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OK, I've got routed fever.. I sorta got it after visiting Lufs page for the first time, but I kept it under control and continued to enjoy my Sport track. Well, then a fellow HOST member (nhdungeonracer) had to go and build a routed track so I had an opportunity to actually race on one. I knew in the first few minutes I'd be giving up the plastic, the magnets and the set radius curves just as soon as I possibly could :b

Over the summer we decided to sell our house and move closer to my work..as we started looking at houses one of my priorities was a clean, dry basement where I could have a decent sized slot layout.. We ended up finding a great house with just such a basement.

I saved this picture last year as I thought this was what I wanted for a routed layout..I really like the elevation changes and the "vintage" look it has..



However, after driving that track in my head for (probably too) many laps, I came to the conclusion that I really wanted a dual purpose track like nhdungeonracer had built.. an oval and a roadcourse. I also want to race 1/24th as well as 1/32 so I decided to go with a 3 lane design so I would have enough room in the infield for racing and a functioning pit road.

Here's what I've come up with so far.. Turns 1 & 2 are squeezed slightly, 3 & 4 are not. I also did a squeeze at the hairpin and chicane.. This is my first rough draft so I'm looking for some comments on what you think is good and bad about the layout..

I'm considering the possibility of widening the oval part by a few inches and adding an outside lane that would not tun into the infield.. so when the oval is being used 4 people can race, but the roadcourse would only allow for 3.

Table is 20 feet by 6.5 feet
Oval is c. 45 feet, roadcourse c. 85 feet.

Thanks~

 

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Looking interesting turbo kev, how are you thinking of doing the lane switches in/out of the pit's/infield?

gareth
 

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Great to see someone else tacking the plunge and getting rid of the dreaded magnets.

My only comment on your layout is that if you run the "road course" you end up going through the pit stalls on every lap, which will be very tricky to negotiate. Why not put a squeze pit by-pass section immediatly behind the pit buildings.

Nice layout, just wish I had the room.

Regards

Alan
 

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The overpass is essential to even out lane length. Sure you are going to rotate lanes, but efforst should be made to equalize. Especially with a permanent layout.
 

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No, you don't have to go through the pitlane every lap, youo just go round the second giant turn.

I think it's an amazing track!

If you can get the lane changers right, then I think you are on to a winner.

Nice one


McLaren
 

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Kev, the plan looks good to me. In fact, I'll be doing something similar although there will not be an outer oval but rather alternate road course paths.

I think you have a great design there!
 

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You can get magnabraid and still use magnets. Real cars use aerodynamics to generate downforce but our cars are too small and slow so we use magnets to compensate. Magnetic braid will allow you to run whatever you like.
 
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