Build Journal: Fraser Ridge Raceway Track
Here you can see that Fraser Ridge Raceway is made up primarily of large 200mm thick Styrofoam Blocks. The track is a combination of standard hot wheels orange track and DIY fat track made from 5mm corrugated plastic poster board. The fat track is joined together using 3D printed magnetic track clips. I have three 180 degree turns on the track. The first is a 3D printed twin 180 degree corner and the other two are again 3D printed 180 degree high banked corners. The total length of the track is around 12m and just under 2m at its highest point at the starting gate. The track descends to the lowest level on the finishing straight at 0.4m from floor level
1st Test Movie of Fraser Ridge Raceway
The link above will take you to my first video of Fraser Ridge Raceway, hope you will enjoy. As can be seen from the photos and the video I have a very long way to get anywhere near the standards of other builders and racers, but you have to start somewhere.
I have created this logo for hopefully a racing channel on YouTube when I get a little further with build of Fraser Ridge Raceway. As I have mentioned on few other posts on Facebook and YouTube and here on this website, it was 3D Botmaker that ignited the fire, but as always when you start looking further then the flames have been fueled by the the likes of Hot Car Tracks, Chaos Canyon, RTR Diecast, DCR Racing. The weekly update by the guys from Chaos Canyon with their DSPN report are fantastic. You have all given me the inspiration to build Fraser's Ridge Raceway and hopefully it will be good enough to hold some international racing some time in the not to distant future. Keep up the great work.
Some early testing of the track to determine the various elevations. Trickier than expected, if too steep coming into the corner every car flying of the track, if not steep enough not enough speed to make it to the end of the track. Think you've got it and you try a different type of car and find your back at square 1 again. Once happy with the basic elevations and angles of the various track coming into and out of each corner it was time to start building Fraser's Ridge Raceway .
- Great to see you are putting in a lot of testing! It makes a big difference to the end result! Cheers — CutRock_R_Marc_D
- Thanks Marc, found it to be very important to insure smooth running of the track. For sure I want some spills and thrills but you also need to make sure some cars pass the finish line. Cannot have every race being a DNF. — Javajim
Absolutely...test as you go...when the cars can get to and out of the 1st curve...then Build to the 2nd...wash...rinse...repeat until they cross the Finish Line...
...keep the progress reports coming
Printed my DC World Logo and mounted it on poster board and then mounted that on to side of Fraser Ridge track.
Had this image printed out 3 meters long to use as a background to Fraser ridge. Looks very impressive.
Carving Fraser Ridge with background behind. Hopefully with painting and the addition of pine trees and various bushes and grass the foreground will complement the background.
So this weekend looks to be a full on carving of all the cliff faces to create Fraser Ridge. Styrofoam everywhere ????????????
- Coming along very nicely. I like that you seem to have some undulations in your top downhill straight. Makes things more interesting. — EcuWeeEcosse
Thanks EcuWeeEcosse, much appreciated.
So another day creating Fraser Ridge. Lots of foam carving, with lots of sweeping up afterwards. Creating the mountain tunnel at the first corner and continually testing the track to ensure that anything I do while building the track doesnot effect negatively the overall performance of the track.
Here is my logo for Fraser Ridge Raceway. Hopefully over the coming weeks and months the raceway will develop to fully fledged raceway worthy of holding international races. In the mean time please check in from time to time to see the progress.