The Slot Car Track
Without the slot car track, all slot cars are nothing more than beautiful recreation of the actual model of cars on the road. The track is what makes a slot car a slot car. It clearly defines these tiny vehicles. The ‘slot’ in the name refers to the groves or channels on the racetrack that allow the cars remain on the track as they race.
What Are The Features Of A Slot Car Track?
The slot car track, just like the cars, consists of plastic segments lined with two steel rails that run parallel to one another. These rails guide the slot cars while they are racing. Consequently, these rails run the entire length of the racetrack.
While both rails look similar, the individual rails serve different purposes. One rail powers the car, while the other is is responsible for keeping the car on the track. The guide that attached to the one rail prevents the car from veering off of the track. At the same time, the second rail connects the car to the power source and keeps the car running.
Like the cars, slot car tracks come in many varieties. The most common ones are composed of a small number of longer sections. The less common styles consist of many smaller, individual sections fastened together to form race tracks of various lengths and sizes. Most slot car tracks in the United States have longer sections, as these allow for a better power supply and fewer power interruptions. The fewer the interruptions, the better the speed of the car. Of course, the speed depends entirely on the continuous power stream to the motor.
How Does The Slot Car Power Supply Work?
The importance of continuous power supply to any slot car cannot be overstated. An interruption in power often causes the car to slow down, or to stop working altogether.
Power is supplied to the track from a device that you plug into any nearby wall outlet. The power supply then receives electricity from the outlet, convents it into direct current, or DC, and powers the slot car with it. The typical voltage used on slot car tracks usually ranges from 12 volts to 18 volts and 1 to 2 amps.
For more advanced slot lot cars, drivers can add additional power to the race track to further soup up the performance of the car. You can do this by supplying additional power to the track with individual power supplies for each racing lane. This way, you can increase the power of each lane by up to 10 amps. Although this additional power increases slot car performance, most cars require only up to 5 amps for enhanced performance.
Increasing the number of power supplies also means modifying the power base. This is the track segment that holds the power base. The reason for this is because you need to regulate the additional power.
This is an example of a power base for the Scalextric ARC. If you would like to upgrade from analog to digital, we highly recommend this set.