In order for your Scalextric
car to give the best lap times under race conditions the track and
car must both be in the best of condition. This list below will
cure most Scalextric car grip problems.
1. Clean your track
Very often there is a
thin layer of dust on Scalextric track. This dust acts as a barrier
between the rubber of the tyre and the plastic surface of the track.
Before use, clean away this dust with a damp cloth. The track must
be dried immediately to prevent corrosion setting in.
2. Clean your tyres
This dust and other debris
can build up on your Scalextric car tyres too. This can also be
cleaned off with a damp cloth.
3. Remove the oxides
Over time the rubber surface
of your tyres can oxidise forming a thin hard, non grippy layer.
If thin enough this layer can be sanded off with around 100 grit
sand paper or the modern equivalents. This will bring fresh rubber
into play and can give great improvements in grip levels.
4. Replace your tyres
If the tyre is deeply
oxidised or cracked then replacement
tyres is the only answer. Replacement tyres are available for
just about all the Scalextric cars ever made - even the really old
5. Use better tyres
To give an even better
improvement in grip over a good original Scalextric tyre then use
Grip tyres. Manufactured from 29 Shore A hardness rubber, grip
doesn't get much better than this.
6. Add some weight
As friction is proportional
to the downward force acting on the rear tyres of a Scalextric car
then adding weight over the rear tyres will improve grip. Adding
weight is, however, a balancing act as the weight will need to be
accelerated, braked, and go around corners. This is a great way
to fine tune the grip level wanted.
7. Use a magnet
Finally the way that Scalextric
have used for years. Adding a magnet near to the rear axle adds
downward force with little weight, especially the powerful Neodymium
magnets. The magnet is attracted to the steel rails of the track
giving the downward force. Again, this solution can be tuned by
placing the magnet nearer or further away from the track rails.
There are many other possible solutions
that can be used but these are the main solutions used. This is
intended as a simple guide only. If the information above does not
give you the grip you want then contact us for further information.