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Why are magnets viewed so negatively?

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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".


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Maybe "rubbish" is a bit strong!
Certainly we could wish them to be better than they are with magnet removed, but so could most cars designed to run with them.
Which answers Moped's pseudo "question" in the other thread as to why so many people would prefer better designed chassis in the first instance.
Because ALL cars would benefit, whether magnetised or not.
I race with magnets because I can't be bothered to do much with my cars. It's still good fun though. People who race without magnets do it because there is less downforce, allowing more power and it is more skillful driving because the end loses grip very often.
Anyone who veiws magnets 'negatively' is just ignorant because every person will have their own likes and dislikes.

It works the other way around too, Moped, its just this forum is mainly used by racers. Go to a toy forum and any slot 'players' will think the idea of racing a car without magnetic aid is propostourous.

Because this forum is used mainly by racers and serious hobbyists, and because most competitions (I say most, not all) use cars without magnets, 99.9% of us here have experience with non magnet racing. Because of that, you'll get those who enjoy it more than racing with a magnet.

I personally don't mind magnet racing, its close and intense. But most of this forum, for a variety of reasons, will prefer non magnet racing. That doesn't mean they veiw magnets negatively, or think they are bad, its just they prefer not to have them.
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I race toy slot cars with magnets because the motor just won't spin without them.
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