The properties and forces produced as an object moves through the air, or a steam of air moves around an object.
Describing an object’s visual appeal or attractiveness.
A small, sealed, metal tube that contains compressed carbon dioxide. CO2 cartridges are used to propel race cars down the track.
A small hand-held saw with a narrow blade, useful for making curved cuts in wood. Good for rough shaping race car bodies if a band saw is unavailable.
The act of slowing a moving object. In CO2 racing, a car must be safely decelerated after it.
Force that resists an object’s movement through the air. The more the object disrupts the laminar
A race car that races a short distance on a straight track. CO2 race cars are often referred to as dragsters.
Force that resists relative motion between two objects in contact.
A CO2 race car design in which two wheels are housed inside the body and two are mounted externally.
Property or tendency of an object at rest to remain at rest unless acted upon by a force.
Aerodynamic force that pushes upward on a body as it moves through an air stream. Airplane wings generate lift; race car bodies may also generate lift, positive or negative (downward force) as they move down the track.
The CO2 cartridge onboard a racecar. The power plant housing is the body material that surrounds the cartridge.
Force that propels an object, sets it into motion, or keeps it moving.
A small, quick sketch used to rapidly communicate ideas.
An acceptable variance from a specified measurement. Used to determine the minimum and maximum measurements.
Friction between a car’s tires and the road surface. Traction allows the wheels/tires to propel a car forward without the wheels spinning in place. In CO2 racing, the wheels do not propel the vehicle, so increasing traction is not necessary.
Property of an air stream moving in a swirling or tumbling fashion.