It is true, I am losing my grip. A while ago I posted a link to a Japanese site demonstrating the grip available from a particular micromouse. A common way of doing this is to lock the wheels and place the mouse on a tilting surface. As the slope of the surface is increased, the downforce available to the tyres is progressively reduced until the mouse slips. Part of the downforce is lost due to the angle alone and is proportional to the tangent of the slope.