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Racing & Timing Equipment for CO2 Dragsters

The Best Racing Venue: Your School

There are many things to consider with a CO2 racing setup. Mechanical or electronic start? A simple winning lane indicator or digital lane timers? Floor racing or an elevated track? Which system best fits my budget? Can I upgrade my current system? Luckily, Pitsco has many options.

EZ Start Raceway

A great entry-level system, the EZ Start won't bust your budget. It features a reliable mechanical launch and a winning lane indicator.

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Dual Lane Race Timer

This finish gate is a great way to upgrade a race system that doesn't already have digital timing capability. This would be a great second-year add-on to the EZ Start Raceway.

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Impulse G3 Race System

The Impulse G3 is the best system available for launching and timing CO2 dragsters. It's the only system that allows front-end starting alignment.

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While there's nothing wrong with racing on a smooth, spacious floor, the FasTrak is a huge upgrade. Elevated racing is much easier and better for spectators.

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Race System Comparison

Feature EZ Start Gate EZ Finish Gate EZ Start Raceway Dual Lane Race Timer Impulse G3 Race System
Mechanical Launch yes N/A yes N/A no
Electronic Launch no N/A no N/A yes
Winning Lane Indicator no yes yes yes yes
Digital Lane Timers no no no yes yes
Front-End Starting Alignment no N/A no N/A yes
Floor Compatible yes yes yes yes yes
FasTrak Compatible yes yes yes yes yes

Got Cartridges?

You'll need plenty of 8-gram CO2 cartridges, and we've got you covered!

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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 for 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.

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. No assembly required.


For prestaging extra cars to race with the AP Bottle Racer Launcher (or for replacing lost nozzles), add this two-pack of acetal nozzles to your racing equipment.


Makes dragster races like a day at the beach!

Use this bold blue towel to stop dragsters at the end of your track. Folded and carefully positioned, this towel provides the best stopping medium we have found. Towel is 24" x 44".


Use this 50-pound monofilament fishing line as replacement racing line for your raceway. 90 yards.


This multipurpose race timer proves ideal for classrooms that have launchers with no built-in timer, such as the Pitsco AP Dragster Launcher, AP Bottle Racer Launcher, and EZ Start Gate. The timer has a two-lane finish gate with digital timers that are kicked into action with a handheld trigger. When the car crosses the finish line, the time is stopped and the winner is indicated.

The timer goes up to 9.999 seconds and will display “DNF” for “did not finish” if a car cannot cross the finish line in fewer than 10 seconds. Can be used on the Pitsco FasTrak or a floor track. Requires standard 120 V wall outlet or 9 V battery, included. Some assembly required.


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. Requires the EZ Start Gate, sold separately. Note: The EZ Finish Gate can also work with the AP Dragster Launcher, sold separately.


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. It is made of durable, high-density polyethylene (HDPE) to last for years.

The EZ Start Gate works on a floor track, the FasTrak Elevated Racetrack, or the EZ Track Raceway sold separately.


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