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hello 4 school we are buliding a co2 race car and i am having troubles thinking of what to name the car if u have any iudeas plz tell me thanx

posted by  ben_e

How 'bout... Exhale-a-Go-Go? :doh: :laughing:
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posted by  BavarianWheels

Tell me Ben, could you elaborate on your project before I give you a list of names for your CO2 race car? Is it like a soap box with a fire extinguisher attached to it that you're going to paint or what? Are you in, say, teams of twos or fours? Is there going to be a head to head race? How many CO2 race cars are there going to be? What are the rules and limitations e.g. how much CO2 are you allowed to use? If you give me all the information then I can comply with your request.

posted by  snoopewite

How about the "Fart Cannon".:2cents:

posted by  vwhobo

Wouldn't that be if it was powered by methane? :laughing:
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posted by  BavarianWheels

well our whole class is building 1 so ther will be bout 18 cars and they are going 2 race head to head over 20m. the cars have to be between 200mm and 305mm long. they run on a co2 canister which goes into the powerplant which has to be 50mm depth and 19.5 diameter. we have 2 design them and on the computer and then we have 2 build them using materials such as aluminium, plastics and stuff like that.

posted by  ben_e

Perhaps you should name your car the "TO". It would give you practice spelling it.:banghead:

posted by  vwhobo

I'm a man of my word so here’s the list: -
1. Paint the car white and call it “The Abominable Snowman” or just “Yeti” – because CO2’s cold and your car could be thought of as the CO2 car equivalent to “Bigfoot” the monster truck.
2. “Coto Racer” – if you work that one out then you’ll realize that it’s another flame after vwhobo's post :evil: You could still use it though.
3. “Frostbite” – CO2's cold enough to cause frostbite.
4. “Low Fuel Dragster” – an attempt at humour because CO2 cars are really at the opposite end of the spectrum (really they're of the scale) to top fuel dragsters.
5. Paint it black and then stick uncooked grains of rice on it, then paint a yellow oval with a black silhouette on it and call it the "Ricemobile" - it would be a mockery of so-called 'rice cars' and the "Batmobile".
6. Paint it white and call it “Snowball” – again because CO2’s cold but you could say that when your CO2 car performs, it picks up speed like a rolling snowball picking up momentum!
7. “McLaren CO2” – instead of McLaren F1. I know that your car's not being made by McLaren but then again, if anyone in your class is called McLaren, especially your teacher then it could work.
8. "No Octane Racer" - CO2 has no octane rating as opposed to nitromethane that's high octane and used by top fuel dragsters.
9. “Emission Failure” - CO2 emission tests are carried out on cars.
10. “Global Warming Device” - CO2 causes global warming.

Now that I’ve given you some ideas, could you let me know what happens please? I’d appreciate it if you let me know what name you all decide on and what some of the other cars are called. Good luck with the race :thumbs:

posted by  snoopewite

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I like McLaren C02 :2cents:
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posted by  BavarianWheels

Um, Snoope I hate to break up the party, but I need to correct a couple of things.

1. CO2 in and of itself is not cold. Let's try an experiment. Take a deep breath, cup your hand over your mouth, exhale. Is the air you exhaled cold or hot. Hot, right? What you just exhaled is about 80% CO2. I think the reason you think CO2 is cold is because if you take a tank of CO2 and crack open the valve it comes out cold. Any pressurized gas will come out cold, part of the venturi effect.
2. Nitromethane actually has an extremely low octane rating, it does however have high power potential. If you ever watch Top Fuel or Funny Car racing that's 87 octane gasoline they shoot the bug catcher to get it to start. Nitro is around 70 octane.
3. CO2 has not been proven to cause global warming, as a matter of fact nothing has been proven to cause global warming. To take this a little further only a relatively small percentage of scientists believe global warming even exists. About the same percentage as believe global cooling exists.

posted by  vwhobo

1. “The Abominable Snowman” still seems okay to me but then he's not American like "Bigfoot" is.
"Frostbite" could mean that you can possibly get a cold burn via CO2 escaping from the tank then :heh: Maybe not :ohcrap:
Maybe "Snowball" is also too (now that's when you can use a '2') weak. That just gave me another idea - "CO2 Fast, CO2 Furious" :2cents: It's clever but cheesy.
2. That's interesting but what does, "they shoot the bug catcher to get it to start" mean? I think that I'll be asking about fuel somewhere down the line. Maybe I should have my title of "CF Addict" changed to "Grand Inquisitor" :lol:
3. I’ve heard different but lets just forget about “Global Warming Device”.

Sorry to everyone for the misinformation and thanks vwhobo for educating me :wink2:

posted by  snoopewite

I meant to say 'shoot into the bug catcher'.

See where it says USA?
http://www.draglist.com/artman/uploads/daily_pictures/larrydixon02_11-08-03 .jpg

See where it doesn't say USA anymore?
http://www.draglist.com/artman/uploads/daily_pictures/tonyschumacher02_11-0 8-03.jpg

Bugcatcher!:thumbs:

posted by  vwhobo

So vwhobo, a 'bug catcher' is the same as a 'venturi tunnel'?

posted by  snoopewite

I have never heard it called that, which might just be a case of the UK/US language barrier. Bug catcher sounds cooler too.:hi:

posted by  vwhobo

:2cents: 'Venturi tunnel' sounds more formal while 'bug catcher' sounds more like slang to me.
Thanks for the post with the pictures vwhobo.

posted by  snoopewite

That might actually differ from country. I too say bug-catcher but a lot of people I know scold me for it :evil: Ohh well, I'll put one on a Civic and see what happens...oops, IT WAS DONE!


(If you remember the "may god help us" post)

posted by  Satty101

Actually it was, "Heaven help us..."

posted by  snoopewite

yes. Thankyou. I knew it was something like that. ah...yes. How i hate that car.

posted by  Satty101

Just what's going on with this car then?

posted by  snoopewite

Lets face it, Mr e is not going to post here again so I might as well get this over with - Go and f**k yourself ben and I hope that you loose your race :fu:

posted by  snoopewite

Lets face it, Mr e is not going to post here again so I might as well get this over with - Go and f**k yourself ben and I hope that you loose the race :fu:

posted by  snoopewite

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