPH In Circles

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This is a video of a tether car (a little nitro powered car attached by wire to a pivoting stake in the center of the track to take advantage of centrifugal force) getting up to 205MPH. It's not the first time we've seen a tether car breaking 200MPH on Geekologie, it's just the first time the video isn't butt-ass quality. I'm not sure if I should include some sort of epilepsy warning or not, but watching that thing zip around the track towards the end made me feel kind of ooky. Of course a friend just sent me a GIF of a fat guy with a face painted on his belly stuffing ping pong balls in its mouth, so it might have something to do with that.

Hit the jump for the video.

Thanks to Nate, who once got a Skip-It up to 200MPH but nobody cared. Well that's a shame.

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  • Dr. Science

    http://www.diffen.com/differen...
    There is no such thing as Centrifugal Force, just to let you know. Its not an actual force, but rather the Inertia of Motion that keeps the object going around in a circle.

  • Shayan Bhattacherya

    inertia would cause the object to shoot off in a straight line tangent to the circle. the tether keeps the object in a circle, while the motor itself propels the car.

  • Girgear

    I was expecting it to disappear when that baby hit 88mph

  • Happy_Tinfoil_Cat

    Kinda amazed that a municipality decided to build such a track and pay insurance to keep it open. Looks like a public park to me.

  • McfeelySmackup

    anyone else secretly wishing the guy in the middle would fall off his platform and have the string would around him, unable to escape until the car is reeled in to crash into his helpless body?

    No, just me?

  • AmselZephlyn

    The guy standing in the middle holding the string looked like he was having fun!

  • Mason Miller

    Camera Guy needs to learn how to shoot.

  • Guest

    Strap a GoPro to that thing!

  • Adam Robertson

    Strap a Go-Pro to that thing!

  • Ross Huddleston

    It might not go nearly as fast because of wind resistance.

  • Bobby McRoberson

    Umm...this is lame, but I have to call BS. The guy in the middle can't possibly run around the pole in the middle that fast. Notice how the camera goes to the right before it gets fast and never goes back? Anyways, if the thing has an engine of some sort, why not just tie it to the pole in the first place, holding the cable is stupid. Of course if it was real he'd be strapped to the pole or decapitated or something! (Maybe that's what they aren't showing us!)

  • Jim A.

    There's a platform that's just above the string he gets on. You can see it at the beginning of the video.

  • Xandraelle

    it is tied to the pole, just at the beginning that guy has to hold the string and keep it taunt so that the car keeps centrifugal force.

  • Jim A.

    No such force...error. http://www.physicsclassroom.co...

  • Xandraelle

    Sorry, centripetal. :p

  • Xandraelle

    Also, thank you for that. I learned a new thing as I had not previously known about the difference and this clears things up quite a bit.

  • steve holt

    that's the sound my condoms make before bursting into flame

  • You must have one heck of a right arm.

  • steve holt

    You closed minded shithead. It's my LEFT arm.

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