Will adding a raised front end to your car help it get a head start?
One of the pieces of misguided advice I often see is to install a raised front end (often called a “cheater bar”) in the car. The theory behind the cheater bar is that when the gate drops, the top moves before the bottom, so if your car has a high front, it’s able to start moving before the other cars do.
It won’t help on any track that uses a spring-loaded starting gate.
While a raised front might be of some minimal benefit on a manually-operated gate that’s released slowly enough, on any gate that drops quickly, the entire gate will be clear the car before it is able to overcome inertia and start rolling. You might get a paper’s thickness of a head start, but not enough to make any real difference at the finish line.
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