RC Car Aims for 200-mph Record

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Most full sized vehicles can't hit 200 mph, let alone radio controlled cars (in actual miles per hour, not scale). But Nic Case hopes his X2, currently in development, will do just that. Current holder of RC car speed record of 134.4 mph, Nic's goal is nevertheless an optimistic one. Powered by a 29.6 Volt direct drive motor, the X2's theoretical top speed is 274 mph, but that's without any drag generated by friction with the road or air. Special foam tires capable of withstanding the incredibly high RPMs keep the diminutive car in contact with the track, while a gyroscope manipulates rudders to automatically keep it in a straight line. A video of the X2 running shakedown tests follows the jump.

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huff, huff...If he wants to get to...huff, huff...200 mph he's going to need to...huff, huff...reduce frontal area...huff, huff...I imagine. That cardboard box...huff, huff...is going to max out...huff, huff...well before it gets to top speed...huff, huff. Then again...huff, huff...they probably already know that.

Maybe he should spend less time playing with RC cars and more time on a treadmill.