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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.


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.


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 start/finish gate hardware is sold separately. Compatible with Impulse G3 and GII Race Systems, Pulse Plus, EZ Start Raceway, Pitsco’s F1 in Schools Race System, and Dual Lane Race Timer.


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.

Lining up cars and launching them with the EZ Start Gate is a simple operation, and the EZ 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.


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.


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.


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).


This multipurpose timing system can be invaluable in timing maglev, mousetrap, electric, elastic, gravity, air-powered, and even CO2-powered vehicles.

The Speed Tracker is made of polycarbonate pieces that fit together to make start and finish gates. Assembly requires no tools. The finish gate can be placed up to 80' away from the start gate. The track’s sensor beams shine through precut holes within the finish gate to time the vehicles, and then the velocities are displayed on the timing box. Velocities can be displayed in seconds (0.001 resolution), meters per second, feet per second, kilometers per hour, or miles per hour. Sensor beam heights are adjustable for use with a variety of vehicles.

The kit includes all necessary wiring, a roll of monofilament line to keep vehicles on track, the polycarbonate start and finish gates, and a timing display box. The Speed Tracker is easily stored and is great for anything on wheels!

Note: This system only times a one-vehicle lane. Not compatible with solar vehicles.

$359.00List $465.00 (23% off)

Looking for a simple but effective way to determine winners of races? This detector is small, highly portable, and a piece of cake to set up and electronically detects the winning lane.

The Win-Win is ideal for any race where two vehicles run on a line such as CO2 dragsters, AP bottle racers, mousetrap vehicles, propeller cars, and Pinewood Derby cars. First, set up your racing lanes with the acrylic string anchors and monofilament line. Plug the detector and two emitters into the 9 V batteries and, using the batteries as stands, position the detector at the finish line between the two lanes. Finally, position the two emitters on either side of the lane so that they trigger the sensor on the detector. The racing is ready to begin!

The Win-Win Detector can be adjusted to any width or racing lane and doesn’t time out. The winning lane is indicated by an LED blinking 10 times. Comes fully assembled and includes the batteries. Requires duct tape, sold separately.


Pro Survivor Stopwatch has an extra-large display. This 24-hour stopwatch displays hundredths of a second for 30 minutes and then seconds. Also includes alarm and timer (12/24 hour).


If the rail keys between sections of your FasTrak have seen better days, replace them with these injection-molded ABS keys. Works on both the classic or redesigned FasTrak. Includes five sets of three keys – a set holds two track sections together.


Designed for the Impulse G3 Race System, this Launch Pod also serves as a replacement for damaged launch pods as well as for updating your old system’s launch pods. Features a broader vertical range, so it accommodates almost any CO2 car – even Formula 1 cars. We added more mass for extra stability and an improved safety mechanism to make this Launch Pod our safest yet. This Launch Pod works only with Pitsco CO2 race systems.


The sensors in this assembly detect dragsters as they cross the finish gate of the Impulse G3, Impulse GII, Impulse, Pulse II Dual Timer, and Pulse Plus race systems. Use them as replacements for any of those systems. Colors might vary.


Compatible with the Impulse Race System, use these remote thumb triggers to launch CO2 cars. Also available in red.

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The Control Module receives the launch signal that sends the Shockwave car down the track. It also receives the signal to stop the car. Though the two included in the Shockwave Starter Package are all you need to race, extras are handy for prepping the next round of cars.

The Control Module must be used with the Shockwave Electric Car Kit and the Starting Blocks from the Starter Package as well as a G3 or F1 race system with launch pods.

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