Have you ever had one of those mornings where you wake up to find nothing but some stale leftovers and scraps in your fridge, so you decide to head out in your flying bathtub to the nearest bakery to pick up a sandwich?
Of course you haven’t, because 20-year-old German twins Johannes and Philipp Mickenbecker only just invented the world’s first “flying bathtub”, the unusual contraption captured in the video above. And yes, the flying bathtub is as absurd and delightful as it sounds, almost as if it were picked out of one of the earlier Harry Potter books or a Pixar movie.
The unusual flying object uses drone technology for the manned flight, and is capable of carrying a person during flight. The multicopter, as the brothers who go by the name ofThe Real Life Guys on YouTube, called it, is real and functional. The video below shows how it was created and tested in the first place.
Sadly, even though the idea of a tub capable of sustaining flight is appealing and almost magical, the YouTubers clarified at the end of the video (in German) that they may have used a dummy for some of the shots. Rest assured, the flying tub is real – just not as powerful or perfect yet as it might appear on the video.
Knowing the twins’ reputation and their fascination with vehicular bathtubs – they’ve previously turned a bathtub into a snowmobile, a submarine, a rocket and a multi-terrain vehicle – they should be travelling around town in the flying bath tub soon.
Sportspersons are known for their superhuman discipline, single-minded determination and the will to overcome all obstacles. Biographies, films and documentaries have brought to the fore the behind-the-scenes reality of the sporting life. Being up at the crack of dawn, training without distraction, facing injuries with a brave face and recovering to fight for victory are scenes commonly associated with sportspersons.
Racers are no different. Behind their daredevilry lies the same history of dedication and discipline. Cornering on a sports bike or revving up sand dunes requires the utmost physical endurance, and racers invest heavily in it. It helps stave off fatigue and maintain alertness and reaction time. It also helps them get the most out of their racecraft - the entirety of a racer’s skill set, to which years of training are dedicated.
Racecraft begins with something as ‘simple’ as sitting on a racing bike; the correct stance is the key to control and manoeuvre the bike. Riding on a track – tarmac or dirt is a great deal different from riding on the streets. A momentary lapse of concentration can throw the rider into a career ending crash.
Physical skill and endurance apart, racers approach a race with the same analytical rigour as a student appearing in an exam. They conduct an extensive study of not just the track, but also everything around it - trees, marshal posts, tyre marks etc. It’s these reference points that help the racer make braking or turning decisions in the frenzy of a high-stakes competition.
The inevitability of a crash is a reality every racer lives with, and seeks to internalise this during their training. In the immediate aftermath of the crash, racers are trained to keep their eyes open to help the brain make crucial decisions to avoid collision with other racers or objects on the track. Racers that meet with accidents can be seen sliding across the track with their heads held up, in a bid to minimise injuries to the head.
But racecraft is, of course, only half the story. Racing as a profession continues to confound many, and racers have been traditionally misunderstood. Why would anyone want to pour their blood, sweat and tears into something so risky? Where do racers get the fearlessness to do laps at mind boggling speed or hurtle down a hill unassisted? What about the impact of high speeds on the body day after day, or the monotony of it all? Most importantly, why do racers race? The video below explores the question.
The video features racing champions from the stable of TVS Racing, the racing arm of TVS Motor Company, which recently completed 35 years of competitive racing in India. TVS Racing has competed in international rallies and races across some of the toughest terrains - Dakar, Desert Storm, India Baja, Merzouga Rally - and in innumerable national championships. Its design and engineering inputs over the years have also influenced TVS Motors’ fleet in India. You can read more about TVS Racing here.
This article has been produced by Scroll Brand Studio on behalf of TVS Racing and not by the Scroll editorial team.