The Swedish company Leander Bros. is a serious competitor in the European Drag Racing Championship circuit, and this year the team is introducing a 3,500 hp entry into a specific segment of the circuit—the Funny Car segment. But don't laugh: There is nothing funny about this Funny Car.
A Mustang derivative, Leander's Top Methanol Funny Car entry reportedly goes up to 250 mph.
Engineers on the racing team are using IronCAD (www.ironcad.com) software in their race-car design efforts. "It has made it possible for us to evaluate more design concepts," says Ulf Leanders.
Two different shape-shifting polymers have been announced from two different universities: Wyss Institute at Harvard University and Zhejiang University in eastern China. Both of them change their shapes when immersed in water, and the one from Wyss Institute was made with 3D-printing techniques.
When you think of the DARPA Robotics Challenge, you may imagine complex humanoid contraptions made of metal and wires that move like a Terminator Series T-90. But what actually happened at the much-vaunted event was something just a bit different.
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