Sunday, March 8, 2009
First trial run: As I have mentioned in the last blogspot, the balloon had caught onto the back of the wheel as the air ran out of the balloon, we have found a solution and have decided to add "walls" on the sides of the car near the balloon so when the balloon runs out of air, it will not fall off and get caught in the wheel.
Second trial run: After adjusting and improving our balloon car from the first trial run, we have decided to test it out again on the second run. This time instead sudden "brakes" to the car, we have encountered wind resistence. The car (while in motion) had started performing wheelies (front of the car tilted up while the back keeps on rolling). What we believed had created this problem was that the balloon had uplifted the car since the balloon points up.
Third trial run: We've added a few weights (pennies to be specific) at the front of the car to keep it from becoming too light and tilting upwards. Now that Dexter and I have yet again solved our previous dilemma, we are ready to test out third tiral run.
STAY TUNED FOR THE NEXT BLOGSPOT OF THE WILDEX PROJECT!
Thursday, March 5, 2009
P.S. There are no pictures of the failed car because me and Dexter have already started making adjustments.
Monday, March 2, 2009
Monday, February 23, 2009
- Safety knife
- Carpenters glue
- A bag of balloons
- 4 Wheels
- 100cm x 30cm x 0.5cm Styrofoam
Procedure (Steps) to what we got so far
- We started off by cutting 4 pieces of styrofoam in the shape of a formula 1 car.
- We glued the 4 pieces together to adjust the height of the car
- We shaved parts of the car to make it aerodynamic ( front of the car).
- We added a spoiler to hold the balloon in place.
What we need to do still?
- Attach the wheels to the car.
- Make the cockpit (drivers seat) of the car.
- Make a hole at the back of the spoiler to mount balloon.
Thursday, February 5, 2009
We decided to pick the design of a formula 1 car because the car is very aerodynamic. We are going to attach 1 or 2 balloons to the back of the car where the spoiler is located to make the car go forward.
We are going to make this car out of styrofoam so the car is light and can move easily. We are either going to make the tires out of wood or rubber tires. Basically, the wheels are going to give the car weight so the car won't flip or lose control.
Dexter and Willis