NHRA, Grand Prix, Indy Car and NASCAR all have one thing in common…speed. A different automotive test comes in the form of endurance racing. Sure the cars are sporty but reliability becomes a bigger factor.
Some endurance races are built on time: 24 Hours of Le Mans, 24 Hours of Daytona, 12 Hours of Sebring and 6 Hours of Watkins Glen for example. Others are run on distance: Road Atlanta’s 1000 mile Petit Le Mans, 1000 km Monza and 1000 km Suzuka. Some endurance races are off-track like the Baja 1000 and the Dakar Rally.
Typically, race track endurance courses have special features like high speed straightaways, esses, downhill diving turns, chicanes and hairpin turns.
Mattel billed Sizzlers as “The Fastest Electric Cars in the World”. But from an endurance point of view…just how far can a Sizzlers car go? Since the best known endurance races in the U.S. are run mainly in the east (Daytona, Sebring, Road Atlanta, Watkins Glen), I’m going to run this test on the 1970 Hot Wheels Sizzlers Atlantic Oval Set. To be specific, how many laps and what distance can a Sizzlers car cover in 1 hour? This will be “The One Hour Atlantic Oval”.
This set consists of 14 feet of orange track, 5 joiners, 1 speed brake, 1 esses, 2 full curves, 2 white trestles and 1 Juice Machine. To record laps I’m going to add an Automatic Lap Counter.
Here’s the instructions.
Total track distance is 20 feet. A timer will give a 60 minute countdown. The car I am running for this One Hour Atlantic Oval is a 1970 Angeleno M70, custom painted antifreeze green, from the Sizzlers Shop. The Angeleno is using a new Nickel Metal Hydride battery so charging will be a longer than the 90 seconds required for the original 1970 Nickel Cadmium batteries. Pit stops today will take 2 minutes for each recharging.
Here’s a track lap.
As you can see, this is hard work for the car. Braking, negotiating essess, 2 hairpin turns, a hill and a rugged lap counter arm to push through on every lap. Unlike the wide open Laguna Oval, this won’t be an easy endurance test.
What were the results of this 1 hour endurance race? Check out my YouTube video to find out.
So there you have it.
The 1970 Hot Wheels Sizzlers Atlantic Oval Set.
It’s still fast. Still fun.
This Italian variation, Circuito Montecarlo, uses esses but no speed brake, 2 extra half curves and half of a dual-lane lap counter.
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