Race Car Races Inkjet Printer Around Track

Following on the success of their papercraft NSX, Epson bolted one of their inkjet printers shotgun in an Ariel Atom to see if they could print a racetrack out via Wi-Fi faster than the car could drive it. Who wins?


Given this whole exercise was orchestrated by Epson, from the start we didn't believe anyone but the printer would win in a race of car-versus-printer around Rockingham Motor Speedway in the UK. Sure enough, that was the result. The inkjet printer came in at 01:19 and the car lapped the track in 01:24.

Still, props to Epson for at least picking good competition in the Ariel Atom — a super-light, super-fast track-gobbling machine. Perhaps the extra poundage of the cameras and printer weighed the car down too much? Or maybe the printer was cheating when it threw a few sheets of 24-lb in the driver's face.

Either way it's fun to watch the Top Gear-like production.