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I would have thought so too!
But just maybe, Scalextric have been brave enough to use the existing curved lane crossovers sections as the basis for their lane changers. I suspect that this aspect might not be finalized until the last possible moment, when all the feedback and flack has been collected regarding SCX and Carrera systems with their many months head start. I would suggest they could well have alternatives already designed, but just waiting for a concensus before sanctioning the final product for production.
 

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Well they're showing it in 3 weeks. If it's not finalised, they had better move it.
 

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I heard a new feature was being fitted, steering and reverse, oh no wait that's R/C

problem solved then, those who are adament that digital will be the best thing since sliced bread, go R/C racing!

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Fair enough, it really WOULD make an awful lot of sense to have alternatives up their corporate sleeve. They could show one, or even more, of them at the London Show and yet STILL put an alternative into actual production. Possible even offer more than one alternative section as after-market products! Think model railways - very few sets contain switching points at all, yet several alternatives are available from every single manufacturer . . .

At the risk of being popped at for pessimism, they are not going to need all THAT many of these particular items to start with in time for next Christmas - I think finalisation of one or two tracke sections could be left for several months yet.
 

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Think of Scalextric sideswipe straights.

With magnet cars you can take those full throttle in the middle of a long straight and the car still doesn't come off.

Its a different story when the magnets are removed as the tail whips out and the car deslots. You are forced to take it easier on any chicane or "Classic" crossover when the magnets are removed.

Adrian has said the digital cars will have magnets. He hasn't said why the cars will have magnets!

And think of that "Challenger" magnet sensor that you put under the track to help Challenger count laps.

The clues are there.


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Lane-changers could be a combination of these two older Scalex track parts updated for the 21st century


Both pics come from Slot Car Portal, so you know the connection there

Push the little button and you get flipped towards the other lane. And there's no requirement for any magnets.
 
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