Our Spanish friend has stated that 99% of club racing in Spain in raced with cars that have magnets removed. Rally car racing is very popular in Spain by all accounts and so this may have something to do with this very high percentage. I have yet to visit any club in Britain that caters for rally cars or has a circuit purpose built for rallying. The closest I have seen is Matt Tuckers time trial circuit at the Phoenis GT day.
Time and time again members at Slotforum say cars should run properly without magnets and that racing with magnets is for beginners as the magnets act as an aid like stabalisers on a bicycle.
What is wrong with racing with magnets?
What is wrong with manufacturers building cars that have magnets as an aid?
Basically I cannot see anything wrong with either so why continue to condemn those folk who enjoy racing with magnets, or those manufacturers who design to a standard with a magnet fitted. If a magnet makes manufacturers lazy then so what!
If the car runs OK out of the box with the magnet then surely that is what it is all about at the end of the day.
If anything a magnet acts as model downforce which adds realism to the handling of a car.
If folk choose to remove the magnet then surely those same folk cannot condemn the manufacturer for making cars that subsequently wobble and require work (in their opinion). It seems a very silly thing to do when you think about!
Ultimately cars have had magnets for many years and wobbling wheels. Nothing here has changed. Yet the hobby has grown over this time.
What has caused this growth?
Certainly not improved mechanicals as these are constantly condemned by those who know best.
Maybe its the detail and the better looking cars?
Improved mechanicals do not appear to have grown the hobby but better looking cars have. And strangely during this period of growth magnets have got stronger.
And through all this time we have heard the cries of "manufacturers should build cars with a decent chassis".