Series Manager: to-be-decided @2/2/21
Period: 4Q-2021; Oct – Dec
Draft Rules – discuss options in our Forum
F1, (Formula One) is one of the most exciting motorsports, with a level of international recognition like the World Cup, Tour de-France, Olympics and British Open. It’s ancestry starts back in the 1920s as one of the European Grand Prix races, and it’s legacy of surviving world wars, pandemics etc. hints at it’s popularity. Versions of F1 GP racing paralleled the early racing scene in America during the 20s-40s, with both continents fielding race specific manufacturers, as well as being showcases for the performance capabilities of some consumer brands. The modern incarnation of F1 rules and technology were spawned in 1946-47 period, when rules were defined that allowed large-displacement (> 4 liter) naturally-aspirated engines to compete against small-displacement (< 2 liter) supercharged engines. The cigar-shaped open-wheeled bodies were adopted by Indy-500 teams, and the two have somewhat paralleled each other ever since, sometimes inspiring hot racers to cross continents and technology (not with guaranteed success!) With a total of ten international teams and therefore only twenty drivers(!) per year, the competition in both driver skill and technology is at an intense level. In the last few decades the engineering specs have become more stringent, and although engine technology is constrained by source (tends to be two) and modifications prohibited, the remaining components of the cars are often built in-house by the “manufacturers”, although they must past stringent technical specifications.
ASCC’s 2021 series celebrates an exciting period from 1986-89 when aerodynamics and power systems were bound by a range of options in an effort to increase competitiveness by reducing technology options and hence wild investments that resulted in “pricing-out” smaller privateers; while also decreasing safety risks from experimental technologies. This period was dominated by Williams and featuring legends such as Ayrton Senna, Keke Rosberg, Gerhard Berger, Alain Prost, Nelson Piquet, Nigel Mansell, Teo Fabi and others.
Austin Slot Car Club has dabbled in Formula series in the past, most notably in 2011 with a Scalextric box-stock series that proved a supreme challenge (even after expert tuning, the cars had unpredictable handling, and suffered damage to the spindly suspension, motors and other “detail” parts.) More successful series were held in 2015-16, based on the AllSlot generic, early 2000s format, formula cars; first with the fragile ABS chassis, followed in 2016 using the aluminum and carbon-fibre hybrid chassis (no longer available) from SVQ Slot. An exciting option for the 2021 series is a set of accurate 1/32 scale helmets featuring many of the 1986-89 legends and even recent stars!
Fees: $5 premium members $10 standard $15 guests.
- NSR Formula 86/89
- Stock hard cockpits Mandatory – custom heads/helmets and steering wheels Permitted!
- Body must start every race with all major parts intact including wings. Antennas, mirrors, other small parts Not-required to be replaced after crash damage.
- White Kits must be painted or otherwise made unique with colors, decals, numbers (To claim a livery, visit this link or email the series manager).
- Body screws Open-Choice (NSR OEM or smooth shank Slot.IT or NSR)
- TBD – Black (medium hardness) chassis Mandatory.
- Chassis may be sanded only enough to facilitate float. Series Manager may disqualify (DQ) car if excessive material is removed.
- NSR guides Permitted: Wood Depth/Screw Post #4859; OEM Snap-In #4841; Long Keel Screw Post #4844; Long Keel Snap-In #4843
- Motor wires and Pick-up braids – Open-Choice.
- Magnets Prohibited. Ballast Permitted; must be inside the chassis pan.
Motor & Pod
- NSR OEM Motor Mandatory King-21 EVO-3; #3023 21.4k Rpm 350gm-Torque
- NSR OEM Extra-Hard Red Inline-configuration Mandatory #1283
- M2 Motor retaining screws (flat-head or grub) Permitted and encouraged. Gluing to pod Permitted.
- Motor pod Prohibited from protruding below chassis more than 0.25mm
- NSR Crowns Permitted: OEM 27z #6327 ALTs: 24z #6324 25z #6325
- NSR Pinions Permitted: OEM 5.5mm Dia-10z #7010 ALTs: Lite #6810; 9z #7009 Lite #6809; 8z #7008 Lite #6808
- Gear Ratios – Open-choice: (@12volts) OEM Wheel-RPM = 21,400/(27/10) = 21,400/2.7 = 7,926 RWrpm
ALTs: 25/9 = 2.78 => 7,698 24/9 = 2.67 => 8,015 25/10 = 2.5 => 8,560 RWrpm
Wheels & Axles
- Front NSR wheels Permitted: OEM #5020 Alum 13mm x 8mm; ALT #5025 Plastic-CNC Ultra-Lite 13mm x 8mm
- Rear NSR wheels Permitted: OEM #5021 Air-System-Alum-2-Rib 13mm x 10mm; ALT #5027 Solid-Rib 13mm x 10mm
- Thunderslot Foam Donuts Permitted to fill Air-System Rib Gap
- NSR wheel inserts Mandatory. #5440, 41, 42, 43
- NSR Solid axles mandatory. Independent front axles prohibited.
- Stop collars, Spacers/washers Permitted & Open-Choice.
- OEM NSR brass bushings Mandatory; gluing Permitted.
- NSR Front Tires Permitted: Zero-Grip/No-Grip/No-Friction OEM #5283 18mmx10mm; #5291 17mmx10mm; #5290 16mmx8mm;
- NSR Rear Tires Permitted: OEM #5284 Supergip 19.5mmx13mm; ALTs 19.5mmx13mm #5285 Ultragrip; #5287; #5288; #5265 “Special” (Black or Red)
- Truing; Gluing; Camfered/rounded; Permitted and encouraged.
- Traction compounds Prohibited
TBD – 12 Volts
Contact Series Manager to discuss legality of your interpretations of the rules. Post questions and suggestions to the Forum NOT via emails 🙂