Car Builder - Play Online
DOS - 1982
For small DOS games like Car Builder, you can play online immediately with your browser (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer...). This feature is still experimental, the game may not work properly. Warning: game save should work, but you should try it early! Also, be careful to select the right game executable in the list below.
You have to choose the right game executable, then press PLAY.
To exit fullscreen mode, press escape. Playing experience can be poor due to your browser or your computer. Download Car Builder and launch it with DOSBox to have the best playing experience!
If the game is too fast or too slow, try hitting CTRL-F11 (slower) and CTRL-F12 (faster).
i know nothing about cars so this is confusing
They used this at my middle school in 2002! I wonder how long they kept it up?
Nathan, I'm unable to load your saves. I'd love to see how you got 191MPH though, that's amazing!
U.R Handsome 2019-07-26
As a person who knows nothing about cars, I approve.
Well, this was a fun blast from the past. I played this game as a kid in the 80s and was fascinated by the aerodynamics aspect of this game. Now I'm an aerospace engineer and I have often wished I could play this again to try to figure out how the game computes the drag. Still not sure what equations are used, but I have noticed a few things about it. The width of the tires affects the drag, which I had not noticed as a kid. Also the streamlines as shown might not match the actual flow separation point in the rear. I find that the shape that gives lowest drag actually appears in the graphic to have separated flow starting at the driver seat, yet the computed drag seems to still correspond to attached flow. Anyway, I got the drag down to 332 with a coefficient of .210000. My car got to 191mph. I've saved the car as "191MPH" and the body shape as "drag332" if anyone is interested. If anyone can beat that drag number, please comment here and tell me how you did it! And save your car and/or body design in the game so I can see it. I am curious to know what the "best" design is according to the game's equations.
PS. To get to 191mph, I had to use the *second* most powerful engine. I am not sure why. Maybe weight is more important than the final 10 HP?
181 mph top speed. That's the best I can get
Mile High 2015-07-23
This program was used in my junior high school in the early-mid 90s.
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