Here is Episode 3 of our Slot Car Adventure at the Peterson Automotive Museum. This episode features the legendary and ever so humble Keith Tanaka. Keith has been racing since the 60’s. He took a bit of a hiatus – but is really one of the “old timers” who are responsible for the Slot Car resurgence.
Listen in as we chat with Keith about a little slot car history.
It was was an amazing day at the Peterson Automobile Museum in Los Angeles on July 24th, 2010. We were witnessing what may very well have been the largest assortment of Slot Car Tracks in one place ever! Put together by the Farrout Slot Car Club, sponsored by all the big Slot Car Manufacturers and benefiting MSFriends – all in all, we had an amazing day! Episode #3 features Slot Car Legend Keith Tanaka and Electric Dreams owner Scott Bader. Enjoy!
You can also view some amazing Vintage Slot Cars at the Los Angeles Slot Car Museum! http://www.lascm.com/
Some of the racers competing in the First Annual Checkpoint Cup retro races were offered a guided tour of the Los Angeles Slot Car Museum. Host Scott Bader and museum curator Philippe de Lespinay prepared a nice display for the visitors. Please CLICK HERE for a fully illustrated report by Keith Tanaka.
1960’s slot car heroes Terry Schmid (1966-1967 USRA Champion), Howard Ursaner (former Team Russkit and Team Cobra top-notch racer), Keith Tanaka (Team Rolling Hills) and Dave Fiedler, all now competing in the D3 retro races, were given a tour of the museum by Electric Dreams owner Scott Bader on January 13th. A really nice illustrated report with videos has been published by Keith Tanaka. Please CLICK HERE to access it.
Electric Dreams owner Scott Bader and I, along with the entire Electric Dream Team, would like to congratulate all the entrants for the quality of preparation of their cars. Indeed, not only did they look nice but there were zero mechanical failures, and other than readjusting a few braided contacts so as to provide positive contact on the Carrera track, there were no adjustments needed.
The track itself is fairly concise but very complete in its design. It has been used in various hobby fairs and demonstration runs. Its lap length is only 28' but it has three different curve radii and fits on a 4' X 8' table. For our testing we used a 14-volt, 1-amp Carrera 1/32 scale power pack. Controllers were Parma 45-ohm with Carrera terminals. The track had outer crash barriers and was cleaned before the event.
Each car was driven for 10 laps to familiarize the driver (Yours Truly) with its specific handling characteristics before going “on the clock”. While there was a fair amount of de-slotting due the difficult task of keeping a consistent form over five minutes on this tight and twisty circuit that requires plenty of constant attention, only a few tenths of a second were lost in each incident due to extremely fast marshaling. In any case, it never determined the finish of one car ahead of another. Magnetic down force was registered for each car, using the Magnet Marshal available through Electric Dreams. Also tested were three stock machines for performance comparison, including a standard, unmodified FLY Starters Porsche GT1 as used by two entrants.
Here are the entries, listed in order of their on-track lap totals with concours and BFB scores.
The winning performance entry was Lee Watson's modified FLY Starters Marcos converted into a roadster. Lee chopped its top and made a nice job of it. It had the best balance between its mild to medium magnetic traction, the motor and gear ratio able to overcome its down force while making its handling sweet and consistent. It also had one of the lowest Magnet Marshal readings. The upgraded Scale-Auto front-mounted motor drove Slot. It gears through a long shaft, and a pair of Slot.It bar magnets was placed just ahead of the rear wheels and on a wider location to allow for drifting, the perfect location for optimum down force. On this car, the Maxxtrac tires worked well. In the five allotted minutes for each lane, it covered 196 laps and a best lap time of 3.26 sec. It was one of the very few entries able to do better on the shorter but challenging inner lane. This car was simply a step above the others, lapping so consistently and so effortlessly that I could actually relax while driving, something a bit difficult with several of the entries that required all my attention. MM reading 283, Concours 6th, BFB 4th.
The second place car, and Bang-for-the-buck winner of Trent Koerner was a modified Joest-Porsche. It used an added Professor Motor traction magnet, Indy Grip tires and an 11-tooth Slot.It pinion that was only placed there because the factory Fly pinion was split. So fair is fair and it has not been added in the total cost. The car ran well and was again an easy driver. However, with its stock motor, it lacked the raw horsepower of the Marcos to win, at least on this track. It covered 186 laps with a best of 3.94 sec., remarkable for a rather lightly modified car. It also had the second highest recorded magnetic down force, but this did not appear to strangle the motor to any great degree. MM reading 651, concours 2nd, BFB 1st.
