Motorsports are difficult, complex, and expensive, but several teams of scientists have been able to take this whole issue to a new and higher level. This time a gold-plated track, special monitoring equipment, and laboratory suits were used. Everything seems incredibly expensive even in the world of motorsport. For several years, scientists have been preparing for a race that no one will see with the naked eye: everything took place inside a microscope and will only be visible with the help of special equipment. Once again it must be said that that the racetrack is made of pure gold and no Arab sheikhs are involved here.
The French Experiment
This whole story sounds like an incredible wish of some very rich sheikh. However, in reality, this idea was born in the French city of Toulouse to a group of scientists. This unusual spectacle was called The Nanocar Race and took place in the laboratory of the French National Research Center. The preparation took a long time and additional research. All materials and equipment must be very precise and the bet quality.
These unusual races were invented not to find additional ways to spend money or satisfy an ego of some rich businessman, but to encourage research at the molecular level that is believed could open many doors to the future science. The victory went to the Austrian scientists who overcame the track in 36 hours. The winning was a two-wheeled vehicle, and it was moving on a track made of silver rather than gold, although this fact was seen by some scientists as a flaw. Others, for their part, were convinced that silver was an Austrian advantage because the molecules of this metal were not as stable as gold. The runner-up rode on a track made of gold and was also declared as the winner.
It was forbidden to push the molecules forward during the race by using human-related forces. As a result, these unusual vehicles were electronically controlled by sending pulses into them in order to push them forward. The resulting shock moved one such car forward by about 0.3 nanometers. There were needed to send hundreds of pulses if the team members wanted to cover the entire track.
The shocks raised the state of electron energy and provoked a reaction as a respond to the situation through a phenomenon that forced extra small vehicles to move along the track. The process was long and difficult and the teams of scientists that were participating the race had to work without breaks for more than 30 hours. The researchers who attended the event explained that this race is a crucial day for nanotechnology, and manipulation at the nanoscale is an area that will receive quite a lot of global attention in the next few years. If this technology is going to be developed successfully, it might change many areas of life including medicine, military, fashion industry, ecology, tourism, and global transportation. While there is no doubt that ordinary consumers will reap the benefits of the discoveries and improvements made by these scientists, the results of these benefits will still have to wait for decades.