By Matt Spradley


In the Cub Scout outlaw pinewood derby, anything goes as long as the car fits on the track.

Frankencar is an Arduino-controlled, 400-Watt torque monster that smokes the competition. It was pieced together using VEX Robotics hardware, an outrunner brushless motor, an Arduino Nano, and various other components. A key feature is that Frankencar knows when it’s close to the finish line so it can slam on the brakes.

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  • *grits teeth* "I only used what was in the approved kit..." *looks down and away*

  • Wow, that is awesome!

  • 3D Robotics

    I'd love to see more details about the construction and code behind this.  Cool project.

  • This is cool.  I didn't even know there was an outlaw class.  I think my son and I would have enjoyed this back then.

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