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

      Many of the BSA "nails" that come in your kit are crooked. Chuck each axle in your drill and spin them. If the axle looks blurry as it spins, that axle is crooked. Replace crooked axles or consider getting an Axle Press Tool to straighten crooked axles.








      Pinewood Derby
      weights Tip

      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 Hint

      If your block is cracked, don't panic! The only problem with a cracked block is if the crack is near the axle, which can cause the axle to move. Random cracks in safe areas can simply be filled with wood filler.



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Pinewood Derby Video - Science of Speed