July 6, 2010 AT 3:01 pm

Man Actually Wins Internet Debate (Also Builds Awesome Car)

via Jalopnik:

This is Blackbird, it’s a wind-powered car designed by an aerodynamicist to end a longstanding internet debate, namely, ‘Can you go downwind faster than the wind?‘ Using high-tech designs and precise instrumentation, Blackbird proves you can.

Directly Downwind Faster Than The Wind (DDWFTTW) is a favorite topic of debate across the nerdverse for the combination non-existent answer and apparently conflicting nature of the question. “Wind only goes X-speed, how can you go faster? If you go faster don’t you violate the law of conservation of energy?” That’s usually the way the discussion goes.

+5 BA points!

edit: link to the website. (thanks, David!)



  1. First link is a 404…

  2. We just spent the last few days at El Mirage, working on the official record for this vehicle, see more at: http://www.fasterthanthewind.org and @thinairdesigns on twitter

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