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Yet another beautifully presented report - we are having a first class photographic feast this week!


But I wonder about AutoArt . . .
They make what are possibly the most detailed slot cars there are outside of the high-priced, top-end resins from the specialist manufacturers, but I am not sure who exactly is the intended market for them. I honestly don't see the slot racing market growing much bigger and, even if it grows a little, I don't see Auto-Art as the driving force behind that growth. So they have to grab customers from the other manufacturers.
It looks as though Fly could be their intended primary victim

As for a new track system, with a footprint that may slightly exceed that of Carrrera (!), it's going to have to be even more incredibly special than their cars to stand the slightest chance of breaking into the existing track sales pool. Although there are definitely some obvious track improvements that could be made with regard to existing sytems, will AutoArt make them? Even if they do, can such a relative newcomer to slots grab the track market from the current big hitters, especially with that big footprint?
Are they wise to even contemplate it?
 

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It's noticeable that hardly anyone has responded to the AutoArt track possibilities.

I find myself agreeing with Tropi's comments, paricularly with regard to a 'foortprint' LARGER than Carrera's - that would be the guaranteed kiss of death! If AutoArt likes Carrera track, they could do a lot worse than copy it, with two improvements.
1. Devise a clip system that is an integral, attached part of each track section, this being the weakest link (!) in Carrera's system.
2. Devise a much improved barrier/fence mounting system.

Unless AutoArt can make at least one very obvious and marked improvement over existing track systems, I think they should abandon their plans to produce track altogether.
 

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Thanks very much for the extra information and pics Thomas!

Interesting that the track has less grip than the Carrera it is modeled on and that it is softer - more like Scalextric. It sounds as though they have used greasy Scalextric type plastic to make larger than Carrera footprint - far from an ideal combination. They need to maintain Carrera grip with just a little extra flex. I feel sure that an ideal plastic must exist.

But if the locking system really is better than Carrera's, then that is a step forwards, because Carrera locking is awful. It works perfectly but it's far too difficult in practical use.

Thomas saysQUOTE You've missed a huge chance Autoart!
It does look that way - let's hope that they can refine it a good deal further before launching because, if they can't, they might be better advised not to pursue track making.
 
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