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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      Tips & Hints

      When your car wheel rubs against the axle head it can cause the wheel to wobble because the corner of the axle head is not a perfect 90 degrees. Cutting a groove directly under the axle head removes this source of wheel wobble. Cutting this groove is difficult to do by hand, but it can be done with an axle file. Our grooved Speed Axles and Pro Super Speed axles have this groove, exclusive to Pinewood Pro, cut directly under the axle head.

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      When painting with children, it is better to use a paint brush rather than spray paint because spray paint can cause vapors. If the child is spray painting, be sure to use a breathing mask and be in an open area.

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      BSA Rules are different from Awana Rules, which are different from Adult Race Rules, etc. Check our Pinewood Derby Rules page to download Pinewood Derby rules for different kinds of races.

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Pinewood Derby Video - Science of Speed