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Toy Car vs. Real Car

posted: 04/11/12
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As seen in "MythBusters: Is Yawning Contagious?"
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Finding: BUSTED

Explanation: When barreling downhill, toy cars can achieve speeds more suitable for the racetrack than the playground. Some enthusiasts and toy car manufacturers have even claimed that the mini-motors can outrace the real deals.

To settle the score, MythBusters Jamie Hyneman, Adam Savage, Kari Byron and Scottie Chapman built their own toy car competitors for a 400-foot (121-meter) downhill race against a coasting Dodge Viper.

Jamie's silver bullet outpaced his small-scale competition, clocking in at about 30 miles (48 kilometers) per hour at the 100-foot (30-meter) mark. At that point, Jamie's car actually beat the Viper.

But it was a different story a few hundred feet later, down at the checkered flag. While the toy cars gained speed lightning-fast, the 3,000-pound (1,361-kilogram) Viper started off sluggish. Once the Viper got going, however, its massive momentum brought it to victory, defeating the toy cars in the longer race and busting the schoolyard myth.

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