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Which end of Pinewood Derby car is the front?
Last Updated: 12th April, 2020
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Keeping this in consideration, where is the best place to put weights on a Pinewood Derby car?
Putting Pinewood Derby Car Weight randomly on your PWD car is not the key to getting the most out of your build. Center of gravity placement should be between 1/2-1″ IN FRONT of REAR axle. This is true for all wheel base types.
Secondly, are Bent Axles legal in Pinewood Derby? Axles are LEGAL in all races. LATHED shaft and underside of axle head to remove Crimp marks and Burrs - these must be removed to make your car fast. POLISHED axle shaft to minimize friction, increasing your car speed.
Also, what makes a Pinewood Derby car go faster?
Aerodynamics have little effect in such a short race, but weight does and putting the weight at the back of the car will make your car faster on the flat of the track. Tungsten weights, in most cases, are best because of their high density. Lube the car at the body/wheel friction point.
Can you put weights under a Pinewood Derby car?
The weight should not extend past the rear of the car. Glue bottom weights to the bottom of the block to bring the total weight (including wheels and axles) to 5 oz. Install some of the weight behind the rear axle and the rest in front of the axle.