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My latest car purchasing spree has been GT cars. I've got the Fly BMW M3 GTR, the Scaly TVR T400R, Ninco 911 GT3-R and Callaway Vette, and the Proslot Ferrari 360 (OK, really a challenge car, but close enough).

First was the Proslot Ferrari. I liked the 911 GT2 so much, I had to get it. I was happy it also had the Evo 2 motor, which is a very nice motor. Being a sidewinder, it was a little light in front, so I added 1/4 oz. of lead behind the guide. I should mention that I run all of these with out magnets on my Scaly Sport layout. I'm not sure if the rubber mounted motor pod really helps, but the car hooks up very well, even with dirty tires/track. I think this is mostly due to the very grippy tires Proslot has.

Next I got the Ninco Callaway Vette, the "Art car", so it has no wing. I like the race livery, but for the good price, I'll consider this a test car. The NC-2 motors in the Nincos has much more torque than the smaller can motors, maybe a bit too much. I added 1/4 oz of lead around the motor just to settle the car down a little. I find the Nincos with the NC-2s to be very well balanced out of the box. The 911 GT3-R Porsche was next. It is similar in chassis set up to the Callaway, but a little shorter wheelbase and rear wheels to guide length. This makes it a little twitchier, so I added 1/2 oz of lead.

Next was the Fly BMW M3. I really like front engine cars and Flys in particular, so I was looking forward to this one. I find the front motor cars to be very forgiving when set up for no magnet running. I have several Fly cars, so I was prepared for a little tuning, but this was the worst out of the box yet. All 4 wheels rubbed the chassis or body, the driveshaft was too short binding the pinion against the bushing, and the front half shafts were very wobbly. After much tuning (I don't think I've ever had the body off a new car so many times!), it runs very well. The new small size racing motor (all metal can/endbell) is very nice and seems stronger than the old Mabuchis. I added 1/4 oz of lead just below the rear axle which brought the weight distribution to about 50/50. It is now pretty quick, just a tick behind my C5R.

My final addition to the GT paddock was the Scaly TVR, another front engine car! My first impression was that there are too many tiny screws holding the body on! But it is a very nicely detailed car. I again added 1/4 oz of lead just below the rear axle and pulled that silly magnet. This is a very smooth running car, much like other recent Scalextrics. It is very hooked up on my track for a front engine car with no mag. It will slide, but will also roll on it's side sometimes if pushed hard. I think that this is due to the very narrow track of the car. It is much narrower than any of the other cars. It still runs right with them, maybe a tick behind the M3, and is the quietest.

Overall, they are a great bunch of cars to race. The Proslot is a little quicker with dirty tires or track and the Nincos when grip is good, but they are all close. I would recommend any of them as a good purchase.
 

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Hey there Pete!

Fantastic and informative post
any chance of some photos too?

Sounds like you are having a lot of fun with your new purchases, which is your favourite of the bunch though? I mean if the the slot car tax hit squad were to turn up right now this moment and demand you give up all but one of these but one which one would you keep?

Cheers,

Julian.

Note: For anybody getting worried about the threat of the SCTHS turning up at their house, don't panic, I have them locked in my loft at present and will not release them. Unless of course I get referred to as a gnome one more time in which case I will personally give them a lift to your house!*

*This may all be a figment of my imagination.
 

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Did anyone see a knome run by here a minute ago? Don't worry then...

I like the look of all of these cars but have only tried a few. The problem is that I don't know any where near me that allows weight to be run, so this kind of eliminates the front engined cars, which is a shame.

Have you tried any of the Slot.It or Fly Racer cars? They are pretty nuts without the mags and won't need any weight at all. You should really like them.


Oh, and why not try the Merc CLK (now also available in Prorace version) from Ninco. If you liked the Callaway, you'll love this.

McLaren
 

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Julian, tough question, as I like them all after I get them tuned, but....it would have to be the Ninco GT3-R or the Fly M3 (even after all the trouble I had with it). The Nincos are really good out of the box balance wise and I love the torque of the NC-2 size motors. The front motor Flys just feel soooo good and I don't really know why. The Scalys are almost like Toyotas, so good and smooth, they are almost boring.

McLaren, I have the Fly racer 911 98 Evo 2RS and the Saleen GT. They are my fastest non mag cars and I love'm. I also have the Ninco McLaren GTR, Porsche 911 GT1, and the standard Merc GTR. They are just great and I run them no mags and no weight. I like the McLaren best with the NC-5 motor, which seems to have less bottom end and more top than the NC-2 and makes it easier to control. The 911 GT1 had an NC-1, so I got a NC-2 mount and put in a Slot It Boxer motor. It runs right with the other 2. The Nincos would be my choice of regular production cars right out of the box, but I don't have a Cartrix NSX yet.......Hmmmm?
 
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