During a roller-coaster ride, a multi-car train is moving at a speed v towards a vertical loop of radius R. The length of the train is 8R. What minimum value of v would allow the train to pass the loop without any car ever losing contact with the track? Assume that the size of each car is much less than R. Friction is negligible.

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