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180mph Car Treadmill Great for Designers, Dangerous for Pilots

Illustration for article titled 180mph Car Treadmill Great for Designers, Dangerous for Pilots

Check this full size Nascar sitting on top of a steel belt sliding at 180mph. While wind tunnels have been used to design cars for years, the results can be affected by the fact that the ground is still. This machine solves that problem, in truly dramatic and dangerous fashion. Just like NASCAR itself. The image after the jump shows how giganormous this thing is.

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Illustration for article titled 180mph Car Treadmill Great for Designers, Dangerous for Pilots

It's been built by Nascar team owner, Gene Haas, in conjunction with Jacobs Engineering, and will be rented out to other teams to cover what I'm sure is the huge price tag. [Jalopnik]

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deejayqueue
DeeJayQueue

they probably make it out of the same steel they use to make the bandsaws at lumbermills, only thicker and heavier. If you temper steel, it loses its brittle quality and retains "memory" that's why saw blades can flex without breaking.