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I am a senior in high school, and this year for my Design Technology Class I and another fellow class mate intend to build a rubber band dragster; one that I can sit in the cockpit of and maneuver. The vehicle's frame will be made of mostly aluminum (or another light metal) and then using cardboard, we will construct the body of the car. The most difficult part of the problem is propulsion. I have researched quite thoroughly, and so far, the best method of propulsion by means of a rubber band would be to attach the rubber band directly to the axle, and wrap it around the axle, or to attach a string to a rubber band anchored at the front of the vehicle, then wrap the string about the axle. Any ideas or suggestions on how to use the energy from the rubber band to the fullest? Also, suggestions for frame and body materials and gear linkage would also be quite helpful, for the information out there is limited to applications of toy cars 12" in length, not 7'.
Re: How can I use the power from a rubber band to it's fullest?
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