Originally posted by kentech
Don't you US drivers think it would be an idea to change this? Are there no moves to try and change this to something more car-friendly and something that would improve the racing? Must say I have always found it hard to understand why you use this system...
I assume you are talking about something akin to an "island" system, where instead of a wall-like barrier you have a gradual slope to define the barriers of the track. Much like the Tamiya USA track, or where the worlds were recently held.
These tracks are nice, but they aren't very practical for indoor carpet racing. Scotty Ernst made islands out of industrial foam for his track, and had them shaped, shaved and painted to look just like that. They worked, but there were a few major problems with them:
a) You become very limited in track design; either a few basic layouts, or build more islands
b) Drivers suffer less damage for hitting the curbs, so they typically have no qualms about running on the slope briefly, or even shorting the track
c) The wear on these pieces can be heavy, especially when marshals inadvertently step on the islands
In the end, the common barrier system like the one used at this race actually works well, allows for many adjustable layouts, and really doesn't break the cars too much.