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NO WAY! I thought but there it is,

Somebody on Evilbay is selling a slot car that goes around a track and it's propelled by a hamster exercise wheel fitted into the car!

It came up when I searched Evilbay for Scalextric Pink Mini looking for a joke present for my wife)

Here's a grabbed photo of it...



OK I realise this is a proprietary track but there are possibilities.

So who is going to be the first to install a hamster or gerbil wheel into a slot car chassis directly driving the wheels?

OK so gearing will need to be debated - maybe the Slot.It and NSR fraternity could help there - maybe different gearing for species or based on leg length or something.

The racing possibilities are endless...

How about Drag racing?

How about chipping the cars and using the chips for lane changing? With Oxigen we could have 20 hamster fields.

Perhaps we could persuade Andy Wallace (Mr SSDC himself) to create a function in SSDC that allows the refuelling option to trigger a hopper in the pits to refuel and water the hamsters in endurance races?

This could go global people (except the motor units would presumably be subject to quarantine laws so you would have to use proxy gerbils in other countries).

You would never have to worry about a power tap to the far reaches of your track. Your kids would think you were the coolest dad on the planet. Alright it would cost you a bit in hamster food but have you seen your electricity bill recently?

You could rout tracks to your heart's content and never have to lay a single braid or tape (unless you went digital of course).

Fit an umbrella to the car and you could race outside in all weathers (Hamsters don't run so fast when damp).

What do you think slot fans?
 

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Hi Ember,

Know what you mean about strange minds. I prefer to think of mine as fancifully creative!

Of course I forgot to mention the scale variations in the first post. Although I am a 1:32 fan I can see some scale variations with dormice for 1:43 and for the heavyweight 1:24 maybe guinea pig power or maybe twin rotor gerbil power?

Shame about 1:64 being so diddy. Cockroaches? (for motive power I mean - I wasn't talking about 1:64 fans!!!) I think 1:64 fans might have trouble adjusting down from scale speeds of 600mph to nearer 30!
 

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Might take a bit of extra encouragement to get a guinea pig to be a useful racing motor. They're not the most active of critters from childhood memory.

Cockroaches, on the other hand, have great scurry factor (RPM), but probably not much torque.

Oh. And I'm sure we could do a raid track for the off-road fans.
 

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Maybe to get the Guinea Pigs to run faster we need an image of a cat on the front of each car. All it then needs is a single powered car at the back to encourage the last one to run and the concertina effect could be very entertaining. I am sure students of motorway (freeway) congestion dynamics could be interested in the results - perhaps we could get European funding to do a study (after all hamster powered slot cars are just as daft as straight bananas, and square tomatoes and European monetary union, all of which have attracted investment of millions.
 

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Great stuff Mr. Mod!

I believe hamsters are nocturnal, so that would mean nighttime racing... and of course the exhaust is a bit toxic...

Don
 

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Mr Mod,

Absolutely Brilliant !!.

Stark staring mad of course, but Brilliant.

vbr Chris A.

Ember, I lurv the "Scurry Factor", likened to RPM, and No, cockroaches don't talk much !!.
 

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Thanks CJA - I aim to please!

Sanity is very overrated. No point in taking life too seriously
 

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WORD OF WARNING.!!

Do not attempt to over tune your hamster.
Trying to improve lap times I though "Hammy" would go a little faster after being race tuned with half a viagra (don't ask, it was leftover from another project). Anyway, Hammy's little hamster "bits" were causing drag whilst scraping on the wheel and lap times were down, back to the drawing board I decided something a little less "exciting" was required for tuning purposes. I searched the medicine cabinet and found "steroid cream", thinking steroids make athletes run faster I thought I'd give it a try. The cream was very difficult to apply to Hammy at first but after shaving Hammy it became much easier. Hammy's times improved significantly for the first few laps but after that things went downhill rapidly.............


Anyway, tomorrow I'm off to the pet store.
 
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