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This package includes:

  • Vision wood-processing center
  • 9" band saw
  • 10" bench drill press
  • 1-gallon wet/dry vac
  • Vise clamp


This package contains:

  • Foam saber saw (12)
  • Hand drill (6)
  • Coping saw (24)
  • Surform shaver (12)
  • Dragster Paint Stand (24)
  • CJ600 Digital Scale
  • Sanding stick (12)
  • Garnet paper (80 grit)
  • Garnet paper (120 grit)
  • Garnet paper (180 grit)
  • Wet/dry sandpaper (400 grit)


Dragsters are an exciting method to teach metrics and the design process. Students design and build a prototype and then produce an actual CO2-powered dragster and race it! An illustrated, self-directed student workbook holds the students’ attention as they learn step-by-step automotive-design processes.

The Race Car Book, a $2 value, is included, along with everything required for the dragster. Kits and packs are available in balsa wood or basswood and with or without the polystyrene blank. Note: Includes CO2 cartridge.

Requires a drill, coping saw, wood file or rasp, ruler, scissors, finish, and a race system, sold separately. Storage boxes are sold separately.

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Get the green light to race CO2 dragsters – even with a budget on the brakes. The EZ Start Raceway is designed to make dragster activities easy and affordable. It comes with the EZ Start Gate and EZ Finish Gate, floor anchors, monofilament line, track hardware, detectors, and a power adapter.

Lining up cars and launching them with the Start Gate is a simple operation, and the Finish Gate indicates the winner with a blinking light.

The system works on a floor track or the FasTrak Elevated Racetrack, sold separately. It is made of durable, high-density polyethylene (HDPE) to last for years.


Get the green light with the Impulse G3 Race System. Redesigned to be more economical, it still delivers excellent performance, stability, and durability to CO2 dragster and other racing activities. Here’s what it brings to the track:

  • State-of-the-art electronics
  • Easy transition from floor to track
  • Durable construction
  • Christmas tree lights to signal the launch – these lights have been reprogrammed with a random sequence to maintain a level playing field for students both experienced and new to model racing.

Surface-mounted electronics – built with 100-percent automated assembly – bring higher quality and consistent performance to the table. The start and finish gates can take a beating with their high-density polyethylene (HDPE) construction. Plus, moving them from the track to the included floor racing setup is as easy as pulling out eight pins. And our launch pods are not just well-adjusted – their vertical range fits almost any CO2 car – but also have more mass for extra stability.

The Impulse G3 offers versatility with two race modes:

Auto Launch Mode – Launch the cars simultaneously with the press of a single button. Pressing the button activates the Christmas tree lights on the start gate and then launches the cars. As the cars cross the finish line, flashing lights indicate the winner. The start gate displays both race times.

Manual Launch Mode – Students can launch their cars independently by using two remote thumb triggers. The Christmas tree lights direct students as they fire their cars off the line. Again, the winner is indicated with flashing lights as the race times are displayed. In this mode, the start gate also displays both racers’ reaction times! Both reaction and race times are accurately displayed to the nearest 0.001 second.

Requires a screwdriver for assembly; floor racing requires duct tape – neither are included. Elevated track sold separately.

Impulse G3 Package Contents
  • 2 launch pods
  • 2 launch triggers (1 red and 1 black)
  • Christmas tree light start gate
  • Finish gate
  • Control box
  • Power supply (12 V, 3 A)
  • Start mat
  • Floor anchors
  • 2 deceleration towels
  • Additional hardware


The best cartridges available for launching dragsters. Consistent quality ensures the fairest races. Also, each of these cartridges features a safety seal that guards against rupture when exposed to excessive heat. You might locate a cheaper cartridge, but when it comes to consistency, quality, and safety, our cartridges are the best choice.

Pitsco CO2 Cartridges vs Others

No comparison, period!

Pitsco is the exclusive educational distributor of the safest, most reliable, and most consistent 4-gram and 8-gram CO2 cartridges. Safety is built into each cartridge by the patented safety seal. This seal automatically releases excess pressure if the internal pressure rises due to the cartridge being heated or pressurized.

You could purchase inferior, less costly CO2 cartridges, but not from Pitsco. We are very concerned about the safety of students and teachers alike and provide only the safest CO2 cartridges on the market. If it doesn’t say “Pitsco” on the box, then you’re not using the safest cartridges available.

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