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

      If you have a bad wheel and you don't have time to replace it, Raise that Wheel so it doesn't touch the track. Since it doesn't touch the track, it won't have any negative affect on your car's speed.



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      weights Tip

      Tungsten weights are ideal for pinewood derby cars. Tungsten is about 1/3 smaller than a zinc piece with the same weight. Therefore, you can pack Tungsten weights in a smaller area to optimize your center of gravity to maximize inertia giving you greater speed at the finish gate.


      Pinewood Derby
      building Hint

      Be sure any decorative parts are super glued into place! If you lose a piece off your car it will affect the weight of the car, resulting in loss of inertia, decreasing your speed.


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Pinewood Derby Video - Science of Speed