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Speed Kills

“Speed kills” is true in many contexts, but none more so than slot car racing. As the boom in the slot racing craze matured, cars got faster, but speed came by compromising the realistic appearance of the cars. Lightweight vacuum formed bodies were flattened for low center of gravity and improved aerodynamics. Tiny wheels improved handling. Front wheels atrophied or even disappeared.  High speed collisions discouraged efforts at detail and finish quality, in fact, cars became difficult to even see in action. When slot “cars” bare no resemblance to any real car, the connection of real motorsports is lost.  Finally, the answer to “how fast can it go” becomes how much do you want to spend?

Wing car
Wing cars are ground effects wedges that create low pressure under the body and high pressure above.

clear plastic side dams, rear spoiler and front diaplane are all needed to keep car on track at blinding speed.
Clear plastic side dams, rear spoiler and front diaplane are all needed to keep car on track at blinding speed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recently reality has returned to slot racing as both manufacturers and individuals built wonderfully  accurate, beautiful models. a dozen manufacturers now produce hundreds of different models from all categories and in 4 scale sizes. Many slot cars now rival fine diecast cars in finish and detail.

High speed "Flexi" car at left, realistic "Scaleauto" car at right.
High speed “Flexi” car at left, realistic “Scaleauto” car at right.

High speed "Flexi" car at left, realistic "Scaleauto" car at right.
Both types are fun but there is no contest between them for speed.

For most events we use accurate replicas of real cars, but for those who prefer levels of speed and performance only attained by contemporary slot cars, rest assured they can be used on our tracks. In fact, I compete several times each month with the fast stuff as well as vintage and accurate model cars. So, how fast do you want to go? We have something for every speed! ~ Jim Cunningham

1965 Lola GT slot car looks much like the real car.
1965 Lola GT slot car looks much like the real car.
Most 1960's slot cars were fairly accurate models of the real cars. These survivors still run well today. Not fast , but very fun!
Most 1960’s slot cars were fairly accurate models of the real cars. These survivors still run well today. Not fast , but very fun!
Handmade Scale car - Doppleganger
Handmade Scale car – Doppleganger. Built for contest where judging of appearance as a model is part of the overall score. This car is fast and realistic because it used magnets for downforce, not aerodynamics. Real car aerodynamics have little effect in slot car because they are out scale relative to air density.

 

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