RyanMist wrote:jcmarcus0816 wrote:shrewdPanther46 wrote:Has anyone seen time scores under 4 points at competition? What were the best times of cars you have seen where the accuracy is still competitive?
I'm getting worried that the speed of my car will not suffice after my partner and I slowed it down for accuracy, so I would like to know the kind of times we will all be seeing at nationals.
My partner and I got a time score of a little over 5 at the Michigan state competition with a distance score of 8, and we got first. At one point we did have a time score of under four but the car skid so much that the consistency was completely wack. There are some ways you can get the car to take a longer time to slow down to reduce skidding but we did not have enough time, so we just slowed our car down to about 2.6 seconds. If I were you, I would just focus on accuracy and make sure your car can run under 3 seconds.
I don't compete in this event and I am not completely sure about the rules. I think our team got a negative number of points and we got 2nd at states. Again I am not sure if this is true but I'm pretty sure
shrewdPanther46 wrote:Thats a combination of time and accuracy. The time score is the time in seconds multiplied by 2. The accuracy score is the distance from the target point in cm multiplied by 4. The total score is the sum of both values, and a bonus of -25 points if you make centerline bonus.
We are discussing time score, so I was essentially asking if anyone has seen cars that cover the distance in 2 seconds or less.
hippo9 wrote:Well if you could pull of what Troy supposedly did in EV, it could be possible.
builder83 wrote:shrewdPanther46 wrote:Thats a combination of time and accuracy. The time score is the time in seconds multiplied by 2. The accuracy score is the distance from the target point in cm multiplied by 4. The total score is the sum of both values, and a bonus of -25 points if you make centerline bonus.
We are discussing time score, so I was essentially asking if anyone has seen cars that cover the distance in 2 seconds or less.
Would be sheer luck to have a 2 second car be sub 2 cm accuracy. Not to peel out the car would need to be heavy, and then there would be big skid issues.
shrewdPanther46 wrote:builder83 wrote:shrewdPanther46 wrote:Thats a combination of time and accuracy. The time score is the time in seconds multiplied by 2. The accuracy score is the distance from the target point in cm multiplied by 4. The total score is the sum of both values, and a bonus of -25 points if you make centerline bonus.
We are discussing time score, so I was essentially asking if anyone has seen cars that cover the distance in 2 seconds or less.
Would be sheer luck to have a 2 second car be sub 2 cm accuracy. Not to peel out the car would need to be heavy, and then there would be big skid issues.
That's not true at all whatsoever. If you have a heavy car with a consistent braking system, it is definitely possible to avoid skid issues as well.
NOTE: This is just my theory, as I am sure that if I really wanted to, I could push my times down.
windu34 wrote:Addionally, weight does NOT result in skid issues. It may increase momentum, but it also increases normal force and I found that I could control skid quite well despite the heavy device (2-3 kg's). There are plenty of little things such as cleaning the floor, "conditioning" you tires, and adjusting weight distribution that can have large effects on reducing skid.
shrewdPanther46 wrote:I have seen some people use grip sprays
shrewdPanther46 wrote:If your vehicle is bouncing up and down, you have a whole other problem to deal with. I think if you just add weight to your car that problem would be solved. If your car isnt skidding, there is no need for any sprays or whatever (I don't use anything like that either, although I have heard of teams using grip sprays)
Also, reading back, I am pretty sure conditioning wheels is analogous to just cleaning them so there isnt a lot of dirt on them.
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