Audi R18 – Pinewood Derby Racer | By Scout Leader Sam Francis

By - June 9th, 2011

With motorsports’ most prestigious endurance race, 24 Hours of Le Mans, to take place this weekend. It was only fitting to visit the most talked about “vehicle”, the Audi R18. Though quite impressive in itself, the subject matter in this case is the not the actual version of R18. Instead, its miniature version made by scout leader Sam Francis for the annual Pinewood Derby.

A headline feature story on Autoblog, the Francis’ pine doppelganger is such that its easily mistaken as the real thing at first glance. Made under strict guidelines set by Boy Scouts of America, the Pinewood Derby Audi R18 comes in under 5 ounces and utilized wheels/axles stipulated by the Pinewood Derby organizers. It also have made from a block of pine and assembled in 30 days. But Francis had a few tricks up his sleeves too. With his know-hows as an electrical engineer, Francis added a a 3.6-volt lithium-ion battery and 14 LED as the R18’s headlights, stop lights, and status lights on the sides. In order to fully wire the model, it was made from hallowed out halves at first, put together near the end of the process. A poignant reminder that we all should’ve paid attention during those shop and craft classes back in high school… via: Autoblog