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Enthusiasts the world over shed a tear when Mitsu killed off the rally-bred Lancer Evolution last year. After 10 generations and nearly a quarter century of bringing high-tech speed to the masses, you could say we were growing rather fond of the Japanese imports. Thankfully, even with production now ended, Evo owners are still pushing the limits of what’s possible with the platform. The latest evidence of this comes from Texas and the TX2K17 drag racing event, where one Evo X managed to set a new world record by doing the quarter mile in an astonishing 8.48 seconds at 164 mph.
Documentation of the new record comes courtesy of 1320 Video, which put together this superb three-and-a-half minute bit of evidence, complete with tons of runs, lots of hard launches, and plenty of pleasing noises. The video starts with rollouts, which offer good prep for the later, more serious runs. The video then follows the Evo’s progress towards quicker and quicker ETs, ending with the record-setting 8.48. Watching this thing scoot down the strip is pretty awesome, especially when you consider the pilot is working a five-speed manual, rather than a sequential shifter. We can’t wait to see where it goes next.
Remember what happened in the Terminator timeline? Well, let me sum it up for you right quick: Humans built AI and Robots, robots and AI became self-aware, Robots and AI determined that humans were a threat. Next thing you know, robots are exterminating humans in the future and humans are hacking said robots to send them into the past to fight other robots that are there to change the past. It’s an all-out, robot-on-human temporal warfare. In the 1980s and 1990s, this all seemed like fun science fiction, but the future is here folks, and Russia is well on its way to building a full-fledged terminator minus the organic, human-like skin, of course.
I mean, seriously, this thing can shoot guns, drive a car, workout, and at one point in the video, you see it using a syringe and a drill to do other somewhat complex tasks. As you can see, it’s not exactly perfect when it comes to using the tools, but it’s pretty damn accurate with a gun and apparently drives pretty well too. According to the video, the robot is being designed as part of a peaceful space mission, but if that’s the case, why has it been programmed to shoot guns? If history has taught us anything, when it comes to war, humans will use whatever technology they have to get an advantage over the enemy. I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t put it past Russia to use something like this as a weapon. But, for now, take a look at the video and let us know what you think in the comments section below…
Presence. Do you wanna be seen? Do you wanna drive around in something that can blot out the sun like it’s a solar eclipse? Then U.S. Specialty Vehicles has what you need. Say hello to the Rhino GX, a seven-foot tall, eight-foot wide, 9,600-pound, quarter-million dollar slab of America ready to roll over anything in its way. Based on the Ford Super Duty F-450, this thing is rocking custom steel body panels, composite fender flares, and custom-made forged one-piece wheels, all of which lend it a military-grade aesthetic that’s sure to turn heads. The suspension is new as well, with hydraulic components replacing the stock set-up, but the drivetrain and engine are both factory fresh with a 6.7-liter powerplant and 4WD grip. It’s also 100 percent street legal, and offers impressive opulence and space in the cabin, all of which Jay Leno gets to experience firsthand in this episode of Jay Leno’s Garage.
“This is great for dropping your kid off at soccer practice, if your kid’s on the prison team,” Jay starts the video. Hit play and you’ll get an in-depth look at how U.S.S.V. puts these things together, and what it’s like to bash around on the streets of Los Angeles. The video also features the Rhino XT, a modified four-door Jeep prototype that was featured in ‘The Fate of the Furious.’ Rhino is ramping up production of the XT now, blessing it with a supercharged V-6 engine, larger Toyo tires, and more of those custom forged wheels.
Within the next couple of days Dodge’s Demon campaign will finally come to an end and what could be to coolest, production drag car ever built will finally be exposed. We know it’s lighter, sheds some amenities, uses the A/C to cool the engine, and can switch from premium to high-octane fuel with the press of a switch. It’s so torquey that it will fold a pair of drag tires will probably be a force to be reckoned with when it finally gets to the drag strip.
But, don’t get it twisted. I doubt this thing is going to be a 9-second monster. See, at the very end of this last teaser video, we see a slip printing out just before the video cuts out. Dodge made it a point to blur it out so that it’s not exactly legible, but it sure looks like a double-digit time to me. Maybe not, but I’m guessing we’ll see this thing run 10.5s out of the gate. Not bad, but we’ll just have to wait and see for sure. It sure does sound mean, though. All of the teasers have been a bit annoying, to be honest, but Dodge does have my attention.