In third place was the Venturi V6 coupe modified by Alan Wood. This was built regardless of cost as it ended to be the most expensive car entered. It used Slot.It motor, guide and tires as well as an NSR axle kit and Professor Motor magnets, no less that three of them, round and bar. On track, it almost had a perfect balance, that is, until it began drifting, when it lost just enough magnetic traction to go into a snap-over steer. So I had to keep it within its limits, and that cost time, especially on the inner lane where I had to really nurse it. Regardless, it covered 171 laps, but remarkably was only one lap off the first-place car on the outer lane. It lost its chance for second place all on the inner lane that rewarded a judicious location of the rear magnet apparatus. MM reading 389, Concours 10th, BFB 13th.
Fourth place went to another car owned by race winner Lee Watson. This was a Joest-Porsche with minor modifications, including a Slot.It 11T pinion, a pair of FLY magnets and Indy Grip tires. Again, the cost of the replacement pinion will not be counted in the total cost as it appears that several of these models had cracked pinions straight out of the box. Altogether, the car was fine but its balance was marginal and it was simply too loose on the inner lane. Its tires lacked enough grip to overcome a relative lack of magnetic downforce. Nevertheless is ended only 1 lap from also being on the podium, with a best time of 3.76 sec. All in all, quite an achievement for the Watson team effort. MM reading 254, concours 11th, BFB 5th (tie).
Fifth on performance and the winner in concours was the first of three entries built by Kevin Fleming. This Venturi coupe decorated in Tab colors was entered for Lee's wife Brenda, who apparently is one of the diet drink's top customers. The car was named the “Polly Car” as 1/32 scale driver Polly Pocket wore no helmet to avoid disturbing her blond hairdo. Apparently, Polly has great fashion sense, since the car won the Concours, picked as the winner by two out of three judges. The Polly Car registered the highest magnetic down force and indeed was pretty stuck on the track, its stock motor unable to overcome the magnet drag that goes with all that downforce. It never came off, but simply needed more torque to get a higher placing. It managed 169 laps and a best time of 3.77 sec. MM reading 658, concours 1st, BFB 2nd.
Sixth was the Joest-Porsche entered by Brian Winters. It had lots of Slot. It parts, $105.87 worth to be exact. Motor, tires, a floating motor pod beautifully inserted into a finely detailed and cut chassis plate, a twin set of magnets, beautiful workmanship and finish, and fast enough to win‚Ä¶except for one small problem: it simply did not like drifting. And it went from solidly planted to snap over-steer immediately after the magnet gave up any hope of down force with a mild drift angle, then to under-steer that rushed it off the slot. So I had to nurse it, trying to keep as consistent as possible while actuating the controller like 200 times per lap, or so it seemed. In my final conclusion, I will explain why this car could have won, if it was not for a small detail. I tried hard but lost it a total of 3 times, losing ¬æ of a lap in the process. It covered 169 laps, missing equaling the performance of the fifth place by nearly a full lap. MM reading 603, concours 4th, BFB 12th.
Seventh place went to Priestly Mance Jr., who entered a Venturi that only received a tire change, using Maxxtrac M5s. It was also one of the cars with the least amount spent on it, the total cost of modification being $4.79. On track, it simply did not have enough down force, being fast in a straight line but difficult to manage in the corners. I had to drive it quite prudently to keep it from sliding and de-slotting, and lost lots of time doing so. Regardless, it did quite well, achieving 81 laps on the outer lane, compared to the stock, out of the box FLY model that only covered 57 laps on the same lane. Its total of 155 laps is still quite good for so little spent. MM reading 384, Concours 9th, BFB 3rd.
Eighth place was achieved by Trent Koerner's second entry. This Vodafone Joest-Porsche simply would not come off the slot as the controller was stuck in full throttle. Simply too much magnet! It had plenty of good parts, Indy-Grip tires, Slot-It and Professor Motor magnets, Slot.It gears‚Ä¶ and too much down force. It covered 153 laps, slowing down considerably on the inner lane as the minutes went by. MM reading 413, concours 5th, BFB 11th.
