Robots designed to contact the rack while hurdling will invite extra scrutiny at inspection. If you use a flux capacitor make certain it is a COTS component, or that you fabricate it from COTS materials.
What’s the acceleration needed to get to 88mph in 50 feet? And the plutonium is easy to get around, all you need is a lightning bolt every match so you can get that 1.21 jigawatts of energy (though you still need to get it from an approved supplier).
that’s what the prototype is for - you can use whatever materials you want on it (even those from an unapproved supplier) - jump into the future and buy a cold fusion conversion kit from an approved supplier (after all, they’d clearly be willing tosell to any first team that wanted to purchase from them). Then you can just burn up a battery to power the robot…
After all, the rule states that all your power come from the 12V battery, but it doesn’t say how you extract energy from it.
If you’re worried about it passing inspection, why don’t you just travel to the future and see if the inspectors will clear it?
Hmm, actually, if you’re already in the future, you may as well see who wins nationals and see if it is worth it to keep working (yeah, right - like anyone’s going to pass up building a robot). Then again, if you are skilled enough to build a time machine, then beating Overdrive should be a piece of cake.
One piece of advice - make sure that if you go to the past, be sure to have a backup in case you go to a time before Exide batteries were invented (otherwise you’ll have to go through the business of stealing a train and all that business).
Does anyone remember a team coming out of the future and running into the rack? I know I don’t, which should prove that time travel will not happen at any of the FIRST competitions that we remember, in this time line at least.
Maybe one of these days we’ll get a flux capacitor in the KOP. I’m going to bet that would have some very strict rules on it.