• Jun 29th 2007 at 3:09PM
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It probably takes considerable effort to get funding and engineering for a vehicle that can break the land-speed record or 458 mph. To achieve such a speed at 1/32 scale, you only need James May and 45 English Scalextric slot car fans. Just past the jump, you can see a terrific video that May put together on the history of the scale car, which goes all the way back to the 1930s with the British Dinky brand. After getting you up to speed on all gravity-based scale models, May settled on electrified slot cars. To make the story interesting, May rented out an airplane hanger and laid out 150 feet of track and then proceed to time car after car to see if it could beat the land speed record at 1/32 scale. As it turns out, the record was easily beaten, and speeds of almost 700 scale mph were achieved. Check it out.

[Source: Jalopnik]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      Pretty entertaining video!
      • 8 Years Ago
      700 scale mph ??

      Someone explain to me how to scale time.

        • 8 Years Ago
        I suspect the slot car went 700 scale miles in a full sized hour.
        While they can hardly be called scale, the larger '1/24 scale', winged slot cars can approach a real 100 miles an hour on the main straight-of-way of a King track running qualifying voltage.
        Do the math - that means they are approaching 2400 scale miles an hour.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Does anyone know the tv series or specials that these little snippets from May are appearing on?

      I'd love to find the full episodes
        • 8 Years Ago
        This particular segment is from a 2005 Christmas special called "James May's Top Toys". It's quite good.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'd say.. we know they're not Top Gear.

      Thanks Will!
      • 8 Years Ago
      The world record R/C car was a lithium polymer powered 1/10 that did just over 130mph, so scale speeds are 1300 mph.
      • 8 Years Ago
      These are coming from TOP GEAR it is on the BBC
        • 8 Years Ago
        This segment wasn't taken from Top Gear. I've seen every episode of Top Gear that has been aired and this wasn't one of them. Also Top Gear is currently off the air until the Fall. Just because it has James May in it doesn't mean it's Top Gear, all three of the boys frequently go off and do their own specials and shows.
        • 8 Years Ago
        No, they are coming from James May's Top Toys, not Top Gear.

      • 8 Years Ago
      he stole the end from Oceans Eleven...
      but loved the whole segment
      • 8 Years Ago
      awesome post, sure made me take out my set of slot cars :)
      • 8 Years Ago
      here's something i thought of in terms of maximizing scale speed.

      If you take a golf ball with a globe printed on it (i've got one), and take a driver to it, that should give you a crazy scaled velocity.
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