BRAINIAC Science Abuse: Firework Racing

Richard Hammond, of Top Gear (and of course any number of voice-overs and Total Wipe-out) is also a massive fan of the science behind any number of inventions and tests and his fabulous programme, essentially aimed at 10-year olds (both children and so-called ‘adult’ men) tests our which will be the faster between a firework rocket, a golf ball and a motorbike.

All three were lined up and ready to move as quickly as possible to find out which was the faster. The golf ball weighs around 45gms only and was struck by a club with a graphite shaft and a titanium head. The rocket was a large one which reaches a maximum of 250ft in around 6/8 seconds and finally, the motorbike, at the hands of Richard Hammond top speed 190mph were all ready to take the test.

The motorbike had to have a moving start so Hammond drove back from the start line and at the moment he crossed, the golfer struck the ball and the rocket got under way.

The timings:

ROCKET – 6.16 seconds
BIKE – 6.18 seconds
GOLF BALL – Lost :(

So, the answer is, if you are late for work, don’t take the bike, strap a HUGE rocket to yourself and you will be there in no time at all.

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