Ninth was the second entry by the Fleming family, a nicely painted “Pepsi” Porsche GT1 Evo. Again, very low investment in added parts, only Indy Grip tires and a FLY traction magnet. It drove nicely but was simply too loose for our short track, that demanded a perfect balance between down force and motor speed. The car covered 145 prudent laps as I tried to keep it from flying off (which it did twice). MM reading 239, concours 3rd, BFB 7th (tie)
In tenth was the third entry by Kevin Fleming. This Coca-Cola Porsche GT1 was prepared in the same manner as car # 4, and behaved in the same way. It demanded very careful driving, losing all kinds of time and requiring complete attention. Its very low cost simply was not enough to get it any higher in the race, as it had a tough time on the inner lane despite my trying everything in the book to keep it from de-slotting. I lost it no less than SIX times, but driving slower would not have achieved as many laps, so it was a calculated risk. It worked well enough. MM reading 278, concours 8th, BFB 7th (tie).
Eleventh was the Mike Garcia entry. This “Dukes” Joest-Porsche was nicely turned out and had plenty of aftermarket parts, including a Slot. It motor, SCX wheels, Slot.It tires and a drill-blank rear axle. Only one problem, Mike kept the stock magnet, and the car simply could not be driven fast in corners, as its new tires had not enough mechanical grip to overcome the lack of magnetic downforce. As soon as the car's magnet was a few degrees off the track rails, it spun. Again, careful driving was required to keep it on track and make as many laps as possible, 136 of them to be exact, the car really suffering on the inner lane. MM reading 250, concours 7th, BFB 10th.
Twelfth was the Joest-Porsche (a definite favorite of many entrants) of Voitek Dolinski. This had the least amount invested of all the entries, at a mere total cost of $1.09 over the cost of the model. It drove nicely but its stock tires simply were not up to the task and it slid all over the place. So cruising was necessary simply to keep its stock magnet from being moved off the rails by basic drift. 136 laps were covered, and I lost control a total of 5 times, probably costing it another lap. MM reading 304, concours 13th, BFB 5th.
In thirteenth spot was the entry of Lee Cummings, yet another Joest-Porsche. Maxxtrac tires and a change to Scalextric gears plus a Professor Motor magnet were the only modifications. With the lowest measured down force of all the entries on a track that cried for some, it covered 127 laps. It especially suffered on the inner lane, covering 57 laps in tip-toeing fashion. I concentrated as if I were performing a moon landing. This car was nice enough, but it just needed more downforce. MM reading 201 (lowest in the field) concours 12th, BFB 9th.
A part of the large Mura chapter in the new soon to be published “Electric Dreams” book addresses the success and failures of one of the most controversial slot car motors ever, the infamous B-can motor.
Devised by Ron Mura, Bob Lenz, and with input from John Cukras, the “B” was not what one would call a success (except maybe in the UK where it was widely used in the 1/32 scale racing classes) but today still fascinates the enthusiast.
I am not going to tell you the whole story recorded from the actual actors (that will be for you to read later) but I thought I would post a few of the many variants of this motor, manufactured or at least sold all the way through… 1975, something few really know.
So, in no particular order, here are a few pictures of some of the motors gathered over the years by Scott Bader and Yours Truly and now at the LASCM.
An original late 1968 “B” Production with comm vent, the original 16D brush holders with slot in the lead-wire terminal, and Ceramacoat armature:
Here is a two-hole Group 12 dating from 1970:
Another NCC Group 12 from late 1969 with the rectangular
A 1969 “bubblegum” with the “Ceramacoat” Team Cukras
armature and rectangular hole:
A 1972 production “B” Production with axle clearance,
produced for the UK:
This one was sold by Cobra in 1969 as a Group 15:
Another B with the two-hole pattern, built for the UK market after 1972 as proven by the end bell design. This destroys the urban legend that “B” motors were no longer produced after the introduction of the C-can motor:
Yet another B with ball bearing sold in the UK in early 1969. Note the slot in the lead-wire terminal and compare to the later motors:
One of the most famous and interesting B motors was this Long John kit with new longer magnets and Bob Green-wound arm:
Electric Dreams, one of America’s largest Internet slot car dealers, is pleased to announce the first of a new series of mail-in slot car competition events, the Electric Dreams Slot Car Challenge #1.
The event will be a competition for Fly E1801 Ferrari 250 GTO models built to a very liberal set of rules. With very few restrictions, almost any part of the car can be replaced or modified. There will be three separate competitions within the event:
Concours: The cars will be judged on overall appearance and quality of workmanship.
