View Full Version : Will scalextric cars run on routed tracks?

07-21-2006, 01:28 PM
Will scalextric cars run on routed tracks like the Ogilvie made ones at my local track? I see alot of these cars on Ebay and some of them look pretty cool!

I wouldn't mind having a few play cars of different varieties.

07-21-2006, 02:15 PM
Change the tires, put on a wood guide, and add a bit of weight. We usually have 1 or 2 Europlastic classes in our club.

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07-21-2006, 02:28 PM
Scalextric and other brands of plastic 1/32 scale cars are in many ways very different. The are indeed very realistic, with looks that compare to die cast collectable cars - yet they also run!

They are designed to race on plastic home tracks, however, and most use a magnet in the chassis (like HO cars) to provide magnetic downforce for traction and handling. The magnet atracts to the steel rails on the plastic track. They handle great on plastic track!

They CAN run on a 1/24 commercial track, they are not really suited for it. Most commercial tracks have copper braid for conductor, which is non-magnetic... so the handling of the cars will SUCK... unless you add a bunch of weight, change tires, etc.

Some commercial tracks use "Magnatech" braid on the track, which WILL provide magnetic downforce - however not quite as strong as on steel rail home tracks. Ask your track owner or see if a magnet sticks to the braid to tell if your track has "Magnetech" braid.

If you DO run a plastic 1/32 scale car on the big commercial track, it is advisable to do it at a time when there are no rentals or racers with 1/24 cars on the track. In a crash between a metal car and a plastic car - plastic looses nearly every time. :(

1/32 scale is growing steadily in popularity in the USA, and many racers enjoy racing at home with friends or family on 1/32 home tracks.

Similar is HO scale, which is mostly raced at home on plastic tracks, but the cars do not race on 1/32 or 1/24 tracks.

Both HO and 1/32 DO have commercial tracks made of wood or routed plastic for club or commercial applications.

1/24 scale commercial track racing leans more towards the competative sport aspect, social get-together, and arcade type fun for the family.

Many racers do both (or all 3) scales, racing 1/24 at the raceway, and 1/32 or HO at home or on a club track.

07-21-2006, 02:34 PM
Again, great information! You should make this a sticky!

Big Ol' Durl
07-21-2006, 03:16 PM
Then there's them guys up in British Columbia who build amazing routed tracks and run nothing but 1/32. check this out! (http://www.oldslotracer.com/)


07-21-2006, 04:41 PM
They do things differently up in Canada, eh? :p

Archer Raceways in BC Canada is an example of taking the plastic "Euroscale" 1/32 scale cars, adding some weight & different tires, and running them on wood routed NON-magnet home tracks.

This proves that the 1/32 cars CAN be made to work on a wood track, with proper tuning.

It also helps to always keep apples with apples and oranges with oranges. If you are running ONLY plastic cars on a small track, they will run competatively against each other, and you will tend to race with "mutual respect" of sorts regarding crashing and damage, to your "model cars" that you race.

On a commercial sized 1/24 track, the lane spacing is bigger... but you will need to be in a different ZIP CODE from the rental cars and local hotshots with their 1/24 cars, or else your car may not look so pretty for long.

Also - with the small stock low powered motors in the 1/32 cars, they will look extremely slow on a big raceway track compared to the bigger, higher powered 1/24 scale cars.

If you want to see a cool video, and a great example of getting slot cars in mainstream media... there is a link to Archer Raceway's segment on a Canadian "real car" TV show - "Driving Television"

It is in the "Previous season archives" - Season 2, Episode 203:

Driving TV - Episode 203 - @ Archer Raceway (http://www.drivingtelevision.com/segmentviewerStandard.php?episode=203&searchStatus=&keyword=&segment=1&keywordcall=&segtitle=)

Click on the segment titled: "Extreme Drives - Slot Car Racing"

07-21-2006, 11:13 PM
When we first started motorizing model cars, and the model car companies started selling kits of the same, we always have had the top-heavy body syndrom. Bodies often weigh more than the rolling frames and therefore tend to tip over with ease. We had to add mass/weight to the bottom of the cars to lower the center of gravity and add traction to the balence of the cars. WE CALL this part of TUNING. It is normal. Tires and gearing changes are also TUNING.

ENTER MAGNETS: Yes, magnets do give artificial gravity to homeset cars. Each type of track and different car manufacturers offer cars with differing amounts of gravity enhancements.

Carrera track with its anti-rust stainless pick-up rails offer about 40 - 50 percent LESS downforce than plated steel rails of Scaley/SCX/Ninco tracks. A popular magazine rates the magnetic downforce for individual cars as they road-test them....many can rate over 100 grams of magnetic downforce. What this means is that you can add lead of the same mass and get a related result. The big advantage of just adding lead is that the downforce does not magically vanish when you drift the car off center a little - it makes the cars VERY predictable and easier to drive.

Fact is, most 1/24 commercial slot cars (non-wing cars) run best when the are from 90 - 120 grams with much more powerful motors than are available for the homeset cars. Add a similiar mass to the 1/32 cars and they drive nicer also.

A deeper flag makes driving on all tracks better - unless they are so shallow that the flag/pin rubs the bottom...the worst offender is old Eldon track........many of my antique (now) racercars used a pin - that was adjustable with a setscrew for depth.

10-08-2006, 04:20 PM
Scalextric and Fly cars will run on commercial raceways, but the tires are too hard and out of round.
You look for Slotsports foam rubber tires, your raceway can order them or you can go to the shopatron site, and order from the Slick 7/Slotsport catalog and any raceway in the U.S. can fill the order for you.