Track Building and BuyingFaster Than FTE

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I personally like the first gen FTE...but to be honest, there are a number of regular HW's that can spank a FTE car. I just thought it might be a good topic to discuss the different wheel types that post good race results on a consistent basis. This wheel type on a number of cars I have seems to be super smooth and quiet...and its one of my top runners.

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Preacher

Cool topic, I would say Ultra Hots, but you already have a pic of a car with them on it. Color shifters wheels can be fast sometimes, because they are basically FTE's in disguise.

I agree, Preacher. Like I've said before, the original 'Ultra Hots' were the "FTEs" of the early `80s. They had thinner axles that allowed higher RPMs, but they're LOTS of speed.

I have the Heat Fleet F 150 with the PR5s that was produced right after the color shifter run. It is faster than any of my small stable of FTE 1s (14 total). Two non-lubed FTE 1s and 3 dry lubed ones are still in the top 36. Only one FTE 2 (of the 8 I have opened so far) is in the top 6. I do have 5 OH5s in the top 12 though! And they have done better than all; but the F 150, in both short and long distances.

So even though they seem to be the wheel and axle combo most often praised here (and mostly banned). They havent been that impressive to me. They also seem to take from 6 to 12 short runs before they start performing at their best as well.

I have over 100 loose FTEs. While most of them are 'above average', only a few were can be beaten by 'old school' metal.

Let's try and post pictures of the wheels we are talking about so, we can have a better understanding...for us newbie's

Preacher

All of them are here listed here and have an information grid along with the photo - http://www.southtexasdiecast.com/hwguide/wheelguide.html

The ones I mentioned...

PR5s Diecast Cars, Hot Wheels, Matchbox These come in different colors and finishes.

FTE1s Diecast Cars, Hot Wheels, Matchbox Always copper colored.

FTE2s Diecast Cars, Hot Wheels, Matchbox Always copper colored.

OH5SPs Diecast Cars, Hot Wheels, Matchbox These come in different colors and finishes as well (I am pretty sure...)

Dang Mark, you beat me to posting wheel pics, that's exactly what I was just going to do. Thanks for keeping me from having to do extra work

Your welcome!

(Am I right about the OH5SPs, being in different colors and finishes?)

Your welcome!

(Am I right about the OH5SPs, being in different colors and finishes?)

Yes, you are correct, any wheel style can come in different colors and finishes, except for FTE's which are always copper colored.

How about the hot wheels training facility (HWTF) cars. I have bought a few and they roll really good. I raced them once so far and they stood up with the fastest cars we have.

WELCOME ABOARD Djr. 88,
NEVER HEARD OF THOSE TRAINING FACILITY JOBS...KEEP US INFORMED...

How about the hot wheels training facility (HWTF) cars. I have bought a few and they roll really good. I raced them once so far and they stood up with the fastest cars we have.

Most of the ones I have - I have not opened. The few I have opened havent been that great of speed. I have heard about the video car being pretty quick though.

Are the ones you have from the color shifter series? They are supposed to have the nickel plated axles - like the FTE 1s did!

WELCOME ABOARD Djr. 88,
NEVER HEARD OF THOSE TRAINING FACILITY JOBS...KEEP US INFORMED...

I think he means the Hot Wheels Test facility cars, I've never heard of training facility cars.

How about the hot wheels training facility (HWTF) cars. I have bought a few and they roll really good. I raced them once so far and they stood up with the fastest cars we have.

If you're refering to 'HWTF' cars with ", then without nickel-plated axles. High Speed Wheels(HSWs) look like the photo below.


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GspeedR

They also come in green, blue, yellow, black and white versions. I have a few of the white and reds.

Yes, it is HWTF. I have found them at toys "r" us in single packs. The yellow wheel trucks have been the fastest so far. I bought around 12 of them so far. They do seem to need a break in period. After 3 trips down the track my yellow wheel Baja truck was running with fastest cars. They are very lite. I will try adding some weight this season.

They stopped making the High Speed wheels back in 2012, the only year they were produced. They do mention Hot Wheels Test Facility on both packages.

Here is a list of the high speed wheels:

http://texashwcollectors.org/hwguide/highspeed.html

The Hot Wheels Test Facility vehicles are just standard wheels.

Differences?

Hot Wheels Test Facility-Bone Shaker
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High Speed Wheels-Bone Shaker
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Diecast Cars, Hot Wheels, Matchbox

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