The Canary Derby will be held on a stretch of Markham Road between Camosun College and the Vancouver Island Tech Park. The racecourse is 350 meters in length and includes several aspects that constructors will want to consider when building their cars.
1. “The Curve”
The course includes a 45-degree turn at the midway point. Car maneuverability will be critical for drivers to navigate this segment of the course.
2. Speed Humps
There are two speed humps in the racecourse. These are approximately 20 feet in length (6′ approach and exit ramps with an 8′ long platform) and rise up to 8 inches off the roadway. These will provide challenges to drivers both in handling and momentum. Teams should measure and evaluate the speed humps to determine any potential impact on car design.
3. The Push Start
All cars will start the race with a push start. Each team is allowed to have one person push their car. This can be a different person for each run. The pushing area will be limited to a range of 10-15 feet.
4. The Finish Line
The Archipelago Marine Research Timing and Scoring system will be back this year. The system will be triggered when your ramp drops. The finish area will have optical sensors 12” off the ground to capture the moment your car crossed the finish line.
We recommend that your team spend some time walking the course in advance of the race so you can best determine how your car’s design may be impacted by these features.
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