Scalextric Peugeot 908 HDi Test Car
Review by ferraif40
Manufacturers seem to have gone crazy over this model of the Peugeot 908 Test car. Scalextric is the third company after Carrera and Avant Slot to release a car in this livery.
The car was released in 2006, ready for racing in 2007. After a stunning debut at Monza, this car looked in good shape for the Le Mans 24 Hours. That year although the car took Pole Position, it finished 2nd in the race, some 10 laps behind the winning Audi! At Le Mans in 2008, the team entered 3 cars, and lined up 1-2-3 on the grid. However, the victory again eluded the team, and they finished 2nd and 3rd. The car has really made its mark on endurance racing, and will go on to bigger and better things!
With this car, Scalextric are going to have competition, let’s see how it fares.
The Peugeot is a great looking model. Scalextric seem to have got it spot on as usual. The body is brilliant, very well made, with no mould lines visible. The mirrors are very tall; however they feel very flexible, almost rubber-like, meaning that they should survive the odd crash! The Rear wing doesn’t flex at all, however after hundreds of laps around my track, it seems to have survived.
The body is finished in a nice matt-black; everything is done to a very high standard, with no defects. The tampo printing over the car is done very well, and very sharp. My only fault with the car is that the real Test Car didn’t have headlights, which this car has, however this is still a super model. Inside, the car has good details, with the driver, and the wheel. Unlike other cars, there are no dials in the car. However, this could be added.
The body is held together with 6 screws. However, taking the body off the chassis is hard work. Later, I found that the side pipes near the rear wheels are connected to the chassis, and this means it will not come off as easy as other models, so take care when doing this!
Take Care when removing the body, as the side exhausts protrude the body.
The motor is a typical 18k Mabuchi, running in-line, on 9:27 gearing. The bar magnet is just under the pinion, and this really helps hold it to the track. Unlike the Avant-Slot version, it is not as precise, and not much can be done besides the usual tuning. The guide is the usual Scalextric disk setup. There are 2 bars running along the chassis for extra strength, I found this useful. The is car is also one of the Digital Plug Ready (DPR) cars, as usual with these, there are wires everywhere!
The tyres and wheels are good. Michelin is printed clearly on the tyres, which seem to not give that much grip out of the box. On to the test…
On the track, the car was good. At first the car is a little noisy; however it gets quieter over time. It has a load of power, and the braking is great. When it finds grip along a straight, it is off, really putting my other LM cars to shame! The car is really stable; however under hard braking, the car sometimes has a little wobble. The lights are bright white and red, and give a good feel when night-racing. Unusually, the tail lights don’t have the circuit board visible in the chassis; instead, it is built into the chassis, as the picture shows.
When I took the magnet out, I added a bit of lead weight behind the front tyres. With this, it is really tail happy, but the front is bolted down, leading to some fun driving! When it started to slide, the car was composed, but it sorted itself out. ! I have also tried the car on Ninco Pro-Race tyres, and would recommend doing this if the car is going to race competitively.
On the track, here are the results:
As you can see, the Peugeot is a bit slower than others. I think that with a bit more track time, and a few more modifications, that extra few tenths would disappear!
So, as you can see, I am impressed by the car. It is fun with and without magnets, and will make an excellent club racer, and will be definitely punching above its weight in all areas
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