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The only advantage a slot car would have with the front wheels "solidly planted" is a greater resistance to a rollover condition. Old vintage cars from the 1960s with their engineering equation upside down would benefit, modern slot cars with all their weight "below the belt" do not. In fact the world's fastest slot cars today do not have functional front wheels, just little flexible rubber thingies positioned horizontally to lower their minuscule weight even more, because... regulations.Slot thingies that have no front wheels can't be called cars....unless one has been invented that will run just on the back wheels
I'm still interested to know if steering has any advantage if both front wheels are sitting properly on the track!
As far as cars with "independent front wheels", it matters little again because the inside front will always be off the ground while cornering, but if there is axle friction inside the axle tube, then yes, independent wheels will be beneficial.