If idle hands are the devil's playground, idle engineers are a field day of awesome. Gareth Jones is a mechanical engineer with a penchant for slot cars, and when his child grew to an age to appreciate scale cars whirring around a plastic track, he did what any responsible father would do: he went out and bought a new Scalextric set. While Jones found the new cars to be much more detailed and accurate than the models he had known from the '70s, he was frustrated to find models like a '69 Dodge Charger handled just as well as an F1 car. At some point, he decided to right that wrong on his lunch breaks.

Using some rapid prototyping equipment and a few CAD drawings, Jones whipped up a chassis that would allow the bodies to actually lean in a corner. Still unsatisfied, the engineer designed a unique steering system that allows the wheels to look like they actually turn in a corner. Throw in some clever interiors and a custom-designed 1972 Cadillac limo, and you've got all the elements of a great scale electric chase from the '70s. Check out the videos below for a closer look. The A-Team, Starsky and Hutch and the Blues Brothers all make an appearance.

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      • 2 Years Ago
      SO. DAMN. COOL. I must has. Immediately. Next up: Tiny sway bars :)
      • 2 Years Ago
      That plus this http://www.autoblog.com/2012/10/03/audi-creates-custom-a4-slot-car-track-w-video/.
      • 2 Years Ago
      loved this. congratulations to the guy who realized that good handling is what makes slot car racing so crappy. possibly a bit lead weight in the tail will complete the process.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Lovin' the music from Driver in the first 2 videos.
      Mr E
      • 2 Years Ago
      great idea! this guy could make a fortune. then, he could also sell upgrades that people can buy to get the cars to handle like they do without all the fancy suspensions :)
      Dark Gnat
      • 2 Years Ago
      @ 2:56 - BluesMobile!!!!
      • 2 Years Ago
      That is Awesome! Well one, very well done.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Awesome. I'd love to film it with a high-speed camera so we can really see the dynamics.
      Chase Cars
      • 2 Years Ago
      Glad you liked it! Driving these cars is a whole new experience, you don't worry about fastest lap times any more, just how much space you can get between the rear tyre and wheelarch Gareth Jones chase-cars.com
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is just awesome. My suggestion for their next car movie: Bullitt.