Pinewood Derby Video
The Science of Speed


See Pinewood Derby Science in action.

See how these scientific principles improve car speed:

  • See how potential energy converts to kinetic energy for maximum performance
  • Why the Center of Mass is so important
  • The ideal position of the wheels for the most stability and speed.
  • How to improve air flow around your car.
  • Where and how to attach weights to the car and why they it is so critical.
  • Use lubricants to your car's best advantage.
  • How to modify your axles for big speed gains.
  • Simple steps to reduce "wheel breaking".
  • What you should look out for in the wheels that are included in your kit.
  • Techniques to test your wheel alignment and make your car roll straight.
  • Last minute adjustments before the race that can make the difference between winning and losing.

See a Pinewood Derby car take shape before your eyes!

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      Pinewood Derby
      Tips & Hints

      Need a little extra weight on weigh in but didn't bring extra weight with you? Use a coin! Here are the weights of US coins in ounces: penny .11 oz, nickel .17 oz, dime .07 oz, quarter .18 oz








      Pinewood Derby
      building Tip

      Don't attach feathers or big decorative parts that can cause drag. This will decrease your car speed



      Pinewood Derby
      rules Hint

      If it isn't explicitly stated in the rules, then you can do it. If you have questions about your rules, ask your race manager, since all races have different rules.



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Pinewood Derby Video - Science of Speed