This project was inspired by my son’s love of Hot Wheels cars and making them go fast, as well as my husband’s love of making cool toys for him and wanting any excuse to play with power tools. This car launcher shoots out Hot Wheels-type cars using rubber band power, and it’s makeable using materials you probably have lying around the garage or in the scrap pile.

While I can take credit for the concept and documentation of this project, the design and execution were all by my quite handy maker husband, Dameion. This can either be a stand-alone launcher, or can be modified to attach to a standard Hot Wheels track. Here’s how to make one yourself, or maybe even two so you can race!

Before you begin, gather the materials and tools listed.