Batmobile, you ignorant, misguided slot…

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Just a funny headline opportunity – nothing ignorant about it. Looks like we might be getting slot car Batmobiles. Autoworld  is an imprint of Round 2/Polar Lights etc. so – fingers crossed. Whatever the final slot cars look like – they had me from the retro catalog design. Here’s a description of their “4 Gear” slot car:

Auto World’s new 4Gear chassis is based on a classic extended “pancake” design. It features an extra gear on its lengthened power transfer plate. The extended wheelbase and narrowed rear end fitted with gigantic dragster-inspired wheels make it perfect for custom applications and totally wild specialty vehicles! And that’s not all… Flip the chassis over and you’ll find two neodymium traction magnets to make these dynamite racers grip the track for super high speed racing excitement!

  1. Futurabat

    February 12, 2010 at 3:40 am

    I’ve been waiting for this sucker since I got my first slot racing set in 1972! Not quite what I wanted, a G-plus car would have been really nice. My theory is they used the four gear chassis to compensate for the longer wheelbase of the Batmobile. On a four gear chassis there is no body clip and the chassis and front wheels are screwed to the body.

  2. fanofbats

    February 12, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    So what scale is it? When the word “pancake” is used, it can only mean HO scale. Having been an old slot car guy since the 60’s, Aurora is the only one to make a pancake motor, and only in HO scale. A few other Bat-sites have been stating it is a 1/32 car, but if it has a pancake motor, they are wrong.

  3. admin

    February 13, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    Right Doug, this is what happens when info gets misinterpreted. There was an article written about upcoming slot releases and they generally mentioned that some 1/32 slots would be coming out this year. that got interpolated (on another site) to being a formal announcement that we’d see a 1/32 Batmobile slot! Now compound that with the viral nature of internet info and watch what happens – we’ll have people saying “Whatever happened to that 1/32 Batmobile slot car that was supposed to be out last year?”

    As far as I’ve seen – and I’m not as ‘in the know’ with Round 2 (their choice, not mine) as I am with Hot Wheels news – we’re getting the standard T-jet style Batmobile slot car body with a few different deco/wheel packs.

    Personally – I’m not much of a 1:64 guy, or a slot car guy. Never liked them much. I love ALL Batmobiles in ALL scales but – wake me when the 1:25 model kit arrives!

  4. fanofbats

    February 15, 2010 at 11:44 pm

    It sure is a nice, accurate image on the cover of their catalog (even has Batray stripes).

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