Slot car racing is one of the most exciting hobbies around. Why? Because you literally are in a race with fellow players on an actual track but with miniature cars. Don’t think that having miniature cars makes it less of a race. These cars are performance cars developed by some of the most respected slot car makers in the industry. If you want to win at slot car racing use these tips for best results.
3 Rules Of Slot Car Racing
There are three cardinal rules that you need to know and follow if you want to win at slot car racing: concentration, concentration and concentration. Sounds easy right? Many players especially beginners tend to focus on what the other guy is doing. This leads to making mistakes. By focusing on your driving first instead of anything else you will be able to bring your “A” game to any race you enter. 90% on your driving and 10% to the other cars on the road. What you should be looking out for are no or weak traction magnets, anticipation of passing scenarios in the turns, avoiding passing on the outside or being passed on the inside. Try to avoid smashing into someone else’s overturned car in your lane. Not only is this rude to the other player but chances are you will get knocked off too.
Be aware of the other cars so you will know when they fall off. What is the reason for this? Simple fact is you need to be able to stay on the lane at all costs. You can easily pull away from your strongest competitor when he is knocked off, even if you are not going as fast as you can.
Keep Your Car in the Slot
The number one secret to turning the most number of laps is to keep your car in the slot. Plain and simple. Overall, your driving will be a bit more conservative but staying on the track will give you better chances at winning than spending half the tine off it. Pushing too hard results in poor driving decisions. Driving at the edge does not include falling off the edge of the track. Make sure to keep it in.
Keep One in Reserve
Sure you have a favorite slot car sets to race on but a wise player should always have a back up in mind. So it is in your best interest to keep 2 ready slot cars. In this way you have a backup should your first one throws a tantrum.
Choose Your Controller Carefully
In order to have a smooth driving style you should not have to “feather” or rapidly move your fingers too much during turns. If you see yourself doing this then try another controller. Try to use different controllers for different lanes to see how it feels.
Practice Slot Car Racing
There is a reason for the saying, “Practice makes perfect.” Only with true knowledge of the turns and the rolls will you know how to navigate them correctly. Face tanking your car at top speed will definitely lose your race. This will help you identify trouble spots. No matter how good you are as a driver, there are some cars that can handle better on inner lanes, some on outer lanes and some on all lanes.
Race the Track
Race the track, not the other cars. Your mastery of the track will allow you to win the race. Try to pick out a slightly faster car and shadow it. Due to competitiveness both of you will likely try to go faster and the other guy might get rattled and make a mistake, it will make it easy for you to overtake him.