All-out performance: The cars will be run one at a time for two 5-minute runs on a Scalextric Sport track layout to be constructed for the event. The car with the highest lap total for the 10 minutes wins. It will not be a race, since there will only be one car on the track at a time, but will be like a car magazine comparison test in which the cars of many different tuners are tested individually to see who has built the best-performing car.
Bang For The Buck Prize: The winner will be the car determined to have achieved the best combination of a high lap total, low cost, and fewest and simplest modifications.
In each of these three competitions we will award prizes of $200 for first place, $100 for second, and $50 for third. Any entrant who can sweep all three can win a cool $600.
The contest begins April 3, 2009. All entries must be received at Electric Dreams by the close of business on July 10, 2009. The contest will be concluded and the cars on their way back to their owners by July 31, 2009.
“I’m excited about this contest,” Scott Bader, owner of Electric Dreams, commented, “because it gives slot car hobbyists with lots of different skills, interests, and budgets a good chance to win at least one of the three competitions.”
To make the contest as affordable as possible Electric Dreams is offering the Fly E1801 Ferrari 250 GTO at a special price of $39.95 for the duration of the contest or until supplies run out.
Electric Dreams Slot Car Challenge #1
Official Rules, Contest Instructions, and Information
¬¨¬®¬¨¬Æ‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö‚Ä†‚àö'Performance: The car with the highest lap total for two 5-minute runs wins.
¬¨¬®¬¨¬Æ‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö‚Ä†‚àö'Concours: The car judged to have the best overall appearance and quality of workmanship will be the winner.
¬¨¬®¬¨¬Æ‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö‚Ä†‚àö'Bang For The Buck Prize: This one goes to the car that gets the highest on-track performance at the lowest cost with the fewest and simplest modifications.
2. All cars entered must be built from a Fly E1801 car purchased from Electric Dreams during the period of the contest, which will be from April 3, 2009 to July 10, 2009. The official entry form and other paperwork for the contest will be sent with the car. Entry is free; there is no entry fee. However, you must purchase from Electric Dreams one Fly E1801 car for each car you enter in the contest. The number of entries is limited to the number of Fly E1801 cars in stock at Electric Dreams.
3. The original Fly E1801 chassis, body, windows, driver figure, and interior tub must be used but may be modified. The original wheelbase and guide lead (distance from center of rear axle to center of guide post) must remain unchanged. Only one guide is allowed but any guide may be used. Anything else may be changed. See section 5 for limitations.
4. The body must completely cover the chassis, wheels, and tires when viewed from directly above. No part of the car may be more than 2.375″ (60.325mm) wide. No part of the chassis may be visible through the cockpit (interior) of the car.
5. All parts used to modify the car must be available from Electric Dreams and must be listed on the official entry form along with their retail prices from the Electric Dreams web site. (NOTE: You do not have to buy the parts, other than the car itself, from Electric Dreams; they just have to be for sale on our web site and listed on the entry form at our retail prices.) Basic materials used, such as paint, glue, body putty, and sheet plastic do not have to be listed on the entry form and do not have to be available from Electric Dreams.
EXCEPTION: FOR THIS CONTEST THE USE OF NSR PARTS IS NOT ALLOWED. Please see the Official Contest Instructions and Information below for the reason why.
6. Each car entered must be sent with its completed official entry form and list of modifications to Electric Dreams at the address listed in the Contest Instructions and must be received no later than the close of business on July 10, 2009.
7. Upon arrival at the contest site each car will be carefully inspected and all modifications noted. The total cost of the car will be verified. The cars will be judged on appearance and workmanship and the Concours winner will be determined.
8. An experienced driver will drive each car for two 5-minute test runs on different lanes. The test drivers will be aiming for consistency over the entire run rather than the absolute fastest time for any one lap. The total number of laps completed will be recorded and the winner of the Performance competition will be determined.
9. Each car, along with its lap total, will be evaluated by one or more expert members of the Electric Dream Team to identify the winner of the Bang For The Buck Prize. The winner will be the car determined to have achieved the best combination of a high lap total, low cost, and fewest and simplest modifications.
10. The test drivers, judges, and evaluators will not be aware of the entrants’ identities. They will be given only the car and a corresponding assigned ID number.
11. Electric Dreams reserves the right to use images and descriptions of all entries for promotional purposes.
Contest Instructions and Information:
Thanks for entering the Electric Dreams Slot Car Challenge. We want you to have the best possible chance of winning, so please read these instructions and other information carefully.
