Tech & Science A race between the world’s smallest cars is about to begin

19:25  20 april  2017
19:25  20 april  2017 Source:   Quartz

Alonso: Indy 500 the "biggest task" in Triple Crown quest

  Alonso: Indy 500 the Fernando Alonso has declared that May’s Indy 500 will be the “biggest task” in his quest to cement his legacy with motorsport’s famous Triple Crown. The Spaniard announced earlier this month that he would miss the Monaco Grand Prix in order to race for Andretti Autosport at The Brickyard, in IndyCar’s blue-ribbon event. The Triple Crown consists of victory at the Monaco Grand Prix – a race which Alonso has already won on two occasions – alongside triumphs in the Le Mans 24 Hours and Indy 500. So far, Graham Hill is the only man to have achieved such a feat. Alonso was in attendance at Barber Motorsport Park as the venue hosted the IndyCar Series last weekend. “The biggest task is definitely the Indy 500 for a Formula 1 driver,” Alonso stated during his press conference at the event. “Le Mans is a series that will probably not need a big adaption time because they feel similar when driving. Some of the F1 drivers who jump into the Le Mans cars have no difficulties.” Alonso’s theory is supported by recent evidence. Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg managed to compete and win for Porsche at the 2015 Le Mans 24 Hours, in what was a one-off appearance in the World Endurance Championship. There is no recent precedent, however, for a Formula 1 driver competing at Indy. “This is quite a unique thing. I’m aware of the difficulty. All the fans are aware of this,” Alonso added. “It’s challenging.

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We all know what is (sorta) the world ' s smallest road car . What about racers ? There are lots of oddly-proportional race cars out there, and perhaps none are odder than the Mk. 1 Shadow Can Am car from 1970.

  A race between the world’s smallest cars is about to begin © Provided by Quartz The racers have snazzy names: Green Buggy, Swiss Nano Dragster, Windmill, Dipolar Racer, Ohio Bobcat Nano Wagon, and Nims-Mana Car. Each car will spend some 36 hours speeding around a challenging French racetrack. There will be drama, twists, and lots of turns.

But what makes this race unusual is that the cars don’t have wheels, motors, or even fuel. The drivers can only watch the action on a computer screen, because they are a billion times bigger than the cars. Welcome to the inaugural NanoCar Race.

The cars are single molecules, the track is made of gold, and the environment will be chilled to near absolute zero (about -270°C or -450°F). The only way to move the racers is via a series of electric shocks, with each jolt pushing them about 0.3 nanometers—less than a thousandth the width of a human hair. To win, the cars have to “run” for 100 nanometers.

Shark fins and t-wings outlawed for 2018

  Shark fins and t-wings outlawed for 2018 The controversial shark fins and t-wings on the rear of this year’s Formula 1 cars will be outlawed for 2018, the F1 Strategy Group has revealed today. The halo head protection device, which was set for introduction next year, has also been scrapped in favour of a transparent safety shield. This is the first meeting of the strategy group this season – and also the first that Chase Carey has attended after he replaced Bernie Ecclestone as CEO of the sport. Other rule changes include the return of standing restarts after a red flag period and tighter regulations on the way teams use oil at race meetings. One change, effective from the Spanish Grand Prix onwards, is to improve the visibility of drivers’ names and numbers on the cars. The changes, which need ratification from the World Motorsport Council, are likely to be approved. Resentment of the ugly shark fins from fans has been obvious since the first images of 2017 cars were released, whilst the t-wings pose a safety risk with several of them having fallen off already this season. Bringing back standing restarts after a red flag period is the next step following the reintroduction of wet weather standing starts for this year. The current procedure, which sees the race restart behind the safety car, was introduced in 2005. The strategy group consists of five permanent members – Ferrari, McLaren, Red Bull, Williams and Mercedes – and the best of the rest, which has been Force India for the last few seasons.

Grab a helmet and a sack lunch: the battle is about to begin . You can also modify your vehicle and customize it between races . Played 2082 times. Flaunt your stunts at the stadium! A Small Car . Players from around the world are starting their engines. Wanna join them?

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The only way to follow the action is with a sophisticated scientific instrument known as a scanning tunneling microscope (STM). After each car gets an electric jolt, the STM will take three minutes to scan the race track and tell the contestants whether or not their cars moved.

  A race between the world’s smallest cars is about to begin © Provided by Quartz The gold track can only fit four cars at any one time. This week, the six contestants will battle it out in trials to determine the top four. The final competition will begin on April 28. Because the race will be too slow to watch in real time, the organizers will create a short animation every hour and post it online.

The aim of the race is not to win money or fame, but to get people excited about nanotechnology and molecular machines. The 2016 Nobel Prize in chemistry went to pioneers in the field, but public awareness about the potential of the technology remains low.

The race should provide valuable scientific insights for experts, too. A better understanding of the physical characteristics of molecular machines could help identify new applications such as relaying information or making chemical reactions go faster.

Bottas remains positive despite second row start in Russia .
Valtteri Bottas is remaining positive ahead of the Russian Grand Prix despite narrowly missing out on pole position as Ferrari locked out the front row. The Finn looked in contention for pole throughout the qualifying session but a mistake at the final corner saw him pipped to pole by less than a tenth of a second. Speaking after qualifying, Bottas said: “I think we can see Ferrari were quicker today. We were close in the end, but not close enough. “All weekend they’ve had the upper hand and they’ve managed to extract more out of the tyres. They are looking very strong here and, as we’ve seen so far this year, Ferrari have a good race pace and we expect it to be the same tomorrow. Bottas, though, believes that the work the team carried out overnight will be critical to the performance in the race. With a one kilometre run down to Turn 2, he is keen to bounce back from his defeat in qualifying and beat the Ferraris into the lead at the start of the race. “We made an improvement from yesterday,” Bottas added. “It wasn’t quite enough but I think the changes we made overnight should help us in the race. “Tomorrow is where it counts and starting on the second row is still not a bad place to begin the race. There’s a very long run down into Turn 2 and a lot of slipstreaming. Ferrari is ahead today, but hopefully not tomorrow.

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