best HO car for $100 or less? BSRT , Wizzard, AFX, Tyco?
I'm looking for the best car $100 or less can buy.
I'm running a stock tri-power AFX track, and am looking for something fast and that sticks to the track extremely well because I'm an unskilled, new driver. Some people have told me Tyco 440x2, others have said BSRT or Wizzard. Opinions?
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I find that the Mega G works very well for me.The car has a good running and speed range on my many turn tight track using AFX track.Going to a silicone or Jel Claw tire will let the car stick better in the turns.One main thing to do on the Mega G is to make sure that the pick up shoes make full contact with the rails and that the curved part of the pickup shoe that attaches to the brush barrel is not to loose a fit.A good 2nd choice would be the Tomy SRT chassis cars,very reliable and quite fast.On any inline chassis car a Parma Economy 45 ohm or 35 ohm controller allows the cars to be much more drivable on your track.
BSRT 902 Box stock with AFX formula 1 body Under $60 runs great on stock AFX tracks with stock power packs. Can remove traction magnets and install brass weights and run on 12V for a completely different driving experience. Also Tomy body clip allows for use with most new Tomy bodies. Best box stock hands down
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My thoughts--- It depends what exactly you want from the car Andy. If you are looking for a convertible car, the 902 is an excellent choice. If you want sheer speed and handling excellence, the M-tech series II plus will lap the 902 car about every 3-4 laps. I've tested against pretty much all cars on your list. With a hardbody its hard to beat. I make them and sell them. Series II plus is $59. Any LL hardbody fits. Series II ($47)with stock rear end would probably be fine for your application. Pm me if you have further interest Andy.
Cars listed: Storm extreme has Hardbody now I believe. Very good car for 30 some dollars speed and handling wise. Spec stock cars that take hardbodies: We race these weekly, so far the Slottech has the track record in this class. The hobby store (NEW Hobby in Green Bay) has them for 75$ ready to run rolling chassis. Wizzard and BSRT specstocks are rolling chassis with extra parts needed to upgrade. Ready to run from BSRT $85, Kits from Slottech are $50. Super stocks from all manufacturers have lexan bodies 70-100 dollars. Faster than extreme or the spec stocks mostly because of the body.
boxstocks with rear tire change -- LL T car tops, Mega G and Super G+ next.
A question with your best interest (read wallet) in mind:
Who are you gonna race and what are they driving? If it is your home track, a car that is faster than your competition is no fun in about 5 minutes, and dropping $40-$75 each for matching cars for guests can get to be less than amusing in short order.
If it is local club, perhaps consider starting at one of the lower classes and moving up when your skills catch up to the car. Whether "box stock" or something higher, usually the rules will dictate what you run. It has been my experience at SCI that there are few "open" classes.
In 1/1 racing as well as slot car racing, there has always been the question: "Is it the car or the driver?" In my opinion, it is the driver--to a point. When there are two or more "good" drivers, then the quality/speed of the car comes into play.
Maybe check out "Harden Creek" on your browser, there are several options there...
I did not vote as I do not have the experience of others here regarding your specific question.
However, if the question had been "What is the most cost effective car on this list?", my vote would be for the Tyco 440X2.
Whatever your goals, SCI will "steer" you in the right direction!
I would say try a 440x2. There cheap fairly fast and. You should buy a pair. I like the side by side racing even if its slow cars once you wax there but about ten times with a super car then the fun is gone but don't tell my buddys that haha
andy g, a $100 plateau gives you lot of car, and options to choose from even more than you listed. Also keep in mind that most every car can be improved with upgraded tires. Also keep in mind that several cars listed in your survey are no longer produced, and will have to be acquired through dwindling factory inventory, hobby / toy store outlets, or slot car shows / swap meets (Tomy Turbo / SRT, Super G+, the Tyco / Mattel 440x2, and LifeLike M come immediately to mind). These are still available, relatively low cost, easily upgraded with better tires.
I race on a home track exclusively (Tomy sectional 4-lane, w/Tri-power packs, one per lane. See my photo album), and also have examples of Wizard (Patriot Extreme/Storm), BSRT (902 & G-Jet), and M-Tech (Series I & II), and these are all more expensive (but nowhere near $100), with correspondingly more performance (i.e.faster, with better "stick") than the basic cars previously mentioned.
Iif you are just starting out, buy "basic". Tomy produces a nice chassis in the Mega G, offers nice body styles for open wheel, sportscars, two wheelbase lengths with very good detail. If you like Nascar, LifeLike (using the "T" chassis) has offerings. Both of these are reasonably priced, and fun to drive; learn on them before investing in more expensive stuff. If you start out with the higher-end cars, you may not like (nor do as well) with the more affordable cars, which are a lot of fun. Good luck!
Try the BSRT 902 and buy some upgraded polymer grade magnets for it. The poly grade are the p10. You can flip either magnets set to get more downforce or more power. The car comes with a decent set of tires, but you can easily add the BSRT silicone tires to the stock rims for an easy upgrade. Most Aurora, AFX, and Tomy hardbodies with a 1.5 inch wheel base will snap fit to the G3 chassis as well. Good luck!
In my opinion, if you are racing with friends and relations, it would be better to use a chassis of the same type as them too, otherwise you could be called a cheat for throwing money at something superior, 'just to beat them'! Is just to the way to end a beautiful relationship.
It would be better to learn to race the cars/chassis the others are racing!!!
A set of closely matched cars is the way to go, even better if you are all using the same chassis.
Don't just throw $$$$ at the latest super duper magnet missile, learn what you or your brothers have first and enjoy the competition.