Wow so you just went in to regionals knowing it could have been 3 seconds faster? It's a good thing you actually kept track of your times the whole way through. I'm debating whether or not 6 points at states is worth making a new vehicle...My vehicle when it started was over 3 seconds faster than the one that I took to Regional’s [didn't replace the traps]That is a good point. I had to do a lot of testing again the day I made the new car just to get the distance right and I never really got it as good as I wanted... I was 27 cm off at regionals.I STRONGLY disagree on your stance of changing anything on your vehicle the day before [can have potential to change your performance]
this may sound bad but, yes I knew that if new mousetraps were added we would have done even better. It came down to the decision to save "the good stuff" [our new mouse traps for only state]. This sounds like overconfidence but I knew that the performance of our vehicle will out score any vehicle in my region.
Now as far as the 6 points to build a new vehicle to me I would just look for areas where I could improve the existing model without having to make a new one. I really don’t know how completive your state is in that event what one person thinks is hard may be easy to others. Many people think their state is very completive but how do we know this really [it’s the best team that makes it to Nationals and no team gets 1st in all 23 events]. For example my Regional design was only 1/10 worse than the 1St team from New York [state scoring]. It was my opinion that this vehicle if it would have went to state would be 20ish [give or take some]. This may be my opinion of my state being very completive I can remember that my 197/200 was only good enough for 5th at State in Electric Vehicle. Being so close to my State comp I don’t even want to put the time range that I am aiming for, I got the opportunity to observe some of the other best vehicles in my State which made my completely change expectations. I would certainly try to get every point off of your score as possible unless you are 100% sure all the teams are not as good as your vehicle