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Speed with Guy Martin on Channel 4 tonight with attempt to build world's ... - Scunthorpe Telegraph

"soapox racing uk" on Google - November 16, 2014 - 07:23

Scunthorpe Telegraph

Speed with Guy Martin on Channel 4 tonight with attempt to build world's ...
Scunthorpe Telegraph
Sheffield Hallam's Centre for Sports Engineering Research (CSER) worked with him to design and build the 'gravity racer'. And that team also took inspiration from looking at the designs of vehicles at the Humber Bridge soapbox derby. CSER's Christina ...

Gravity Racer World Record: Introduction

Engineering Sport - November 14, 2014 - 18:06

Following our successful Speed with Guy Martin challenge last year (where we smashed the gravity sled record at a whopping 134.368 kph / 83.49 mph) North One TV decided to get in touch again and see if we would help to set the gravity racer record with Guy Martin (http://www.guymartinracing.co.uk/about-guy/racing/) at the helm? Hmm let me think about that for a moment….yes we would!

Guinness World Record define a gravity racer as ‘a motor-less vehicle capable of holding a driver which has no form of on-board propulsion.’ Other people may be more familiar with the term ‘soapbox’ racer and indeed one of the most famous races is the Redbull Soapbox Race (http://www.redbull.com/uk/en/event-series/1331653064672/red-bull-soapbox-2014  )

The Guinness World Record rules further stipulate these key areas that must be adhered to:

  • The soapbox may only be propelled by gravity and an initial human-powered
  • push. There may be no mechanical aids to this push.
  • Any length of run up is allowed.
  • Any design is allowed so long as it is complying with the above definition.
  • No external assistance or propulsion may be used, all motion must be provided
  • solely by gravity.
  • The soapbox must be controlled by a driver.
  • Any length and gradient course can be used for the attempt, it is up to the
  • person making the attempt to choose the location most suitable.
  • Only attempts after which the soapbox is brought to a controlled stop can be
  • accepted.
  • The speed must be calculated by timing the soapbox over a distance of 100 m.

There is no mention of weight but to make the attempt meaningful for the soapbox community we decided to design the racer with a maximum weight (including the driver) of 200kg http://scottishcarties.org.uk/files/SCA%20Speed%20Record%20Rules.pdf

There is no official gravity racer world record, however to set a record we knew we had to beat the unofficial one set by the Bodrodz Atomic Splinter Gravity Car Speed Run in September 2012 at 84.4 mph on the Burkhalter Gap road in Georgia, USA.

Arguably this was a much more difficult challenge than the sled with numerous areas to consider such as; the chassis, brakes, steering, suspension, aerodynamic body, safety, the location and of course generating the fastest speed possible! Each one could be a separate project in themselves but we had 4 months to come up with a design, build it, test it and then attempt to set a world record.

The Sports Engineering team with Guy Martin

We have decided to bring you the science and engineering story behind the episode and this will be brought to you over the coming week in 4 parts. These will include;

  1. Theory
  2. Design
  3. Location
  4. Record attempt.

Watch this Sunday 8pm on Channel 4 to see how we get on!

http://www.channel4.com/programmes/speed-with-guy-martin/episode-guide

 

Christina King

Making things happen in #sports engineering/science & #health @sheffhallamuni. Engineer & business professional, love fitness, mindmaps & ride a big motorbike.

Find me on Twitter @ChristinaEKing


Soapbox challenge up next for 'speedy' Guy Martin - Grimsby Telegraph

"soapox racing uk" on Google - November 14, 2014 - 09:17

Grimsby Telegraph

Soapbox challenge up next for 'speedy' Guy Martin
Grimsby Telegraph
... Sunday, with episode four of the second series of 'Speed with Guy Martin'. As reported, the 33-year-old has been in action at the North West 200, Isle of Man TT, Southern 100 and Ulster Grand Prix road races this year. But his latest challenge isn ...

