Competitive Times for Nationals

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Competitive Times for Nationals

Postby shrewdPanther46 » 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...

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Re: Competitive Times for Nationals

Postby cheese » 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)
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Re: Competitive Times for Nationals

Postby shrewdPanther46 » 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

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Re: Competitive Times for Nationals

Postby SPP SciO » March 22nd, 2018, 10:38 am

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.
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Re: Competitive Times for Nationals

Postby Unome » March 22nd, 2018, 11:34 am

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.
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its [the dowel's] front bottom edge will be the vehicle’s Measurement Point for distance measurements
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Re: Competitive Times for Nationals

Postby SPP SciO » March 22nd, 2018, 11:52 am

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.
The rules answer this question:
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.
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Re: Competitive Times for Nationals

Postby MadCow2357 » 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.
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Re: Competitive Times for Nationals

Postby cheese » March 31st, 2018, 9:30 am

I will bet you that there is someone faster *wink*
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Re: Competitive Times for Nationals

Postby MadCow2357 » March 31st, 2018, 11:44 am

I will bet you that there is someone faster *wink*
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Re: Competitive Times for regionals

Postby shrewdPanther46 » 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?


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