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New Airfix tyres for the Airfix Formula 1 Hi Speed cars

These new tyres are direct replacements for the original tyres fitted to the classic Airfix cars listed below, see above image. They are available in MAX Grip versions. Front of Airfix Formula 1 Hi Speed cars.
The new hand made MAX Grip tyres are unique to Scalextric Car Restorations and give the absolute maximum in performance at all times. Cornering and acceleration will all be at their maximum with these tyres. They give the very best performance possible on all track surfaces at all times. Simply put we have not yet discovered a better tyre for grip and race performance.
The MAX Grip tyres are hand moulded from 29 Shore A hardness rubber which is a very high grip material.
The tyres are smooth treaded and have a smooth tyre sidewall.
Dimension
Size (mm)
Outside Diameter
18.0
Inside Diameter
12.0
Overall Width
7.0
 MAX Grip Airfix slot car tyres
Ref.
Description
Fitment
5142 Honda RA 273 – Hi Speed Front
5143 Eagle Westlake – Hi Speed Front
5197 Matra MS10 – Hi Speed Front
5198 BRM – Hi Speed Front
5300 Indy Novi Ferguson – Hi speed Front
MAX Grip Airfix slot car tyres from Scalextric Car Restorations
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New Rear tyres for the Airfix Vintage F1 cars

These new tyres are direct replacements for the original tyres fitted to the classic Airfix cars listed below, see above image. They are available in MAX Grip versions. Airfix cat. no. 5083 / 40. Airfix Vintage F1 Continental cars.
The new hand made MAX Grip tyres are unique to Scalextric Car Restorations and give the absolute maximum in performance at all times. Cornering and acceleration will all be at their maximum with these tyres. They give the very best performance possible on all track surfaces at all times. Simply put we have not yet discovered a better tyre for grip and race performance.
The MAX Grip tyres are hand moulded from 29 Shore A hardness rubber which is a very high grip material.
The tyres are smooth treaded and have a smooth tyre sidewall. The word “Continental” is written on one tyre sidewall.
Dimension
Size (mm)
Outside Diameter
24.0
Inside Diameter
14.5
Overall Width
6.5
 MAX Grip Airfix slot car tyres
Ref.
Description
Fitment
5070 Auto Union C-Type 1930s Rear
5071 Mercedes W125 Rear
5104 Maserati 1930s Rear
MAX Grip Airfix slot car tyres from Scalextric Car Restorations

New front tyres for the Airfix Vintage F1 cars

These new tyres are direct replacements for the original tyres fitted to the classic Airfix cars listed below, see above image. They are available in MAX Grip versions. Airfix cat. no. 5083 / 50. Airfix Vintage F1 Continental cars.
The new hand made MAX Grip tyres are unique to Scalextric Car Restorations and give the absolute maximum in performance at all times. Cornering and acceleration will all be at their maximum with these tyres. They give the very best performance possible on all track surfaces at all times. Simply put we have not yet discovered a better tyre for grip and race performance.
The MAX Grip tyres are hand moulded from 29 Shore A hardness rubber which is a very high grip material.
The tyres are smooth treaded and have a smooth tyre sidewall. The word “Continental” is written on the tyre sidewalls.
Dimension
Size (mm)
Outside Diameter
20.0
Inside Diameter
12.0
Overall Width
5.0
 MAX Grip tyres for Airfix slot cars
Ref.
Description
Fitment
5070 Auto Union C-Type 1930s Front
5071 Mercedes W125 Front
5103 Vanwall 1950s F1 Front
5104 Maserati 1930s Front
5196 Maserati 1950s F1 Front
MAX Grip Airfix slot car tyres from Scalextric Car Restorations.

New Airfix tyres for the Airfix F1 cars and “Hi Speed” cars

These new tyres are direct replacements for the original tyres fitted to the classic Airfix cars listed below, see above image. They are available in MAX Grip versions. Airfix cat. no. 5083 / 10. Rear of classic Airfix F1 cars.
The new hand made MAX Grip tyres are unique to Scalextric Car Restorations and give the absolute maximum in performance at all times. Cornering and acceleration will all be at their maximum with these tyres. They give the very best performance possible on all track surfaces at all times. Simply put we have not yet discovered a better tyre for grip and race performance.
The MAX Grip tyres are hand moulded from 29 Shore A hardness rubber which is a very high grip material.
The tyres are groove treaded and have a smooth tyre sidewall. The word “Dunlop” is written on the tyre sidewalls.
Dimension
Size (mm)
Outside Diameter
21.5
Inside Diameter
13.0
Overall Width
6.0
 Airfix slot car tyres
Ref.
Description
Fitment
5140 Ferrari 250LM – Hi speed Rear
5141 Porsche Carrera 6 – Hi speed Rear
5150 Cooper F1 Rear
5151 Ferrari F1 (Shark nose) Rear
5152 Lotus 24 F1 Rear
5192 Porsche F1 Rear
5199 Ford 3 litre GT – Hi speed Rear
MAX Grip Airfix slot car tyres from Scalextric Car Restorations

