Hey guys, Just signed up to your excellent site. Really enjoy reading and watching your racing. A lot of the info on tracks and cars is very helpful. Thank you.
I've been hunting some fast cars for the last couple months and have bought quite a few of the recommended ones that can be found on this site along with other boards and various online sites. Unfortunately it's been a bit hit and miss with the main problem being that despite all the cars being new and sealed, many still have defects to the wheels/axles that make them either really poor on the track or far less than what they could have been (I'm trying to stick with stock atm but will move to modified with a few of these later on).
One thing however that has really thrown me off is the Johnny Lightning cars. I've got quite a few of the known fast models such as the BWF camaro, various vans. However I've come across a fair few that have these strange wheels with a 'lip' on the inside. Please check the following image for an example.
After a bit of searching, I believe these may be what JL refer to as 'racer's edge speed wheels' (I could be wrong). I first saw them on a JL dragster that I purchased and it was supposed to be quite fast. Upon looking at the wheels, I couldn't understand how these cars would be fast considering the uneven design and the small amount of plastic that would be touching the track. After testing out the dragster and noting it's average performance, I then went and checked a lot of the JL cars I have (which were still sealed) and was shocked to find that many had the same wheels.
One particular car I was very disappointed in was the spiderman camaro that has been mentioned a few times on this site as being fast. Unfortunately it also has these wheels and was actually a poor performer on the track. I would really appreciate it if anyone who has the red spiderman camaro could check the wheels and let me know if they're the same as the following one.
Overall, it has been very interesting. Buying these cars is almost like a lottery with only a few so far that have lived up to the hype. I still have a lot that are unopened and will get to testing them over the next few weeks. I'm currently using a temporary setup until I can have a proper track built with a timer and satisfactory length (I'm currently using an extended 6 lane '1/4 mile' track).