I'm fairly new to 1:32 slots, but am a life-long race fan. So, racing and speed are my passion. As a result I am very curious what your best performing car is on a digital Scalextric track. Please post brand and model (pictures are great too)
Hi and welcome to the forum. Everyone will have their own favourites but heres mine.
Scalextric- Peugeot 908 Hdi FAP, these cars I find hug the track and are the quickest on my track (in Digital mode with magnets). I have 3 of these (4th is in the mail) and although all the cars are roughly the same except with different liveries they all drive completely different. The main difference is the stock magnets that come in these cars are all over the shop and differ greatly as to the amount of 'magnatraction' you get. My first Peugeot was the black test car and this is still the fastest due to the high magnetic downforce and it seems to run very quiet compared to the others. I haven't chipped any other make of car as of yet but I'd say that if I put a chip in my Slot.it McLaren F1 GTR this would definately be the quickest (it is my quickest car in analogue mode with the newish 6 car APB). I'm sure others here on the forum will let you know what they think.
I agree with Matt that the Peugeot's are fast. But there is one car on my track that is faster than my Peugeot's by few 100th of a second. Lola Aston Martin LMP. Magnet in. Tyres cleaned. Digital. It's even faster with some Ortmann rubber on the rears (pictured).
...and here it is going around my rug racing track.
Have to agree with Keeto that the Lola is a great car as well, but as I said earlier the magnet can play a big part in making cars different. Out of my 3 Peugeots and the Lola, the Lola has the weakest magnet so it doesn't stick to the track as well as my Peugeots, but saying that its really a raffle buying any Scalextric cars and getting any 2 cars with the same magnatraction. Heres the Peugeots-
The 3 cars above all have different strenght magnets, I'm currently checking the strength of all the magnets in my 50 or so cars so I can have 6 digital cars with similar strength magnets to even up the racing. Still won't help those who don't know how to keep a car on the track though.
No pics from me I'm afraid. Best car for digital so far Slot.it with magnetic suspension. I run no magnets and a problem with scalextric track is it can be "bumpy" and cars come off occationaly for no readily apparent reason. This is now almost unheard of with this standard of car. You know why you came off, you just drove badly. This is important for digital (at least how we use it ) as there is a bigger emphasis on not crashing than on analouge.
I like Slot It's too, but find them sometimes a little too fast for my home track. When It comes to digital racing I prefer Scalextric saloon cars with magnet in. You can't go wrong with the older Opel Astra's and Mercedes DTM, or later Vectra's, Seat Leon's and BMW WTCC. Lately I am looking into Carrera Evolution as their latest efforts are great cars and can be made to perform fairly well on scalextric track. But, you asked for a foavourite and It is definetely the Scalextric Opel Astra Oase. Not too fast, not too slow, great handling and never let me down in all those years.
I bought a load of replacement magnets on that famous auction site. Cost pennies each. You can get all the Scalextric sizes.
The magnets are unbelievably strong (Neodymium) especially compared to old Scaley magnets. They seem to be pretty much identical in terms of strength but I don't have the technical measuring equipment to check.
I guess if you buy a pack of 10 you should be able to find 5 or 6 really close to each other.
Careful when handling them because apparently if you let them jump together they can shatter.
There's a problem with mounting these in the old Scaley chassis (the ones the magnet was glued-into from underneath) in that if your glue isn't super strong the magnet will rip itself from the chassis and short the track!!!
Last lot I bought cost me about £5 (GBP) for 10. Prices vary quite a lot.
Thanks for the responses. I'm feeling pretty lucky right now because in my modest collection of 8 cars, I have the Slot.It McLaren. It is definitely my quickest too. The Peugeots are fantastic looking... I'm thinking one of those will be my next purchase.
UshCha, you got me thinking looking at the HRS chassis for Slot.It. Six of my eight cars are Slot.It: 3 Porsche 956, 2 Sauber Mercedes, and of course the McLaren. What are the differences using sidewinder vs in-line, etc?
I have no Le Mans cars (yet!) but I have about 5 GT cars (Scaley) and they vary a lot. I like this however as it makes it interesting to drive different ones. Some are faster on the straights, some on the corners. If you want flat out racing then I think the Le Mans type of cars with neodymium magnets would be awesome but having cars which need to go a little slower without coming off is probably a little easier to handle until you get your reaction time up to speed. I think it is probably more important to have a field of cars that are similar in speed and/or magnet and/or handling so that you can have close racing.
Anyway, what I have noticed in the GT cars I have is that the Scalextric Audi R8 club car is the smoothest and best handling I have, the Porsche is very quick and can take corners very fast but if it does come off it's like a real 911, it's a huge crash and the driver almost certainly is dead! The Maserati MC12 is quite quick too and more fun to drive as the tail hangs out a bit more. Only thing with that is that you need borders on the corners to make the most of it.
I also have some DRM cars which I love! The MRRC Celica's are mind blowingly fast but need to be feathered gently around the corners and my Fly Lancia is totally beautiful and good fun to drive but has taken some time to learn to drive properly and is very noisy too.
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