Review by Mr Croker
Back to the motors. They arrived in nice individual plastic cases with a polychip protecting the motor shaft. They are long can motor (Boxer or NC2/3/5/6 size) rated at 20000rpm @14.8v and are of a closed can design. So the same rating as Ninco’s NC5 but closed can.
A little about me now. I am a Club racer with no track at home so this is how the motor has been tested although one of the club tracks is only 60ft.
So what to run them in? I choose my Spirit Peugeot 406 Silhouette as it is a car I use when I visit Gainsborough Slot Car Club and a Sloter Zytek.
I ran both motors up on the bench and they sounded smooth humming away both pulling the same amps off load but the proof is in the pudding!!
Off to the races!!
First up was a trip to Pinewood Raceway in Berkshire. No series to run it in so practice time was used running the cars around. First up the Zytek. I had a guess at the gearing at 2.5:1 (it’s a quick track!!) and a couple of slow laps found a smooth power delivery and a decent turn of speed. Time to give it some grief so the TruSpeed controller was wound up to maximum on the settings and it was keeping up with the race cars due to run that evening! Not really what I was expecting. Good strong brakes featured - enough that I turned them down to about 60% which given the ratio was impressive. The torque pulling the car easily to top speed around the banking and on the straights. It definitely had an edge on an NC5 here. The motor in the Peugeot was equally good to drive. Beautifully smooth through the rev range with a decent turn of speed.
Next up was how the motor went on the tight confines of Gainsborough’s Little g track. This was going to be a 406 only affair. I had geared the car at 12/28 using Slot.it anglewinder parts. This was a bit of a guess as the Spirit 25000 motor is much more of a potent beast. Practice was a bit of a revelation. Where the car with the 25k Spirit motor had been difficult even when calmed by the various talents of the TruSpeed PWM controller the JP motor made the car smooth and allowed the car to be drifted nicely linking the bends. A little tweaking on the controller pots to make it more aggressive with the power delivery and it was flowing really well. A change to 12/29 (getting competitive now) sacrificed a little top end for a bit more acceleration and it seemed that you were always ahead of the car and could really push it. A few others had a quick go – notably Ian (bleep) – and the positive feedback was good. The performance to the stated motor spec was very good.
Race time!! With the fairly open rules the other saloons included cars powered by much more powerful motors 25k NSR Shark, Slot.it 21k etc. The motor acquitted itself very indeed. Maybe less is more as the car was drivable, didn’t de-slot and resulted in my best time to date with the saloon and joined the 30+ lap club at Gainsborough which is pretty exclusive!
Final thoughts. Well we have a motor retailing at £9 in the UK which on paper is the same performance as the much more expensive Ninco NC5. Having two on test I would say the performance is very close between the two, but - and it is a reasonably large but - both the JPSlot motors had the edge on the best NC5 motor I had. I have a feeling that these would make an excellent club spec motor. Quick enough, good performance drivability and with the closed can design no (well limited) magnetic effect – and they are nine GBP!!!
- October 2009
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