The thing is, though, Hennessey just announced the Exorcist which is a Camaro ZL1 that’s massaged to deliver 1,000 horsepower at 966 pound-feet of torque. That’s more than the Demon is expected to deliver while Hennessey testing promises a 60-mph sprint in less than 3 seconds and a quarter-mile spring in less than 10. So, It might not be straight from the factory, but I have a feeling it just might outshine the demon. Of course, it will be more expensive too, coming at around $116,000 but it’s completely road legal. For now, I’m just ready to see full specs for the Demon, but I can’t wait to see who wins the battle between good and evil when the Exorcist and Demon go head to head on the strip.
Set to be unveiled on April 11 at the 2017 New York Auto Show, the highly anticipated Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is less than a week away from breaking cover. And, Dodge is making sure the hype is as big as possible with a brand-new teaser video and a final release set for tomorrow. Today’s video is called “Fuel” and focuses on the car’s ground-breaking fuel system.
Essentially the first factory production car able to run on either 100+ high-octane unleaded fuel or the more common 91-octane fuel, the Challenger Demon can be set up for optimum performance on either public roads or the race track at the flick of a switch. Specifically, Dodge created a special powertrain control module calibrated for high-octane fuel and placed a new switch bank on the center stack for easy access. The car leaves the factory with the control module set for premium unleaded pump gasoline, but once at the track, the driver can easily switch to high-octane.
When activated, the controller enables the supercharged Hemi engine “to extract the maximum power from the knock-resistant high-octane fuel by optimizing spark timing,” and return “big changes in elapsed time.” Dodge says that mixing high-octane and premium unleaded fuels in the tank won’t hurt the Demon’s engine, but it turns out that the high-octane function won’t activate if the combined fuel octane is too low. Drivers will be able to check the octane in the gauge display thanks to a controller that monitors the engine’s knock sensors. On top of the dual fuel pump, the SRT Demon will also feature larger fuel injectors and higher rail pressure.
Needless to say, the Demon is indeed the kind of car you can drive to the drag strip, run the quarter mile, and then return home with minor modifications.
Getting people and equipment into space is an expensive business, and it’s far from easy. Take away all of the calculations, planning, and hundreds of people that all have to work together, and there’s still one basic problem – breaking the gravity’s hold. To get anything into orbit around the earth, it has to reach speeds of about 4.9 miles per second or 17,600 mph. To do this, we’ve traditionally used multiple-stage rockets, in which the first stage does most of the legwork while the second stage completes the job. First stage rockets, until now, have generally been one-use items, but Elon Musk and SpaceX just made the first major step in making spaceflight significantly cheaper.
See, SpaceX’s idea of space travel means having a reusable rocket for the initial take off into the great unknown. Once our shuttles, satellites, or whatever else were sending is high enough, that rocket falls back to earth and lands to be prepped for another mission. SpaceX just proved it was possible and became the first private company ever to reuse a rocket to send something into space. For this mission, SpaceX launched the SES-10 satellite into orbit with Falcon 9, a rocket that has been used once already. The whole mission was a complete success from the pre-launch sequence, to landing, to the deployment of SES-10. It’s a tremendous feat for SpaceX and potentially for humanity as we may soon be able to get into space much cheaper than before.
To put that into perspective, it is estimated to cost anywhere between $50 million and $400 million to launch a satellite into space. It can cost in excess of $500 million to send a space shuttle into space. But, if SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket proves to be reusable over the long term, it could drop launch prices down to as low as $5-$7 million. Musk has even said that the potential cost reduction in the long term is “probably in excess of a factor of 100.” That’s a pretty big deal if you ask me. With that said, you can click play to watch SpaceX make the history books. Hint: Skip forward to about 17:30 to see the final countdown.
The 2017 New York Auto Show is just around the corner and so is the highly anticipated Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, the vehicle that may revolutionize the muscle car segment. With the official unveiling less than two weeks away, Dodge launched yet another teaser that showcases an industry-first feature. This time around, the FCA brand brags that the Challenger Demon is the first-ever, factory production car with a liquid-to-air charge air cooler chiller system.
Dodge says that the exclusive performance feature enables the muscle car to achieve charge air induction temperatures previously unattainable by pressure-charged street-legal production vehicles. While conventional cooling methods use air or coolant to reduce the air induction temperature as it is pushed through the charge air cooler, the Challenger’s air conditioning system is diverted to cool the engine’s charge air cooling system when needed. This happens only when the car is used in Drag mode.
