On February 7, 2018, Elon Musk launched a Tesla Roadster area aboard a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket. Now, Lexus Australia has carried out one thing related. They’ve despatched the brand new Lexus RC F to area. However, not in the way in which you assume.
Whereas SpaceX strapped on a fire-breathing rocket to the Tesla Roadster and despatched it into an orbit across the Solar, the Lexus RC F will probably be travelling to the Orion nebula. As a substitute of sending an precise RC F to area, Lexus transmitted the sound of its V8 engine. So, whereas the Tesla is at present hurtling via the void at a velocity of 121,600 km/h, the RC F’s mainly travelling on the velocity of sunshine.
Lexus Australia roped in Prof. Matthew Bailes, who’s an astrophysicist on the Swinburn College of Expertise for this venture. The engine sound of the RC F was then digitized utilizing a supercomputer. The Molonglo Observatory Synthesis Telescope in Canberra, which is often used to hearken to the heavens needed to be re-engineered to ship a radio sign out to area. On Could 17, 2019, the sign was beamed within the route of the Orion nebula.
The 2019 Lexus RC F is powered by a 5.Zero-liter V8 engine that pumps out 471 hp @ 7100 rpm and a peak torque of 391 lb-ft @ 4800-5600 rpm. The RC F Observe Version is the quickest Lexus mannequin because the LFA. It might probably dash from Zero-62 mph in simply four.three seconds.
Hat tip to Thomas White!