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Old 09-11-2009, 11:07 PM
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Tips for RealTracks success

Before you set up RealTracks:

RealTracks performs best when placed on a low pile carpet. A dense indoor outdoor carpet with a scrib backing looks and performs great with FlatTrack. It is also lightweight and is easily stored. A green to simulate grass, or tan to simulate drier areas provide the best visuals. As you progress you can place material under the carpet or track to simulate a Road Atlanta style racing experience or add slight banked or off-camber turns.

Set up a small oval:

You don’t have to use all of your track sections the first time out. Fight the urge to make a huge Road Atlanta course with bumps and hills right off, that will come later. The small oval will get you familiar with RealTracks locking system and your cars specific handling characteristics. The locking system is simplicity at its best, but does require some practice and understanding to operate it properly. Lock two pieces together and turn the track over so you can see how it locks and unlocks. Once you are familiar with it go ahead and put together a small oval. If your Track Pack has wide radius curves, use those for the corners with only 4 straights for each side for the front and backstretch. If you only have 16” radius turns, be sure to place 1 straight section between the curves on the short sides.

Take it Slow at first:

If you are racing a Kyosho dNaNo set the transmitter throttle limiter to its slowest possible setting. If you find the car is difficult to control you can reduce the steering angle also. We do not recommend the training mode. You will be able to obtain better tuning and performance by making the adjustments yourself.

Just like in real life you don’t take a racecourse at full speed just because you have a fast car. Take a few laps just crawling around the track and adjust your car to track straight. Once you car is tracking straight continue with slow laps concentrating on your racing line. Take the front and rear backstretches on the outside portion of the track, turning in so you hit the apex or inside of each corner midway through it. Keep the speed slow until you are consistently hitting your line. Try increasing the speed slightly every time you complete 20 to 30 good clean laps that you are in complete control hitting your line every time. If you are going off the track simply slow down. You should be applying smooth inputs to the controller. Beginners tend to add several quick jerky movements to get around a corner. Just remember, slow is smooth and smooth is fast. Don’t forget to practice in the opposite direction also.

Fine tune your car:

At this point, just like a real race car driver you should be getting more comfortable with your car and noticing its handling characteristics in finer detail. We will cover some of the basics such as understeer and oversteer and tire selection later. Right now we are concerned with steering travel and speed. Most of the more advanced hobby grade controllers allow adjustment not only the centering of the front wheels and the throttle neutral position but also how far left and right the front wheels turn, as well as the top speed. If you find the your car is hard to control or overly sensitive “twitchy” you may want to reduce the amount of steering travel. The car will not turn as tight but it should be easier to control. Same goes for the top speed. If the car has a unrealistic or unusable top speed dial it back and the car will be drive more smoothly and realistically. The Epoch indoor racers do not have this adjustment but they are set up well for RealTracks. The Kyosho dNaNo’s are very sensitive and very fast. You will want to turn the speed way down and adjust the steering to only what you need to take the race course.

Time to pick up the speed:

As you become more proficient you will feel and hear as the car comes close to it’s cornering limits. RealTracks hard asphalt simulated surface allows you to hear most tire compounds as they begin to break traction. When you hear what sounds like a low chattering sound that means your tires are beginning to break traction and sliding. At this point you are beginning to scrub off speed. You want to drive either right before this or just on it. You will find that easing into the corners with less steering input can provide a faster turn without chatter opposed to just slamming the wheel over and sliding through the whole turn scrubbing off speed.

Advance to simple L layout:

Once you have gained experience on oval you can advance to a simple L. You can mix your wide and standard radius curves if you like. Your optimum racing lines will be more complex in order to properly set up the corners. The same “take it slow at first” principles apply. Only increase your speed after 20 to 30 clean laps that you are in complete control and hit your optimum racing line consistently.

Build to a bigger course:

Now is the time to get creative by adding more sections a little at a time. Start by adding an S turn or chicane. Try to keep 180-degree corners wide at first by either using wide radius curves or using a 5.3” or 10.6” short straights between turn sections. Just take it slow when adding sections. Only add sections once you are proficient on each course.

Track and Tire maintenance:

Just like a real race track, Realtracks should be kept clean. When the track is new it may still contain some static electricity from manufacturing and it will attract dust and dirt. This will subside in a few days. Dirt and dust on the racetrack as well as on the tires will affect performance. If your track or carpet in your runoff area is dirty the tires will pick it up and require more frequent cleaning. A quick vacuuming or dusting as needed is usually all that is required. Take a few seconds cleaning the tires every few hundred laps to keep the cars gripping well, just like a pit stop. Sometimes when the track is new or even over time depending on the environment the surface may feel slippery. Generally glass cleaners work well to clean RealTracks. Do not use any products with oil in them such as orange glow or many furniture cleaners. You can use some rubbing alcohol on a paper towel and give the surface a quick wipe down. Tires are quickly cleaned with a moist paper towel or the cleaner of your choice.

Get in the RealTracks mindset and have fun.

RealTracks is not about driving around an unrealistic track at unrealistic speeds. It’s about immersing yourself in a realistic driving experience. RealTracks allows you to slow things down to scale speeds on scale tracks with scale handling. You will find yourself feeling as though you are watching a real race car take a real race course that you are controlling. RealTracks has opened up the world of RC Racing to the new experience of scale RC racetracks, just like slot car enthusiasts have done for years. It is a chance for RC’ers to venture into other modeling disciplines such as making buildings, garages, flag towers, fences and barriers, and of course, terrain complete with trees and shrubs. And we can’t forget wiring tracks lights. With the popularity of the dNaNo we are seeing slot car racers coming over to RC to make their own much more realistic scale layouts with RealTracks.

So what are you waiting for?

Get off the floor, Get on the track, Get on the RealTracks
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Old 07-25-2010, 05:15 PM
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Thanks for this great tip
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