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ok, ive had my set since christmas, a bit of track, and now 5 cars. all of them hav magnets (the DTM cars are strongens too!!). i hear about magnetless racing and thort i managed ok when i was a kid with my 'toy' scalextric! so i got one of my Scalextric porsche GT1's (its a cheapo car that comes with the Circit 1 set) and set about removing the magnet. meant i had to take the shell off, and 'drill' holes in the magnet holder to push it out the bottem, but i did it. i screwed the shell back on, put it on the track, and promply fell off. so i reslotted, and then fell off again at the next corner.

ive now been playnig around with the car for an hour and im cointroling the slides well, (well, im down to deslotting every few laps now lol). but although it is SO much fun, i dont see how this can be competitve. i havent got a timer yet,. but im sure the times are over 2wice as slow as the DTM Merc?

i have total respect for all non magnet racers now, its so much harder than i can remember as a kid (although crashing was half the fun back then), but i dont see how u guys can make decent times? it may just be my car is bad, or it needs weighting or some tuning, but from what i can tell, it seems magnetless racing is fun, but slow, but i may be wrong?
 

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generally non magnet cars drive a course slower than magnet cars. If there are really long straights, the non magnet cars will accelerate quicker and achieve a higher top speed (the lead will slow them down if you add this, but help on cornering speeds).

On a home track which is usually quite twisty, a magnet car will be MUCH faster, and at clubs magnets also often hold the fastest lap times. The trick is to race non magnet cars with other non magnet cars, and magnet cars with magnet cars.
 

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Are they Hornby (Scalextric) cars?

They seem to be the brand which suffer the most when you remove the magnets, though they are getting much better of late!

Even though without the magnet the cars are potentially much quicker-less resistance- you still would probably very seldom use full throttle even on a big club track. Yet with some mag cars you will be able to use full throttle on all but the tightest corners.

It really is a very different experience and probably isn't a good thing to compare the two. Just treat them as two totally different disciplines.

And enjoy both!

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The trouble you are having unfortunately lies in the fact you are using Scalextric cars. They really are quite terrible without a magnet.

Any other brand and you'll love it! I suggest Ninco for a first time non mag home racer. If you want something a bit special, then Slot.It cars are fantastic.
 

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on a home plexi track which is quite twisty, most cars (with me driving) are utterly hopeless without magnets.

There are exceptions - here are the ones even I can control (to some extent)

Fly racing series (have tried the saleen, very nice without magnets)
Slot-It
Ninco RAID (with suspension)
Ninco other with suspension.

(my ninco rally non suspension subaru is for me undivable without mags)
 

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its probuly the cheaest crappest scaley car that ive used, so that cant help, but non magnets are so much fun on a twisty track, im the only person who can use it out of my family. it requires more skill, but tail sliding is awsome! dont think id want to use no magnets to much tho, there making my magent times slower lol. is there any cars that are realy good fun without a magnet, but are easy to swap the magnet in and out of? (the viper and cobra on hot slot are powersliding well)
 

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Although I agree that the Ninco cars are probably the best cars w/o magnets w/o making any adjustments I must say that after adding a little lead in the right places the Scaley cars will more than hold their own. I have found that after you remove the magnets, you can make all the cars, no matter the manufacture competive with one another. Of course this is my opinion and it is subject to debate.


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"The trouble you are having unfortunately lies in the fact you are using Scalextric cars. They really are quite terrible without a magnet."

My Scaley Lister LMP is a rocket. And everyone always asks what I did to it. It's bone stock, just without magnet and added lead.
 

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Hi

Also, it really helps when losing the magnets to go to a higher ohm (softer) controller.

One local club runs all their cars converted to take the NC1 and no magets. Makes it complex for the new racer to join in because of all the work you need to do. AND, of course, being all dialed in, the newbie has a rough time.

Recently, for grins, they decided to run a race for stock box Carrera Nascars. A friend of mine and I were the only people to show up with serious magnet racing experience and we ran away with the class.

I know how. But I really prefer running without magnets. When I come off the car is going much slower and breaks less....grin.

but I do prefer the no magnet for fun.

Fate
 

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QUOTE (LSIntegra94 @ 9 Jan 2005, 01:20)"The trouble you are having unfortunately lies in the fact you are using Scalextric cars. They really are quite terrible without a magnet."

My Scaley Lister LMP is a rocket. And everyone always asks what I did to it. It's bone stock, just without magnet and added lead.

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That's interesting. What cars do you race it against?
 
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