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Hi Mark

When you release the trigger on your controller to slow for a corner, the car continues to coast even though no power is being supplied to the track. In this situation the car motor is still turning, effectively acting as a dynamo and producing electricity.

If you now place a resistive load across the motor, it will have to work harder to turn and consequently the car will slow down quicker.

A braking controller has an extra contact which places a short circuit onto the track rails when the trigger is fully released. This loads the motor producing the braking effect described above. More sophisticated controllers include an additional variable resitor which allows you to adjust the braking strength.

You'll need to wire the track accordingly too - perhaps someone else on the forum can point to the wiring diagrams...

Hope that helps
 
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