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

      The best part of pinewood derby is designing a unique, cool car that you can call your own. Don't worry about aerodynamics because it is almost insignificant. We identify dozens of other speed tips in Winning Pinewood Derby Secrets that rank far above aerodynamics.








      Pinewood Derby
      axles Tip

      When your wheel rubs against the axle head it creates friction. To reduce this friction, file the head back slightly using an Axle File to reduce the friction area.



      Pinewood Derby
      lubes Hint

      Nyoil stays on your axles throughout the race, unlike powdered graphite that blows off every time your car goes down the track. This gives Nyoil coated axles a speed advantage if your car keeps racing.



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Pinewood Derby Video - Science of Speed