The basic idea
The vehicle we have chosen for the three competitions is the Fly E1801 Ferrari 250 GTO. The object is not just to build the fastest car you can. There will actually be three separate competitions. One will be a concours competition in which all cars will be judged on appearance and workmanship. Another is for all-out performance – the car with the highest lap total wins. There will also be a competition, called the Bang For The Buck Prize (BFB), to build the fastest car with the fewest, simplest, and least expensive modifications.
This event will not be a true race, since only one car will be on the track at a time. Think of it as being like a car magazine comparison test in which you are a “tuner” and your car is tested individually against those of your competitors under the most controlled conditions possible.
With very few restrictions you can change as much or as little on the car as you want (see the rules for specifics). You can even enter a box-stock car if you think that will be the winning combination.
Concours: 1st place $200 2nd place $100 3rd place $50
Performance: 1st place $200 2nd place $100 3rd place $50
Bang For The Buck Prize: 1st place $200 2nd place $100 3rd place $50
1. Send your entry to:
3321 Jack Northrop Avenue, Bldg. 3-70
Hawthorne, CA 90250
2. Be sure to pack your car carefully with lots of packing material around it. Electric Dreams cannot be responsible for damage in shipping and besides, you’d really hate to put all that work into your car and then have it crushed by the postal system.
Please do not put your car in a plastic case for shipping. This increases the size and weight of the box needed to ship it in, and the case is much more likely to be damaged than the car is.
3. Be sure to put your filled-out Official Entry Form and List of Modifications In the box with your car. We can’t do anything without them.
4. Remember that your car has to be received by us before the entry deadline, so be sure to mail it out in plenty of time to get here by July 10.
5. The testing will be completed and the cars will be in the mail back to their owners by July 31, 2009.
The test track
The track we will use for this competition is a Scalextric Sport track with a lap length of approximately 56 feet (17m). The longest straightaway has a length of 15.5 feet (4.724m). The track has no radius 1 curves and only a few radius 4s. Each lane is powered separately by one stock Scalextric power supply via a stock power base. The track is equipped with Parma 45-ohm controllers, which will be used for all testing. Motor, magnet, and gearing choices should be made with these constraints in mind.
The track will be thoroughly cleaned before the beginning of testing and will be cleaned as needed as testing goes on to maintain the most consistent possible track conditions. Lap counting will be done with a DS timing and scoring system.
Each car entered will be judged for overall appearance and quality of workmanship. The cars will be judged while sitting on a piece of track. Any parts of the car not visible when sitting on the track will not be considered in the concours judging. Concours judging will be for appearance and workmanship only, regardless of performance, cost or complexity/simplicity.
Two 5-minute test runs, one on each lane, will determine the performance winner. The car with the highest lap total wins, regardless of any other factors.
Bang For The Buck Prize
Each car will be evaluated by the number, complexity, and cost of the modifications done to it as well as the level of skill required to do them. Cost and complexity will be considered separately. The cost of the parts used does not affect the evaluation of complexity. For instance, snapping in a $30 hopup motor would have the same complexity as snapping in a $15 motor, so both would be evaluated the same for complexity even though they raise the cost by different amounts.
Only modifications affecting on-track performance will be considered. Work done only to improve the car’s appearance for the concours competition will not affect the BFB evaluation.
Every part you change will raise your cost and every modification you make will reduce the simplicity of your car and your chances of winning the BFB. This means you will have to decide whether this set of aluminum wheels or that change in the location of the traction magnet will generate enough additional laps to make up for the extra cost and/or complexity they add to the car.
If you can make one modification serve two purposes you will be ahead of the game. For instance, if you put a set of silicone tires on the car, that will increase grip for faster cornering. If you can find a set of tires that also is a bit smaller in diameter than stock you can get the whole back of the car, including the traction magnet, closer to the track for even more grip, but that set of tires is still just one modification. But be careful you don’t get that magnet down too low, or you’ll end up with enough magnet drag on the straights to kill any gains you made in the corners. You will be making tradeoffs like this throughout the process of creating your entry for this contest.
The testing procedure
1. Each car will be inspected to ensure that it has not been damaged or otherwise adversely affected in shipping. If we detect any shipping damage we will notify the entrant immediately.
