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If the original car was front-engined, should the slot version follow suit?
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Some people have quite firm views on this that tend to revolve around either following prototype practice or making room for a full interior in the model.
While poll 'results' don't mean a great deal, a separate post by Nuro tickled my curiosity on the general feeling about motor positioning.
But don't take it too seriously!
 

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Correct me if I'm wrong (no doubt people will!
) but a front engined slot car WITHOUT magnets doesn't handle at all well, so I guess rear (mid-) engines are the way to go.

If one insists on having a front-engine layout as per prototype then the engine should be far enough back on the model to allow a solid front axle to be fitted.

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Just building one at the moment should be ok for thursdayI,ll post some pics tonight ,Ive been going to try one for while ,the one which was entered in last years alms proxy handled quite well but was a bit underpowered
 

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graham you need to use my theory get it to just about run whack a huge ass undrivable motor in and hey presto it works nicely!


what I did with my escort see
 

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Front engined cars are not undriveable, just different. Good idea to have solid front axle though.

However, how lucky we are to be so concerned about such things.

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QUOTE graham you need to use my theory get it to just about run whack a huge ass undrivable motor in and hey presto it works nicely!

I rather think the big magnet had a hand in things
 

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Heres a couple of pics of my front engine chassis so far,I have yet to add the side pans ,balast and the correct wheels but early runs have seemed ok but nothing startling but its early days yet .



 

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Doesn't that chassis qualify more as a front mid-engined, a la RX-7 and certain TVRs?

Initially I thought front motored Flys were a neat idea but they certainly don't run well on our track when you take the mugnut out. No, correction, they are rubbish and a big disappointment.

I can understand the desire of manufacturers to include a full interior but the presence of such a cabin is never the reason to buy for me - all I ever do is look for an attractive paint job on a shape that appeals in 1:1.

If a manufacturer is serious about making models intended for the slot use, as opposed to static models (ain't that what diecasts are for?), then in my view the motor has no place being up the sharp end at all. And, to please both the speed crazed morons and the Wankels of this hobby, they should design the thing to perform with, and without, the little ferrous fiend.
 

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If you want all your cars to go as quick as poo thru a goose then it will matter greatly. I agree with Scott that the front motored cars go ok relative to their class, i,e, non mag capri from Fly goes fine against other Fly similar types. Quick enough and a different kind of drive. That`s what I`m after
 

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Adding further to jonny's comments, in that, it's a bit like real racing, with cars that have their engines in different positions which tend to handle differently.

After all, aren't we all after the perfect scale slot model to race. Not only in scale size, variations and liveries, but also the way it drives.

I'm in favour of all the different engine configurations, otherwise the racing side of the hobby would be a bit stale.

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Bit of progress with the front engine chassis. Its now got side pans and a body,
The body is a vacform corvette by Larry Shephard ,I think it looks great I just hope I can do it justice when I paint it.

I tried to get the weight distibution as near to that of a rear engine as possible the car currently weighs in at 97g and balances just to the front of the pivot giving a near 50 -50 distribution ,I gave it a run at preston and it handles surprisingly well now I have fitted the pans .The motor is only a scaley at the moment ,A v12 might be the next step or a cheetah as I have a few spare.





 
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