Tricycle Robot Going For RC Distance Record Against All Odds

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Panasonic's latest attempt to hype their record-holding alkaline EVOLTA battery pits this little tricycle robot against the Le Mans racing circuit in France.

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Over a period of 24 hours starting this Wednesday, "Mr. Evolta" will pedal around the 2.5 mile track powered by only 2 AA batteries in an attempt to break the distance record for a remote controlled car. If all goes well Mr. Evolta should manage around six laps—although just about anything from bugs to stones to a stiff breeze stands in its way. Mr. Evolta already pressed his luck climbing the Grand Canyon, but can he survive this harrowing journey? Who cares...you should be using rechargeable batteries anyway. [IDG via PopSci]

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(turn down the sound on the robot video and listen to the music video. It works, even when you restart the robot video again.)

He's going the distance.

He's going for speed.

She's all alone

In her time of need.

Because he's racing and pacing and plotting the course,

He's fighting and biting and riding on his horse,

He's going the distance.

No trophy, no flowers, no flashbulbs, no wine,

He's haunted by something he cannot define.

Bowel-shaking earthquakes of doubt and remorse,

Assail him, impale him with monster-truck force.

In his mind, he's still driving, still making the grade.

She's hoping in time that her memories will fade.

Cause he's racing and pacing and plotting the course,

He's fighting and biting and riding on his horse.

The sun has gone down and the moon has come up,

And long ago somebody left with the cup.

But he's striving and driving and hugging the turns.

And thinking of someone for whom he still burns...