Friday, March 13, 2009


So, today is Friday, March the 13th, 2009 and the balloon car race was about 3 days ago I believe, on Tuesday march the 10th. We went fourth. Unintentionally, upon releasing the balloon, the car travelled at an angel during both trial runs. Despite that fact, our car successfully passed and exceeded the 5 metre mark. One piece of material greatly assisted us in passing the 5 metre mark- tape. That’s right, tape. When the balloon was blown up during our practice runs, and released, the forward force always pushed the balloon back which caused air to be lost and, thus, resulted in less distance as well as speed. By taping the balloon down to the top of the car when it was blown up, it made the balloon stay down while the car was moving and resulted in less air being wasted. Therefore, we covered more distance.

Anyway, this was a very educational experience and it was fun. What more can we say? Congratulations to all the other participants, especially to the group that broke the record. We would also like to thank Mr. Papadimitriou for organising this for his students and giving us the opportunity to take part in this. Much appreciated.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009


Okay, now for the videos of us testing was VERY fustrating to get it to right when there was not enough room for it.


One of our earlier models that had useless things(extra cardboard & tissue) to slow it down.



We've finally come up with a new design (modified from the previous one) that is made of lighter materials.


We've have decided to use thinner cardboard instead. Maybe this will lighten the load to help us cross the finish line of 5m. However, we're modifying teh design to finally make it our own.


Okay, so we've tested our design out and it did not work out as we hoped it would. So, we've taken the car apart and we're keeping the wheels hoping to make a better design.

Saturday, February 28, 2009


after working all afternoon this is what we have to present:
  • our materials

  • our hand drawn design and layout of our balloon powered car
  • our vehicle (without wheels)

Friday, February 6, 2009


this is a basic idea we got off another website (NOT OURS!)
Of course we will be making modifications to this design to make it an original and aerodynamic. Of course, we will be making it "otaku-ish".

Friday, January 30, 2009


PEOPLE, welcome to Total Otaku Takeover incorporated!!!!
watch as we create a special deisgn as never seen before.
We have taken on the challenge of constructing a balloon car that will exceed five meters, garanteed!