New Airfix tyres for the Airfix saloon cars, “Hi Speed cars” and Airfix F1 cars

These new tyres are direct replacements for the original tyres fitted to the classic Airfix cars listed below, see above image. They are available in MAX Grip versions. Airfix cat. no. 5083 / 20. Airfix saloon cars and front of Airfix F1 cars.
The new hand made MAX Grip tyres are unique to Scalextric Car Restorations and give the absolute maximum in performance at all times. Cornering and acceleration will all be at their maximum with these tyres. They give the very best performance possible on all track surfaces at all times. Simply put we have not yet discovered a better tyre for grip and race performance.
The MAX Grip tyres are hand moulded from 29 Shore A hardness rubber which is a very high grip material.
The tyres are groove treaded and have a smooth tyre sidewall. The word “Dunlop” is written on the tyre sidewalls.
Dimension
Size (mm)
Outside Diameter
20.0
Inside Diameter
12.0
Overall Width
5.0
 MAX Grip Airfix slot car tyres
Ref.
Description
Fitment
5068 Sunbeam Rapier Front Rear
5069 Ford Zodiac Front Rear
5093 Ford Lotus Cortina – kit Front Rear
5140 Ferrari 250LM – Hi speed Front
5141 Porsche Carrera 6 – Hi speed Front
5150 Cooper F1 Front
5151 Ferrari F1 (Shark nose) Front
5152 Lotus 24 F1 Front
5166 Ford Lotus Cortina Front Rear
5167 Jaguar E-type Front Rear
5192 Porsche F1 Front
5199 Ford 3 litre GT – Hi speed Front
Airfix slot car Max Grip tyres from Scalextric Car Restorations

Magnets in Scalextric motors

Keeping the Scalextric motors at their best by keeping the magnet strong

Introduction
The electric motor in all Scalextric cars produced to date uses a 3 pole wire wound armature and a permanent magnetic field. Over the years 3 general types of magnet has been used, in the 1960 a ferrous (Iron based) block magnet was used then from the 1970s two shaped magnets have been used. More recently some high performance motors have been produced using the stronger shaped neodymium magnet.
This article relates to the earlier ferrous block magnet as fitted to the RX motorPowersledge motor and the Formula Junior motor.
How a motor works
A motor works by having two magnetic fields attract / repel one another, just like two block magnets do. In a motor one magnetic field comes from the ferrous block magnet and one from the electrical current flowing in the wire windings. Therefore the stronger the magnetic field from the ferrous block magnet the more torque the motor will produce. The electric current is switched from winding to winding by the commutator as the armature rotates.
Magnetism
In any non magnetic ferrous material the spins of the electrons in the atoms of the material are randomised giving equal numbers of “up spin” and “down spin”. It’s the spin of the electrons that create the magnetic field. When the ferrous material is placed in a strong magnetic field the electrons all align so they spin in the same direction producing an overall magnetic field. The material has become magnetised.
However, the magnetised material is in a higher state of energy compared to non magnetic material. This means a ferrous block magnet will lose its magnetic effect when it can. To maintain the magnetic effect of a ferrous block magnet the magnet must be kept in a tight magnetic loop. This is why magnets when not being used use a “keeper”. A “keeper” is a piece of magnetically conductive material that keeps the magnetic field in a fixed ferrous loop.
Magnets in motors
In a Scalextric motor the ferrous block magnet is kept in a tight magnetic loop using the steel motor frames and the ferrous core of the armature. In this way an assembled motor will retain its magnetism for many, many years. Each of the Scalextric motors that use the ferrous block magnet are magnetised as an assembled motor.
The problem with the Scalextric motors that use a ferrous block magnet is that if the magnet is removed from the motor, for any reason, it will immediately lose some of its magnetic field strength. Basic tests show that the magnet will be 20 to 30 percent weaker. There is no gain in magnetic field strength when the magnet is refitted to the motor. Do this enough times and the magnetic field will diminish to the point where the motor will not operate.
Conclusion
To maintain a healthy magnetic field strength the ferrous block magnet must be magnetised with the motor assembled. Specialists, like Scalextric Car Restorations, have the equipment to do this. Completely “dead” magnets can be brought back to life and the magnetic field can even be reversed in just a second. Reversing the magnetic field will change the direction of rotation of the motor.

New rear tyres for the Airfix Series 4 cars and Airfix Plus cars

These new tyres are direct replacements for the original tyres fitted to the classic Airfix cars listed below which used the Airfix Series 4 cars and Airfix Plus cars, see above image. They are available in MAX Grip versions. Airfix cat. no. 5083 / 90. Airfix Series 4 cars and Airfix Plus cars.
The new hand made MAX Grip tyres are unique to Scalextric Car Restorations and give the absolute maximum in performance at all times. Cornering and acceleration will all be at their maximum with these tyres. They give the very best performance possible on all track surfaces at all times. Simply put we have not yet discovered a better tyre for grip and race performance.
The MAX Grip tyres are hand moulded from 29 Shore A hardness rubber which is a very high grip material.
The tyres are smooth treaded and have a smooth tyre sidewall.
Dimension
Size (mm)
Outside Diameter
22.0
Inside Diameter
12.5
Overall Width
14.0
 MAX Grip Airfix slot car tyres
Ref.
Description
Fitment
5142 Honda V12 – Plus Rear
5143 Eagle Weslake – Plus Rear
5197 Matra Ford – Plus Rear
5198 BRM – Plus Rear
6000 Ferrari 312T – Series 4 Rear
6001 McLaren M23 – Series 4 Rear
6002 Porsche 936 – Series 4 Rear
6003 JPS Lotus 79A – Series 4 Rear
6004 Saudia Williams – Series 4 Rear
6005 JPS Lotus 79B – Series 4 Rear
6006 Parmalat Brabham F1 – Series 4 Rear
MAX Grip Airfix slot car tyres from Scalextric Car Restorations