Our “HotShot” dragster kit is 1:18 sport scale and modeled after a current Super Comp dragster. It is legal to race in the Great American Dragster Derby. The HotShot is very easy to build and it’s design allows for easy access to the rubber band power and gear unit and is recommended for a first time builder and racer. Unique ballast chambers in the engine compartment allow the use of pennies to adjust the weight of your racer.
The HotShot runs anywhere on its wide rear foam tires. The front suspension deals with an uneven surface and steering allows for direction adjustments. A special tool to wind the racer is included.
We recommend you use white glue or super glue to build your HotShot dragster. Due to the interlocking chassis design, you will successfully complete your racer in very little time.
Use markers to decorate your racer and keep it light. Paint can be used as well.
Kit contents: The HotShot kit comes complete with all laser-cut plywood parts necessary to build the racer and the winding tool. All metal gears, axles, .187″ rubber motor, windshield and small plastic parts along with an Allen wrench are included. Two rear foam tires and rim kits along with two grooved wooden front wheels with O-rings are included. Detailed building and racing instructions will be emailed to you.
The HotShot can easily run a 50 ft (20th scale of a 1000 ft run by NHRA) distance in under 3 seconds.
You can improve the performance of your HotShot by applying Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). You can vary the following on your HotShot:
Power: Adjust power through wider and/or more rubber string loops.
Gear Ratio: Choose from different pinion and/or crown gears to improve acceleration and/or top speed.
Wheel weight: You can change the wheel weight for more traction by adding weight to your rims.
Overall racer weight: Adjust ballast for optimal traction/ stability of your car.
Aerodynamics: You can sand your racer for better aerodynamics.
Overall Length: 15 inches or 38 cm
Curriculum: Spotlight on Teamwork, Careers & STEM (Available as a free download with each multipack purchase.)
We recommend that up to 5 students share one of our GADD racers and work as a team.
A team consists of:
• Crew chief
• Public relations agent
Other students in the class act as race officials.
This is a real life scenario where students experience first hand what it is like to work together as a team towards the common goal of winning a race.
Assembly instructions will be emailed after ordering.