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### Competitive Times for Nationals

Posted: March 16th, 2018, 5:06 am
In order to be competitive at nationals, is there a requirement for atleast <2.5 second times? We are looking to significantly slow down our car to help our accuracy, but I am very curious as to what times would remain competitive at nationals. We wish to not drop to far down, but our car is skidding to the point where it is not possible to close in on even <4 cm accuracy consistently...

### Re: Competitive Times for Nationals

Posted: March 17th, 2018, 4:57 pm
The accuracy will matter a large portion at nationals, but teams will be so close to the point to where the ultimate winner will come down to the fastest vehicle at a very, very accurate distance (1-10 mm)

### Re: Competitive Times for Nationals

Posted: March 17th, 2018, 5:15 pm
how would they even measure a distance like that if the dowel itself is a quarter inch dowel minimum? I'm pretty sure they would consider anything like that just 0 cm off... but hopeflly they have a system for that

### Re: Competitive Times for Nationals

Posted: March 22nd, 2018, 10:38 am
shrewdPanther46 wrote:how would they even measure a distance like that if the dowel itself is a quarter inch dowel minimum? I'm pretty sure they would consider anything like that just 0 cm off... but hopeflly they have a system for that

I think 1mm accuracy is pretty reasonable for that measurement. The dowel needs to be within a cm of the floor, so it's simple to put a dot directly beneath the dowel, and measure to the center of that dot.

### Re: Competitive Times for Nationals

Posted: March 22nd, 2018, 11:34 am
SPP SciO wrote:
shrewdPanther46 wrote:how would they even measure a distance like that if the dowel itself is a quarter inch dowel minimum? I'm pretty sure they would consider anything like that just 0 cm off... but hopeflly they have a system for that

I think 1mm accuracy is pretty reasonable for that measurement. The dowel needs to be within a cm of the floor, so it's simple to put a dot directly beneath the dowel, and measure to the center of that dot.

SO 2018 Div B Rules Manual wrote:its [the dowel's] front bottom edge will be the vehicle’s Measurement Point for distance measurements

### Re: Competitive Times for Nationals

Posted: March 22nd, 2018, 11:52 am
Unome wrote:
SPP SciO wrote:
shrewdPanther46 wrote:how would they even measure a distance like that if the dowel itself is a quarter inch dowel minimum? I'm pretty sure they would consider anything like that just 0 cm off... but hopeflly they have a system for that

I think 1mm accuracy is pretty reasonable for that measurement. The dowel needs to be within a cm of the floor, so it's simple to put a dot directly beneath the dowel, and measure to the center of that dot.

SO 2018 Div B Rules Manual wrote:its [the dowel's] front bottom edge will be the vehicle’s Measurement Point for distance measurements

Thanks for the correction! If you're within a dowel's width of the target point, you've had an amazing run.

### Re: Competitive Times for Nationals

Posted: March 31st, 2018, 5:33 am
Right now my wooden car travels the target distance in about 3 seconds. As long as the accuracy holds up, I can take gold. Rhode Island is not really competitive.

### Re: Competitive Times for Nationals

Posted: March 31st, 2018, 9:30 am
I will bet you that there is someone faster *wink*

### Re: Competitive Times for Nationals

Posted: March 31st, 2018, 11:44 am
cheese wrote:I will bet you that there is someone faster *wink*

Probably.

### Re: Competitive Times for regionals

Posted: April 1st, 2018, 8:02 pm
I just realized I accidentally labeled this as "regionals"

Sorry for the confusion. I meant at the national level. Thoughts?

### Re: Competitive Times for regionals

Posted: April 1st, 2018, 8:05 pm
Lol...

It's april fools, scioly did this to you

### Re: Competitive Times for regionals

Posted: April 1st, 2018, 8:18 pm
Gimme a break i just got back from vacation and checked scioly as im about to fall asleep lol

### Re: Competitive Times for regionals

Posted: April 1st, 2018, 8:24 pm
He wasn't being mean he meant @pril fools day they put up some filters

### Re: Competitive Times for regionals

Posted: April 1st, 2018, 8:25 pm
i know lol

### Re: Competitive Times for Nationals

Posted: April 2nd, 2018, 9:10 pm
Times are cool and more "fun". But I am more curious at how accurate people are. Whos consistantly getting within 1 cm runs? I am consistantly under 5cm. 2nd run usually under 3cm (sometimes right on the button). I still don't think the fastest car will win.

Anybody try a brake system other than wingnut?