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Our Promise To You

To start the new year, I want to remind every one of my customers that Slot Car Corner Canada will still be here in 2016 to provide you with great products and service for 1/32 scale slot racing in Canada (and other places around the world). If you don't know a thing about how and why I do this, please take a look at the FAQ on the website. And, here's my promise to you.

« We only offer high-quality products, that we use ourselves on a regular basis. We will answer any questions you might have in a timely manner and process your order quickly. In the unlikely event one of our products or services does not meet your expectations, we will make it right for you in a courteous and professional manner. And above all, we want to make sure you have as much fun racing slot cars as we do. »

Slot Car Motors - Useful Information 

Lately, I've received some emails asking about the different motors that are available on the website. The questions are about torque, braking, size, compatibility, etc. Here's a (not so) quick rundown of the important things to know about slot car motors we use on a regular basis for home and club 1/32 scale racing.
 


SIZE AND FORMAT
First of all, there are three main formats we use (of course, there are more but I'm going to keep this simple for now): FC130 (short can), FK180 (long can) and FF050 (slim can). Of course, if you want to replace a motor in a car, you have to use a motor of the same size, unless you change the motor mount (when possible). For Slot.it and compatible cars, there are many motor mounts you can choose from.

FC130 motors are the most popular ones and they come standard in most Scalextric and Carrera cars (picture above shows a MR Slotcar FC130 motor). Because of their relatively small size, they can be used in a sidewinder configuration, in addition to the more typical inline configuration.

FC130 Motors: Piranha, M/T Racing M/T-1, MR Slotcar FC130, Slot.it V12/3

FK180 motors are becoming more and more popular in out-of-the-box cars, mostly for modern GT or LMP cars, also for all Sideways Group 5 cars. They are longer so they can't be used as a sidewinder motor but are mostly used in anglewinder configurations (can also be used as inline motors).


Variations of the FK180 motor are the Flat Long Can motors from Slot.it. They share the same format except they're not as thick so the center of gravity is lower and they offer more flexibility for the design of the car body (see picture above).

FK180 Motors: M/T Racing M/T-5, MR Slotcar FK180, Slot.it Boxer, Slot.it Flat6


FF050 motors looks like long can motors that have been shrunk to fit in smaller cars. They are mostly found in F1 cars and other very small and/or narrow cars that couldn't fit a bigger-sized motor. Most of them will have a 1.5mm motor shaft instead of the more standard 2.0mm motor shaft found on other motors (there are pinions for 1.5mm motor shafts and also 2.0mm sleeves). The typical orientation for this motor is the inline configuration.

FF050 Motor: M/T Racing M/T-SL1

 


ENDBELL OR CAN
You will sometimes see those terms used when shopping for a motor, usually when a pinion is included with the motor. The endbell end is the side of the motor where you see the plastic piece (black, orange, yellow, red, etc.) and where the connectors for the lead wire are located.

The can end of the motor is the other (metallic) end. Depending on the car or the motor mount used, the pinion has to be on either side. When choosing a motor mount for a sidewinder configuration, this is an important thing to remember.
 


OPEN CAN OR CLOSED CAN
Most slot car motors come with some holes in them, on both sides or only on one side. Since there are magnets in a slot car motor to make them run, an open can motor with the holes on the bottom will generate more downforce for those who run on plastic tracks (or Magnabraid wood tracks). Of course, with an open can motor, dust and other «things» can end up inside the motor and create some problems. A closed can motor will generate far less magnetic downforce. On a wood track, it makes virtually no difference and you're far less likely to have problems because a foreign object or dust messed with the internal motor parts.

This is why most Boxer and Flat6 motors from Slot.it are available in both versions, so you can choose the best option for you. And this is also why anglewinder FK180 open can motors have been so popular in the last few years, mostly in Europe where plastic track club racing is the norm. With bigger magnets inside and a longer motor, the magnetic downforce generated by the motor can really help the car to stay on the track, even if magnets are not allowed in the car itself.

