Project Build Part 3 Audi DTM

Project build part 3 adding digital chip c7005 was somewhat of a success. I was able to prove that it is possible to put one of these chips in a 1:43 car. With that being said I ran into some issues that I didn’t foresee.

This small car has trouble crossing over the change lane track. It engages the lane change switch with no problem at the press of a button, but once it tries to change lanes it gets stuck. The guide is really small under the car so when it tries to slide over into the next lane it can’t. I tried to modify the track guide a little but didn’t want to risk messing up an expensive track for a $15 car.

The other issue with this project build part 3 is the car isn’t as fast anymore. The Audi is running around half the speed. It’s fast enough for training a young racer on slot cars but not for someone advanced. I may at some point take it back apart and see if I can fix the speed but right now it’s not a big deal to me.

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Audi Project Build 1:43 Part 2

Project Build Part 2 Audi DTM 1:43

Project Build Part 2 started today on the orange Audi DTM.  I was a little surprised to see there’s a lot of space to work with inside this car.  The engine in the car is very small and there’s no unnecessary wiring.

I’m going to turn this car digital so it can change lanes and run on any lane.  To do this I’m going to use Scalextric chip c7005.  I’ve done this multiple times on Fly 1:32 cars but never on a Carrera 1:43.

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The car and and chip were purchased on eBay

Project Build Audi Non DPR Chip

My love with Carrera 1/43 cars is huge, these little cars pack some punch on a big track.  To take my love to the next level with these cars I’m going to try a project build.  Putting in a Scalextric non dpr chip to make one of these cars digital would be awesome.

There’s not a lot of space inside of these small cars.  I’m really concerned with the chip getting a little hot in such a small space.  Since these cars are on the low end of the cost scale this project build is worth the risk.  The car price is about $20 + another $20 for a chip if it works I’m still below the price of a digital 1/32 car with a chip installed.

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BMW DTM 1/43

Solarbeam Mercedes AMG

Solarbeam is one of my favorite little cars to play with. This little car is zippy, and gets to speed pretty quick. In addition this little car can be hard to handle on corners. That’s truly one of things that makes this car fun. It will test your driving abilities to see if you have enough skill to push the boundaries.

The back end of the Solarbeam likes to come off the track. I don’t know if that’s due to magnet position or this little car is just too fast.

I call this car zippy because when you give it power it makes a zip noise.

Haribo AMG GT3

Haribo Mercedes-AMG GT3

Haribo Mercedes seems to be a little wider in the front compared to other 1/43 Carrera cars. This is one of the features of it being based off the AMG.

I have one other 1/43 AMG Mercedes and what they have in common is the suction they maintain around the track. While they won’t fly off the track the suction kind of slows them down. I don’t know if it’s the magnet or the wing that creates the suction.

Haribo Mercedes has a little more detail than most of these small cars. The quality seems to be just a smidge better. It could be since the car is black it appears to be more detailed.

Audi RS 5 DTM Carrera Slot Car

Audi RS is one sweet racing car with bright yellow and green color. The complete car is covered in a cool green graphic and fades in yellow. Shaeffler is on the hood, doors and roof which tells who the advertisement represents.

DTM designed slot cars run very well due to their weight coupled with the magnet positioning. Depending upon track size there’s a good chance you’ll be able to get this car up to top speed.

Ruggedness of the Audi RS 5 is perfect for kids in addition to adults. The only small parts are the mirrors but they are connected pretty strong. The rear spoiler seems to be attached in a manner that it would take a really hard crash for it to come off.

Audi RS 5 Front
Audi RS 5 DTM Front View

BMW M4 DTM Review

BMW M4 DTM Carrera Slot Car

BMW M4 runs soft which allows for very little noise. Weight to power ratio is well balanced thus causing this car to be a real track competitor. The magnet position allows this car to be very smooth as it cruises around the track.

Red, white, black and blue are the primary colors for the BMW M4. The logos are great looking replicas to the real thing in addition number positioning on the window.

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McLaren Honda MP4 30 F1 Slot Car

McLaren Honda F1 on a small scale means a very quick and responsive slot car. Like all F1 cars their lowness to the ground allows them to conquer any track. They tend to show their true advantage on tracks with many curves.

The styling of this car is a little boxy and nothing fancy like the Red Bull F1. There are a few advertisements listed on the car such as Mobile 1, Honda, Hilton, CNN, SAP, Pirelli, and Segafredo.

These little Carreras have a little bit of a rough ride. Sounds like a train on tracks instead of a slot car. The sound is probably from the strength of the magnet keeping it on the track.

McLaren Honda Left Angle
1/43 McLaren Honda F1 Carrera Slot Car

Ford Mustang 67 Carrera Racing Red

Ford Mustang 67 with red racing strips and a mean stance. A beautiful car that feels a little bulky when it’s unpackaged but once this beast touches the track everything changes. Handling is very smooth on straight aways however backend movement can be a little of an issue but for the most part magnet position is good.

Graphic details on this American Muscle car are fairly nice. Two white racing stripes with black outlines make this Ford Mustang 67 car desirable. The stripes go from the front hood all the way to the trunk lid like the real thing. Mustang is listed on both sides underneath the doors which give a classic feel. Custom license plate “PONYYYY” is displayed on the back between the dual exhaust pipes.

Mustang emblems are shown in their correct positions. The grill, side panels, and trunk lid house them. Hood and back fender display ventilation openings which give the feel of the car being cooled.

Ford Mustang 67 Left Side

Read More About Carrera 1/43 Cars

GT Contest Good Starter Track

GT Contest is a good starter track for any level of slot car enthusiast. Track layout is an oval or figure eight. The two cars are very hard plastic thus not easy to break.

The track is compatible with any Carrera 1:43 slot car. Track pieces easily fit together and disconnect quickly. There’s no difficult locking mechanisms on the tracks.

I run these cars on a Scalextric digital track in analog mode. Since the cars are small it’s easy to get them up to speed quickly.

Magnets are strong in each car making it hard for them to lose traction.

GT Corvette Front

GT Corvette Rear

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GT Ferrari Side Left

GT Ferrari Front

GT Ferrari Right

GT Ferrari Back

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