Asked by: Lan Nouali
asked in category: General Last Updated: 20th June, 2020

How do you put weights on a Pinewood Derby car?

Place a pencil under and across the car one inch in front of the rear axle. This is where the car should balance. Place the flat weight on the top of the car and move it forward and back until the car balances on the pencil. This is where the flat weight should be placed under the block.

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Similarly, it is asked, where do you put the weights on a Pinewood Derby car?

Weight should be placed towards the rear of the car. You can drill the weight holes in the bottom, side or rear of the car as shown in these examples. Stay at least 1/8" away from the axle slots.

Furthermore, how do you make a Pinewood Derby car go faster? So, here is how to build a fast pinewood derby car in 6 steps:.

  1. Step 1: Reduce friction to speed up your car.
  2. Step 2: Lubricate Axles and Wheels.
  3. Step 3: Prepare and Polish Axles - Essential for Speed.
  4. Step 4: Balance and tune your Wheels to Maxiumize Speed.
  5. Step 5: Add Weight to Increase Inertia.

Subsequently, one may also ask, what can I use for weights on a Pinewood Derby car?

Tungsten is non-toxic and 1.7 times denser than lead so it is a good choice, but it is expensive. The maximum weight limit for a pinewood derby car is 5 ounces. Plan on adding 2 to 3.5 oz of weight to your car, depending on your car design and the weight of your pine wood block.

Should I bake my Pinewood Derby block?

Bake the Block: Start with your block of wood, and before you do anything else, bake it in the oven at 250 degrees for around two hours to remove moisture and make it lighter. This will allow you to place more weight to the rear of the Pinewood Derby car where you actually want it.

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