This is a project I began when I was nineteen and, although It was not a successful car, a few points in the 2003 F1 Championship and a podium in USA GP by Heinz-Harald Frentzen; I’ve been loving this car since I watched F1 races on TV, mainly because of its colorful livery. So this is my personal tribute to Sauber Petronas team.
If you are wondering why I chose the Sauber C22, not the C23, C24, C21 or C20 with similar liveries, it’s due to C22 bodywork similarity with the original toy car it was.
The original toy car has a cast iron bodywork and plastic chassis, wheel rims and wings. It hasn`t got mirrors, antenna, exhaust and obviously the slot-related components. The first step was to choose a good motor and to fit it inside the chassis. I cut it the best way I could carefully because it has no other support to be fixed than the proper chassis hole.
I used a pinion from a portable fan, the crown gear is a 23 teeth Slot.it (Orange), Ninco Kart tyres ,an old Ninco axel, and a fix plastic guide. Curiously the axel doesn’t wear bearings. The suspension dummy has two half rails in which it rests freely and perfectly. Of course It needs often lubrication with grease for a smooth run. You will see it perfectly this part in next post. I had to cut some iron cast parts and plastic to fit all this components but the result is far from been ugly or bad.
I keep original wheels and front axel, also driver. I love this slot car because it’s the first one I built with 19 years old and has a special value. And it’s unique! I hope you love it too.