For our physics project (senior in high school), we have to build cars driven by nothing other than mouse traps, and they have to propel the cars at least 10 meters. Of course, me being me, I want to make my car go as far as possible. I would like to know exactly what equations I'm going to need to build a car of certain specifications and predict how far it's going to go. I'm thinking that torque, force, and work are going to be part of it, but I don't know everything. Any ideas what else I'm going to need to take a complete design-first attempt at this car? Any ideas on how to maximize the distance the car will travel?