The test car - view the test
The C052 Ford Escort RS 1600 was selected as being typical of the Scalextric
cars of the period. It was not prepared before the test apart from ensuring
the motor operated as expected and the car was complete, electrically
and mechanically with no obvious faults. The tyres were not cracked
or split to any great degree and still had grip when run on classic
Scalextric track. Our overall impression is that this car had been stood
unused for a long period of time.
The test circuit - view the
The test circuit was specifically designed for this test. Built from
the modern Sport Scalextric track the surface offers little mechanical
grip with a smoother surface compared to the original classic Scalextric
track. It incorporated tight inner corner hairpin sections, long straights,
chicanes, corners that tightened, corners that opened out. Essentially
all types of challenges.
The test results
Each test result is the best of 10 laps as recorded by the Scalextric
Sport Race Management System. This ensures the best possible accuracy
of the lap times. The same operator was used for all the tests to ensure
driver consistency. Each test was cumulative. This means that for each
test the previous test updates were retained. For example the last test
with the Neodymium
magnet was undertaken with all the previous updates present on the
It is possible to significantly improve the track performance of a
classic Scalextric car with minimal effort with the products offered
by Scalextric Car Restorations. Modifications that can be fully reversed
will give as much as 46.6 % improvement in lap times. Even a simple
electrical and lubrication service will return 26.4 % improvement in
lap times. The lubrication would also reduce wear in the moving parts.
Going all out and adding a more modern standard Mabuchi
motor and Neodymium
magnet gives an overall of 51.3 % improvement in lap times. Adding
our MAX grip tyres completes
the package making the car very stable and a joy to drive. The overall
improvement was a staggering 65.6%.
It is of particular note that the Mabuchi
motor used without the Neodymium
magnet resulted in a minor loss of track performance. Therefore,
motor and Neodymium
magnet should be considered as a single package rather than individual
If you are into racing these classic scalextric cars
then these improvements listed above are for you.
Which of these improvements
will you do?