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Rules and Specifications

Organizations that sponsor CO2 racing, such as the Technology Student Association (TSA), have developed detailed rules to govern racing events. Even if you’re not affiliated with an organization, a set of rules can be beneficial to your racing event. Rules serve several purposes:

  • Establish guidelines for scoring and determining event winners. Quite often, it’s not the fastest car that wins a racing event. While track performance is a major part of the scoring, other factors may come into play, such as vehicle appearance, finish quality, wind tunnel performance, and the quality and accuracy of the car drawing. (Competitors are often required to submit a detailed, two-view drawing of their car.)
  • Ensure safe race car construction. Many of the specifications for the car body measurements are designed to prevent parts of the car from detaching as the car rockets down the track. Minimum and maximum body length, wheelbase, power plant housing thickness, and car weight are a few examples. Any violation of the specifications is grounds for disqualification.
  • Ensure fairness. All competitors receive a complete set of rules and specifications before they design and construct their cars, giving all an equal opportunity for victory.

Make sure you have a complete list of the rules. Get familiar with them and refer to them frequently during the process of designing and building your car.

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