Do you feel the need for speed but don’t want to incur all the dangers and dangers that come with driving a real car at high speed? Not to mention the cost of repairs when a real race car crashes. If this is you, try your hand at slot car racing. As you know, model slot car racing has become immensely popular both nationally and internationally.
Today, model slot car racing belongs to a group of model car racing that includes radio controlled, better known as RC racing and others.
The very very basics of slot car racing
Model slot cars are powered electronically from a battery or some electrical source provided to the car by a metal strip on either side of the slot.
The track on which the slot car runs consists of the word forest or slot (hence ‘slot’ car), on which the car is guided with the help of pins or blades like devices on the lower carriage of the car. Only one slot car will occupy one slot88. For example, if you have an 8-lane track, up to 8 vehicles can circulate the track.
Each slot connects to a power source, such as a power pack or battery, which ensures that the power supply remains stable while the slot car is on the track. To prevent the slot car from jumping out of the slot, some slot cars under the carriage have some sort of magnet that keeps the electric model car in constant contact with the metal strip even at high speeds. Some model car blades are magnetized to achieve the same effect as undercarriage magnets. The car’s speed is controlled by pulling the trigger on a pistol-grip joystick in the hand of the slot car operator. When you pull the trigger, the slot car speeds up, and when you release the trigger, the electric model car slows down or comes to a complete stop.
Slot car racing is truly international. International competitions are held abroad every year. There are two HO scale automotive organizations called the United Federation of HO Racers Association (UFHORA) and the HO Professional Racing Association (HOPRA). Each year, both organizations host national and international events across the country. These events are not only for slot car racing, but also to raise awareness of slot car racing in general.
I want to race slot cars. How do I get started?
So you want to race, huh? If you’re a true newbie to slot car racing, I recommend first joining a local or nationally recognized slot car organization in your neighborhood.
Then head down to the Hobby Store and buy a model slot car racing set in the scale you want to race. It doesn’t have to be a large set. Go home, set it up and have fun!! See how the tracks and cars are built. See how your car advances down the track, stays in the slot and can stop. Don’t be afraid to dig inside the car to see how the gears, chassis and body are fitted.