I remember back in 2004 at the British Toy fair trying out Scalextric Sport Digital for the first time (article here) - sure it was a prototype and it didn't work 100%, but it was quite exciting being one of the first to have a go at this new product that would allow the slot car to break free from the slot.
Digital Slot Car Racing has developed quite a bit since then. More manufacturers are in the game, each offering their own system and products, different tracks, issues with compatibility and incompatibility etc. Where do you start? I'd think that anyone looking at Digital Slot Car Racing for the first time now, would be quite confused.
So perhaps a solution is at hand - Dave Chang's latest book: Digital Slot Car Racing.
The book, after an introduction, looks at the principals of Digital showing how it works and what it is all about. Methods of digitising a car are shown and getting the track optimally configured. Different people will take away their own information - the beginner, the expert etc. The biggest challenge is convincing the analogue racer to take the plunge.
The current Digital Systems available now are then show and talked about - Scalextric SSD, SCX Digital, Carrera Digital 132, Ninco N-Digital, Davic Evo3, Slot.it oXigen, Scorpius Wireless, SlotFire D-Race & BLST. Then how to get digital racing working on wooden routed tracks. The book is rounded off with a section of software and race management tools.