Gravity Powered Turbo!

In 2008, the Herman Miller company commissioned two Pinewood Derby Cars to by built by Kaiju Studios, a famous design firm.  It was in preparation for a fun race at the Industrial Designers Society of America expo.  Kaiju Studios was expected to do what they do the best, design cars. The designers at Kaiju and engineers at Herman Miller came together to design two of the most interesting cars the Derby has ever seen. #3 and #9 cars were the result. #3 was constructed with polished aluminum and mahogany with a tungsten core and reflects Miller’s classic icons. #9 however, bent rules in order to achieve extra acceleration. It veered away from the conventional rules and employed gravity-powered turbo. It wasn’t surprising when #9 won the first place and the People’s Choice Awards in the IDSA races.


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