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Ninco 1:32 Formula 1-type slot car

By Mark Savage
Published: April 14, 2015

Stock No.: 150697

MSRP: $64.99

Availability: Professor Motor

Target consumer: Entry-level slot-car drivers, racing club/group members

First impression: Ninco, now distributed in the U.S. exclusively by Professor Motor, reintroduces a series of five somewhat generic Formula 1 cars to its lineup, a good choice for clubs or groups that race identical cars. Open-wheel racers will welcome the new models.

These racers resemble the former SCX F1 cars in that the front suspension looks real, with A-arms and wheels that are steerable, controlled by the slot’s movement. The body, which resembles a Team Jordan F1 car from the late 1990s to early 2000s, is labeled Jordan on the chassis.

This racer is sturdy, and the body seems like it would hold up well in heavy use. The nose wing is thick and well- attached to the body shell, as is the rear wing. Its mirrors are the most likely body part to be lost over time. 

As with other models with detailed suspensions and steerable front wheels, I suspect the thin suspension parts could snap after several heavy hits into other cars or during a serious de-slot. The cars will still run with damaged front suspensions; they just won’t look as realistic.

Ninco uses its normally peppy NC-14 Speeder motor, which generates 20,600 rpm. Straight-line speed should be good, but on my test track the car was well more than a full second slower than a similar Scalextric open-wheel car with silicone tires. Silicones usually cut a half-second off a lap. 

The standard tires here are a very hard rubber, and grip is minimal. You’ll want to encourage buyers to buy silicones. That helps in turns, but also in putting power to the track in a straight-line run.

The magnet Ninco uses is small and sits in front of the inline motor. That placement doesn’t help give it good rear tire grip or balance, so with slicks the Ninco will likely still be a hair slower that competitors. But if buyers are racing against other Ninco F1 cars, that won’t matter.

Why you should stock it: Your experienced slot-car crowd will recognize this as a somewhat simplified F1 car, but good for a newcomer. To avoid disappointment, be sure to recommend silicone tires as an add-on buy. 

Our car was red with white and black trim. Other cars in this series are black with yellow trim, blue and white, yellow and black, and an all-white model buyers can paint themselves. 

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