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Series 15 Episode 6: Engineering

Monday 21 March 2011

Series 15 Episode 6: Engineering

This week on The Gadget Show Jason and Ortis put everything on the line as they each face a seemingly impossible challenge; can Ortis build a Gravity Racer and can Jason build a Jet Powered Luge? And, on top of that, Jon tests Freeview + HD boxes with the help of Mrs Bentley and Suzi surfs the web to find the Top 5 Websites.

Thanks to all of these guys who made it all happen!


Engineering Challenge

Joel King, Will Stephenson, David Ackroyd, Graham Mulholland and Andy Bell

CATIA software, Dassault Systèmes



Formula Gravity

Saarburg City Council


Greenwich Tavern

Jon Test: Freeview + HD





Top 5: Websites


App Inventor

Isle of Tune




Jon Test: Freeview +HD

Humax 500GB

Icecrypt 1TB

Sagemcom 500GB


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bob merrison

I can't help feeling that the show does not need to last more than half an hour and should concentrate more on gadgets than on these endless, pointless challenges.

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Peter Morgan

If you want to improve the stability of your high-speed luge, you need to introduce a caster angle into your front truck and fix the rear truck in place. Without this, you'll always and up in an uncontrollable 'snaking' motion. The other way to achieve your speed record might be on a banked cycle track. This would be a safer environment and the angular velocity should improve your stability.

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Z man

Just seen the jet powered luge. The main factor that you need to consider is the POSITION OF THE REAR WHEELS. The wheelbase is too short for the speed you wish to achieve and weight distribution of Jason. Too much weight is over the rear wheels iNstead of infront of them. This will make the front end light. Weight at the front will improve it a bit, but its more weight! Position the rear wheels further back to improve linear travel as the wheelbase is longer (Same prInciple as an arrow or a dragster). With any long wheel base vehicle the the turning circle will be reduced, but that speed you don't want to turn too sharp anyway! Similar problem you had with the radio controlled car speed record. But with that, the rear wing was pushing the back end down as well as the wheel base being too short. Hope you break the record next time!

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Just wondering what's the product you showed in the episode abouth the person who got his finger back, when he was apllying a powder for like 4 weaks... is there enything out there on a market yet.. at least similar to it?

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the challenge is the whole point. most of them test the gadgets, besides, its just a bit of fun

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love the show, but two jet engines, carbon fibre and the assistance off those engineers. I would have expected a buzz lightyear personal flight suit. Plastic wheels just dont seem right for those speeds and maybee a couple off hours in a wind tunnell, hey but what do I know. Still took some .'/?nerve

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