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After finally getty my own track up and running and tuning some of my own cars GregK had a good suggestion about a way to compare models we don't own against the one we do...

The idea was simple we develop a "test track design" from commonly available parts that any of us could build on the "Rug" for a test session.. By only using times to 1/10 th of a second even the analogue lap counter timer can be used and removes the competitive element! hopefully

The idea is to see not who is the fastest racer but what are the fastest cars and by how much on a "standard" track then by timing cars with "Mods" we can see which ones worked best etc.... as long as we are all honest of course... which of course we would be!

All we would need is a "track design" to begin with to start to build up a table of the best cars... Any ideas, designs etc for the track appreciated.

So who is up for doing some testing of their cars.... if we can find a dozen or so people who would like to play could make for some intersting results...

I'm game... digital or analogue it doesn't matter all are welcome.


This has turned out to be a very successful (and long) thread. It's been requested that the final test track layout be
replicated here at the beginning where it's easy to find for reference. Click on the thumbnail to enlarge, hope this helps...

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I agree with the 2 different designs. One for 1/100s and one for 1/10s. I think the 1/10s should only use R2s as that is what comes with most sets. This would be useful for newbs(like me). And the 1/100s for you lot who know how to make your cars fly(on the track). This track should be more complex with parts that don't come with the sets but most would own.

We'd have to agree on the power used too, or add that as a factor to the times.

- car
- track brand
- tyres
- mag no mag
- power used
- throttle?
- standard throttle map or not?

How about something a little different (
) like this layout for the simple one? With barriers on the small circles outside curve.
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Oval sounds good, and we can all make one, I think the only issue that it doesn't cover is how well the cars handle turning in both directions. maybe a square with s's instead of straights on 2 sides and striaghts on the other 2 sides?
Correct me if I am wrong, but the aim is to end up with a list of cars so one can see (in order of importance)...

a. Which cars can race against which in a fair fight (so I don't need to buy 4-6 of every type of car)
b. the best a car can go with normal tuning (so I know what to aim for when tuning my cars)
c. lap times to beat (so I have something to aim for again)
d. the best a car can go with extraordinary tuning (so I can be impressed by what you fellas can do)

How about this?

or this

come on, surely this is the one!!!
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I forgot that it was probably too short for good data. That's why I made the 2nd one.
I would think it was too big. Too many straights and curves for a lot of people. Though I do like the way you have used the crossovers to keep the car on the inside lanes.

There, no 1/4 straight. I'm sure it will stretch and join up.
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Iron away. Just don't use a soldering iron please. We don't want any melted track.
Oh please, one more. I'm ready for a poll.

R1's on the outside curve
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Any last requests?

Option A
QUOTE (Koala2 @ 2 May 2010, 09:33) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Therefore an idea to run maximum inside lane without 90° crossing (I have one but, as stated not everyone has it).

Not finalised, only to show that with the (sport crossing R2 90°) you can also run more inside line on one of the lanes.

Option B
QUOTE (davekp @ 2 May 2010, 11:00) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>

Option C & D
QUOTE (SlotRacer2000 @ 5 May 2010, 02:05) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>

Or this one if You want to avoid the straight in the esses.

Option E
QUOTE (hankscorpio @ 5 May 2010, 05:15) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>

Option F
QUOTE (diegu @ 5 May 2010, 07:59) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>

Option G
QUOTE (Michael363672 @ 5 May 2010, 10:09) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>

Option H
QUOTE (distantkiwi @ 5 May 2010, 10:11) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>

Option I
Plain Oval of some sort. this?
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I've included an oval in the list above or in my case on the previous page
Surely you would expect nothing less from Sean?
Scaley Sport Track
Standard Controller
Porche Boxter Super Resistant (Red)
Standard Tires - SuperDads truer trued
Standard Magnet - at the rear location
13.8v 100% power

Edit: 2.605 2.396 (thanks to Sticky Tracktm)

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Sorry to hear you are missing out. But glad you can join us.

Sliding is fun but is it quicker? Are slotcars like gp cars where sliding is bad? Or are they more like rally cars where it is good. My lap times are so inconsistent I'm finding it hard to descerne where I was fast to get a fast time.
Duh, err ummm. So is that rally or GP, slide or no slide? ;-)
QUOTE (hankscorpio @ 6 May 2010, 21:55) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>and whats is Sticky track TM?
Thanks for asking.

I've got a xlc just after the tape, then the PB. So I can run over the Sticky Track, and then try for a fast lap without having to take my car off the track.

QUOTE (Koala2 @ 6 May 2010, 22:03) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Please specify : magnets in or out ? Running clockwise - straight into hairpin ?
Yes magnet in. I'm going clockwise.

I've also just realised I've been cheating. I put my PB at the end of the straight. My fast times were when I came off on the hairpin after a fast lap. I'm moving it to the middle of the straight.
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QUOTE (Koala2 @ 6 May 2010, 22:20) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Quote : "So I can run over the Sticky Track, and then try for a fast lap"
I know a picture is better than a thousand words but a few words might not be bad in this case. Please ?
As the cr runs around the track it picks up dust cleaning the track but making the tires dirty. Hankscorpio suggested rolling the wheels over tape to clean the dust off the wheels of the car. I thought why not put it on the pitlane.

QUOTE (hankscorpio @ 6 May 2010, 22:32) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Trevs lazy approach to tyre cleaning is innovative... but cleaning tyres beforehand is ok... maybe not on the track though mrkiwi sir!
It's on the outside lane not the inside. I have to do a full outside lap before I can clean the wheels. Please don't make me do something manually.
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The hairpin is quite harsh, and we haven't even had a poll yet. Maybe without the hairpin you'll be able to drive it Sean.
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Its a bit dark but here it is anyway

At the end of the track I have Bouncy Box tm. I put a box at the end to catch the car and if I come off fast enough it hits the bak of the box and bounces out again.
QUOTE (hankscorpio @ 9 May 2010, 12:16) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>2.7 (H) NASCAR Chevvy Impala 2.7 ® (Silicones, Magnets x2, Chipped running in analogue mode)
What is the voltage on the sport tracks? I'm getting 2.551 on the same car with standard everything. Of course I could always be a fantastic natural driver at these slotcars. I've even moved my lap counter to middlish it is before I slow down for the corner which is the main thing.
QUOTE (hankscorpio @ 9 May 2010, 22:15) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>You also have to remember when running a digi car in analogie mode i have no brakes
There it is then. I'll turn off my brakes and see what I can do. I'm in the upper 5's with my magless nascar.
With PB-Pro I can turn off dynamic braking. I've tried it when I let go of the throttle the car coasts for a bit. I've just cut up my PB-Pro to seperate the track from the PB, so until I can get it all back together again....
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