This is how to modify a Scalextric car to make it faster
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As petrolheads, our minds are always rife with ideas for modifying our cars, be it understated and tasteful like some new rims, or something a little more flamboyant like a makeshift rear wing. But there’s no reason why modifications can’t also extend to the miniature side of motoring, especially those that actually move, like Scalextric racers.
Rivalries can often quickly spawn when racing your family and friends around your bedroom floor, so – just like a real racing team – gaining an advantage in any way possible should be at the forefront of any serious Scalextric player’s mind.
Here’s a quick guide as to how you can be head and shoulders above any slot car racing foe you come up against.
Fit a bigger/more powerful electric motor
The basic theory behind the propulsion of a Scalextric car is essentially identical to a road-going EV. Electricity spins up an electric motor which then spins the wheels, and you’re off.
Increasing the performance of your motor will therefore translate to a faster car, as long as the power can be put down on the track. Getting a similar-sized motor that can spin faster and create more power is a great first mod then, over and above the usual 16-volt unit. But with power, you need stability, leading to the next modification...
Get yourself a stronger magnet
What keeps a Scalextric car from drifting wildly around every corner is a magnet at the rear of the chassis. The magnet is attracted to the metal track below it, keeping the back of the car sucked to the road to increase cornering stability.
Find yourself a stronger magnet and the magnetic field between the car and the track will be strengthened, keeping your car hunkered down and planted, allowing you to go even faster through the bends. There’s still a limit to how aggressively you can attack a corner, but you’ll immediately see the cornering benefit.
Like in all full-sized cars, the tyres are the only contact patch by which power can be transmitted to the road. So maximising grip is essential for efficient acceleration and achieving higher cornering speeds.
Although you can’t really muck about with the actual rubber compound, you can ensure the tyres are as clean as possible before a race, something that is super important. The two most effective methods are small amounts of sandpaper or tape, both of which will remove any old rubber or dirt on the tyres and hugely increase the grip levels they yield.
I also like to do a bit of a hand-enforced burnout before the race starts, just to get some (probably negligible) heat into the rubber to give them a tad more adhesion. Because that’s what racecars do.
So there you have it, follow these tips and you’ll create an absolute weapon of a Scalextric. I recommend you buy the new Ginetta G60 LT-P1 so that you also benefit from some LMP1 aerodynamics too, but we’ll save drag coefficients of model cars for another day.
If you’d like to see what Scalextric products you could buy to start modding, click the link below: