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Offline crispy_tofu

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Re: Its Back to the Future day.
« Reply #50 on: October 23, 2015, 12:07:04 am »
Apparently it uses a system similar to the Maglev trains...  :-\
and it also has several hundred thousand dollars worth of super cooled magnets in it

So where are the real hoverboards that can get you anywhere?    :popcorn:
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Re: Its Back to the Future day.
« Reply #51 on: October 23, 2015, 01:14:41 am »
None of manufacturers will do it because of liability. Couple deaths and it will be end of story.
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Re: Its Back to the Future day.
« Reply #52 on: October 23, 2015, 01:18:50 am »
None of manufacturers will do it because of liability. Couple deaths and it will be end of story.

That's a shame, no fun...  :'(
 

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Re: Its Back to the Furure day.
« Reply #53 on: October 23, 2015, 02:39:55 am »
Except the original speedometer in a DeLorean doesn't even go to 88 MPH...

The DeLorean from 1982 achieved 125 Mph (200 Km/h).
But the law at this time permitted only speedometers with Vmax 85 Mph. Doh!   :wtf:

(Hmm... Ferrari speedos were restricted, too? How about Viper, Corvette and so on?)  :-//

I've never seen a car with a speedo that only went to 85 mph---And I've seen a hell of a lot of speedometers!
From memory,even my old  Morris Minor went to 90.
My 1964 EH Holden speedo went to 120mph,although the EH topped out at about 85!

OK,I Googled,& it was another bit of US tomfoolery!

We didn't see that many '80s US cars in Oz.
Of course,to sell here they would have had to have km/h speedometers,anyway.

 

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Re: Its Back to the Furure day.
« Reply #54 on: October 23, 2015, 02:56:05 am »
Except the original speedometer in a DeLorean doesn't even go to 88 MPH...

The DeLorean from 1982 achieved 125 Mph (200 Km/h).
But the law at this time permitted only speedometers with Vmax 85 Mph. Doh!   :wtf:

(Hmm... Ferrari speedos were restricted, too? How about Viper, Corvette and so on?)  :-//

I've never seen a car with a speedo that only went to 85 mph---And I've seen a hell of a lot of speedometers!
From memory,even my old  Morris Minor went to 90.
My 1964 EH Holden speedo went to 120mph,although the EH topped out at about 85!

OK,I Googled,& it was another bit of US tomfoolery!

We didn't see that many '80s US cars in Oz.
Of course,to sell here they would have had to have km/h speedometers,anyway.

During the oil crisis in the 1970s, the US government enacted a national 55mph speed limit in order to lower fuel consumption.  There was an extension to that later requiring speedometers to stop at 85.

Once the law was overturned, speedometers got more range.

Example: 1980 Chevrolet Corvette.  5.7L V8 with an 85 mph speedometer.



More information about the 55 mph federal speed limit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Maximum_Speed_Law

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On September 1, 1979, in a regulation that also regulated speedometer and odometer accuracy, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) required speedometers to have special emphasis on the number 55 and a maximum speed of 85 mph (135 km/h). However, on October 22, 1981, NHTSA proposed eliminating speedometer and odometer rules because they were "unlikely to yield significant safety benefits" and "a highlighted '55' on a speedometer scale adds little to the information provided to the driver by a roadside speed limit sign.
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Re: Its Back to the Future day.
« Reply #55 on: October 26, 2015, 10:48:26 pm »
There is actually a somewhat plausible in-universe reason why 88 miles per hour is the magic number, it is due to the time gate being open about 100ms and that's how long it takes the length of the delorean to pass through it.

http://scifi.stackexchange.com/a/50963/30237

I doubt the writers had this full explanation in mind, but it sort of makes sense in a way.

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Re: Its Back to the Furure day.
« Reply #56 on: October 27, 2015, 03:19:45 am »
I just noticed the manure truck had D. Jones on the side.

 :-+

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