MTR32 De Cadenet LM4
Review by Nick Garton
Le Mans cars are something of a stock-in-trade for the slottist, whether they be a rug racer, scratch builder or club champion. The variety of cars and eras and sub-types is virtually limitless, but for a section of Le Mans-loving racers there is only one place to shop for a car: Bratislava.
Yes, for bespoke sports and endurance racing nirvana one needs to go further afield than the local hobby store to find the little works of art produced by Milan Tomasek at MTR32 (www.mtr32.com). His production methods, materials and many of his subjects are unique - and at the sharp end of the Richter Scale when it comes to performance.
The body is held on by four pins which go through the shell into blocks of rubber. Beneath lies Milan's bespoke chassis - available in kit form for scratchbuilders - made from PCB. The little de Cadenet is fitted with the anglewinder setup, and very sturdy and weighty it is too - but inline and sidewinder chassis are also available.
With a total weight of 82 grammes, virtually all of the mass sits below the waterline, and then we get to the motive power. Yes it's the 37,500rpm TSRF motor, picking up current via a TSRF guide, braids and wires: pumping all that power to the track via TSRF gears and axles.
There's no doubt that its natural domain is a big, sweeping board track and that's why it comes shod with foam tyres which give F1-style suspension on its immaculate plastic rims. However, I'm going to run it on the big Farnham track - 100% Ninco.
With nothing more than oiling the bearings and motor my fastest lap was 13.54 seconds, which puts the MTR32 de Cadenet in the thick of the Group 6 pack alongside the Slot.It Ferrari 312PB and Alfa T33, Sloter Lola or the Avant Slot Mirage when running without magnets.
It should be faster still, but those foam tyres can't hope to match rubber without being treated with something sticky - something which few clubs would permit.
On the right compound of rubber and possibly with a more tractable motor like a standard Slot.It V12 I don't doubt that this car would flatten much of its opposition. One thing is for sure: the big TSRF motor requires at least three metres to decelerate from warp speed if you don't run with brakes on, as we do at Farnham.
If you want a unique slot car that combines as-good-as-it-gets detailing with track-shattering performance, MTR32 is the place to go.
In Milan's 'RTR' spec I think any car would be simply too brutal for any home racing setup, while for clubs who run purely 'RTR' it will be outlawed before you've even got it out of your race box.
In this setup its natural environment is clearly tearing up board tracks with the track brakes turned up to the max and a Jeremy Clarkson-like addiction to 'powerrrrr'. One thing is for sure: they must be having a heck of a lot of fun at the clubs in Bratislava.
For me, this model will be a shelf queen: a reminder of the fun I had with Alain de Cadenet and Desiré Wilson promoting this year's Autosport 6 Hours of Silverstone. Although, having said that, she may perhaps come out for a run on high days and holidays to scare small children and spark club debates on eligibility!
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