Slingshot By Tobias

It was the goal of Rich Tobias to find an entertaining, affordable, exciting way to race.

It had to fit in the back of a pick-up truck, be strictly regulated to control spending, and come with a roughly $7,000 complete price tag.

The Tobias Slingshot – a four-coil car, with a 58-inch wheelbase, a 600cc Briggs and Stratton Vanguard Racing Engine, and a Modified body – was unveiled in March 1999, with four cars running an exhibition at Borger’s Speedway.

By years end Tobias had constructed and sold more than 100 cars, and introduced the class at seven tracks.

The Slingshot by Tobias offers a foot-in-the-door to young novices and a competitive class for veteran racers.

The proof of the Slingshot by Tobias success is the fact that a number of today’s young racing stars came through the Slingshot ranks and now compete among the top Nationally touring series.  Ryan Smith, Anthony Perrego, Tyler Dippel, Larry Wight, Ryan Phelps, Lucas Schott all cut their teeth racing Slingshots.

The Slingshot by Tobias is by far more cost effective to purchase, race, and maintain than a top-flight Go-Kart, and much safer with many safety innovations.

Slingshot Specs

Wheel Base: 59"

Weight: 515 lbs. (Dry)

Chassis: Tubular, Jig Built, Tig Welded, Powder Coated (Choice of Colors)

Body: Aluminum, 2018 Slingshot by Tobias

Dimensions: 110" Long, 48" Wide

Engine: 600 V-Twin Briggs & Stratton Vanguard (Sealed), Race Prepped w/ Racing Cam, Modified Pistons, and Billet Rods, Electric Start, 39 HP

Fuel: Alcohol / Methanol

Ignition: Magneto Type

Drive Train: Heavy Duty Centrifugal Clutch, #40 Chain

Rear Axle: 1 1/4" Steel with Aluminum Drives

Front Suspension: Beam Axle with Bilstein Racing Coil Over Shocks

Rear Suspension: Swing Arm with Bilstein Racing Coil Over Shocks

Brake: U.S. Brake, Hydraulic System

Shocks: Spec, 5" Travel Bilstein Racing Shocks

Seat: Kirkey High Back Aluminum Racing Seat with Cover

Safety Equipment: 3 1/2 Gallon Fuel Cell (New Jersey Legal), Steering Wheel Center Pad, Quick Release Steering Wheel Hub

Safety Harness: 5 Point Belt System for Added Protection

Tires: Spec for Dirt and Pavement

Wheels: (3) Steel, Aluminum (Right Rear)

Electrical: Sealed Harness, Compact Battery

Gauges: Auto Meter Oil Pressure with Warning Light

Optional: Tach and Rev. Limiter

Price: $7,028.75 (Kit) or $7,829.85 (Fully Assembled)

Slingshot Price Comparison

PartSlingshotKartQuarter Midget250 Micro-SprintDirt Modified
Race Ready Car$8625$2K-$7,000*$4K-$8,000*$10K-$12,000*$45000
1 Wheel$39-$67$39-$66.00$35-$55.00$215$225
Right Rear Tire$59$35-$66.00***$40-$60.00$100.00**$150.00**
1 Shock$95N/A$85-$125.00$135-$250.00$250.00 & Up

Slingshot by Tobias Race Tracks

Track NameCityState Website
Action Track USAKutztownPennsylvaniaWeekly
Linda's SpeedwayJonestownPennsylvaniaWeekly
Hamlin SpeedwayHamlinPennsylvaniaWeekly
Snydersville RacewaySnydersvillePennsylvaniaWeekly
New Reading FairgroundsBernvillePennsylvaniaSpecial Events
Selinsgrove SpeedwaySelinsgrovePennsylvaniaSpecial Events
West End FairGilbertPennsylvaniaSpecial Events
LANCO Clyde Martin Memorial SpeedwayNew ShaefferstownPennsylvaniaSpecial Events
Mahoning Valley SpeedwayLehightonPennsylvaniaSpecial Events
PPL CenterAllentownPennsylvaniaSpecial Events
Penn Can SpeedwaySusquehannaPennsylvaniaSpecial Events
Spirit Auto Center SpeedwayBridgeportNew JerseyWeekly
Boardwalk HallAtlantic CityNew JerseySpecial Events
Oakland Valley SpeedwayCuddebackvilleNew YorkWeekly
Accord SpeedwayAccordNew YorkWeekly
Five Mile Point SpeedwayKirkwoodNew YorkSpecial Events
Glen Ridge Motor ParkFultonvilleNew YorkWeekly
Skyline Park SpeedwayCortlandNew YorkSpecial Events
Times Union CenterAlbanyNew YorkSpecial Events
Airborne Park SpeedwayPlattsburghNew YorkSpecial Events
Deer Creek Button Buck SpeedwayGrand MeadowsMinnesotaWeekly
56 SpeedwayBrownsdaleMinnesotaSpecial Events
Buffalo River
Mississippi Thunder SpeedwayFountain City WisconsinWeekly
Flomaton SpeedwayFlomatonAlabamaWeekly
NW Florida SpeedwayBakerFloridaWeekly
Southern RacewayMiltonFloridaWeekly
Jamestown SpeedwayJamestownNorth DakotaWeekly
Devils Lake SpeedwayCraryNorth DakotaSpecial Events
River Cities SpeedwayGrand ForksNorth DakotaWeekly
RPM SpeedwaySt. Marcel-de-RichelieuQuebecWeekly
Autodrome ChaudiereVallee-Jonction, QC, CanadaQuebecSpecial Events
Autodrome DrummondDrummondville, QC, CanadaQuebecSpecial Events
Autodrome GranbyGranby, QC, CanadaQuebecSpecial Events
Estevan Motor SpeedwayEstevanSaskatchewanWeekly
Cornwall Motor SpeedwayLong SaultOntarioSpecial Events

Slingshot Gear Chart

Action Track USA57-59
Boardwalk Hall 66-68
Caroga Creek 61
Grandview Speedway51
Greenwood Valley56-58
Hamlin Speedway58-60
Linda's Speedway51-54
Oakland Valley62-64
Reading Fairgrounds63-65
Selinsgrove Raceway Park57-59
Shellhammers Speedway65-67