We’ve seen Cassie, the Ostrich-shaped robot strut her stuff before. Now the speedy automaton has set a record for the fastest 100-meter dash ever run by a bipedal robot. With a time of 24.73 seconds, she’s no Usain Bolt, but it’s still an impressive achievement for the engineers from Oregon State University.
Jake Laser wishes he could run as fast as Usain Bolt. But he’s never going to achieve that goal without some mechanical assistance. So he got to work figuring out the best way to increase his running speed through a series of experiments with jets, a windsurfing wing, low-friction shoe soles, and lots of practice.
When engineers need to test missile components without launching actual missiles, they test them on a rocket-powered sled. Holloman Air Force Base is home to a test track where they fire hypersonic sleds at speeds up to Mach 8.6 – about 6599 mph. They’ve also figured out how to stop and recover them quickly.
The fastest we’ve ever ridden a bicycle was about 35 mph downhill and that was sketchy. But cyclist Brian “Safa” Wagner has a need for speed, and he shared this video of a ride from the mountains into the desert during which he hit speeds up to 65 mph. The crazy thing is the world record is 184 mph – with the help of a dragster.
Not long ago, Bob “Rocketman” Maddox fired up his Beast Jet Kart – but he only pushed its accelerator pedal down about halfway. This time, he went full throttle, driving the obnoxiously loud go-kart through the desert at about 60 mph. We’re impressed he didn’t drop his selfie stick.
Segway’s GT electric scooters are built for speed. The 6000-watt GT2 zooms from 0-to-30 mph in 3.9 sec with a top speed of 43.5 mph. Both the GT1 and GT2 roll on 11-inch pneumatic tires, with front and rear suspension, hydraulic disc brakes, and an extra-wide footboard. The add-on Segway Engine speaker simulates engine sounds.
We just got done repainting some walls at home and it took like 30 minutes to get each of them coated. But this talented painter shows how he covers a whole wall in under a minute after masking and prep of outlets. We’re amazed that the roller held so much paint.
Corso Concepts’ single-passenger reverse trike is a track day beast. It has a steel roll cage and carbon composite shell, and a curb weight of just 1,000 pounds. Its rear wheel is driven by a Hayabusa motor that makes 175 hp and spins at 11,000 RPM. Not awesome enough for you? Let the in-car footage convince you.
Developed by North American Aviation back in the late 1950s for the U.S. Air Force and NASA, the X-15 was an experimental aircraft that could achieve speeds up to Mach 6.7. Real Engineering delves into the history of this rocket-powered plane, and the innovations and technologies that allowed it fly at insane speeds and altitudes.
Builder Ivan Miranda claims he’s built the fastest model train of its size. The powerful electric train has no payload other than its motors, wiring, and battery pack, and can hit a scale speed of 485 km/h, or just over 301 mph if it were upscaled to the size of a real train. We wouldn’t want to be a tiny passenger on that thing when it derailed.
When we first watched this video of Kickboxer Pavel Trussov showing how fast he can punch, we thought it was sped up. It’s not. This guy really did manage 334 to perform full-extension punches in just one minute, setting a Guinness World Record in the process. Give him 3 minutes, and he can manage 919 punches.
When you want to show off how fast you can play, the go-to choice for many musicians is Flight of the Bumblebee. We’ve heard the tune played on all kinds of instruments, but never on a toy piano. Listen as Hayato “Cateen” Sumino lets his fingers fly across the tiny ivories, gradually increasing his speed to an insane 250 BPM.
French supercar maker Bugatti has taken its over-the-top Chiron, and bestowed it with hardware that makes it capable of breaking 300 mph. Its 16-cylinder quad-turbo engine makes an insane 1578 hp, and it has upgraded aero to keep it glued to the tarmac at speed. Just 30 of the cars will be made, with prices starting at $3.9 million.
It’s a well-known fact among auto buffs that Formula 1 pit stops are the fastest in racing. And now, thanks to the Aston Martin Red Bull Racing F1 pit crew, we now have the fastest of the fast. Watch in awe as they complete a tire change on driver Max Verstappen’s car during the 2019 Brazilian GP in just 1.82 seconds.
McLaren’s exclusive roadster was inspired by Bruce McLaren’s minimal 1960s racers. The carbon fiber two-seater is the lightest production car they’ve ever made, but still packs an 804bhp turbo V8 to rocket it to 62 mph in less than 3 seconds, and 124 mph in 6.7 seconds. Just 399 of the cars will be made, starting at $1.67 million each.
The Bloodhound LSR team marches closer towards their land speed record goal with a jet-powered car that could reach speeds up to 1000mph. Testing has been going well with some crazy fast runs across the Hakskeenpan desert in South Africa with pilot Andy Green behind the controls. They’ve since hit 461 mph.
The $3.5 million, 1479bhp Bugatti Chiron Sport is theoretically capable of hitting 261 mph, according to Bugatti. But nobody outside of Bugatti themselves has achieved that. In this clip from UK auto mag Top Gear, editor-in-chief Charlie Turner attempts to hit that top speed on VW’s fabled Ehra-Lessien testing circuit.
Will from London is like the calm version of Colin Furze, creating his own dangerous and over-the-top contraptions in his UK backyard, but minus the shouting. In this clip, he shows off a wood and PVC roller coaster that uses compressed air to produce 1200 lb. of thrust, and accelerating its sled at up to 4.2G. Build video here.
Next time you go to the deli and it takes them 5 minutes to slice your meat, ask them to replace their machine with the TEXTOR TS700-UB. This industrial slicer spins up to 2000 rpm, cranking through pepperoni, bacon, and other meats, and neatly stacking them in the process.
Builder Colin Furze previously made a pulsejet-powered drift trike. While it was fast, it wasn’t exactly environmentally-friendly. So he decided to build himself a fully-electric version, with an insane 20,000 watt power source. We’re glad he finally put a helmet on when he hit the road circuit. Build video here.
YouTuber Omegoolibird shows off what is said to be the fastest first-person view RC plane. The customized Vasamodel Fusion can hit speeds up to 265 mph thanks to its 2650 KV electric motor, which can spin at speeds up to 35,000 RPM. It sounds like an angry swarm of bees.
You’d think that a 3-wheeler powered by water wouldn’t go very fast, but as we recently learned, liquid can generate some crazy force when under pressure. Riding atop a 6,000 PSI water tank, François Gissy was able to go from 0 to 62 mph in 0.55s with a 162mph top speed.