Real World Race Track is Real Hack

[Rulof] never ceases to impress us with what he comes up with and how he hacks it together. Seriously, how did he even know that the obscure umbrella part he used in this project existed, let alone thought of it when the time came to make a magnet mount? His hack this time is a real world, tabletop race track made for his little brother, and by his account, his brother is going crazy for it.

His race track is on a rotating table and consists of the following collection of parts: a motor, bicycle wheel, casters from a travel bag, rubber bands (where did he get such large ones?), toy car and steering wheel from his brother, skateboard wheels, the aforementioned umbrella part and hard drive magnets. In the video below we like how he paints the track surface by holding his paint brush fixed in place and letting the track rotate under it.

From the video you can see the race track has got [Rulof] hooked. Hopefully he lets his brother have ample turns too, but we’re not too sure. Some additions we can imagine would be robotics for the obstacles, lighting, sounds and a few simulated explosion effects (puffs of flour?).

And when you’re done viewing [Rulof]’s racing, check out some more of his ingenuity with his surprisingly effective microphone made from a hard drive and his leg mounted, beer bottle, underwater propulsors.

16 thoughts on “Real World Race Track is Real Hack

  1. Very cool – it reminds of a handheld toy I got to play with when I was in hospital as a kid. It had little Cars that went around a circuit all driven by magnets as well.

    very neat tech to use all the Nintendo parraphanalia as obsticals


        1. Here’s one of this. I’m not sure whether it’s original Soviet toy or modern replica.
          You can also watch related videos where you can see cyrillic names. Toy was called “За рулем”. You can copy-paste too.

  2. Old school….
    Just had a flashback to an arcade game that was similar to this in concept. However, in the cabinet, it projected through a cellophane track and the car was a similar projection connected to the steering wheel. It was mechanical collision detection….0
    Man you gotta love the internets… Here it is…

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