I thought I'd post a quick update from my foray into rally racing at Mini Grid here in Toronto. Guys have been putting a lot of work into their cars and none of the cars I tested come close to the 8.5s bracket imposed. I looked into my collection to see if there were any cars I overlooked and found my Revell/Monogram Mercedes-Benz 300. In stock trim it was pathetic lapping the track around 10s. This car has way too much motor and a 10 tooth pinion. When will Rev/Mono learn?
After putzing around with the stock motor and cutting away part of the chassis to get a slot.it gear onto the rear axle along with SCC wheels and tires I was able to get this car down to the high 8s range. I will keep working on this to see what I can do with it.
The next car to get some mods was my Scalextric Escort. This car chewed its crown in testing and thanks to the funky stock disc guide sat way too high on the test block.
I replaced the stock setup with a Slot.it SICH10 to get the Escort's nose into the slot.
A trick I had read about here on SCI and that I've been employing on my racecars is to put the guide wire ferules behind the braid. This seems to keep them really nice stuck in and allows me to com the top of the braid back over the ferules to ensure they stay put and have good electrical contact.
With the new guide my Escort's tires are making contact with my test block.
SCC wheels and Super Tires along with a Scalextric Sport 8 tooth pinion and Slot.it 25 tooth gear complete my mods.
Lap times are still in the low 9s range (about .3s faster) so I'm not sure how much more work I'm willing to do on this car. Both cars will at the very least get their stock rear wheels made into inserts. Owing to my work schedule and other racing commitments I'll probably make only 2 or 3 more rally events this season. Still its fun to work on some cars in my collection that would otherwise be ignored for more exotic machinery.