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Mach1 Theme park ride

Go faster than a pokey bullet and live
 
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It’s a 20+-mile long rocket sled built out in the desert. Except it uses maglev for the propulsion and regenerative braking. The car is modeled after the X1. A turntable at both ends allows the riders to exit and board while the car is tuned around.
duroncrush, Feb 06 2004

Rocket Sled http://www.meggafla...10%20flashbulbs.htm
[Sandia Nat'l Labs] [Letsbuildafort, Oct 04 2004]

Sandia National Labs Testing Site http://www.sandia.g.../overview/tp25.html
mmm - rockety [Letsbuildafort, Oct 04 2004]

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       I'm torn between wanting to go mach one and not wanting to walk 20 miles back to my car.
DonBirnam, Feb 06 2004
  

       With the recent retirement of the Concorde, this would again allow civilians to reach Mach 1. I'm sure there would be a market for it, but I'd hate to see the insurance paperwork that would be necessary.
krelnik, Feb 06 2004
  

       [krelnik] no special insurance needed to travel twice as fast on Concorde, so as long as its all tested, I see no particular issue with a Mach1 Theme park ride.   

       Sign me up - I wanna go faaaaster!
jonthegeologist, Feb 06 2004
  

       The ride should look like an ordinary car on an ordinary road - i.e. all the cunning maglev stuff should be hidden. Oh the joy of passing a 50mph speed limit sign at 600mph!
hippo, Feb 06 2004
  

       Maybe you could do it in a tower. It would only need to be 5.5 km (3 miles) high. Ignoring stopping distance. That would be cool.
kropotkin, Feb 07 2004
  

       Let 'em hit a block of concrete at the end of the ride. That will teach 'em how much it can hurt if you go too fast.   

       At the end of the day you can also sell a lot of nice cars, straight from the parking lot.
kbecker, Feb 07 2004
  
      
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