Burnouts Look Beautiful Through An Infrared Lens

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Burning rubber has never looked this beautiful.

A burnout is not a particularly beautiful thing. Sure, it's loads of fun to make noise and smoke out of fuel and rubber, but there isn't a whole lot of skill involved - although some people could use a lesson - and it's a pretty wasteful practice that puts unnecessary strain on your mechanical components while burning fuel and rubber for no benefit. But that doesn't mean we don't like watching them happen. We like seeing a burnout from a fresh perspective too, and fitting a camera inside a tire is one way of doing that. Another is to fit a drone with an infrared camera, and the results are even more spectacular than we could have imagined.

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Queensland Aerial
Queensland Aerial
Queensland Aerial

We've seen cars like the Challenger SRT Super Stock performing ridiculous burnouts on numerous occasions, but once that cloud envelops the car, you're pretty much blind to what's going on. This video shows just how little heat is in those vaporized particles of rubber once they turn into smoke but also shows how well the rubber on the tarmac retains its heat. Even by the time the first car in the video is winding its burnout down, you can still see the heat trails from the starting block. But while the tires are the main focus of any burnout, this camera also highlights the stresses that the rest of the vehicle is undergoing.

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We know that a car needs cool air to run efficiently, and we know that revving your engine to near redline isn't always the best thing, but the white hot imagery of the exhaust and engine bays of these vehicles really puts into perspective how intensely everything is being heated. That said, we also liked seeing how well the body of a vehicle keeps the heat away. We'd have liked to see how long it takes for the tarmac to return to Tyrian Purple once the burnout is completed, but that isn't shown here. But if there are any scientifically-minded people with infrared cameras out there who'd like to do burnouts in the name of science, we'd welcome your submissions.

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