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My fastest Scalextric F1 is...
Pick your fastest RTR Scalextric F1 (with magnets)
Williams FW23 Montoya/Schumacher39.38%
McLaren MP4-16 Mika/David13.13%
Toyota39.38%
Renault R23 Trulli/Alonso00.00%
Renault R24 (FF motor, stepped mag)39.38%
Williams FW26/7/8 (FF motor, stepped mag)26.25%
Ferrari F2004-07 (FF motor, stepped mag)412.50%
McLaren MP4/16 (FF motor, stepped mag)13.13%
Honda (FF motor, stepped mag)39.38%
McLaren MP4-21 (FF motor, stepped mag)26.25%
Ferrari F60 (FF motor, stepped mag)515.63%
Brawn BGP001 (FF motor, stepped mag)39.38%
McLaren MP4-?? Button/Hamilton (FF motor, stepped mag)26.25%
 

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When I first got back into slots I bought the then-new F1 set with Coulthard's McLaren and Schumacher's Williams in it. Pokey little things they were too.

I'd always run a modern F1 car with magnets, downforce is part of the game, and with the skinny motors essential.

I've recently tried some of the more modern offerings and not found them as pleasant to run, or easy to keep on the track. So which can you run your best laps with on a regular basis?
 

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I run my F1's SOTB since I have quite a lot of them. It's true, the newer ones do struggle a bit in comparison with those a little older, but if there is one thing to be sure of, two of my Renault R24's (2004 and 2009) are without a doubt the fastest.

Strangely enough though, the 2005 and 2007 Renaults I have are at least 0.5s a lap slower...
 

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i must admit that the detailing on some of the later cars is superb,latest ferrari and brawn versions spring to mind,
but this seems to have come at the expense of handling,they love to de slot at what seems really low speeds...

Ones from a few years back seem to keep the guide in the slot a lot better and with some silicones on the back are very fast,fast enough to want to turn the volts down,i have gone down to as low as 10v and they are still rapid in a straight line...
 

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McLaren MP4/21 is my best car, but I have several copies of it and there is variation in performance among them all. While I have multiples of some others: Renaults, Ferrari's, etc... I have more McLarens. My guess is that if I had more copies of the others, maybe I'd find one faster than the Macca???

At any rate - great fun they are. For me, the new body style cars; Brawn, F60, 2010 livery McLarens are nice for running but are nowhere competitive to the earlier cars (at leas on my track). The wheel base is a little long and the front end seems light. When storming up my back straight (which is increasing elevation) sometimes they de-slot and plow straight through the corner.

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If you want to win, take an old-style (without FF), therefore I choose the Montoya/Schumacher Williams, but the Alonso Renault is up to par. If you want a challenge, pick a recent FF F1. In my experience, the latest Brawn is a little better than the Hamilton-Mc Larens and recent Ferrari's, especially the tyres and nose construction. The Ferrari really's have a bad construction when It comes to the nose, I think I have 3 in the pitlane with broken front wing. The FF's are very fast on the straights, the older style F1's beat them in the corners. However, when driving a recent FF F1, I feel I have to tame a beast and I like It, but just for hot lapping.
 

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Probably shouldn't enter into this as I don't have a Scaly F1 - didn't tick anything.

But as soon as I spotted F1 I figured - Why not as I luv em.

I do have a couple of Carrera (Digital chip fitted) Renault R28

These cars are the fastest cars I own and on my rather hilly 21M track I am getting 5.8 sec. - the closest car to this time is a Carrera KTM X-Bow at 6.3 sec. (same motor as the F1)

The cars are standard, with mags installed, except for silicon tyres.

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Thanks for this one!

I really like the Scaley F1's too and from day one have always found the Ferraris to be the best for some reason, although they are not necessarily my faves.
I believe that the recent crop of models are hampered by the tyres that now come fitted, they don't true as well and don't seem to acquire the stickiness the old ones do when treated with WD-40. I put some old ribbed ones on my Brawn and it made a big difference, also if you can get hold of the treaded ones marked Potenza, they really work well.

Secondly I have always taken out the stepped bar magnet - as much use as a chocolate fire guard in my opinion - and replaced it with a full bar magnet. The FF motor seems to cope with it OK and you can really drive with confidence having harnessed the power on tap. In the earlier models with SP motors I upgrade the magnet also but with one not as powerful as the standard mag.

For looks my favourite F1s are the BMW Williams range.

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QUOTE (bigbird @ 9 May 2011, 18:56) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>i must admit that the detailing on some of the later cars is superb,latest ferrari and brawn versions spring to mind,
but this seems to have come at the expense of handling,they love to de slot at what seems really low speeds...

QUOTE (Rakete @ 10 May 2011, 02:43) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>For me, the new body style cars; Brawn, F60, 2010 livery McLarens are nice for running but are nowhere competitive to the earlier cars (at leas on my track). The wheel base is a little long and the front end seems light. When storming up my back straight (which is increasing elevation) sometimes they de-slot and plow straight through the corner.

Glad it's not just me! I took my shiny new Brawn club racing last week and took off two other cars at the hairpin on the first lap when it decided to have a look at the barriers for no obvious reason. My fellow racers think it's me... relieved that I might be innocent!

A few changes on the leaderboard... the Honda took an early lead but now it's the Ferraris - although is that a performance thing or more the allure of the prancing horse?


Renaults are top dog among the other guys, either the R23 or, for the brave, the R24. At the moment it feels like I've brought a spoon to a knife fight!
 

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I'm surprised there are so many votes for the Ferrari F60. It's a nice car for sure, but it's far less predictable than some of my others.
Around my home track the lap times for my modern Scalextric F1's are:
8 Renault R24 2009 3.98
6 Renault R24 2008 4.21
4 Ferrari F60 2009 4.33
7 Renault R24 2004 4.42
1 Renault R24 2006 4.48
8 Williams FW24 2005 4.62
3 Ferrari F60 2009 4.68
4 Renault R24 2007 4.71
10 Williams FW24 2006 4.73
1 Ferrari F2004 2004 4.78
6 Ferrari F2004 2007 4.79
2 Mclaren MP4/21 2007 4.80
5 Renault R24 2005 4.85
4 Williams FW24 2004 4.89
8 Renault R23 2003 4.91
7 Honda RA106 2007 4.99
4 Mclaren MP4/21 2006 5.11
6 Mclaren MP4/16 2004 5.12
11 Honda RA106 2006 5.25
24 Toyota TF102 2002 5.26
25 Toyota TF102 2002 5.44
9 Mclaren MP4/16 2005 6.04

Interestingly, the 2004 Williams also may not be anywhere near the fastest over a lap, but it is one of the most consistant over a longer run.
 

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It's my test track I'm using while I decide on a layout I'd like to make permanent. It's loosely based on Fuji, with a fairly long straight, some hairpins, some fast changes of direction, a banked final corner, and long right hander. It's quite a good mix to test on, you can really see where the strengths of certain cars lie.
 

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So then, 30 votes in - thank you all for playing! - and Kimi's 2009 car with a barn door attached to the nose is just shading the all-conquering Schumi Ferrari with the rest trailing.

Mabuchi or FF skinny motor?
Stepped or straight magnets?
Grooved, slick or wet tyres?
Cheeky Sport button magnets in play?

Let's hear how you race 'em!
 
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