The Science of Speed
Learning Opportunities of CO2 Racing Building a CO2-Powered Racecar Competition: Let's Race! Showroom
  Location:  Home > Learning > What is CO2 Racing?
Check out this car's specs in the Showroom Request a Catalog | Contact Us  

<- Back to: Learning
What is CO2 Racing?
View All Tips Rules: TSA competitive event rules and specs can be found online at the TSA website. More Tips

What is C02 Racing?

It's often described as Pinewood Derby on steriods! Small wooden cars race in pairs down a special track except the track is level, cars are powered by escaping carbon dioxide (not gravity), and there's more speed!

A few more details:
  • Students convert a wedge-shaped piece of wood (about 12" in length) into a sleek racecar body using hand or power tools. Paint, wheels, and axles are added to make the cars roadworthy.

  • A pair of cars are placed on a 65-1/2' racetrack (track can be on the floor or a special elevated surface), and CO2 cartridges are inserted into holes in the rear of each car.

  • Cars are fitted to launching devices that puncture the cartridges to start the race.

  • The cars speed down the track and cross the finish line in slightly more than one second!

  • Race times are recorded to determine race pairings for a final round.
More about the race >>
Featured Products
Science of Speed Curriculum
Science of Speed Curriculum
More info. Buy it now! -- Home Home | Shop Online | Request a Catalog | Privacy | Contact Us  
Copyright 2002-2015 Technological Literacy GroupTM    
Last Modified: 10/16/2003