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F1 race car filmed doing a burnout with an infrared camera

Hypnotic: F1 race car filmed doing a burnout with an infrared camera

I’ve now found my new favourite way to watch Formula 1 racing. If you’ve never watched Formula 1 in your life, you might be interested to know that it is among the most technical sports in the world – enormous amounts of money is sunk into research and development on the cars, some of which is eventually appropriated for everyday cars. Other times though, the cars are used for pure viewer enjoyment, racing generally, but sometimes burnouts too which Red Bull RB8 has recently done at the Gamma Racing Day in Assen. While a F1 race car doing a burnout isn’t really anything special, it’s the thermal filming process, courtesy of FLIR, which really makes this interesting. Check it out:

There’s something oddly hypnotic about watching the F1 car burn rubber, flinging bits of still-searing rubber away from its red-hot tyres. I particularly like the fact the exhausts on the sides of the car look like jet engines under the thermal camera’s perspective. The footage was captured using multiple thermal cameras including the FLIR x6580sc, FLIR T650sc and FLIR B660 – note that if you want to replicate this kind of footage with your own vehicle that these cameras will set you back several thousand dollars.

What do you think of the F1 race car filmed doing a burnout with an infrared camera?

Source: YouTube via engadget

About Stephen Yuen

I'm an engineer and a gamer with a penchant for technology and words that I barely understand. I love my games, Android and all things cool and nerdy, and occasionally, I write about them.