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A tether car with 1.5 cc engine

Tether Cars are model racing cars powered by miniature internal combustion engines and tethered to a central post. Unlike radio control cars, the driver has no remote control over the model's speed or steering.


The little cars are powered by a non-radio controlled model aeroplane engine, (two stroke, glow plug, piston liner, etc.) and run on fuel supplied by a fuel tank within the car. Over the past couple of years, electric motor driven cars, powered by batteries, have also emerged.[1]


Tether cars were developed beginning in the 1920s–1930s and still are built, raced and collected today. First made by hobby craftsmen, tether cars were later produced in small numbers by commercial manufacturers such as Dooling Brothers (California), Dick McCoy (Duro-Matic Products), Garold Frymire (Fryco Engineering) BB Korn, and many others. Original examples of the early cars, made from 1930s to the 1960s, are avidly collected today and command prices in the thousands of dollars.


Modern tether car track surrounded by safety walls

There are tracks in Australia (Brisbane and Sydney), New Zealand, Switzerland, Estonia, Ukraine, Russia, America and more. World Championships are held every 3 years, the 2013 World Championships was held in Basel, Switzerland. Today, tether cars are run throughout the world.

World recordsEdit

Class Date Driver Speed
km/h mph
WMCR I (1.5 cm³) December 9, 2006   Jan-Erik Falk 268.697 166.961
WMCR II (2.5 cm³) August 20, 2016   Torbjorn Johannessen 285.711 177.533
WMCR III (3.5 cm³) March 4, 2017   Andrii Yakymiv 300.953 187.004
WMCR IV (5 cm³) April 5, 2014   Tonu Sepp 317,124 197.057
WMCR V (10 cm³) March 29, 2009   Gualtiero Picco 344.959 214.358

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Vector Racing (Electric powered tether cars)

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