This episode looks at things that go fast and our desire to push the limits of speed. We’ll look at the roles that design and chemistry play, and how we can create ways of going faster than previously thought possible.
Dr. Brian Fleck takes a trip to the Black Rock Desert to take a look at the North American Eagle, a fighter jet that's been turned into a car. Outfitted with aluminum wheels and tiny wings called 'canards' which actually keep the car ON the ground - the crew hopes that this dream machine will break the current land speed record.
Meanwhile, Dr. Brian Alters places a bet at the Walthamstow Racetrack in east London. He finds out exactly how greyhounds, the second fastest land animals on earth, are built for speed.
And Dr. Jennifer Gardy takes a sprint on a 60km/hour treadmill to uncover the secrets of track runners. She finds out that speed isn't about how fast you move your feet.