Well, even if I were to develop a "warp drive" I would still have to give credit to Miguel Alcubierre for having discovered warp speed. I wouldn't have a problem with this, because I've met Miguel and he's a really cool guy.
Aside from being the one to do the cutting with the band saw and some sanding, I actually did very little. The kiddo painted it with his grandad and his mom put the weights on. It was a team effort all around. He's always been small (he was 10 weeks early) so in most of the school competitions (which are physical) he doesn't do very well. I was dreading him getting upset over the performance - having to go over and do the "hey, lets have fun talk" - but he was goofing off and not really invested until he won his first heat. He went on to be undefeated for the night, but he missed a couple of his races because he was distracted. I felt slightly sheepish, partly because all of the other dads were giving me a "how the hell did a tiger cub do that?" look coupled by some knowing looks from other leaders who are aware that I'm a physicist.