Side Projects: CO2 Powered Racers

So a STEM teacher at the Middle School got a CO2 Racecar Kit (something like this).  In passing she suggested that I make a race car to race with.  Well, challenge: accepted.

I started thinking about what designs I could find and use.  I didn’t want a car.  Cars are boring (ish) compared to things like planes and… SPACESHIPS.  Yes.  Spaceships.

So as you may know, I bought into Star Citizen a long time ago.  A LONG time ago.  Like, 2012.  11/15/2012 exactly.  I bought the Bounty Hunter package which earned me a Origin Jumpworks 300i.  It’s a cool little ship.  Decent guns, decent engines, decent shields, all around a moderately good ship.  It’s fun to fly in game in the test universe but blows up quick because I suck at space combat sometimes.  Here’s some example gameplay from me though:

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So the long and short of it is that I decided to use our Makerbot to 3D Print a copy of the 300i.  It’s got a single engine bay in the back which I can ream out with a drill bit so that I can stick a CO2 cartridge in it.


Now I have a Spaceship on Wheels that I can race with. Can’t wait to try it. 🙂

So now we just wait to see what will happen when we go to race them sometime in 2017.  The teacher also got a cool radar gun to see how fast they go.  The track is SUPER short though so I don’t know if it’ll work for that.  Maybe I’ll bring in my Go Pro to record footage of it.  I’ll post a video of it once we actually do the race. 🙂

I’m really excited for that day haha.

-M, out.

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