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Fun though it may be, racing is still an applied science. Perhaps this is most evident in the tech heavy F1 cars. BMW uses a very trick wind tunnel to test their Sauber F1 car in virtually all dynamic conditions to ensure that the aerodynamics give the desired result. This video has a bit of a Kubrick/2001 feel to it, but it's fascinating watching the car "drive" on this gigantic treadmill. As usual, the video does a much better job than a whole bagful of words, so check it out after the jump.

[Source: MotorAuthority]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      *yawn*
      • 7 Years Ago
      has to be ze mozt boring video in the world of zome of ze mozt interezting pieces of equipment in ze world.

      • 7 Years Ago
      that miniature F1 would make for a sweet RC car.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Oh. My. Gawd.

      Watching mold grow on cheese is more interesting.

      Without question one of the dullest videos in history. Epically soporific.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I wonder what the drag coefficient of Robert Kubica's nose is.
      • 7 Years Ago
      A very similar facility is under construction in Concord, NC by Haas Automation. It's been discussed here before.

      http://www.autoblog.com/2007/04/17/wind-tunnel-dyno-as-real-as-you-can-get/

      Careful....the idiocy in the comments of the linked entry can be overwhelming. Just read the blog entry and you'll be fine.