There were cars packaged as both KM-1 and KM-2. Thanks for reaching out to Philippe. The question still remains, and now there is another one. What is the "Adjustamatic" chassis mentioned on the KM-2 package?Maybe there was never a KM-1. In my article I said that Philippe de Lespinay was asked by Cox to do a clone of the Aurora Super G-Plus and all he did was add larger flux condensers. The KM-2 has even larger flux condensers than the Cox. I don't know if Philippe did any work for Leisure Concepts after the KM-2. I just found Philippe's e-mail address, maybe I could contact him.
I have 4 and 3 of them have Hong Kong blanked out. I see that your orange magnet chassis is also geared opposite. I haven't done any testing yet to see if there is a performance difference between these two.Here are the AMRAC chassis I have. All but one have the "Hong Kong" blanked out, only two say AMRAC, one is lighted and one has the orange magnet.
Philippe, thanks for sharing these nuggets of history with us.The only survivors are of the earlier mid-1070 "magnet cars" with idler-gear drive because before I worked for Riggen, I developed these cars first for a consulting company called "Innova Inc.", and we sold the project to Matchbox, and Innova was paid for the work. But Matchbox was now in big financial trouble and when the company tanked, the new owners did not want to be involved with slot cars. I kept the now-useless prototypes and still have them to this day. Not sure what I am going to do with them...
I am quite enjoying these, too. I have one white Porsche that is a survivor from my youth. It needed tires and pickups that I have just recently acquired. They are very different animals with the silicone tires. Two of my recent additions have sponge tires that are in very good condition and I really like the way that they handle. I have never seen a slot car that recovers itself from spins the way these do quite often. I will have to catch some video clips of this. I chalk it up to flux capacitor voodoo. I don't think that this is happening with the silicone tires.I've always liked the AMRAC. Light and nimble. Unlike the G-plus. They've got gobs of giddy-up. The extended flux condensers work great, for what they are. Converted from sponge to silicones they're, ferocious right to the limit, then yer gone! A flux car, you still have to put your sandwich down, and drive them.