Thanks to this system, the intake air temperature can drop by up to 45 degrees Fahrenheit, which enhances performances at the drag strip. By how much compared to the Hellcat is still a mystery but more data will become available when the Demon breaks cover at the 2017 New York Auto Show next month. Stay tuned for updates!
Ah Scion, Toyota’s youth-market sub brand. Now in 2017, we can only reminisce about bygone days when new Scion hatchbacks, coupes, and toasters sat in showrooms waiting for eager high-school teens to arrive with daddy’s money or senior citizens to stroll in looking for something more economical than their worn-out Mercury Grand Marquis. Those days are gone though, thanks to Toyota shuttering Scion and consolidating a few of its models into the Toyota fleet. One such example is the Scion iM.
The iM was all-new for the U.S. market in 2015, launched beside the Mazda-derived Scion iA sedan. The iM was basically a Toyota Corolla Hatchback, though you’d never hear a Scion salesman pointing that to potential buyers. The car featured the same, 1.8-liter four-cylinder as the Corolla, as well as the six-speed manual or optional Continuously Variable Transmission. But, sadly, the iM and iA couldn’t save the Scion brand. Toyota ended the brand’s 13-year run in August of 2016. Fast-forward to today, and Toyota has rebadged the iA, iM, and FR-S as the Yaris iA, Corolla iM, and the 86, respectively.
I recently got to sample the Corolla iM for a week – living with it during the daily grind. My tester came equipped with the six-speed manual transmission and zero options. It’s rare to have press fleet cars come so equipped. But rather than being a buzzkill from the usual whiz-bang gadgetry and overly complicated nature of many modern cars, the iM’s basic nature proved a welcomed reprieve and rather enjoyable. Heck, my tester didn’t even have floor mats. (I’ve heard Toyota is stingy with their floor mats.)
Of course, the most noticeable feature of this iM is its color – that big, bright, green color. Oh boy. Toyota calls it “Spring Green Metallic.” I call it ugly. Yet the color helped add a particular flare to car it wouldn’t have otherwise had. It also attracted everyone’s attention. I lovingly named my tester Snot Rocket.
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Glamour, prestige, and incredible levels of excess in every single way – these are the things that make the Bugatti Chiron what it is. A rundown on the specs is staggering. Making it go is a quad-turbocharged 8.0-liter W-16 engine producing 1,479 horsepower and 1,180 pound-feet of torque through all four wheels. The engine is so voracious, it’ll suck up 60,000 liters of air per minute. A run to 62 mph slots into the low 2-second range, while the ungoverned top speed is somewhere in the vicinity of 288 mph. To call this thing a monster would be a gross understatement – this is the superlative automobile, the last word in power, presence, and velocity. And Carfection got a chance to drive it in this 7-minute review. Lucky bastards.
I could spend pages and pages writing about this car’s incredible specs, and indeed, the above-featured video does devote a good amount of time to talking about the numbers. However, it’s the lovely string of detail shots, the rolling shots on the road, and the jaw-dropping sound the Chiron makes when 1,500 horses are released that really make this video special.
Looking to get lost for a few minutes in a $2.6 million fantasy? Go ahead and hit play. Don’t forget your headphones.
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The EV craze has unearthed several startup automakers claiming to develop the best high-performance vehicle in recent years. However, most of them failed to deliver anything beyond a prototype, while those that did weren’t that impressive. NextEV is an exception from this unfortunate rule, with its Nio EP9 set to go into production soon with amazing specs. What’s more, the electric hypercar has already set a new record for EVs at the Nurburgring track.
And, the Chinese firm has just released the video!
Packing 1,341 horsepower and a staggering 4,671 pound-feet of torque, the Nio EP9 lapped the “Green Hell” in only 7:05.12 minutes, setting a new record for electric cars. Definitely not surprising given the outrageous output, but the fact that the Nio EP9 is only 13 seconds slower than the quickest production model at the ’Ring is damn impressive. Not to mention that it’s 17 seconds quicker than the previous record holder for EVs, the Toyota TMG EV P002. And yes, I’m talking about a race car!
Getting back to how awesome the Nio EP9 really is, only three gasoline production models were quicker on the ’Ring: the new Lamborghini Huracan Performante, the Porsche 918 Spyder, and the Lambo Aventador SuperVeloce. The Radicall SR8LM and SR8 are also quicker, but both are track-only vehicles. The Nio EP9 lapped the German track quicker than cars like the Nissan GT-R Nismo, Mercedes-AMG GT R, Dodge Viper SRT-10 ACR, and Ferrari 488 GTB, among other spectacular production models.
Pretty impressive right?
