The Mabuchi 26D seems to have been and effort to find the best of both Mabuchi's smaller 16D and larger 36D motors. The 36D had much more speed, but was bulky and required large, narrow tires in a sidewinder configuration. As an inline, 36D either needed larger diameter tires or a severely hypoid gear, The 26D was smaller in diameter than the 36D and shorter than either of the other motors. They were fast, but tended to melt their plastic endbells. By the time the endbell problems were addressed with better plastic brush hardware or metal variations, 16Ds had improved again and went on to dominate in commercial slot cars ever after. But there was a time, for about a year in 1968, at the height of the commercial slot car craze, that 26D was the way to go fast. Good 26Ds are now hard to find.
Here is a real Lola GT, Of course it evolved from race to race, show photos of the three cars produced appear to be many more cars! . The Lola GT is a precursor to the Ford GT40. It was the first rear engined GT with an American V8 in it. One was purchased by Ford to study and it's designer worked on the early Ford GT 40s. The Wikipedia listing is very interesting. See it here.
This body is a Lola GT. I believe it was produced by Anderson.
For my chassis, I started with the Dynamic aluminum motor carrier that almost fit a 26D. I added a brass bracket for the front of the motor for a solid screw-in mount for a fresh 26D. I opted to use the brass guide holder center section so I could solder directly to it. Brass pans add weight for stability and lower center of gravity.
The aluminum chassis can pivot at the single center screw. Travel is limited and stabilized by the wire at the that runs behind the motor and by the steel wire contacting the front of the motor bracket. Once the aluminum chassis was clearanced slightly, the brass center pivots smoothly on a single tightened (and locktighted) screw. So, in corners, the mass of the brass causes a few degrees of rear wheel steering. Testing to see if it works is as simple as adding the second screw to lock out the pivot. Testing shows the pivot is good for about 3 tenths per lap on Quadrophenia with better stability!
Note how rear of chassis is angled toward the top of the photo.
Not pivoted, square to pans,
Somebody must have tried this before. Does anyone have other examples to show? Please email me photos! Jim@nomadraceways.com