Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Gene's Slot Car Place kindly sent two samples of the new H&R Racing Hawk Motor I. This motor is intended as an upgrade for standard Scalextric and Fly motors. It has long shafts on both ends, for universal fit; it will also fit Carrera cars.
On the 12.00 volt tachometer test, with a drop of oil on each bearing, I obtained readings of 18.9k to 19.0k, in either direction of rotation. Both motors ran the same RPM. There was no clearly faster direction of rotation with one motor, but the other seemed to favor endbell drive, CW rotation (Scalextric inline and SW style). Although one motor was balanced and the other was not (blue epoxy on the armature), neither motor seemed to vibrate more. Both were fairly smooth.
Using a torque-arm tester, I measured the twisting force the balanced motor develops at stall. Readings indicate an average of 70 gcm at 6 volts, which equates to about 140 gcm at 12 volts. One pole was pushing harder than the others, which may cause vibration under load.
Based on stall torque and no-load RPM, power output was computed with the formula Slot.It uses, resulting in 6.6 Watts power output at 12 volts. In comparison, a standard Scalextric/Fly motor puts out only 3.9 watts; although no-load revs hit some 21k, it develops only 75 gcm stall torque at 12 volts.
Magnetic down force on the Magnet Marshal is 10 grams, with the motor .042" (1.5mm) above the track.
The Hawk motor tests out as a more powerful, torquey, but slower revving motor than the motors it replaces. Torque is nearly twice the Scalex/Fly standard. Geared in the range of 2.6 through 2.8:1, it should push those slot cars faster. It looks like a good performance upgrade.
You can buy the Hawk at Slotcarplace.com
Cost is a mere $8.95. Pinion not included!