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Watching A Burnout Through The Lens Of A Thermal Camera Is Fun

This is how we'd entertain ourselves as kids if our parents knew that we wanted thermal cameras for Christmas all along.

We think there’s something about cars and thermal cameras that goes together better than peanut butter and jelly, and thankfully Jason Fenske of Engineering Explained feels the same way because once again, he turns the heat sensing lens onto one of his rides to show us a bit of science. As we all know, cars give of plenty of heat either by converting dead dinosaur juice into thermal energy or as a side effect of friction. His previous video displayed the former of the two heating methods.

Not that it wasn't exciting, but letting a cold engine idle its way to normal operating temperatures isn’t as fun as, say, watching how a burnout affects tire temperature. That’s exactly what Fenske does this time around while using the thermal camera to see what components warm up the most and how the tire is affected.

Given that this is Engineering Explained and not the Hydraulic Press Channel’s brake rotor-killing offshoot, Beyond The Press, Fenske does some legitimate experimenting with the tire pressure in each of the spinning wheels to see if it affects how the heat spreads. While there is little to no change to be noted here, what we can see is that the inner part of the right tire heats up faster due to the wheel being out of alignment. Additionally, tire temperature seems to jump drastically within a matter of seconds. Even the brakes get a bit of a workout. But here’s the real challenge. Without reading the video description, can you guess which car this is? Hint: What sorts of vehicles are best for burnouts?

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