Gallery: Wind-Powered Vehicle Travels Faster than the Wind

 

A wind-powered vehicle recently shattered a world record by traveling 2.8 times faster than the speed of the wind that propelled it. Rick Cavallaro and his crew at fasterthanthewind.org knew they could break the record with their simple — but mind boggling — lightweight aerodynamic cart. The wheels of the vehicle spin the 17 foot wind turbine, which in turn gets a boost from the prevailing winds, transferring power back to the wheels. Through a remarkable feat of physics the cart goes faster than the wind.

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  1. spork July 31, 2010 at 9:43 am

    Neither one can go directly downwind faster than the wind.

  2. captnemo July 30, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    What’s the big deal? Racing catamarans sail 50 percent faster than the speed of the wind and ice-racers sail at FIVE TIMES the speed of the wind. This is nothing new.

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