AutoWorld produce copies of the old Aurora T-jet Tuff-One, Magnatraction and 4-Gear 'Speciality' chassis. The AW versions are called the Thunderjet 500, X-Traction and 4Gear. More recent releases have a small neo traction magnet added and these versions are given the suffix 'Ultra-G'. All the 4Gears come with two neos.
My personal opinion - which differs from the 'official' AVHORA line - is that the AW versions are fab
You'll find AW components in the AVHORA Magnatractions as hop-up parts.
To be honest, quality control does let the AW cars down occasionally, but my experience is - if you buy new - you're unlucky to get a duff one. If you buy used cars from eBay, then you can't really blame AW...
As for the SuperIII, that is an original AW chassis. The general consensus is that it is a disappointment. There was a recent thread in this HO forum discussing it. See here.
If you want to run some Super IIIs at home, they will be an interesting challenge to get going well. But to run they at EAHORC - forget it, I reckon
I have that same pursue all avenues vibe going on and have bought a couple of SIII Nascars brand new from ebay as they were very cheap. About six quid a car plus postage so very reasonable.
Apart from the issues of getting the car running well, you will also need a new body mount system as the current body clip is out of alignment with regular Autoworld, Tomy, Aurora bodies and you won't want to run the SIII bodies as the CoG is very high and the body is heavy.
Worth buying one to mess around with but it would take serious effort to make competitive.
Just bought myself a new AutoWorld Super III NASCAR. Something to play with and see how good can be. Also bought my first marchon today as well. So that Life Like, Marchon, Micro Scalextric, Super III and a Turbo all to be looked at to have a good Mod car you guys think that enough? Lol
Lee - you're right you need to find the chassis that suit your driving style. But it's also worth borrowing cars that people have built to race. An Artin or Marchon off eBay might be a dog, but a race-ready car will make you smile. The next step is asking what hop-ups parts have gone in those cars and then build your own.
I used to think Super-Gs were impossible to drive - but I was running mine on stock rubber and on a twisty home track. Mart loaned me one of his to race in Eahorc Nascar and I was hooked. He then told me the parts I needed to make mine go quick and I followed his instructions - it wasn't as quick as his, but it wasn't bad
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