Setup Tips for Your Track

 

Now that your car has been properly assembled according to the assembly instructions, it is time to set it up properly so as to obtain maximum performance.

The type and model of body used on the car makes a huge difference in the way the car behaves.

 

1/ Plastic track use

 

Scalextric "Classic"

Use of the updated guide pin (part TSC25 ) is absolutely necessary for proper operation. But the shallow and uneven slot of this particular track requires the pin to be narrowed some and shortened by 1/16". Due to its extreme hardness, this can only be accomplished by holding the threaded end of the pin in good flat jaws pliers and grinding its end with a Dremel disk or better, a belt sander. Shortened pins can be purchased by inquiring here. Due to the fact that the contact rails are RAISED from the surface of the track, the traction magnet MUST be covered with black electrical tape to avoid shorting!

Please refer to this installation guide for proper fitment.

 

Scalextric "Sport", Carrera, Ninco, Revell, Monogram...

Use of the new guide pin (part TSC25 ) is absolutely necessary on the Scalextric "Sport" track and recommended for all others. For Scalextric "Sport" track, the pin needs to be narrowed because of the unevenness of the slot. Please refer to this installation guide for proper fitment.

 

For all these tracks, make sure that the track is very clean by vacuuming any debris and dust before operation. The power supplied should be set between 9 and 13-volt and available current MUST be at least 2-Amp. We recommend the use of a proper power supply (like a Pyramid PS-K26X) to replace the inadequate units provided in racing sets that are limited by antiquated UL Laboratories regulations.

An adequate controller MUST be used. We strongly recommend the use of inexpensive electronic controllers such as PM units.

Once the car is fitted with its body and that no interference from the body or driver's compartment impairs the two pieces of the chassis from being totally flat against each other, make sure that the tires are very clean. If used with a traction magnet or two, it is a good idea to use black electrical tape and cover the magnets to avoid any contact with the track rails especially on Scalextric "Classic" or Ninco tracks where incredibly, the rails are raised from the track surface. Make sure to leave the motor-venting hole open.

With or without traction magnet(s), when driving the car, three characteristics may appear. In the first case, the car will over steer, meaning that traction is poor and the car slides, using the guide as a pivot. If so, add weight in the form of 1/16" thick lead pieces on each side of the steel pan by the rear wheels.

If the car has a tendency to go straight into curves by jumping the slot, the weight needs to be placed on the front and top side of the steel pan.

If the car corners like "on rails" and lift the inside wheels, it is "tight". You will need added weight in the center of the car until it is handling to satisfaction while losing as little top speed as possible, the balance being achieved with the help of the lap timer. On Scalextric Sport and Ninco tracks as well as any Spanish copies of them, due to the fact that the contact rails are RAISED from the surface of the track, the traction magnet MUST be covered with black electrical tape to avoid shorting!
 

 

Routed wood tracks (Commercial raceways or Club tracks)

If traction compound is used, the use of TSR HPF neoprene sponge tires is absolutely necessary. If no traction compound is used, the TSR-Ortmann or good quality silicone or urethane tires of proper sizes may be used for obtaining maximum performance.

The same recommendations as above apply in full.

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