 


SPEED AND TORQUE
The two main technical specifications for any slot car motor is the speed and the torque.

Speed is expressed in revolutions per minute (rpm) at a given voltage. 12 volts is the most used voltage for motor speed so it's easier to compare motors when looking at their speed rating. The stock motor in Scalextric and Carrera cars is often rated at around 18 or 19krpm. Slot.it usually puts 21.5krpm FC130 motors and 20krpm FK180 motors in their cars. NSR cars usually have faster motors in their cars so they're sometimes difficult to control on smaller tracks. RPM's usually are a good indication of the top speed of the motor. Despite this, motors with the same speed rating can deliver this speed in many different ways so you'll have to experiment to find a motor that suits your driving style and the tracks you visit.

Torque is usually expressed in g*cm and is very similar in concept to the torque we get on our real life cars. A motor with more torque will usually have faster acceleration out of the corners and also a lot of braking when you let the trigger go. Depending on the track and your driving style, it can be a good thing but can also be a bad thing. A standard Mabuchi motor in a Scalextric car will have around 110g*cm, our own Piranha motor has around 170g*cm, most Flat6 motors from Slot.it have a little more than 200g*cm of torque and their Boxer motors have more than 300g*cm ! As you can see, bigger motors usually have more torque for the same speed rating.

Now, you're probably thinking that you always want to use fast and punchy motors that have a lot of torque. Not so fast ! (pun intended) Always remember that we're talking about auto racing here so everything is a compromise.

If you run on smaller tracks, top speed is not as big a concern so you should choose a lower speed rating with more torque. It looks like a wise choice but with more torque, you will have less control in the first part of the power curve, control which could be very useful on a smaller track. Also remember that a motor with more torque usually has more braking also so if your driving style is more flowing and less «stop-and-go», you should reconsider your options.

On longer tracks, top speed is important and depending on the type of turns the tracks has (fast sweeping corners or tighter turns), you might want to choose a motor with less or more torque. Always try to find the good compromise between the track type, your driving style, the cars you're driving... and what the rules say!

 


MOTOR CONFIGURATIONS
When choosing a motor, you also have to make sure it will fit in the car it's destined to. When using a non-podded car (no independent motor mount), you'll have no choice at all. Just pick a motor that has the same format, easy.

In a podded car, you'll have some decisions to make and here's some information to help you with this choice. First of all, look at the choices you have for motor mounts in your car. Slot.it offers inline and sidewinder pods for FC130 motors, inline and anglewinder pods for FK180 motors. MR Slotcar makes it easier with only one choice of motor for each configuration. FK180 for anglewinder, FC130 for inline and FF050 for sidewinder. Avant Slot uses FK180 motors only and does not offer a sidewinder option for its cars. An interesting option is the aluminium motor pod from Avant Slot, offering rigidity for maximum performance.

You also have to check if the body of the car will be compatible with the configuration you want to use. For example, the latest LMP cars from Slot.it can only use Flat6 motors in an anglewinder configuration because the rear of the body is so low no other configuration will fit. But other cars, like the Porsche 956/962 can be configured any way you like because there is enough room under the body for any motor configuration you might want. This is also something to consider when making your choice.

Now, if you want to know which advantages each motor configuration has, please see our Newsletter Archive on the subject called «The Anglewinder Hop». You will get good information on the different motor configurations there.

 


GEAR RATIO
Now that you've chosen a motor and a motor configuration for your car, remember you can still adjust its characteristics by changing the gear ratio. By modifying the number of teeth on the pinion and/or the crown/spur gear, you will be able to get more or less top speed and more or less acceleration and braking. The «standard» gear ratio (if such a thing exists) is around 3.00, which means the crown/spur gear has 3 times more teeth than the pinion so the wheel will make a full rotation every time the motor shaft makes a full rotation.

Changing this ratio is a very important way to change the way your car behaves on the track. Experimenting is the only way to know what you prefer and what's better for your driving style and the tracks you run on. This is just one of the many challenges of tuning a car for a proxy race.

