Infrared Video: Red Bull Racing Tearing it Up
Alright, I admit it. I couldn’t resist the day glow colors in this Infrared Video! Thermal imaging infrared video is to photography as day glow poster paint was to 1960’s era poster art. Psychedelic! What a fantastic special effects segment this Infrared Video type of photography makes! Nothing else like it short of artificial coloration, which unless done by a highly skilled team does not look anywhere close to this infrared video, the real thing. Oh, and for GhostRider 3, you saw the idea here first ;=) Infrared thermal imaging cameras are designed to be high speed scanning devices actually displaying a visual heat map. The hotter the area, the more yellow in the color. The red areas are hot, but not nearly as hot as the bright yellows. The purple and black are actually representative of the coolest parts.
The “sparks” you see flying off of the tires are melted rubber being shed off the rapidly spinning wheel. The friction of the contact patch at the bottom of the tire with the asphalt paving generates tremendous heat melting the outer part of the tire’s tread.
Published on YouTube Aug 21, 2014
FLIR, an innovation partner with Infiniti Red Bull Racing, had the opportunity to capture some great footage at GAMMA Racing Day 2014. Using a FLIR x6580sc infrared camera, they were able to capture in high speed, the Infiniti Red Bull car’s tires heating up as the driver burned rubber. Other thermal cameras used were the FLIR T650sc and the FLIR B660.
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