Jean-Luc Maury-Laribiere - Christophe Pillon -
History of Sloting Plus
A little about
the Spanish company Sloting Plus, it is a very small family based company.
(information sent to me which may have lost something in
) Miguel Miret has had a passion for
road circuits since childhood he received his first Scalextric circuit
at the age of ten. A long period of abstinence faultered in
1996, when he noticing slotting was experiencing a real resurrection in Spain thanks to
companies such as Fly and Ninco. For the last ten years Miguel has attended
the Riudoms Club and has organized and participated in races eventually
becoming the Club President. He is a keen driver, though his true interest is the preparation of cars.
In 2006, Miguel launched his own brand of racing parts, hence
the birth of Sloting Plus.
himself Miguel Miret
The Body work
Oh boy this
is nice the tampo printing crisp clean and sharp lots of very nice little
detailing if you look closely at the headlights you will even see the
little Michelin man inside. My only reservation is this particular 1:1 car has been modeled before.
Though information from Sloting Plus is that they wanted to pay homage to Adrian Reynard. To
this end they have added a card in the box with a
photo and brief about Adrian Reynard. This doesn't trouble me that
much as this is a beautiful representation and in my case it's going
to be used for racing as the man intended. The rear wing usually the most suspect
part of this type of car in this case is mounted off the chassis seems quite sturdy yet flexible
enough to take a few hits.
The wheels are a set of four Sloting Plus
universal alloys with inserts, showing the brake disks. The fronts are blue with
the rears in silver just like the 1:1. They are actually very nice wheels but then what
would we expect from a performance parts manufacturer. My only reservation on the wheels is I
wish they could have been a couple of mm wider, which would involve a narrower boss on the gearing or the wheels to
allow it to fit in because of the angle winder set-up, perhaps this is something Sloting
Plus could look to produce in the future. The stock tyres are
tampo printed Sloting Plus are well aware the first thing the racer will do is
swap the tyres for some that they prefer locally, so they
consider the stock tyres mainly for the collector who would prefer display on the shelf.
On my initial testing I left the standard tyres on the car
just glued them and found them fine, I also softened them and found that improved them.
I must admit I have now swapped them for some we use at our club, each
step the car has got faster and faster. Just on
an impression, the actual rubber on the stock tyres is too much, a lower
profile tyre would have looked better from the collectors point of view.
Can you see in the lights the Michelin Man in the lights?
As you can see
the driver is nicely detailed in this car and has a gloss finish this is
a limited pre-production model. The cars to be released the driver figure will be in
a matt finish. Again looking to save weight the driver is just the
upper torso but it's certainly sufficient to give the right overall
|Front/Rear/4 wheel Drive
The dimensions of the real car can be found
already lead to lots of conjecture as the proto type images were released earlier
in the year. I can confirm that this is totally new, no other slotcar
manufacturer has or is involved in any part of the manufacture of this
car. The chassis itself is lightweight at 68g it is made of a rigid
plastic, as you can see it's a floating motor mount that has three points
of connection. At the foremost connection it is strengthened with a flexi
connector. The rear has two fixing screws into the chassis it is also
able to move on some very small intricate joints. As the screws are
loosened the motor mount is able to rock but the rear axle stays in
place. The body sits on top of the chassis hence parts of the chassis
are painted to match in with the body. Which can also be loosened to
suit your driving style and allowing body rock. Setting the exact
balance to your racing surface is going to be the key in how well this car
will perform. The chassis also comes with four holes to take 2mm grub
screws which allows the exact setup of the ride height of the front
At this point I must mention the magnet which protrudes
below the chassis by 1mm I was a bit worried that this may cause
a problem if the track was slightly uneven
but on initial testing on Scalex Sport it sat well above the track
and did not give any reason for concern. The magnet itself is not overly powerfully and
it will let go if pushed so the car has to be driven and
it's not just full throttle right round the track. Information from Sloting Plus
is that this is only there for the occasional user they totally expect it
to be taken out by the serious racer. That said I
personally do not race with magnets so it has been removed which is a
simple task of releasing two screws should you need to do the same.
Is another point for discussion the guide is white, this has
caused problems with some timing systems though as yet I have
had no problems with this one it is perhaps because it does not allow
light through it. The Guide itself is mounted in the car with a screw fitting
which I do like, especially with this one as the washer is part
of the screw saving lots of fiddling around. It is deep enough to run on wood and
not too deep to interfere on plastic. Because of the way it has been wired
it self centers well which in racing terms is a must.
this is a pre production model and the actual models will have a
complete cover on the motor (As Shown below) not the semitransparent one
shown here, though I like this one I think it looks good. You
can also see it is a 21k motor with 320g.cm torque with the standard gearing
11 x 32 it will certainly work for the home racer, but
it's just as good and has plenty of punch on a decent sized club track.
The gearing is "so smooth" again a reflection on the companies
history of competition parts. I hate cars that rattle and would rather race
a slightly slower car than one that sounds awful as it goes round,
this one impressed me from the start with virtually no noise at all from
the running gear whatsoever.
I have already eluded to the
negative aspects of the angle winder set-up involving the width but that's the
only fault I can find it certainly gives this car a beautiful balanced
performance. The power to the motor is provided via a nice pair flexible
silicone wires which are guided through the chassis through a set of boxes. The
motor itself slots in the mount at one end and is held firmly in place with a
couple of 2mm screws at the other and doesn't budge under pressure.
The motor as it will be released.
plastic parts are made in China with the mechanical parts made in
Well I think I have already given away the
point I'm impressed with this car. I did drive it round my track which is
Scalextric Sport with the magnet in place just to try it out. My home
track has some nice 4.5 meter long straights on it, what was
apparent instantly is this car is FAST! But any car can be fast on the straights,
it's how rapid it gets to fast and how well it tackles the
more intricate parts that will decide if it is a winner or not. With
the magnet and no adjustments this car lapped my track faster
than anything else I own!
the magnet out and the real test begins, could I emulate the
performance by tweaking the motor mount, altering the tyres and all those
other little things that racers do to make their cars go well? The answer is
NO! I couldn't get it to match it's own personal best "BUT" I did get
it to match the lap time of my current fastest car to 100th
of a second! Not only that the motors torque is superb. It was
nice and quiet, really well balanced it didn't seem hard to drive. This
was it's first time out, I was over the moon, I wanted to go on the
forum and tell everyone about it hence I sat in and wrote this for you
instead. I can't wait to get it down the club and race it with a bit
more fine tuning I reckon this is going to be the next car to beat. This is
the view the competition will see.(Below) Oh yes and the car has
been off the track a few times at full tilt "well you have to test it
don't you " and the rear wing is still in place and complete.
Oh and I'm not deliberately looking to find fault, this one did have
the rear valance come apart (above) a few drops of super glue and it was sound.
In conclusion with his first car Miguel is aiming very high, the price is
good, performance is way up there, the established competition is very tough. It
does have some very minor faults. Will it succeed, only time will tell, it's
certainly a very impressive first car to enter the market with.