For a complete Gear Ratio chart for Slot.it gears (and any other brand), go to our Reference section on the website.

Now, I think you know everything you need to know to better choose your slot car motor and to find the best combination of speed and control you need to win the next race. Good luck!

Slot.It Gear Ratio Chart - Pocket-Sized Version

Every order I will ship will now include a simplified Gear Ratio Chart on a small reference card. This reduced version will show the Slot.it gear colours to simplify identification of the parts you have in hand or need to use.

I really hope this little card will become a useful reference and that you will keep it handy at your workbench, in your slot box, around the track and everywhere else you play with your slot cars.

Click on the image below to download more complete versions until you get the small one with your next order.

SCC Canada Proxy Race - Round 1



Round 1 of the SCC Canada Proxy 2016 is now in the books. The race was run on Circuit Courville in Québec QC (home of Slot Car Corner Canada), by the drivers of the Select Racing Club. Alain, Benoit, Georges and Daniel (see picture below) were at the controllers and I was the marshall and scorekeeper.

 

The qualification order was respected for the most part and Benoit's car won easily, followed by Pascal's car. Next round will be held in a few days in Montréal QC and the 26 cars will then be west-bound until they reach British Columbia in a few months.

For the complete results and more information, see the Canada Slot Car forum.
For all pictures of Round 1, click here.
For a quick video showing how the race was run, click here.

Concours 2016 - Ron Todhunter Is The Winner

The last vote is in, the 2016 Concours for the SCC Canada Proxy Race is now over and we have a winner. It was a VERY close vote, as we had a tie at the top between Ron Todhunter and Christian Mayer (last year's Concours winner), with 28 points each. As the rules stated in case of a tie, the winner was determined by the one who had the most 5-point votes awarded. Ron had two and Christian had one.

Ron's custom livery is a perfect poster child for this proxy, with the big red maple leaf and the flags of all 10 provinces on the rear wing. Congratulations to everyone, a lot of those cars were very very nice and a lot of effort went into those liveries. It's also nice to see that the 4 first places go to drivers from 4 different provinces.

Ron will get its prize (a Special Edition John Player Special BMW M1, along with a JPS grid girl) along with his car at the end of the proxy. Congratulations!

To see all cars from the SCC Canada Proxy 2016, click here.

SRC (Slot Racing Company) F1 Classic Cars



The first Classic F1 cars to be available from SRC were supposed to be Villeneuve's Ferrari 312 T4 and Jabouille's Renault RS10. Unfortunately, those cars had some problems with the front axle assembly and our distributor decided to ship them back to Europe to get them repaired (a very good decision). They should be back in North America in 3 to 4 weeks.

But I had a surprise when the cars driven by Jody Scheckter and René Arnoux came in before the other duo. They're very similar cars so I had a chance to try them on my track.

Those cars are amazingly detailed reproductions of the 1979 F1 cars that gave us some great battles on the track. You won't find a more refined slot car body for a classic F1, that's for sure. But please, don't buy those cars thinking you will put them on your track and race with your buddies for hours. As it's too often the case with SRC cars, the mechanical components and quality control are far from the best on the market. You may have to work on those gears and this rear axle. You may have to work on the front wheels and maybe you'll find the chassis is not perfectly straight. Please keep this in mind when you place your order. But you'll still have gorgeous cars in your collection.

Speaking of the collectors out there, SRC still has the intention to release a Special Edition wooden box with the Villeneuve and Arnoux cars, as they fought wheel to wheel in the last laps of the French Grand Prix in 1979, at the Dijon circuit. This battle is one of the most memorable moments of pure racing in F1. And it involved one of our own, Gilles Villeneuve. To see this battle (again!), click here.