Granted, it’s not as exciting as a conventional car when it comes to engine note, but I’m willing to look past the whining and swooshing for the performance. Hit “play” to watch the video.
Hey! You there! Auto enthusiast! Are you excited for the impending invasion of the first Type R’d Honda to ever get shipped stateside? Do you dream of wings and red badges and 20-inch wheels and triple exhaust pipes? Do you spend your days fantasizing about 300 turbocharged ponies rampaging at the dip of your right foot? Well, you’re in luck, because all that goodness will soon become a reality with the arrival of the new Civic Type R. Word has it the first units will arrive sometime this spring, so to tide you over, Honda is offering up this 1-minute teaser video.
The vid is set in an industrial park and showcases the FWD maniac amid a host of hype-building effects – reverse smoke billows, red lasers… that sort of thing. It’s a fun little clip that does a good job in highlighting the CTR’s extreme exterior styling, as well as some of the goodies equipped in the cabin. But make sure to stick around for the end, where we get about eight seconds of burbling, popping exhaust noise as the CTR speeds away at full throttle, cracking through the manual six-speed shifter in the process.
Unfortunately, the whole thing isn’t much more than a shameless teaser to stoke the flames of desire amongst fans, and no new info can be gleaned from watching it. But hey – if you’re CTR lover, ain’t nothing wrong with that.
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Another week has passed, and that means that it’s time to see yet another Dodge Demon teaser video. So far, the videos have shown us where the demon shed some weight, what kind of tires it has, the suspension system, its hardened driveline and launch system that prevents wheel hop, exhaust note, and the performance pages in its 8.4-inch uConnect infotainment system. The wildest thing so far is considered by most to be the way the car literally bends its tires on launch, and we get to see more of that again in this video, right before the car hauls ass down a dragstrip looking and sounding as sexy as it could be.
But, that’s not all that we learned with the release of the 11th teaser video. Dodge has also announced that the Challenger SRT Demon will be the first production car ever to be equipped from the factory with a TransBrake. That’s right, Dodge wasn’t lying when it said the Demon was built for the straight line, and this new little piece of data proves exactly that. Instead of having to use the two-foot method to secure a good launch, the driver will be able to rev the engine up to 2,350 rpm without having to touch the brake pedal. The system makes use of the paddle shifters to engage and release the TransBrake, which is said to result in a 30-percent decrease in reaction time over traditional two-foot launches. The system locks the output shaft of the transmission and is said to increase launch boost pressures by 105 percent and engine launch torque by 120 percent – now those bending tires really make sense, right?
But, that’s not all, as the driveline also features a preload process that guarantees engine torque is applied through the entire driveline – all the way to the rear wheels. According to Dodge, this system allows full engine torque to be applied to the wheels in as little as 150 milliseconds after the paddle shifter (TransBrake) is released. All told, you’ll experience faster acceleration at launch, better 60-foot and quarter-mile times, and 40 percent more torque at launch compared to vehicles that require the two-foot launch method. Doesn’t sound too bad at all, but we’re ready to see the car in the metal. It will officially debut at the New York Auto Show in a couple of weeks, but until then, check out the latest teaser video and let us know what you think so far.
When it comes to the creation of the fastest, most expensive cars on the planet, carbon fiber is the material of choice. Also used extensively in a variety of aerospace applications, including satellites and rockets, the world of composite brings exactly the sort of characteristics needed if you plan on building something that moves. Not only does it offer a high degree of tensile strength and stiffness, but it’s also incredibly lightweight, making it perfect for something like a supercar. Lamborghini’s been using it for years, but in the race for supercar bragging rights, the Italian automaker has come up with a new spin on carbon. It’s called forged composites, and it’s highlighted in this brief 40-second video.
Originally developed as a collaborative project between Lamborghini and Callaway Golf Company, Lambo’s first application of forged composites was in the Sesto Elemento, an AWD V-10 rocket ship weighing in at less than 1,000 kg (2,202 pounds to be exact). With so little mass and 570 horsepower to motivate it, the Sesto Elemento can hit 62 mph in just 2.5 seconds.
More recently, the technology was utilized on the Huracan Performante, making it the first production model to use forged composites.
The video itself is short on details, but does give the viewer a look at forged composites in a kaleidoscope of light and shadow, all set to an epic soundtrack worthy of some of the fastest cars on the planet.
If you’re in the mood to get a little nerdy, read on for the technical bits on what forged composites are all about.
