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Carrera's Mustang guide placement

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We've got a Carrera muscle class for box standard cars. By 'muscle' we mean anything born in the USA. Classic NASCARs vs. Pony Cars vs. Muscle vs. modern Mustangs and Chargers.

Figuring that all Carreras are born equally brakeless, overweight and wooden-tyred, I thought that the '67 Mustang fastback - originally released to tie in with The Fast & The Furious: Tokyo Drift - was a fair choice. I found a nice candy red one that looked just the job... until I took it off the plinth.

Guide behind the front axle, anyone? At what point did that become acceptable behaviour for any slot car designer?

Now I must admit that Carreras are my least favourite cars by a mile, not least because we insist on running them the wrong way round the track. To add this kind of insult to the injury of having to shell out for an unwanted car seems a little bit stiff to me, however.

When Scalextric has even managed to get the guide up front of a classic Mini, failing to do so on the socking great schnoz of a Mustang seems woeful. Does anyone have experience of trying to convince this thing to go around corners as I haven't dared try it out - firstly on principle and secondly because I don't want to add to the Fiat-like depreciation that Carreras suffer from!

Yours, perplexed!
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Link's broken DJ!

I had a shortlist of four candidates - '57 Chevy, '65 Mustang (had one years ago - not special but not dreadful) '77 Trans-Am and this one. None of the others seem to have this random act of madness committed to them. Whaddamistake-a-da-makea.

I have a horrible feeling that I'm going to have to buy another one and swallow a lot of depreciation on the candy red thing.
Ah thanks DJ - now I'm confused! Same car, same body but the old style guide in the right place. Feeling epically swizzed right now!

QUOTE (valie @ 20 Aug 2012, 09:53) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>The result was that the guide ended up behind the front axle and the car behaved better and handled as predicted.

Thanks Valie. Interesting... the '67 Mustang seems to have done pretty well in group test of Carreras. But that's not a glowing recommendation! That makes it the winner of the X-Factor next to, I dunno, Pete Townshend!

QUOTE (Mr.M @ 20 Aug 2012, 09:54) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Get a '57 Chevy Nick, they rule the Carrera Muscle class at Home Farm.

Thanks Jim... given my NASCAR predilection this was my original first choice. I'll do just that!
In case you think I'm making it up... here's a photo of another Mustang with the same affliction! I can only assume that it's some sort of devilment intended to make it more Digital friendly.

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QUOTE (Julian_Boolean @ 20 Aug 2012, 14:18) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>... go for the Ford Torino or the Dodge Charger 500, BTW both the Dodge Chargers and the Plymouth Superbird have the same chassis but the spoilers and droop snoots on the Daytona and Superbird mean they handle a little worse than the Charger 500, though the Torino handles better than the Chrger.

Thanks Julian - I'll save up for the '57 Chevy as I do like that one, but will keep an eye out for a wingless Plymouth too. Torinos seem to command quite a premium - sounds like there's a good reason for that!

QUOTE (Screwneck @ 20 Aug 2012, 15:17) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>So you are simply having a go because it's different to what you are used to? Just try it out before you reject it on principle. Trimming the guide flag and adjusting the gearing to 3:5 or 8t:28t should be all you need to do to create a good slotcar.

I'm not bashing them compared to any other brand as we only run Carreras against Carreras. We've got four Carrera classes, none of which I'm overly fond of. We have to trim the guides to get round the track but can't change the gears or tyres so everyone's in the same boat. For this class we're retaining one magnet... just for variety!

The cherry on the cake with this Mustang, however, is that the distance between the rear axle and the centre of the guide flag is less than half the total length of what is a tall, long, narrow and heavy car. I just doubt that Carrera has discovered the secret of optimum handling - and lament spending my hard-earned on it.
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QUOTE (BEEJAY7 @ 20 Aug 2012, 20:56) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>It is a fairly straight forward fix....I've done it on several Carrera cars. It does transform handling.

Very smart Alan. Like that. But yes we do have to run box standard - and with the polarity reversed!

QUOTE (ss67 @ 21 Aug 2012, 08:59) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>At least it's not as bad as the Carrera F1 cars.

True - although Carrera F1s are quite fun to race against each other, and a lot tougher than Scalextric F1s. I tried a Carrera against the Scalextrics and although they had half a second a lap on me I picked up some points by thundering in weighty, Germanic fashion through the debris field of where the Scalextric cars had come to grief!

If you run box standard cars as club classes there's always going to be one or maybe two that are head and shoulders above the rest, whether that's single make like this or something more general like 'Raid'. Carrera seems to throw more oddballs into the mix than most. For example we run the Mille Miglia cars with only the weak sliding magnets permitted - yet some are in front of the motor and some behind, giving a clear advantage.

This guide position is just another permutation, but b!00£y annoying.
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QUOTE (j-c @ 22 Aug 2012, 10:20) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Hi Nik,

I will bring along my Chevy tonight, but will need to remove the magnet but I thinmk these maybe too narrow to be as fast as the Torino or Chargers.


Thanks Jamie,

I'll bring the Mustang - so that everyone can have a good laugh at it!
I was hoping it might be Club Cars Night tonight... adding this disaster to an unprepped Fly Classic and an SCX F1 that's still carrying a nasty dose of Spanish Nipple it looks like a total of 12 points from 3 classes tonight...
Sorry - had to prioritise, I got home from work to find my frazzled wife so knackered after 60 hours of relentless feeding and squawking that she was incapable of objecting to me going out to the club.

So I took pity, put her to bed and looked after the new addition instead of coming out to play.

Three people on an Own Cars Night?!?!

Everything's telling me to buy a Firebird. I don't know why. It has its guide in the right place, it has a proper front axle rather than Chevelle stubs... it looks OK.

Carrera Muscle aside I've now got a car for every class. For Carrera Muscle I currently have an aberration, but there's still time...
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