Slot.It Lola Aston Martin - Reason For Delay



This new Slot.it model has been available in Europe for a while now but it still hasn't shown up in North America yet. Some of you have pre-ordered it, as it is a brand new model from Slot.it, it's gorgeous and it looks very fast. We now know why it has been delayed. Maurizio Ferrari, Slot.it's big boss, explained that after the cars shipped in Europe, they found a problem with the chassis and they decided to stop distribution in North America, in order to be able to add a new chassis with every car that will be sold on our continent. We should get the Lola Aston Martin in 3 to 4 weeks. Of course, we'll let you know as soon as we get it. Our Facebook page will be the first outlet for the news. If you haven't subscribed to our page yet, do it now.

Policar Lotus 72 - Coming Soon

Announced release dates have become something of a joke in the slot car industry as most of them are largely «unrespected». This was also the case for the Policar Lotus 72, which was supposed to be available in the first half of 2015. Yet, here we are in January 2016, without this car in our collections. Some people were able to get theirs from the first shipments in Europe. But again, a manufacturing problem was caught just in time by Slot.it (Policar's partner) before the cars were shipped to most distributors. This time, the culprit was a wrong-sized spacer on the rear axle that could have created problems with the complex gearing of this gorgeous car.

The problem has now been solved, all wrong parts were replaced and the cars are in transit right now to North America. And unlike the Classic F1 from SRC, the first reports for this Lotus 72 are very good. Slot.it quality in a classic F1 has so far been a concept unheard of in the slot car world. And it seems our hopes will be fulfilled with this car. If this is really the case, this will be a reason to throw a big celebration. Pre-order yours now if it's not already done, this car will probably be gone in a few hours.

Scratch Building Parts - Now In Stock

 



Some customers like to really build their cars from the ground up, soldering brass plates, tubes and strips. This is something I haven't done yet and currently have no interest in doing. But my good friends at SCC US have been selling some scratch building parts for a few months now and I can have access to those. The brackets and oilites are now in stock. Since the brass tubes and other long pieces of brass are easily available from all local hobby stores and because they are expensive to ship, I won't stock those items.

Please be aware that since I don't scratch-build cars (yet!), I can't really help you choose the right product and tell you how to use them. But if you know what you need and what you want, this is the section for you. Stock will be pretty low at the start and I will readjust if necessary following your interest in those parts. Start building!

Wera Tools - A New Rack


Our Wera tools are very popular. With their very reasonable price and their high quality, they are used daily by a lot of slot racers out there. Now, you can also buy the Wera Precision Tool Rack to make sure you don't lose them in the pile of parts on your workbench.
 

CB Design Wheel Chart - Insert Depth Added


Our already useful CB Design Wheel Chart included the dimensions for all CB Design wheels (diameter, width, central rib, insert diameter, etc.). We recently added an additional column showing the depth of the wheel, which is the distance between the face of the wheel and the central hub for the axle. This way, you'll be able to prepare your inserts so they fit perfectly in all CB Design Insert wheels.

For all our Wheel/Tire Reference Charts (in PDF format), click here.

Avant Slot Parts - Motor Pods and Chassis


For those of you who have bought and run Avant Slot cars recently (see below all the new cars we got last week), you know they are great runners. But sometimes, a crash happens and you have to replace the chassis or the motor pod. Or maybe, you just want to stiffen the chassis and/or the motor pod for better performance on wood tracks. Or maybe you want to try an inline or anglewinder configuration. With the parts that we received a few days ago, you can now do all that. In particular, the aluminium motor pods are remarkable for enhancing performance.

SCC Canada Waterslide Decals. Get It Free !

Our SCC Canada waterslide decals have created a lot of interest so far. Do you have yours yet?

Show your Canadian pride on your slot cars by adding some decals from Slot Car Corner Canada, CB Design wheels, Piranha motors, Quick Slicks tires and Canada/Québec flags and symbols.

You can also get a free SCC Canada decal sheet. All you have to do is to buy a white unpainted car or body kit and I will add a free SCC Canada decal sheet with each one. This way, you'll have a starter kit for decals.

All white unpainted car kits are listed here. You can also get other decals from DMC Decals right here: numbers, sponsors, etc.

NEW CARS IN OUR INVENTORY

Here's a list of new cars that weren't on our shelves when our last newsletter was sent out in December. We also have gotten back in stock some other cars from Slot.it, Racer and Avant Slot.

