Mousetrap car design and materials

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Hello,

I am building a mousetrap car for my physics class. I have looked at other threads for the best materials and designs but none of them have helped me much.
I was wondering if anyone could give me something new to work with.

I would like to have a three wheel design but my main problem is that I do not know what are the best materials. If anyone could name a few specific items I would be forever grateful.

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Danger
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I''ll give you the same advice that I give to everyone else who pops in with this question. Use the threat of the mousetrap to force the mice into slave labour and make them pull your car.
 
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I am building a mousetrap car for my physics class. I have looked at other threads for the best materials and designs but none of them have helped me much.
I was wondering if anyone could give me something new to work with.

Hi GreenRoxz, http://img96.imageshack.us/img96/5725/red5e5etimes5e5e45e5e25.gif [Broken]

I have nil experience with building mousetrap cars, but the ones I´ve constructed in my mind all suffer from a common problem: wheel spin. :grumpy:

So to minimize this, I provide the car with a flywheel, arranging for the flywheel to absorb the energy from the spring and release it at a slower measured rate to the rear wheels. With this improvement, the imaginary car travels far. :tongue2: A clockwork mechanism built around the spring might be even more impressive. :smile: Is the ultimate goal to maximize distance of travel, or to maximize top speed?
 
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