2023 H1: Ford vs Ferrari

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Le Mans 24 hrs 1966 - The Get-away

Series managers: John B. (aka Lotus Jr.) with Marty M. (aka porsche917)
Period: H1, Jan – June (1 round per month)

The easy path often winds up in a cul-de-sac. Take the example of Ford Motor Company in 1962 when they thought the quickest way to revive their company coming out of years-long slump would be to buy a company that made sports cars. After all, creating one from scratch is hard. Very hard. Fast forward to 1963 and we see a deal gone sideways when Ford fails to acquire Ferrari in a bid to add the Prancing Horse to its stable. And it didn’t end pretty. You might say the Prancing Horse kicked Ford right in the gut when Enzo Ferrari reportedly ended the deal by telling Ford’s executives that “he would never sell to an ugly company that builds ugly cars in an ugly factory.”

Henry Ford II (aka the “Deuce”) did not turn the other cheek.  In fact he set his company on a course of action that would see Ford competing in Le Mans within two years of the original deal going sideways, and in 1966 delivering his own insult to Enzo where he would feel it the most.  On the race track. At Le Mans.

Come join the club as we take the iconic Ford GT40’s from the 60’s and their nemesis, the Ferrari 320P and 412P and campaign them on our large track.  A good time is bound to ensue, and maybe even a little good natured ribbing between the racers representing the brands.

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Race Fees: $5 Premium members, $10 Standard members; $15 guests


  • The body cannot be modified in any way.
  • The stock plastic cockpits and glass are mandatory
  • Lexan cockpits or glass are prohibited.
  • Body must start every heat with radiators, windows, and wings in their correct location.  If any of these items fall off during a heat they must be repaired before the next heat starts.
  • Antennas, mirrors, wipers, and tow hooks are not required and do not have to be replaced if they come off.
  • White kits are allowed but must be painted, or uniquely decaled with at least one coat of paint.  At least two numbers must be visible.
  • Body screws open choice.  These can be taped to prevent loss. Any car that loses a screw and causes an issue with a competitor’s car will have a 5 lap penalty applied.


  • No modifications to the chassis are allowed.
  • Chassis must be Slot.It or Policar that is intended for the body.
  • Motor pod cut-outs can be removed.
  • Flashing on the chassis may be removed to allow better floating of the body.  The gap between the chassis and the body cannot be greater than the thickness of a credit card.
  • Front axle lower adjustment caps are optional.
  • Modification to the upper axle loops is prohibited.
  • Front axle height adjusting grub screws are open choice.
  • Magnets of any type are prohibited.
  • Ballast is allowed but must be above the chassis pan. A 5-lap penalty will be imposed if ballast falls onto the track and causes an issue with a competitor’s car.


  • Slot.it guides are mandatory.  The Slot.it SICH-07 deep wood screw guide highly recommended.
  • Pick-up braids are open choice.
  • Guide spacers are open choice

Set Up

  • Wheel/tire must not be visible outside wheel-well/fender when viewed from above.
  • The static weight of the car cannot exceed 120 grams.
  • Magnetic downforce cannot exceed 30 grams.


  • Slot.it V12/4 23K motors are mandatory.  The older version of this motor has a dark orange end while the newer motors have a white end.
  • The small circuit board on top of the motor can be removed.
  • Any modifications to the motor are strictly prohibited.
  • Lead wires and lead wire guide terminals are open choice.

Motor Pod

  • Slot.it sidewinder motor orientation is mandatory.
  • The motor pod is prohibited from protruding below the chassis.
  • Flashing may be removed from the motor pod to allow better float. Excessive removal of material determined by the scrutineer.
  • Motor can be held in place with screws.  Screws are open choice.
  • Motors cannot be held in with tape or glue.
  • Slot.it stop/axle collars are allowed.
  • Spacers/washers are open choice.
  • Slot.it CH14 or CH56b spherical bushings are mandatory.
  • Pod screws are open choice.
  • Tape may be used to prevent the pod screws from falling out.
  • Tape over the motor pod to limit pod movement is not allowed.
  • Slot.it suspension kits are not allowed.


  • Slot.it sidewinder crown gears and pinions are mandatory.
  • Gear ratio is open.
  • Modifications to crown gears or pinions are prohibited.


  • Slot.it/Policar wheels are mandatory.
    • Rear wheels –
      • Diameter – Only 15.8mm
      • Width – Only 8.2mm
      • Material – Aluminum, magnesium or stock plastic
    • Front wheels – only 15.8mm wheels are allowed.
      • Diameter – Only 15.8mm
      • Width – Only 8.2mm
      • Material – Plastic, aluminum, or magnesium
  • Slot.it Ford GT40 wheel inserts are mandatory for the GT40 and Policar Ferrari wheel inserts are mandatory for the Ferrari 412Ps.
  • Any modifications to the wheels are prohibited.


  • Only Slot.it solid axles are allowed.
  • Any modifications to axles are prohibited.
  • Slot.it independent front axle kit is not allowed.
  • Axle spacers and axle stops are allowed.


  • Front tires must be Slot.it tires.
  • Front tires must be 10mm wide.
  • Rear tires may be any 10mm width Slot.it tire or any 10mm width NSR Supergrip or Ultragrip tires.
  • Tires may be glued to the wheels, trued, and have their edges rounded.
  • Traction compounds are prohibited.
  • Varnishing the front tires to make them slick is not allowed.
  • Zero-Grip (front) tires are highly recommended.

Track Power:    12 volts

If it is not mentioned it is not legal.  These rules were written to create a fair event and not for racers to look for loopholes.


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