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    This was various news sites today!
    - Scalextric Jaguar E TypesARE CLASSIC CAR EV CONVERSIONS POINTLESS?


    I have realised there is a cheaper alternative to the EV classic car and they electric as well.

    Ben Tullett posted in TODAY'S TOP NEWS
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    Like most petrol heads I am against the converting of classic cars, but I have realised these converting companies have wasted their time and money doing it as there is already a huge range of electric classic cars out their that are cheaper, but slightly scaled down and are fun whatever the weather. I am in fact talking about slot cars and remote controlled cars as you can buy a whole host of classics produced by various manufacturers and unlike the real car you can speed, race and if you are of a legal age where drinking alcohol can be consumed you can drive them slightly tipsy .

    Slot cars are one of the most affordable ways of buying a EV classic as Scalextric, SCX, Nico, Carrera and other slot car manufacturers already produce a array of classics including the original mini, VW Beetle, VW Split screen van, Jaguar E Type, Ford Mustang and many other classics. The average (non digital) complete set with cars can cost around £130 mark in the UK and is a bit more expensive for the Digital control sets. The cars themselves range from £41-£50 depending on the manufacturer who produces the model (Already this is looking cheaper than buying the battery and motor for the electric car conversion). There are also other great past models that were brought out in the past that can be played, me and my brother have the original mini Scalextric brought out in the 1960's and it still runs. Another great thing is you can maintain them easily and you can tune them up at a fraction of a cost and they don't suffer with range limitations as the power is always plugged in at the wall in the house.

    Remote control classic vehicles are also available and you can buy them as fully electric, these however do suffer with range issues but are still huge fun and still cost less than a classic car conversion. A good example here is the Tamiya Ford Escort MK2 rally car kit this is around £175 which includes everything to assemble the car including the motor, the only separate item required to buy extra is the remote control which would most likely be a extra £100. This is all still cheaper than a classic electric car conversion and just as fun. You can buy other models of classic cars from other suppliers and they all vary in price.

    As I said at the start these can be driven at high speed, at all ages and driven if you are a adult and have been drinking a bit of beer over a evening. With a electric classic you wouldn't be able to drive one on the road at highspeed unless you book a expensive track day and you wouldn't be able to drive them slightly over the limit from the pub. Also these make great Christmas and birthday presents.

    Thanks for reading. please comment below if you enjoyed the article and if you would buy one of these over a classic car conversion.

    Last edited by Racer1h; December 13, 2020, 09:55 AM.

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    I'm not into European classics, but the topic gets me thinking about remakes of the cars I grew up liking. If I could get an authentic looking mid 50's to mid 60's Ford or Mercury with all new electric running gear underneath I just might go for it. Yes, there would need to be some sort of electronic way to recreate that throaty V8 sound, but I'm sure that can already be done.

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    • Model Murdering
      Model Murdering commented
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      So a quality set of speakers instead of a pair of Flowmasters ... ? Just kill me now Matt, LOL

      Thanx, Bill

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    Yup, I have plenty of electric classics.....we all do.
    And classic racing cars we could never afford otherwise!

    ​​​​​​Slothead - there are lots of models on Thingiverse of 50s and 60s cars.....a 3DP s mid century station wagon proxy is definitely possible. .
    Get a sound file for the timing software and I am sure you can arrange it.
    Come Race at The Trace!
    Timberline Trace International Raceway - SW of Mpls, MN

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    • slothead
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      The idea of a slot car having a quality speaker in it that emits the sound that 1:1 car would make is intriguing. That would be better than having the sound come from a central location. Digital model railroad engines have been doing this for quite some time so it's certainly possible.

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    Originally posted by slothead View Post
    I'm not into European classics, but the topic gets me thinking about remakes of the cars I grew up liking. If I could get an authentic looking mid 50's to mid 60's Ford or Mercury with all new electric running gear underneath I just might go for it. Yes, there would need to be some sort of electronic way to recreate that throaty V8 sound, but I'm sure that can already be done.
    I don't know where I read it, but just within the last few days I saw a "blurb" somewhere stating that someone is getting an electric conversion
    together for you classic 1:1 hotrod.

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    • slothead
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      I know this would be considered a crime against nature by purists, but to have a great looking ride with none of the issues associated with restoring the mechanical part of a 60 year old car would be tempting. Have an authentic looking engine up front while the car is actually powered by independent electric motors mounted on each of the rear wheels. Heck, I guess in some cases it could even be AWD.

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    No need to rebuild 80 year old mechanics in those hot rods. Replace it with modern mechanics, you get the noise, the power and the reliability of the last 10-30 years. . Click image for larger version

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      It's not an E-Type if it doesn't leak oil...

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      442 stands for 4bbl 4spd and dual exhaust
      Just sayin
      Dave
      Peterborough Ont
      CANADA

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      • #8
        I need the noise. Nothing like a burbling V8 and smoke pouring off the rear tires to tell my neighbors I'm home.

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          Yeah! That's what I keep saying to myself about electric cars. I need a "normal" engine to feel, regardless of what source makes the car go. Ya know, with all the obnoxious a-holes with stupid loud, ground shaking speakers in their crappy cars, surely we can make a sound effect that makes electric cars feel less dweeby. And also hang all the a-holes up by their- no, they don't have those, do they?

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