WipEout 2048
See WipEout's Futuristic Racing of Tomorrow, Today in Miniature
Written Tuesday, January 03, 2012 By Richard Walker
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Ever wondered whether the floaty futuristic racing of WipEout could one day be a reality? Wonder no more, fans of science, as the Japan Institute of Science and Technology has been monkeying around with controlled quantum levitation, using WipEout as an inspiration.

The boffins at the Japanese institute have knocked up a suitably twisty-turny track for two small replica models of the distinctive WipEout crafts, which are then loaded with liquid nitrogen and steered around the course, as they levitate, leaving awesome vapour trails in their wake.

OK, so strictly speaking this isn't news, but we'll be damned if it isn't incredibly cool and offers an enticing glimpse at what could be the future. Hovering nitrogen-fuelled racers? One day, friends. One day...

Check out the vid and be amazed.


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Comment #1 by WINAS3
Tuesday, January 03, 2012 @ 02:35:12 PM
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One day indeed 8)
Good luck to all those involved.

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Comment #2 by AverySegaw
Tuesday, January 03, 2012 @ 02:41:43 PM
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This reminds me of the research Japanese institutes do on technology in the Gundam series. If we aren't careful, Japan will be in control of all future tech advances...giant human-operated robots and hovering nitrogen-fueled racers!

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Comment #3 by GTRsannin
Tuesday, January 03, 2012 @ 02:52:02 PM
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Now that is cool

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Comment #4 by crymsonglacius
Tuesday, January 03, 2012 @ 02:52:06 PM
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I like how one of the "pilots" goes as far as to imitate the speed boost when he goes over one of the "pads"

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Comment #5 by FootballPsycho
Tuesday, January 03, 2012 @ 03:55:31 PM
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Coming to you in 2048.:D

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Comment #6 by xX_shoemaker_Xx
Tuesday, January 03, 2012 @ 03:59:50 PM
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when can i buy this to play with my kids. never mind these mario vs donkey kong race tracks with cheap controls, i want

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Comment #7 by Canadian_Wilson
Tuesday, January 03, 2012 @ 04:17:13 PM
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Well I'll be damned! Sign me up and I'll get inside one of those...if they make life-sized ones lol

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Comment #8 by BAMBAM
Tuesday, January 03, 2012 @ 04:44:34 PM
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Comment #9 by PKopetzky
Tuesday, January 03, 2012 @ 05:34:56 PM
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Do a barrel roll!

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Comment #10 by LZRakaMAD
Tuesday, January 03, 2012 @ 06:38:01 PM
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Japan please make me a WO pilot since I never became a Pokèmon trainer, you owe it to me!!!

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Comment #11 by Totavier
Tuesday, January 03, 2012 @ 06:59:25 PM
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I saw this video a few hours ago, i found it very impressive!.

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Comment #12 by Midgetguy
Tuesday, January 03, 2012 @ 07:06:44 PM
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I love WipEout! If this happens in the future... I may finally have a sport to fall in love with! = )

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Comment #13 by exit3_sk
Tuesday, January 03, 2012 @ 07:16:28 PM
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proBaBly tha koolest shyt ive seen in a while! love Japan :D they get too have lots of kool shyt

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Comment #14 by dante_kinkade
Tuesday, January 03, 2012 @ 09:13:44 PM
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Of course it's being done in Japan, they always do the eally cool stuff don't they

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Comment #15 by Dawnbr3aker
Wednesday, January 04, 2012 @ 12:28:37 AM
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Japan at it again with cool fun technology. now if only america stop spending all the money on war and control.

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Comment #16 by Masamune Zero
Wednesday, January 04, 2012 @ 12:43:55 AM
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@ #5 - I see what you did there. Nice.

OT: Neat video. All i could think was, "Roads? Where we're going, we don't need roads!"

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Comment #17 by Pure_Breed-1
Wednesday, January 04, 2012 @ 01:21:39 AM
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that is fucking AWSOME!!!!!!!!!! man would I love to drive one. even if it were a small toy. I'd be happier then a 5 year old jacked up on candy on his birthday on Christmas with Santa giving him his gifts

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Comment #18 by Max-EAG
Wednesday, January 04, 2012 @ 08:14:08 AM
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Nice viral marketing, can't wait for the next WipEout!

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Comment #19 by Gobstop
Wednesday, January 04, 2012 @ 10:27:47 AM
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Oh my goodness. Thats awesome.

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US February 14, 2012
Europe February 22, 2012
Japan January 19, 2012

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