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Long-standing speed record

Discussion in 'Racing, Motorsports, and Track Days' at netrider.net.au started by hornet, Feb 11, 2006.

  1. The Land Speed Record for the 50cc class stands at 121.7 mph (LSRs are mostly set in the USA and they measure in the old stuff by default) and it has stood since 1956! Surely in 50 years someone could have broken it??



    Here's some interesting ideas on how it could be done, and some broader ideas on high-speed aerodynamics as well

    http://www.sonicwind.com/concepts1.html
     
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  2. Wonder how old the rider was (bc they say he was tiny)
     
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  3. Same guy also still holds the 100cc and 125cc land speed records, also set in 1956 and also on NSU bikes (wonder if he started with a 50cc motor and just kept boring it out). Setting three land speed records in one year which remain unchallenged after 50 years is a pretty good effort I reckon, clearly someone who knew what he was doing.
     
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