Of course, we also have a lot more cars in stock so feel free to browse our inventory to find the one that will catch your eye and/or make you the next race winner in your club! Click here for the complete list.

Slot.It - Alfa Romeo 33/3 - #5 - Targa Florio 1971

Slot.It - Porsche 962C IMSA - #10 - Daytona 1987

Avant Slot - Audi R10 LMP10 - #15 - Team Kolles

Avant Slot - Mazda Pescarolo - #24 - Barcelona 2009

Avant Slot - Mazda Pescarolo - #35 - Barcelona 2009

Avant Slot - Peugeot 908 HDi FAP - #7 - Le Mans 2007

Avant Slot - Peugeot 908 HDi FAP - Test Car

Avant Slot - Porsche Kremer 8 - STP - #2

Avant Slot - Porsche Spyder - Test Car

SRC - Renault RS10 - René Arnoux 1979 - #16

SRC makes great looking classic F1 cars with not-so-good mechanical components. Please be aware of this when you buy this car.
 

SRC - Ferrari 312 T4 - Jody Scheckter 1979 - #11

SRC makes great looking classic F1 cars with not-so-good mechanical components. Please be aware of this when you buy this car.
 

FlySlot - BMW E30 - Pittsburgh Vintage 2007 - #10

FlySlot makes great looking cars with not-so-good mechanical components. We stopped selling FlySlot cars because of this but this one was a livery that a good customer wanted to have and I bought two more. Please be aware of this when you buy this car.
 

Racer Sideways - Porsche 935/78 - Pink Pig Edition - #23

In stock now.

MR Slotcar - F1 GTR - Le Mans 1996 - #34

Was supposed to be released in November, still waiting for them. Pre-order now.

MR Slotcar - F1 GTR - Le Mans Winner 1996 - #59

Was supposed to be released in November, still waiting for them. Pre-order now.


Super Tires - CRAZY Pricing for Bulk Purchases !

You already know that I'm not restocking Super Tires, because Quick Slicks silicone tires and Paul Gage urethane tires can produce similar or better results for much less money.

This is why you have been able to buy Super Tires at clearance prices all summer long ($5/pair instead of the MSRP of over $10/pair). Over 500 pairs found a new home this way and I now need to get rid of the almost 1300 pairs left in inventory.

You'll be able to get reduced pricing if you buy large quantities of Super Tires in bulk*.

If you buy over 100 pairs, pricing will go down to $4/pair.
If you buy over 250 pairs, pricing will go down to $3/pair.


Of course, that's WAY lower than the cost for those tires. Dealer purchases are welcome, of course. This clearance pricing is valid on available inventory only. First come, first serve. Get your club members together and grab those tires before they're all gone.

* Tires won't be packaged individually. Each size will be put into a small resealable bag with the model number written on the bag.

Made in Canada


We're located in Canada and we should be proud that many of the products that are sold on our website are made and/or designed in Canada. Slot Car Corner Canada has even been instrumental in a lot of those products. To make them more visible, we now have a special section if you want to show your support for Canadian slot racing products.
 

Join us on Facebook  


If you have a Facebook account (who doesn't?!) and you have not joined our page yet, you should do so right away. You'll get all the news as they happen. New cars, new items in stock, store news, special promotions, etc. Why wait for the newsletter every month when you can get the information as it comes out?
 
If you have ordered from Slot Car Corner Canada before, you know our priority is to provide great service to all our customers. We like to think every one of them is a friend and we do everything we can to make sure you become one. And we'll start by serving your slot racing needs to the best of our knowledge and ability. We like to read your comments and that's why we invite you to join us on Facebook. Don't wait for the newsletter, get the news as they come in!

Slot car racing is a great social hobby! Hang out with friends, have fun and smile. And if you visit our beautiful Québec City, don't hesitate to drop me a note, we might be able to share a cold one around a track and make even more friends. In the meantime, just have fun!

Christian, Slot Car Corner Canada
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