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What Are Slot Cars & How Do They Work? June 27, 2019

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What Are Slot Cars & How Do They Work?, Jacksonville, Arkansas

Slot car racing is a hobby that was invented more than a century ago and reached the height of its popularity in the 1960s and ‘70s. Decades later, it’s gaining traction once again among auto enthusiasts and people of all ages who enjoy speed and friendly competition. These miniature scale model racecars are equipped with electrical contacts that power them around a grooved track. If you’re interested in picking up the hobby, here’s what you need to know. 

A Beginner’s Guide to Slot Cars 

Components of a Slot Car 

Slot cars are intricately designed to ensure optimal performance on simulated racetracks. The body is a solid piece of plastic that is molded to fit over the chassis. There’s an electric motor, positioned either at the front, middle, or rear of the car, which is what moves the vehicle along the track. They have an axle to attach the wheels and magnets to keep the car on the rail. Copper wires or steel braids are added to give the vehicle energy, and gearboxes help control acceleration and speed. 

Fundamentals of Slot Car Racing

slot carsSlot car racetracks are plastic with two steel rails running down each lane. When the vehicle’s electrical contacts pick up the electricity from the rail, it’s powered forward. Cars are controlled by a handheld controller that filters in voltage amount when a greater speed is desired. Thus, unlike other toy cars, racing slot cars requires some driving skill. They must be methodically maneuvered around corners and steep inclines to keep them from flying off the track. 


If you’re intrigued by slot car racing and are ready to start or add to your own collection, you can find everything you need at Rail & Sprue Hobbies. They carry a full inventory of HO slot cars from the AFX and Auto World lines. Located in Jacksonville, AR, the shop also offers a broad selection of model trains, toys, and figurines, and consistently receives new products to ensure their customers are able to get what they’re looking for. Visit the website for more information on their current inventory or call (501) 982-6836 to speak to a helpful associate today.