Model Car race
race most radio controlled electric cars indoors on
carpet. All Beginners and prospective members are welcome
to watch and ask advice, 1st trial meeting is also free.
Drivers are separated by ability, no need to be nervous
-we all started in the bottom heat sometime.
Races and the finals are 5min, best to have at least
2 or 3 nicads and charge the previous day, recharge
only when cold and preferably flat
Race entry £3.50 Juniors £4 Members £5
Non members, which pays for the hire of the hall. Booking
in at race control -by the computer.
|We no longer use a pegboard for practice as virtually everyone uses 2.4ghz now.
If you see others who also have a long aerial make sure you're
on different frequencys- before switching on
Check your Race number/frequency on heat & finals printout
-it may change.
No 35mhz ONLY legal 27mhz, 40mhz and 2.4ghz.
NEVER switch on when racing is in progress -check with race
|Model Motor Racing can be dangerous
Please take sensible precautions particularly with small
Pets are not allowed.
|we marshal the race after our
Look first before stepping on track and look again going
back to avoid other cars and stay alert
|Divide the spur gear by the pinion
then multiply by the final drive ratio (in instruction
book) = Overall Gear Ratio
Start on the safe side with
a small pinion. Ask advice from locals -who
don't have a burnt out motor!
Small /twisty tracks and Hi speed (top end motors) and
even better batteries need smaller pinions than normal
TIP Stay cool
use a heat sink /fan Don't keep racing with a hot motor.
Signs of over gearing are very hot
motors and the brushes need replacing if turned blue,
and eventually -realistic but expensive smoke as the
lacquer & solder melt (I should know)
Don't open the throttle if you crash
into something immoveable -smoke WILL appear and may
damage the speed control as well. -very expensive smoke!!!
- Think carefully before you spend
Its no good finding nowhere or anyone to race similar
cars with, then finding out no spares are available!
- Ask advice at the club race meetings
We have more experience from making the mistakes and
can save you much time, effort and money.What to get
and where to get it. Far better than an empty car
park on your own.
Radio, FM is better than AM and 40mhz is better than
2.4 ghz is the latest and does not interfere with other users
See Tech chart
- Start with a slow stock motor or turn down the throttle end limit on the transmitter.
Slow is the best way to learn, more time to think,
easier to set-up, drive, less wear and mistakes (read
- Budget racing
Look for the price drop on last years car when the
latest one appears in the new season and avoid the
carbon version -its brittle and costs
| Basic car Set-up guide
Aim for slight understeer -safe easy fewer mistakes
and much quicker than oversteer
Tyres and inserts are one of the most important
starting points - check condition and well glued, -after
With Control tyres, its down to set-up.
First check for broken
/loose or bent parts (wishbone pins) and air in shocks
TIP Get as much rear grip as possible then decide
how much grip (steering) you need on the front
TIP Slippery /bumpy tracks
need softer suspension
TIP Grippy /smooth /fast
or tight tracks need Harder suspension, lower ground clearance
and anti-roll bars to reduce grip roll
Harder Feels more responsive
Softer Feels sluggish -(more
grip in corners)
Harder Front =Less
steering in & out
Softer Front =More
steering esp middle and exit too much will cause oversteer
Harder Rear =More steering
esp middle and exit too much will cause oversteer or spin
(less rear traction)
Softer Rear =More rear
traction Less steering (best for bumpy corners under power)
DAMPING (Shock Absorbers)
Thicker Oil =Smoother /more stable (best
for smooth grippy tracks)
Thinner Oil =Car reacts quicker to bumps
Thicker Oil Front Thinner Oil Rear =Smoother
steering / more stable (Easier to drive -high speed)
Thinner Oil Front Thicker Oil Rear =
More & Quicker steering (slow corners)
TOW-IN Front, (Start at 0 degrees) More
TOW-IN Rear, (Start at -3 degrees)(In
at front) More =More Stability in chicane but less speed
CASTER Front, More =More Stability
on straight, less aggressive turn in
CAMBER (Start at -1 to -2 degrees) (Negative
-In at top) Stiff set-up needs less camber (check tyre
wear) More negative gives more grip until breakaway becomes
overall try NOT to get the front and rear more than 2
Change one thing at a time and keep notes if its worse
-go back -try something else
No two drivers likes the same set-up
The twins are a good example -same cars different driving
styles and set-up but they are as quick as each other!!!-but
maybe not on the same parts of the track.
This is what makes Motor sport so interesting