Has anyone testet the new scalextric renault against the 2003 toyota´s, wiliams and mc.laren ? Is it faster ?
It seems to me that the holes to the magnet in the chassis on the renault are bigger than the holes on the toyota, wiliams and mc.laren.
All I can say for now, is that the Renault F1 feels quicker than the Toyota on my home Carrera setup. Later on this evening I will do some computer timed tests on our club's Scalextric Sport layout and get you some accurate timings
I did some back to back running last week and the Renault was faster by about 1/10 second over a seven-second or so lap. That's without any magnets of course.
Much as I hate to admit it, I found the Toyota not the quickest of the McLaren and Williams when I did a similar exercise months ago. Hard to be too exact with only one of each car, but my feeling is the McLaren is the best handling. The two types of tyre muddy the issue a bit.
Interestingly, the magentless Carrera Ferrari is almost as quick, but the SCX Minardi is faster! The SCX car is light (no scales sensitive enough so can't confirm this) and has a wider rear track. That makes it look wrong, but obviously pays dividends on lap times.
Going back to the Renault, I'd say the modelling is better than on any of the other three recent Hornby F1 cars. I'm not intimately familiar with the compound curvature of the real thing, but where as the others achieve their life-likeness through the great livery application, the Renault seems less slab sided.
Of course, I could be spending too much time contemplating the shape of toy cars.
Did you not try with magnet ? The reason i ask is that in our club with 18 members
we drive the toyota´s, wiliams and mc.laren out of the box in our f1 class. It would be very nice to have the renault with us as it gets a bit boring to look at the same 3 models all year.
On my Classic track, with laps of a little more than 6 seconds with the Scalex F1s (Williams, McLaren, Toyota), I can turn a lap around 3 or 4 tenths faster with the Renault.
These times are with the stock out-of-the-box cars and magnets (no button magnet on the front of the car).
I'm a little disappointed with this, I would have liked the Renault to run at the same pace as the others. Looks like the magnet is located more at the bottom of the car. As soon as I have some time, I will try to move the magnet away from the track with some plastic shims.
As promised, the results of my tests this evening:
Renault F1 best lap 8.032sec
Toyota F1 best lap 8.558sec
Lap length 107feet, Scalextric sport.
The cars were standard apart from lubing and inspection prior to running.
ps The Toyota was very 'nervous' at the front, and was very difficult to drive at or near it's ultimate pace, where as the Renault was alot more 'settled' and was easy to drive within a tenth of it's best lap, lap after lap.
Thanks very much Alan. I have to take some new pictures of the pit lane. I added 3 other pit lane paddocks and some more car parts on the wall. Looks much more real and crowded now. I have the 3 F40s on pit lane and another 3 on my shelves.
As for the Renault, Rob's tests are right on par with my results. Will have to tune it down a bit to run it against the others.
I agree with Rob. Have tested the car myself but more interesting for me to see how other racers perform during race conditions ( six races each on 150 feet of six lane Ninco). Tonight at Phoenix Club was Junior F1 . Standard cars with magnet as fitted. Toyotas etc were blown away by the Renault. At one stage we had a 6 car grid line up of just Renault! Cut a long story short a young lad bought his renault tonite at the club shop, no preparation, ran it and came top out of 32 racers!
Thanks for all your tests, great help !
Next thing is - what can we do to make the renault drive equal to the rest.
I hate it when scalextric does this (same thing with the new astra/vauxhall ), but i suppose thats just their policy.
A very thin plastic shim would probably do it but the results could be too dramatic. Varying grades of paper under the magnet would be easier to work with to obtain the desired level of handicap.
I know what you mean with the Opels too, button to bar magnet was really the only change. Pop a small 'sport magnet (the round one) in front of the stock button on the older astras and they'll run really nice and smooth and faster!
I`ve found that the Astra goes better and better the more you use them. I supply them as the car for parties and corporate events at Phoenix and they do race well in a single car class,i.e. against each other.
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