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– James McGough, father of competitor

CO2 Dragsters: All The Right Gear Is Right Here


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


Providing awesome performance, stability, and durability, the F1 in Schools Race System is a complete system for Formula 1 class activities.

The start and finish gates – which easily move from floor to track – are constructed from durable, high-density polyethylene. The start gate also features horizontal F1 start lights; the five center lights start one at a time, from left to right, and the race starts four to seven seconds later. A light on either side lets racers know if they pushed the launch button too soon.

The stable launch pods have a vertical range that fits almost any CO2 car. This system features both Auto Launch and Manual Launch racing modes.

The system connects to a computer via a USB port and cable. After the system is connected, use the included Race Management software to log reaction and finish times.

Race Management software requires Windows XP operating system.


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.


Race CO2 dragsters – even with a budget on the brakes.

Start with the EZ Start Gate – a manual start gate designed to make dragster activities easy and affordable. Lining up cars and launching them is a simple operation, and students spot the winners at the finish line. When you can budget for more equipment, add the EZ Finish Gate to quickly and accurately indicate the winner. Or get both – the entire EZ Start Raceway – at the same time.

The EZ Start Gate 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. Comes with floor anchors, monofilament line, and track hardware.


Sensing the first car to finish and signaling the winner with a light, the EZ Finish Gate will clear any question about who finished first.

Like the EZ Start Gate, this finish gate is made of durable, high-density polyethylene (HDPE) and works on a floor track or the FasTrak. Comes with detectors and a 12-volt power adapter. Requires the EZ Start Gate, sold separately. Note: The EZ Finish Gate can also work with the AP Dragster Launcher, sold separately.


Pitsco’s elevated racetrack has been redesigned to provide an even better alternative to racing metric dragsters on the floor. The FasTrak simplifies the process of conducting races and improves viewing for spectators. Our racetrack is strong and durable. Check out these new features:

  • Overlapping rail system with track keys that secure tightly with thumbscrews ensures flush joints between each track section for a level and smooth track.
  • Redesigned track supports ensure even height and level sit.
  • Laminated MDF surface is strong and durable.

It also features custom-extruded aluminum rails for excellent strength, a built-in conduit along the length of the track that keeps cables off the floor, and eight-foot track panels for easy handling and storage.

The track simulates to scale a quarter-mile racetrack. Because metric dragsters are about 1/20 the size of real dragsters, the track's racing distance, from the start to the finish line, is 20 meters – 1/20 of a quarter mile. This simplifies mathematical comparisons to real race cars.

A staging area behind the start gate is big enough to position four to five cars in each lane. Adequate deceleration distance is provided at the end of the track for cars crossing the finish line.

The FasTrak package includes 11 sections, each 7-1/2 feet long, and 12 legs. The start/finish gate hardware is sold separately. Compatible with Impulse G3 and GII, Pulse Plus, EZ Start Raceway, F1 in Schools Race System, and Dual Lane Race Timer.


Pressurized air in a bottle – long part of an exciting option for rocketry – now goes horizontal to power car racing!

The AP Bottle Racer Launcher features a double-launching mechanism, so you attach one air pressure source to race two bottle rocket cars side by side 30 feet or more, depending on the air pressure used. Just attach the nozzles on the cars, insert them into the quick-connect launch pods, apply air pressure, and press a valve to launch.

A release valve prevents using more than 50 pounds of pressure.

Includes the launcher, two nozzles, and string anchor. Launching requires a tire pump and bottle racers, sold separately. Caution: Use bottles for only carbonated beverages with this launcher (no water bottles).


Searching for an introduction to racing that delivers the same excitement in the classroom as CO2 dragsters? The AP dragster activity provides a fun and safe racing experience for a fraction of the price.

This racing system is small enough that you can run a race in the classroom or hallway and then easily store the unit. To use the AP Dragster Launcher, just attach an air pump, slide two air-powered vehicles onto the launch tubes, pump to build air pressure, and press the button to simultaneously launch two cars down a 35- to 40-foot track! The launcher comes with a string anchor, which includes a spring-tension feature to maintain even string tension.

Using the AP Dragster Designer Kit, students can create a vehicle based on aerodynamics and other racing principles. Or, use the AP Mini Dragster Kit to demonstrate potential vs kinetic energy, force, motion, and other concepts.

The launcher features a built-in pressure relief system to keep air pressure to fewer than 40 psi. With HDPE construction and a built-in air gauge, the launcher is sturdy, and its dual-pressure tanks provide consistently even launches. Launcher is 16" x 11" x 3" and requires a hand pump or bicycle pump, sold separately. No assembly required.