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Obesity seems to be an epidemic that’s slowly taking over the world. Here in America, 33 percent of the population is said to be obese, with the average weight for men climbing 21 pounds to 195 and the average weight for women climbing 20 pounds to 166 over the last 50 years. That’s actually a pretty big deal. Some of it can be attributed to the overwhelming amount of unhealthy fast food available, while at the same time, we Americans love to eat, which doesn’t help the situation.
Be that as it may, the U.S. isn’t anywhere near being the most obese place in the world with places like American Samoa, and Nauru coming in first and second, respectively. Even Tonga, Palau, and Kuwait beat us out, but we do land in the top 20, just above Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. But, that’s not the point of the video you’re about to watch. The point is that the world is getting fat enough that crash dummy manufacturers are now working on developing dummies that are fat.
How fat? Well, we don’t know for sure, but a few years ago, Humantics was developing dummies that weighed upward of 270 pounds, so it’s not necessarily a new concept. Either way, ABC’s Good Morning America ran a segment that gives us a behind-the-scenes look at the next-generation of test dummies that will soon be tasked with telling us how safe future cars are – even for those who are overweight.
With that said, go ahead and click play to learn more about it and see just how big the next-gen test dummies might be.
When CGI became a thing, the special effects in movies and commercials were practically limitless. 15 years ago, Honda put together one of the best commercials ever for the 2003 Honda Accord Wagon. The commercial was first broadcast in Britain and was an instant hit because of how intricately put together it really was. And, the best part, it used very little CGI.
As the video kicks off, you’ll see a few gears rolling down a length of wood. Ultimately triggering a chain reaction that’s made up of various Honda Accord parts, including the exhaust system, a crankshaft, a hood, a set of wheels, and there is even a radiator fan and rain-sensing wipers in the mix. Ultimately, this domino effect leads to a 2003 Honda Accord rolling down a platform. We don’t know why, but it’s satisfying to watch – maybe it’s because putting together something like this took a lot of time.
But, before you click play, I want to point out a couple of things. First, the only place CGI was used was around the one-minute mark when a muffler rolls across the floor. And, this was only done because the ad agency at the time, Wieden & Kennedy, couldn’t find a studio large enough to do the entire two-minute ad in one shot, so the same space was used twice. Otherwise, everything that happens can be attributed to physics. Of course, you’re probably going to call me out on the wheels that roll uphill – just to be clear; there were counterweights stashed inside the wheels that forced them to roll uphill when displaced. With that said, go ahead and click play to enjoy two very satisfying minutes from Honda. Isn’t it nice when things just work?
Although it has yet to be officially unveiled, the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is already a legend. Not just because it promises to be the most powerful factory-built muscle car yet, but also due to the numerous previews Dodge has released so far, as well as its role in the upcoming “The Fate of the Furious” film. We’ve already seen some of its design cues in the company’s teasers, but the latest music video from the upcoming “Fast and Furious” movie gives us a better look at the Demon.
Made by Lil Uzi Vert, Quavo & Travis Scott, artists of which I don’t much about because I’m not into this type of music, “Go Off” includes quite a few scenes from the movie and plenty of footage with the brand-new Challenger. The car is even performing burnouts and donuts, and even though we’ve seen it burn rubber in Dodge’s very own videos, it’s actually nice to see it in a different location than the drag strip or the dyno.
The music video further confirms the car’s aggressive aero package, from the massive scoop on the engine hood to the extremely wide wheel arches, and the revised rear bumper. The fat wheels also get to show off on film while turning rubber into smoke. Unfortunately, there’s no hints about output and performance, but we should find out more from the upcoming teasers. Meanwhile, hit “play” to watch the Demon in action.
They say it’s better to be lucky than good, and sometimes, that maxim extends to the world of fast cars. Because no matter how much you prep for an event, no matter how ready you think you are, auto racing is a chaotic, tumultuous thing, chock-full of surprises and unexpected occurrences. Whether it’s an erratic competitor, mechanical failure, or just plain bad timing, things can go wrong, and in that moment, you better hope luck is on your side.
As it happens, luck is definitely on display in each of these four videos, with prominent examples coming from the worlds of rally racing, drag racing, and formula car racing. And don’t worry – each of these videos has a happy ending!
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With the 2017 Geneva Motor Show almost over now, it’s time to focus on upcoming events and cars. More specifically, the New York Auto Show is just a few weeks away, and so is the unveiling of the incredible Dodge Challenger SRT Demon. In case you haven’t figured it out yet, Dodge just launched a new teaser for the muscle car.
