Wild Downhill Streamliner Can Hit 101.98 MPH Without an Engine – The Drive

We’ve all heard of The Soap Box Derby. Gravity-powered racing has been a thing since before the derby, probably since prehistoric humans figured out that objects prefer to go down hills. This is another level of non-powered racing cars. Meet the Atomic Scalpel.

Doug Anderson is a retired Delta Airlines technician with a goal: to build the fastest downhill gravity racing machine ever. In an interview with Hagerty, Anderson outlines how he did just that, and went over 100 mph without the use of an engine. It’s an absurd story of dedication, precision, and home-built ingenuity.

The car itself is designed to be as small and streamlined as possible, though not necessarily lightweight. The flat floor is made of mild steel instead of lighter aluminum to lower the center of gravity and provide stability while the car goes downhill. It weighs only 470 lbs with Anderson in it, less than the maximum of 550 lbs stated by the rules. 

Structurally, the car uses ultra-strong chromoly tubing to make up a spaceframe while using strategic titanium in critical areas for strength and lightness. It’s also unbelievably small, with the scale of the car hard to understand in photos. It’s designed to fit precisely around Anderson’s 5’8” 190 lb body, and has a calculated staggeringly low drag coefficient of 0.175 with a front area of 520 square inches. A Toyota Prius has a 0.25 drag coefficient. 

There was no time to test the car before its competitive debut, taking of five people, including Anderson, to build the car over an entire year. It barely finished getting painted when it debuted at an event in 2017. It was the first gravity racer to break the 100 mph barrier on its first attempt. 

There haven’t been any gravity racer events since then, allowing the record to stand. The Atomic Scalpel was retired and donated to the Speedway Motors Museum of American Speed in 2022. Anderson’s story and incredible achievements, however, will stand forever.


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Red Bull set to announce Ford engine partnership deal with US car giant – BBC

Honda-powered Red Bull won both the drivers’ and constructors’ championships in 2022

Red Bull are poised to announce an engine partnership deal with US car giant Ford.

Ford will join forces with the team from 2026, part-funding the engine Red Bull are designing for the new regulations to be introduced that year.

The agreement is expected to be officially unveiled at Red Bull’s 2023 season launch in New York on Friday.

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Ford set to announce F1 return with Red Bull engine deal – The Race

Red Bull and Ford are set to announce they will work together on a Formula 1 engine for 2026.

The widely rumoured collaboration will be announced on Friday, when Red Bull is set to reveal the livery for its 2023 car the RB19 at an event in New York.

Though not confirmed by either party, the news of a tie-up between Ford and the newly created Red Bull Powertrains engine division was mistakenly leaked in Italian media and is understood to be correct.

Ford has been interested in a potential F1 programme for several months, based around the 2026 engine regulations – which feature “100% sustainable fuels”, according to F1, and an increase in the electrical …….