Thrills on four wheels as Port Kembla Billy Cart Derby rolls back in - ABC Local

"soapox racing uk" on Google - November 14, 2014 - 04:27

Thrills on four wheels as Port Kembla Billy Cart Derby rolls back in
ABC Local
But at the heart of the day are the billy cart races - one long hair-raising downhill stretch of road through the centre of Port Kembla riding any number of home made vehicles on four wheels. While the carts have to pass a safety test before they're ...

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Thrills on four wheels as Port Kembla Billy Cart Derby rolls back in - ABC Local

"soapox racing uk" on Google - November 14, 2014 - 04:27

Thrills on four wheels as Port Kembla Billy Cart Derby rolls back in
ABC Local
But at the heart of the day are the billy cart races - one long hair-raising downhill stretch of road through the centre of Port Kembla riding any number of home made vehicles on four wheels. While the carts have to pass a safety test before they're ...

Speed with Guy Martin - Gravity Racer on Channel 4

UK Soapbox Race Calendar Feed - November 12, 2014 - 23:20
Start: Nov 16 2014 - 8:00pm End: Nov 16 2014 - 11:00pm Timezone: Etc/GMT+1

All eyes will be on Channel 4 this Sunday evening as gravity racers across the UK settle down to watch Guy Martin attempt to set a record for the fastest recorded soapbox in the world.

Although there is currently no officially accepted world record, he is aiming to beat the GPS measured 84.4mph claimed by Bodrodz on the Burkhalter Gap road in Georgia in September 2012. However, Guy is working to the specification set by Guinness Word Records which require the speed to be set over a measured 100m. 

Will he succeed? Watch C4 this Sunday 16th November at 8pm to find out.

Speed with Guy Martin - Gravity Racer on Channel 4

Scottish Cartie Association - November 12, 2014 - 23:20
Start: Nov 16 2014 - 8:00pm End: Nov 16 2014 - 11:00pm Timezone: Etc/GMT+1

All eyes will be on Channel 4 this Sunday evening as gravity racers across the UK settle down to watch Guy Martin attempt to set a record for the fastest recorded soapbox in the world.

Although there is currently no officially accepted world record, he is aiming to beat the GPS measured 84.4mph claimed by Bodrodz on the Burkhalter Gap road in Georgia in September 2012. However, Guy is working to the specification set by Guinness Word Records which require the speed to be set over a measured 100m. 

Will he succeed? Watch C4 this Sunday 16th November at 8pm to find out.

location of guy martin soapbox speed record attempt

Scottish Carties Comments - November 12, 2014 - 19:27

In reply to Guy Martin's Soapbox Speed Record Attempt:

http://www.tecprobarriers.com/infos.php confirms the location as Mont Ventoux, France.

There are better hills in the UK.

Guy Martin's Soapbox Speed Record Attempt

Scottish Carties Comments - November 12, 2014 - 19:13

In reply to Guy Martin's Soapbox Speed Record Attempt:

It's in the south of France near Avignon.

Guy Martin's soapbox speed record attempt

Scottish Carties Comments - November 12, 2014 - 17:23

In reply to Guy Martin :

Hello, newby here.. What's the course they've chosen?

Hawkland Hill Run, Lanarkshire

UK Soapbox Race Calendar Feed - November 11, 2014 - 21:59
Start: Jul 12 2015 - 8:30am End: Jul 12 2015 - 4:30pm Timezone: Etc/GMT+1

The Hawksland Hill Run is an open, but limited, series of competitions for non powered bogies, carties, sidecars and luge to compete down a closed public roadway over a course of approximately 800m and King of the Hill pushbike hill climb with various other activities including can shy, hoopla and treasure hunt, refreshments, etc.

The aim is to provide a fun but safe race day for people of all ages to enter and enjoy. The course includes several features to test the skill and courage of the competitors and the handling of their entry.

It is also hoped to be able to raise funds for a worthwhile charities and it has been decided that all the money raised will be donated to help in the fight against cancer. The team members of each entry are required to contribute an entry fee and spectators should purchase voting slips to enable them to help in the judging of the Best Fun Bogie Entry.

For full details go the Hawklands Hill Run web site.

Newport Pagnell Soapbox Derby 2014

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