The Finnish aren't known for their high-energy personas, and we thought it might be because they save their adrenaline dumps for rally cars and snowmobiles. Turns out they also like to let their slot cars showcase hidden Type A personalities.

At a place called Autorataharrastajat ry, some very serious racers run slot cars at barely watchable speeds on an eight-lane track. It looks like some sort of scaled-up atomic experiment at the Large Hadron Collider and sounds like Transformers. We're not actually sure if this is the world's fastest slot car action, but it certainly looks like it could be. The video's after the jump, skip to 0:55 to bypass the preparation and go straight to million-mile-per-hour action.



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      Justin B.
      • 2 Years Ago
      These cars need LED's. Imagine that light show!
      vripper
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'd like to see the Kentucky Derby announcer keep up with this.
      Blackstar
      • 2 Years Ago
      Who needs the Hadron Collider? They could have just used this.
      sc0rch3d
      • 2 Years Ago
      just guessing...the track is maybe 100 feet long and i think the times flashing on the PC were around 2 (assuming seconds). slot cars traveling what.....35 mph? damn that's fast for an object weighing probably a couple of grams. couldn't help but crack up when the camera sticks on the guy following his car around the track.
        Agilis
        • 2 Years Ago
        @sc0rch3d
        +1 I thought the same thing and could not stop laughing. The head and neck of the guys following the cars was like watching a cat follow a laser.
      vripper
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'd like to see the Kentucky Derby announcer keep up with this.
      dtrump_21
      • 2 Years Ago
      wow
      ghetto2315
      • 2 Years Ago
      I guess this is the Dungeons & Dragons of the auto world...?
      chirowolf
      • 2 Years Ago
      how the heck would you keep track of your car? How do you time the throttle? Everything looked like a blur to me, but the racers seemed to know what was going on.
        NightFlight
        • 2 Years Ago
        @chirowolf
        You can't, it would be nearly impossible!
        NoWorkDay.com
        • 2 Years Ago
        @chirowolf
        at one point you can see the cars very well in the beginning.They have big side spoilers and a huge rear spoiler that keeps them on the track. On the front is so called ski, tires are usually covered with a special glue type of "liquid" that also plays a big role on how well the cars stay on track. In this class if you fail to stay on track you will loose lot of time and sometimes you can see these cars literally fly off the track.
        Agilis
        • 2 Years Ago
        @chirowolf
        Might not be that big of a blur in person. Remember, frame rate of the recorded video always comes into play when it comes to these types of videos.
      Skicat
      • 2 Years Ago
      The first slotcar boom hit Northern California in the mid 60s when I was 10. There was a place in SF the size of a Home Depot that had scale replicas of Daytona, LeMans, Monza and other famous tracks, plus drags strips. If your car went off the banking on some of those tracks, you might have to walk 20 yards to find it, and it might be in pieces. Lots of fun back then. I remember carrying my call and all it's gear in a tackle box, and putting lighter fluid on the tires to make them stickier.
      zambono
      • 2 Years Ago
      broken fingers, ready GO
      BLSully
      • 2 Years Ago
      Has no one here seen real 'hobbyist' slot car tracks? There are plenty of tracks like this to be found in the US if you look around. Their numbers are decreasing, but there are a couple in the Chicago area at least. I was never really into them much myself, preferring R/C cars, but they /are/ fun, and yes, insanely fast
      SloopJohnB
      • 2 Years Ago
      Not only that, but these cars don't have any front wheels!!!! They're held on by air pressure and the front slot plus sponge rubber wheels. It's more a case of endurance and how long the motors can last.....
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