2017 BTCC Series rules discussion

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  • #10358
    Autorama
    Autorama
    Keymaster

    All,

    2017 BTCC Series rules have been posted and are up for discussion: https://austinslotcarclub.com/2017-racing-series/2017-btcc-series/

    Please let me know if I missed a car from the approved list. If you would like to add or change something, please give a reason for the modification.

    #10435
    Radial TA
    Radial TA
    Participant

    What I have observed this year is that there are not any penalties for body screws falling on the track during races and I was told there is no need for taping screws.

    Wings also are not treated as proposed.  We could change the rule as shown to reflect recent practice:

    • Wings must always be in place at the beginning of the first heat for that car. If a wing becomes detached from a car, the race will not stop for a wing incident.  The car may run the car’s next heat without the wing, or upon the request of the car’s driver, an additional 2 minutes between heats will be granted for repairs, but the car must run without a wing if the repairs fail.
    #10439
    chapracer65
    chapracer65
    Participant

    I call dibs on this Honda:

    #10440
    Radial TA
    Radial TA
    Participant

    I would also like a Honda and would do a paint modification to distinguish my car.  However, is one of the BTCC Scalextric cars better than the rest, or worse than the rest, based on dimensions?  I have checked the dimensions of the stock cars, not accounting for replacement parts, on the internet, and found the following mm or grams:

    Honda L=131; H=40; WB=82; FT=58; RT=58; Weight=74

    BMW  L=136; H=42; WB=83.5; FT=58; RT=59; Weight=70

    VW      L=150; H=42; WB=85; FT=58; RT=58; Weight=81

    MG     L=146; H=42; WB=85; FT=58; RT=59; Weight=72

    #10442
    BarkingSpyder
    BarkingSpyder
    Participant

    Great questions Randy!  I am curious on the gurus ideas on the models – I would guess that lower and wider and lighter are a good baseline (e.g. MG, BMW), but  curious about the wheelbase effect (e.g. are the MG and VW prone to fish-tail b/c of their length and wheelbase?)

    The issues about the screw and wing rules is a recurring one. I agree that we should either – enforce them or re-write them or delete them (note we seem to arbitrarily enforce them on a case by case basis. These rules are rather verbose esp. since they rarely result in hazard penalties.) We should discuss these in a future monthly meeting.

    ... Fire up the willing engine, responding with a roar! Tires spitting gravel, I commit my weekly crime... Rush - Red Barchetta

    #10453
    Butch
    Butch
    Participant

    Ill try this one

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    #10510
    Radial TA
    Radial TA
    Participant

    I bought the red and white insurance MG and a shapeways slot.it chassis Sunday.  I hope to amend the livery to a Scotland theme adding blue words and a flag in various places.

    #10531
    Mitleid
    Mitleid
    Keymaster

    If we are doing the whole dib thing I just ordered this car 

    "If everything seems under control you're just not going fast enough" - Mario Andretti

    #10560
    Autorama
    Autorama
    Keymaster

    Wheels rules need to be checked. Self reminder.

    #10561
    Radial TA
    Radial TA
    Participant

    When the wheel and tire sizes are updated, please list the makes and models of wheels and tires and the vendors who have those available.  I’m not finding hubless wheels in a size I guess is correct and the same as the stock scaly wheels.

    #10568
    turboman93
    turboman93
    Participant

    Are we changing back to a 15.8mm wheel?  The rules need to get updated so we can get parts in.

    #10579
    Autorama
    Autorama
    Keymaster

    Changing rules to allow 15.8 to 16.5mm wheels.

    Have not made my mind regarding tires but I’m leaning towards not allowing Slot.it’s zero grips — too wide.

    Ary.

    #10581
    turboman93
    turboman93
    Participant

    Wouldn’t that be up to the series manager to decide?

    #10677
    Autorama
    Autorama
    Keymaster

    Rules updated: Minimum tire width is 8mm.

    #10714
    turboman93
    turboman93
    Participant

    I have a question about filing the body on the MG6.  As you can see in the pictures, there are 2 tabs that protrude from the bottom of the body under the trunk.  On the factory Scalextric chassis, there are 2 slots for those to sit in.  The Shapeways chassis from Slot.it doesn’t have these slots and thus the chassis will not sit correctly under the body.  Can I cut these tabs on the body off to all for the chassis to fit under the car properly?

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