How to Make a Race Car Track

Written by erin maurer
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How to Make a Race Car Track
Build a track at home for racing your remote controlled cars. (stock pictures of a remote control used for aeroplane play image by Albert Lozano from Fotolia.com)

Remote controlled (RC) car enthusiasts can construct race car tracks at home from supplies found at the local hardware store. The design constraints of an at-home RC car track are only limited by imagination and space. Many race car enthusiasts may choose to replicate their favourite NASCAR track, according to the HO Slot Car Racing website. Other may choose to create their own design full of twists and turns. Protect cars from damage by building barriers from garden hoses and common plastic garden edging.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Graph paper
  • Pencil
  • Measuring tape
  • Plywood sheet
  • Low-friction, thin carpet
  • Staple gun
  • Thick, black marker
  • Table saw
  • Thick garden hose
  • Plastic garden edging
  • Industrial strength glue

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Sketch the proposed layout of the track on graph paper. Creating a plan before beginning construction can help track builders visualise how the track will fit into the space. It can also help aid construction, according to the Everything RC Cars website.

  2. 2

    Measure the plywood sheet to determine its exact dimensions. Measure a rectangle on the carpet that is about 2 inches longer than the plywood dimensions on each side. Cover the plywood sheet with the carpet and staple the carpet to the underside of the plywood. Be sure to pull the carpet tight to create a smooth surface.

  3. 3

    Trace out the track design on to the carpet using a thick, black marker. Cut out the track using a table saw.

  4. 4

    Glue a thick garden hose around the edges of the track to provide a soft bumper edge for the cars. Use industrial strength glue for best results.

  5. 5

    Place plastic garden edges on the sharp turns of the track for extra reinforcement. Glue the plastic garden edges to the outside edge of the garden hose.

Tips and warnings

  • Glue extra pieces of carpet to the inside of the plastic garden edges. This will help protect an RC car from scratches should it crash into the plastic barriers.

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