Despite the Fantasy season just starting, I'm looking ahead to my next Hot Wheels project, a super HW drag racing database. The goal is to be a database of results and ratings where people can look up car performance. However, this database needs to account for all the manufactured variations of cars, which where I need some help.
As I'm less of a collector and more of just a racer, so I'm not really hip to all the car variations over the years. And when I say "variations" I mean variations that would effect car performance, not paint variations or spoke types.
I'm looking for things like, are body and chassis both metal? Does it have FTE wheels? Etc...those type things...I just don't know or have a list of those type changes over the years and hoping you all can suggest some other things to consider for this database.
The project will also account for variations in track, like length and type, but that will be more generalized than car specifics. This database would also only be measuring stock mainline cars as they come off the pegs, no mods and at this time, no other brand than Hot Wheels.
I want someone to be able to come to this database, click on "Ferrari 250 GT" and see an overall, global race history of the car that includes all variations on various tracks with a rating for each one. Then, for example, the user will know that the Ferrari performs better on short track than long track, and that it historically has trouble going head-to-head against the Ford F-150 but always wins against the Baja Bug.........that type thing....
So please post your thoughts and suggestions on what type of variations impact car performance and that'll help me kick off this project with some confidence.