...you can't comper as the final feautures of Scalextric and Carrera have not been defined. Davic is the best from technical view - but with 2500€ upwards for the parts without track and cars unachieveable!
SCX is trash as it does not work properly!
Scalextric is nice because it's backward compatible - but we've to wait for further developement as they have only 3 prototypes running.
Carrera is based on the - IMHO - best track system, but limitation to 4 cars are a downside. Cars need upgrades with other tires and hardened axles, pitlane and single lane track are upsides of this system.
All existing systems are different to existing slotracing - you need different skills and more tactics to race - and it's fun! But investment in this technology is not justified at the moment! You've to add an other point to your poll - wait and see!
Thomas makes an excellent point that comparisons right now would be unfair and misleading, particularly when so very few have used all FOUR systems and even more particularly so when there is so much very obvious bias from the word go. I would venture to suggest that of the SF members here, a MINSICULE proportion who attended the London Toy Fair have ever experienced Davic and therefore they are ineligible to vote. But you can be certain that some of them will do so, regardless.
Over and above that, as is very common, the poll has an inbuilt presumption that digital is preferable to analog - there should most definitely be an option for "None of the Above"
I agree with the above points, apart from DAVIC. However fantastic the system is, it is bespoke system, taylor made for each purchaser, very expensive and with a long waiting time between deciding to get it and having it built and delivered. I think many buyers will be able to exclude this for these reasons. If it ever gets commercially produced, it will probably be re-named and changed from its current incarnation.
In my humble opinion Davic sits outside of the reach of most because of costs and also it is not generaly available. I doubt I will ever get a go on Davic and I don`t suppose many here will either as opposed to the remaining main stream productions. I don`t think that makes me or anyone else ineligible to vote, in fact logic cries out who else will vote? Those that haven`t had a go at all? I still voted, course I did. Played with all three and despite the Scalex being the prototype I still felt it suited me better. Thomas, quite a harsh assesment of SCX. You obviously had a go like me?
I don`t believe there is an in built presumption that Digital is better and I state here that I don`t agree with that view. The poll is a comparison between Digital systems.
A fair point that maybe Davic shouldn't be included, on those grounds.
But the rest of it, I agree with too.
There really should be an option for disagreeing with all of them.
As it is, I think most of us could predict the 'result' - only too easily.
But the poll is about a comparison between Digital. It`s localised and doesn`t stand comparison to anything else. Just like other polls here, It answers a specific question. I for one do not Imagine Digital will take over, I`m not tearing up three grands worth of Ninco track for a Digital replacement, but I will add in a digital track, and I will choose the best one available.
@ jonny - I tried out SCX for app. 1h - and there have been constant failures, cars had to be replaced frequently due to guide failures, teh power supply has been extreme weak, lane changing has not been reliable - sometimes it worked, sometimes not! IMHO it is trash! The system as it's been designed - not the digital idea! If you compare the available SCX-system to Scalextric and Carrera - which I also tested for app. the smae period - the prototypes are much better and worked proper!
Davic is available via DS - the lapcounter guys - and they actually try to get the system chaeper. It needs time but I'm shure they will do it! Not as cheap as the other systems - but the concept is made for club-racing and not for home racing!
...in short words - digital racing is fun - but different to normal slotracing! I enjoyed it! With any system I tried up to today! But for shure I would not invest in SCX - and if neccessary would wait a little to see the improvements on Carrera and Scalextric (which is the best working one IMHO) - and then decide where to put my money on...
I guess most of you know what I will be voting for, DAVIC!!
Of course I have to admit that I have not had the chance to test one of the other systems yet.
Within the next days (latest FRI this week) our 24h homepage will be online and those of you that are interested racing the DAVIC system can register there for this 24h team event. By the way the track will be a 6-lane, 70 Meters long track, representing Spa in 1:100 scale. The race will be 3rd to 4th of Juli, 2004 in Salzburg, Austria.
Those of you that read the German slotmagazin Car On Line might have seen the pictures of the track in the last issue.
But back to the main topic. I think that the DAVIC guys have enough orders to keep them busy for quite a while!!! And the big races will always be different and they will be more different if the DAVIC system is implemented.
Tomas has made some really good points. I tend to agree...
Otherwise I was wondering if the digital systems could be combined (Scalextric and Carrera) in any way? They seem to have quite a few things in common. But I have not seen any in reality so.. (clueless). Otherwise if you for example have a Ninco track, would it not be possible to connect to some of the Scalextric digital track via track converters. One would then not need to change all the track? What about the mechanics and switches of the digital systems - maybe they could be used in routed tracks? Especially if the digital track change pieces were on the straights.
very interesting point about the interchangeability of LC pieces... if Scalextric and carrera both respond to light emitted from the car, which sees likely from reports so far, maybe you can use either, as long as the cars match the controller/lap counter bits.
Mind u - the carrera LC mechanism looks vicious, maybe it would just slice a standard guide off!
@ Nico - da muss ich dabei sein! Endlich mal!
About digital and Ninco - David Cosculluelo (CEO Ninco) mentioned, that it's a to early stage to invest in this technology as there is no common standard defined and that Ninco will wait - and I'v to agree a 100% with our friend from Spain!
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