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Asinas II – an intricate, melon-twisting kinetic sculpture by Dutch artist Jennifer Townley who explores the complex non-linear movements generated by the circular motion of rotary engines. To wit:

The various angles and curves of the individual parts create an elaborated unity when joined together on the shaft. The two “wings” formed by these seventy-seven parts are able to slide through each other and rotate in opposite direction at a slightly different speed. This results in a movement that appears to be far more complex, existing of multiple layers, where repetitive shapes seem to be moving within one another.

You wouldn’t want to get your scarf caught in it, is all.


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A miniature, mechanically functioning model of a V8 engine created by engineer Aliaksei Zholner from paper and sticky tape (to reduce friction).

In the second clip, he demonstrates the compressed air driven throttle, effectively revving the engine with a tiny accelerator pedal.

If you’re into miniature modelling at all, you may need to sit down.

The device is a follow up to an equally painstaking V6 engine Zholner created last year.



The utterly hatstand sport of tether car racing dates back to the 1930s. AMRCA which oversees the three existing US tracks in California, Indianapolis and Long Island explainz:

The classes are 1.5cc (.09 cu in), 2.5cc (.15 cu in), 5cc (.29 cu in), and 10cc (.61 cu in). Running on an alcohol-oil fuel and using tuned exhaust pipes the engines peak out at over 44,000 rpm in the smallest class. The cars run on a special circular track held to the center post by a wire tether. The person running the car stays on the outside of the track and the helper in the center assists the car off the line and stabilizes it until it reaches about 80 mph and then steps onto a small platform on the center pole until the car is shut off at the end of the run.

In the clip above, filmed at Whittier Narrows in California back in 2011, an especially nippy model accelerates to a squealy, supercar-bothering 205mph (330km/h).