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Blackbird - Faster-Than-The-Wind vehicle
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This vehicle is used (and wasn't all that pretty even when it was new). Low miles :)

Jun 08, 2013
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Mountain View, California, United States


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Seller Notes: This vehicle is used (and wasn't all that pretty even when it was new). Low miles :)

DDWFTTW world record downwind physics

This is the wind powered vehicle we made to prove that you can in fact make a wind powered vehicle that will go DIRECTLY downwind - faster than the wind.  It will also go directly upwind faster than the wind.  Surprisingly, this baffled physicists, engineers, and professors alike.  We took the vehicle to El Mirage, California and established a world record by achieving a steady-state direct downwind speed of 2.8 times the wind speed.  We later modified it to go directly into the wind and set a record of 2.1 times wind speed going directly upwind on the New Jerusalem runway in California.   Both records were ratified by the North American Land Sailing Association (NALSA.org) and by Guinness.   The project received a great deal of press and caused tremendous controversy across hundreds of forums and blogs around the world.  

I learned just yesterday that it was used as the basis of a question the American Association of Physics Teachers used on a test to select the group of students to send to the International Physics Olympiad. 

The Blackbird did everything we wanted it to do.  But now it has to go.  You can take it off our hands and save it from the chopping block. 

Here is a sample of video and documentation of the project:

Our downwind project blog: http://www.fasterthanthewind.org/
Our upwind project blog: http://fasterthanthewind.wordpress.com/

And some selected press the project received:

Wired #1 http://www.wired.com/autopia/2010/06/downwind-faster-than-the-wind

 Wired #2 http://www.wired.com/autopia/2010/07/downwind-faster-than-the-wind-possible-and-theyll-prove-it

 Wired #3 http://www.wired.com/autopia/2010/07/its-settled-downwind-faster-than-the-wind-officially-possible/

 Wired #4 http://www.wired.com/autopia/2010/08/ddwfttw/all/1

Wired #5 (print article – March 2011) http://www.wired.com/magazine/2011/02/ff_fasterthanwind/all/1

 Wired UK http://www.wired.co.uk/magazine/archive/2011/04/features/faster



Popular Science: http://www.popsci.com/cars/article/2010-06/wind-powered-car-looks-odd-answers-tricky-physics-question


Discover Magazine: http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/sciencenotfiction/2010/06/10/impossible-seeming-wind-vehicles-are-quite-real%e2%80%94and-might-one-day-produce-abundant-energy/#more-647

German coverage:




Spektrum der Wissenschaft is the German edition of “Scientific American”



June 2011 Flying magazine:

Page 80; http://www.flyingmag.com/pilots-places/pilots-adventures-more/technicalities-something-nothing?page=0,0

Skeptic podcast: http://skeptech.net/wp-content/Podcasts/skeptech_ep_007_2009_02_07_128kbps.mp3

Sail Magazine:  appeared in print magazine June or July of 2010

 Full story here:   http://sailmagazine.com/racing/running_faster_than_the_wind

Popular Science: http://www.popsci.com/cars/article/2012-07/wind-powered-car-travels-upwind-twice-speed-wind


 Fox News: http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2012/07/17/record-breaking-wind-powered-car-is-faster-than-wind/

 Chinese: http://jandan.net/2012/07/13/wind-powered-car.html

 Top Gear: http://www.topgear.com/uk/car-news/top-gear-solves-tvr-problem-2012-07-12

 Hispanic: http://www.neoteo.com/un-coche-propulsado-a-helice-que-le-gana-al-viento

And: http://blogingenieria.com/

 Romanian: http://www.sportaz.ro/2012/07/topgear-vine-cu-o-solutie-pentru-tvr/

Austrailian forum: http://www.thebackshed.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=5066

 Turkish: http://www.haberdesin.com/haber/dunya/ruzgar-enerjisiyle-ruzgari-gecti

 French: http://www.sur-la-toile.com/discussion-234711-1-Le-Blackbird-remonte-le-vent-sans-moteur.html

Hungarian: http://www.autopult.hu/ujdonsagok/szellel-hajtva-haromszor-gyorsabban-mint-a-szel.html

 Portuguese: http://oglobo.globo.com/ciencia/blackbird-bate-recorde-de-navegacao-terrestre-5450879

 Polish print magazine Swiat Wiedzy (that's “World of Knowledge” in English)

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