Timers And Packages That Meet All Your Pinewood Derby Challenges!
We offer three types of timers.
Our full-scale product is the TURBO Timer, for 1 to 8 lanes. The TURBO Pinewood derby timer has some great features including: Huge 3 inch numeric displays over each lane, upgradable to double-sided viewing, optional built-in USB interface, provides all times by computer interface AND the built-in display, is easily upgradable to up to 8 lanes and has a 6 year warranty. We are the only manufacturer to offer these super large 3 inch displays. Our built-in USB and modular design are not found on other products on the market. Here's a link to see the TURBO timer in action on youtube.
DerbyStick is our newest product, We incorporated the latest components and manufacturing techniques to reduce the size and lower the cost for tracks up to 4 Lanes. Although it is the size of a thumb drive, it has the same timing capabilities as the TURBO timer, just without the over-track display. At most of the races we have attended, if the race results are projected to a screen - that is what the audience watches. Money spent on a track mounted display is largely wasted for groups using a projector.
With DerbyStick, the finish order and all times are available directly from your PC - perfect for groups that will use a computer and projector. DerbyStick uses our standard start switch and 1/4” stop sensors. The only thing needed to complete the system is a regular incandescent light source at the finish line (one 60W lamp for every 2-3 lanes). You do not have to provide the measurements of your track for this timer. This timer can be used for 1-4 lanes. DerbyStick has a 1 year parts and labor warranty. Click here to order the DerbyStick.
Our third type of timer is the Turbo Lite - a lower priced alternative to the full TURBO timing system that has the same timing capabilities without the over-track display. The finish order and all times are available from the Timer Module or connect the unit to a PC to automate your race. Use your PC with an LCD projector to really wow the audience. The timer comes standard with a serial port interface and supports our optional built-in USB interface. This timer uses our standard start switch and 1/4” stop sensors. The only thing needed to complete the system is a regular incandescent light source at the finish line (one 60W lamp for every 2-3 lanes). You do not have to provide the measurements of your track for this timer. Click here to order the Turbo Lite.
Turbo Lite, uses 1/4" holes. DT8000 customers who are switching to Turbo Lite would either need to devise a way to fit smaller sensors into their holes, drill another set of holes, or we could build their cables with 3/8" tubing. Wouldn't be a problem to do so, just need to know ahead of time before we build the product.
Finally, there are the legacy products. These were our Original Timers: The DT8000 (1 to 8 lanes), DT2000 (1 or 2 lanes) and the DT1000 (1 lane). These timers were phased out at the end of 2009 and did not have the bridge display at the finish line, but were less expensive and offered the same accurate timing and finish order information.
Note: All of our timers are upgradedable to add more lanes in the future. Turbo and Turbo Lite expand up to 8 lanes, DerbyStick expands up to 4 lanes. Upgrading is easy and cost effective and avoids the expense or buying an entirely new system if your track changes size or design in the future.
How do I know which timer to buy or upgrade to? You should look at three key points: number of lanes you need now, number of lanes you may need in the future, the cost of the timer/finish line you are considering, and the type of display you want to have.
A key feature of our products is that you are not stuck with your original choice in lane size if you choose to upgrade to a bigger track later on.
The following chart may be helpful to you:
Number of Lanes
Type of Display
1 to 8
Center to Center spacings of 3.25, 3.5, 3.75, or 4.0 Inch
3 Inch Number per lane plus Elapsed Time on the Timer Module. Computer Interface