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Old 01-07-2008, 09:16 AM   #1
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Hi guys,
The LHS here has asked for ideas on how to improve on their indoor "offroad" track for the Tamiya Asia Cup. In previous years, they just add two very steep ramps with very short (less than 2 feet, I think) runup to the touring car carpet track. All the drivers set their cars up like tourers and just drove them round the track like tourers with the occasional ramp slowing them down.

What else can we do to make the carpet track more interesting? Thanks.
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www.fastcats.ca

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ugMKydBpqE

Our local indoor off road carpet track.
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Our local indoor off road carpet track.
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Yeah. Fastcats is one of North America's finest On Road carpet tracks and they wanted to give us offroaders something to do in the winter as we have no indoor dirt tracks. so they whipped up some new carpet (not the ozite) and crafted some cool jumps etc. We run regular off road rubber spike tires, just a little stiffer suspension. The traction is crazy! Works well...I think they get about 100 guys to a trophy race.
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Thanks. That bumpy section after the little ramp.... how did you guys make that?
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Anybody have any ideas on how to build a ramp? Thanks
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wood covered in carpet. There are some youtube video's of some of the european tracks. They make wall rides and all sorts of stuff. usually the tracks are pretty flat with a few single jumps and maybe a table top or a parastyle corner. You can use plow disks for mogles as well.
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Easiest way to construct a ramp is make it out of plywood.


Depending on the space and the width, you might try a cross-over, where cars jump over another section of the track. build it in such a way that its elevated and even a marginal stock motor can clear it.

Another popular element at our outdoor track was a "wall ride". It was a ramp that extended up the side of the building at about a 50 -60 degree angle. It was a 180 that you had to go up, make the turn and gas it into a short straight into a dirt jump that was a wide double. Most everyone was able to backside the landing on the 2nd jump.

For mogul sections, Onroad corner dots placed under carpet should suffice.

I've never raced on offroad carpet, might be interesting to try.



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an indoor track used for the spanish nationals ..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-pTjAZASpuk#GU5U2spHI_4
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The control motor is something not too crazy. Faster than silver can, but maybe slower than today's top ROAR stock 27T motors. What would be the dimensions for a medium-sized jump ramp be like? The width obviously is the width of the track, but I can't figure out how long it should be and how high/steep. Thanks.
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an indoor track used for the spanish nationals ..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-pTjAZASpuk#GU5U2spHI_4
I like the use of that clear perspex to turn that crossover from a double to a table top. That was very clever.

Thanks for all the ideas so far, guys. Keep them coming
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the fastcats track is just amazing oh yes
i like how my car stays clean for i am a on road guy.
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nice thing about "offroad" carpet racing is that it keeps things clean in the store, no dirt to worry about. Also, the traction is really something. I did this in CT when Manchester hobbies was still open. was quite fun.
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pics below of an indoor carpet track .. i believe it is a swedish track?




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Now THATS a crossover!


For those folks who race on Carpet, do you find any advantage over racing on dirt? Tirewear? crashes? speed?

I think it would be cool to try it. infact it might make for a neat alternative to racig indoor offroad dirt.


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