2. Each car’s tires will be cleaned thoroughly to ensure that there is no dust or other foreign substances on them. Each car will be given a short shakedown drive to ensure that it is running and to detect any problems that might cause damage to the car or the track during the official testing. The braid will be adjusted for proper contact with the track if needed following the shakedown drive. The car will then go directly to testing and no further work will be performed on it during the test.
3. Each car will be driven for 5 minutes on one lane then moved to the second lane and immediately driven for another 5 minutes. The test driver’s assignment will be to drive each car as fast as it can be driven consistently with deslotting kept to a minimum. There will be turn marshals. Sustained endurance for 10 minutes is part of the challenge. We will keep driving a car as long as it runs at all. If it quits running for any reason during the test it will be taken off the track and its lap total to that point will be its total for the test. Each car will be sent back to its owner in the same condition in which it left the track.
Keep in mind that the test driver will have driven your car only a few laps before the beginning of its official test runs. The easier and more forgiving your car is to drive fast the better it’s likely to do in the competition. (Hint: a car that tends to slide at the limit of adhesion will be a more drivable car than one that tilts.)
Q and A
Q. Why are you running the competition this way instead of as a typical proxy race?
A. There are several reasons.
¬¨¬®¬¨¬Æ‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö‚Ä†‚àö'There will be less chance of damaging the cars
¬¨¬®¬¨¬Æ‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö‚Ä†‚àö'We can control the conditions more precisely.
¬¨¬®¬¨¬Æ‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö‚Ä†‚àö'It takes fewer people to run it this way.
Q. Why the stock power packs and low-end 45-ohm aftermarket controllers?
A. This is the combination used by a very large proportion of our customers and it’s affordable enough that almost anyone can test their entry with it before sending it in. If we used expensive power supplies and controllers the relatively few people who have them on their tracks would have a big advantage. Also, one of the aims of this contest is to discover easy, low-cost speed secrets that even someone on a tight budget can afford to use.
Q. Why a Scalextric track?
A. Scalextric is the brand we sell the most of by a wide margin. Also, we have a really nice Scalextric layout available for the track testing. Future Slot Car Challenges may use different tracks.
Q. Why are you allowing magnets?
A. Most of our customers race on plastic track with magnets. Also, magnet racing allows the use of a much wider variety of parts including many less expensive parts than non-magnet racing and makes keeping the cars close to stock a more viable option, especially with a front-motor car like the Fly GTO.
A. We wanted a car that is not, relatively speaking, a great performer to begin with and has lots of potential for improvement. We also like the idea of seeing what people will do to overcome the drawbacks of the front-motor layout and a relatively bland livery. Will anybody take the plunge and move the motor aft? And, as you might have guessed, we have a supply of them on hand that we can afford to sell at a low price to make the contest as affordable as possible. By the way, don’t forget that the number of entries is limited to the number of these cars on hand at Electric Dreams, so order your car early to be sure of getting an entry.
Q. Will my track test scores affect my concours placing?
A. No. They are completely separate. The concours judging will be concerned only with the appearance and workmanship of the cars without regard to performance, cost, or simplicity/complexity. If you want you can enter two cars, one optimized to win on performance and one just to win concours, or even one for each of the three parts of the contest. Bear in mind, however, that all cars entered must be purchased from Electric Dreams during the contest and each one will go through all parts of the competition.
Q. Why limit the parts that can be used to what Electric Dreams stocks?
A. First, it levels the playing field by preventing the use of exotic or even one-off parts from obscure sources that are not readily available to all entrants. (Yes, we know there may be parts you would like to use from product lines we don’t carry, but this is the most practical and workable place to draw the line.) Second, it enables us to use our own web site as the authoritative standard for establishing the prices of items used in the contest. As pointed out already, you don’t have to buy the parts (except the car itself) from us, but you do have to list the parts you used at our prices, regardless of what you paid for them. This provides a uniform standard of comparison for all entries.
Q. Why are you banning NSR parts?
A. Only because the supply of them is so chronically sparse and erratic at present. So many of them are out of stock at any time and likely to remain that way for the duration of the contest that they create a situation in which somebody who just happens to have a certain part already might be the only one able to use it while it is unavailable to other entrants. If the NSR parts supply situation improves we will allow them where appropriate in future contests.
Q. Can I use my own unique performance parts that I make myself?
A. For this contest, at least, no. All performance-related parts used on your car must be available through the Electric Dreams web site. If we allowed one-off custom-made parts, people with high-level industrial skills and equipment would have an overwhelming advantage.
Q. I have other questions. Where can I get them answered?