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Designing a CO2 Racer

Before putting pencil to paper, consider these important points:
  • Are you required to follow a set of specifications?

  • Is your grade on this project dependent on the car’s performance or appearance?

  • What is most important to you: speed at any price, show-stopping good looks, or some combination of the two?
If you're in it for the speed, know that the following design factors have an enormous impact on performance: weight — the lighter, the better; aerodynamics — you want your car to cheat the wind; and rolling resistance — less is more!

There's more information about performance factors in the Testing section.
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