Called “No Pills,” the latest video showcases the Demon’s exhaust note as it prepares to run the quarter-mile. And needless to say, it sounds like there might be something wrong with the supercharged V-8 under the hood. But Dodge is quick to explain that the unique exhaust note is the result of an advanced torque reserve launch system specifically designed for drag racing.
So what’s torque reserve? Glad you asked. According to Dodge, the system lets more air flow through the engine before launch, allowing for increased supercharger rpm without torque overwhelming the brakes and spinning the rear tires. Available when the car is used in Launch Mode only, torque mode kicks in when engine rpm is greater than 1,000.
When that happens, it closes the bypass valve on the supercharger and manages fuel flow to cylinders and changes spark timing. To balance engine rpm and torque, the powertrain controller briefly cuts fuel flow to selected cylinders, which creates the noticeable change in the exhaust tone. With torque reserve managing the engine output, the supercharged engine builds boost pressure before leaving the starting line and reaches maximum boost pressure quicker. This enables the SRT Demon to make better use of its increased contact patch drag radials and get off the line quicker and run the quarter miles faster.
Again, there’s no specific data about how quick the Demon is on the drag strip, but we should find out more closer to the 2017 New York Auto Show in April. Four more teasers will be released over the next four weeks, with the fifth to effectively launch the production model. Stay tuned!
Dodge has launched yet another teaser video ahead of the 2018 SRT Demon’s launch at the 2017 New York Auto Show. Like the other teaser videos before it, this one gives little detail but entices with exhaust noises, supercharger while, and tire smoke. What details are given are clearly gifts from Dodge’s marketing department. Today they’re milking this debut is a drastic understatement. Nevertheless, there are a few cleverly-planted hints, including the horsepower rating.
Watching the video above, you’ll see the Challenger’s 8.4-inch Uconnect infotainment screen and its SRT Performance Pages. Like the current SRT-branded Dodge vehicles, these pages include auxiliary gauges, G-meter, and powertrain setup options that include suspension, transmission, and engine tuning. However, the Demon’s Performance Pages are clearly different.
Not only are they updated, but also contain a new data recorder feature. Look closely enough and you’ll spot some other nuggets of information. Check out the clock – 757. Seems awful conspicuous, especially when the new Dyno chart page shows a peak horsepower of roughly 757. The torque curve is just beneath, perhaps around 750 pound-feet. While that’s below the rumored 800 horsepower, the dyno chart doesn’t even show 800 horsepower on the graph. Interesting. (Or Dodge is playing us.)
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When British Airways and Air France started offering flights in the Concorde Supersonic Jet back in the 1970s, it seemed as if slow flights were soon to be a thing of the past. After all, breaking the speed of sound (767.269 mph) isn’t only something that most people don’t get to experience, but is much faster than the 500 to 600 mph speeds usually seen on commercial flights. When supersonic commercial flights started taking place, some people jumped onboard just to experience it, while others found it a great alternative to spending eight hours to cross the Atlantic. But, there were a few major problems.
First off, those supersonic flights were expensive – not only for passengers but for flight operators as well. The Concord held just 100 passengers, only some of which actually paid for their tickets while others used miles earned for free flights. The Concorde was uncomfortably tight, and despite being considering “luxury” wasn’t much better than the economy seats that we purchase today on large, subsonic airliners that haul hundreds of people.
What it boils down to is the fact that supersonic flight is expensive, the transonic speed between Mach 0.8 and Mach 1.2 is turbulent and destabilizing to aircraft. So, airliners must stick below Mach 0.8 or well above it at somewhere around Mach 1.2. So much air resistance and drag creates a huge draw on fuel and thus makes supersonic flights extremely expensive and inefficient.
But, that’s not the only reason flights are slower now – even passenger jets that don’t have supersonic capability take longer to get from point A to point B. This boils down to airline companies competing for fuel economy. Flying at 550 mph is far more efficient than at 700 mph, for instance. And, as such, the slow flight times actually save enough fuel to make flights profitable for airlines.
Most general passengers would rather pay less and spend more time in the air anyway. Why not get your night’s sleep flying across the Atlantic instead of paying three or four times more to get there in a few hours? To most people, the time spent is a fair trade off to save money.
Another thing that makes for longer flight times is the sheer number of people traveling and planes in the air. Things like boarding, take off, landing, etc. are all including in flight times these days to help ensure that flights still arrive on time. But, that’s just the gist of it all. Take a look at this video from Wendover Productions that breaks it all down in detail, then tell us what you think in the comments section below.