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Hi guys
Thought you'd like a preview of a new development we are taking foward. We will be producing a limited run of 10 upgraded cars as part of a Tucker RS series. They will bear a Tucker RS badge and each car will have its own numbered signed certificate. Work is in progress but just to give you a taste of whats in store below are pictures of the prototype. Your thoughts and input on the concept are welcomed - we will make an announcement on the details once they are finalised and we expect them to be available in Oct/Nov.

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I know it's a propotype, but the smaller 04 wheels would be better on the rear for acceleration and less drag, they also stick out the body. I assume you have fitted overdrive lights?

also, is there any estimate on price?

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What modifications are you doing?
 

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I have roadtested this model personally on the Getslotted test track and I can vouch for the car being much smoother than standard SCX kit with a significant improvement in lap times.

This is an interesting new venture on the limited edition front (Scalextric, take note. Your SPORT limited editions could be like this!)

Why the fuss about wide wheels?


I thought they looked cool.


And BWA, when are your wheels arriving in the UK?


"You cannot complain if you are not in the game!"


What other cars do you think should have the "Tucker RS" (copyright) treatment?


Cheers
Moped

PS I did a "google" search on "Tucker RS" and nothing came up. "Moped Rider" had a far more successful outcome. "

"You will not have fame if you are not ahead in the search game!"


All this poetry. It must be the cider!
 

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QUOTE Why the fuss about wide wheels?
Well,for starters,most rules for most racing classes require the wheels to be under the body.

All these cars in real life have the wheels under the body..

I guess if you like the Naff/Boy Racer look,then it is OK.

If you start with them sticking out an eigth of an inch,why not move them out another quarter inch,Oh! Heck,lets make it Half an inch,why not Eh!.

QUOTE I have roadtested this model personally on the Getslotted test track and I can vouch for the car being much smoother than standard SCX kit with a significant improvement in lap times.

D'OH!,of course it will.The extra rear track will certainly do that.
 

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For now I'll DIY but it's an interesting concept. The wheels sticking out is also a problem for me but others may not mind. I have a similiar problem using BWA wheels on a Mclaren just because the HRS chassis is so wide and the tires are a bit too large.
 

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QUOTE I have a similiar problem using BWA wheels on a Mclaren just because the HRS chassis is so wide and the tires are a bit too large.
Yeah,that's a bit of a problem with most Modern Cahssis,they are designed with Modern LMP/GT/Lemans cars in mind,and are generally pretty wide accros the back axle bearings.The Pro Slot chassis is particularily bad in this area.

What McLaren is it?I might be able to find a better wheel fit for you.
 

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"I have roadtested this model personally on the Getslotted test track and I can vouch for the car being much smoother than standard SCX kit with a significant improvement in lap times."

No offense to Tucker. But, all of my cars run significantly better after a bit of tuning than out of the box as well. I just don't see the point. Maybe for beginners?

"Why the fuss about wide wheels?"

Because it looks stupid! It goes against scale. The inserts aren't correct either. Use the originals for inserts or use the ones from the Slot-it Audi.

Inte, why bother adding a light kit? Don't these come lit from the factory? Unless, Tucker wants the brakelamps and exhaust flames.

Maybe, I'll add a decal to some of my proxy cars after they come back home and start selling them on E-Bay. They'll have a racing history as well.

Ya might want to lower that front end as well. Seems to be riding a little high.
 

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I would say that if you are going to do this and push them to the Public as increased performance SCALE cars - then you have to do it right and be sure there is a 'real' increase in performance or you will become just another 'bandwagon jumper' in a field of thousands.

I have tried this in a basic mode on Ebay and so have many others, though granted NOT with my own custom look 'sport style' badge


It did not give any particularily better return on time and money invested for me than it did for the others.

I am NOT knocking this idea Matt', I think there IS a niche for it, I am just saying be careful to get it right first time.

For example - lose the outsized wheels. Things like that WILL matter.

Are you going for 'with magnet' or 'without magnet' tuning ?

I would also like to know what factors made you choose an SCX Astra over a Scalextric 'Sport' one? I would have thought the implied additional 'Kudos' of owning a Super Tuned Scalextric LTD ED 'Tucker RS' Sport Astra would have more appeal to the masses ?

Plus those Scalextric Astras need it more than the SCX ones!
 

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I would certainly agree with Swissracer that a "Tucker RS" Scalextric Opel would increase the appeal to folk in the UK. Or even a "Tucker RS" Scalextric Mercedes CLK.

Something worth thinking about.


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Thank you for your comments guys. We are interested in all comments as it helps develop our own thoughts.

Please bear in mind we did not envisage these cars being bought by 'slotheads' (e.g. people on this forum). We also felt that if you are racing in a club environment and your class rules allowed all the things we will be doing you would have already done them - they are not aimed at this market.

They are aimed at people who are more used to getting their cars out of the box, racing them and have not tried (either through lack of knowledge, confidence, experience, etc.) to take the car apart and upgrade, tune them. We are only doing limited numbers because of two factors - is there a market (?) and the time it will take Matt Tucker to upgrade the cars (on top of his other commitments). This might make them attractive to collectors but this is not the people we are really aiming these at.

Taking these in to account we felt the slightly wider wheel stance would not be an issue and in fact gives the cars an even more aggressive stance which in our opinion makes these cars more appealing. However based on the comments this is obviously an area we need to review.

The SCX Opel was choosen as a first model purely on looks - its looks superb and extremely aggresive which was just what we were after. However your opinions on which cars would make a good base are really useful.

Once finalised we will post more details on the components, tuning and the extra bits that will be included that, we think will make these extremely attractive and successful.


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Um?

Don't shoot me here, it ain't the first time and we all know it won't be the last, but even after the explanation, I'm missing the point.

All you are doing is bolting Slot It bits and bobs under the hood? Nothing bespoke? Oh, the certificate and the decal.

I think AMG do a tad more than this.

Sheesh, best of luck.
 

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Unlike Wankel I can see the point and I wish the project well.

The key will be the price which has yet to be determined.

So given that you are a newbie looking to try something out and you can by an off the shelf upgraded car what sort of price do you think newbies might be prepared to pay?

Now remember it might require £25 worth of parts at list to provide the upgrade, with tyres, wheels, motor, crown, pinion, cables, axle, etc.

And what then happens to the parts that are stripped? Does the customer receive these also in a pack?

What is the price pitch to be?


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If a custom "race" car is to be made, why develop 10 or however many the same over? SlotTech have it licked! you get the car you want, and they will look at your circuit your driving style and develop a car around it.

lets take a look at the price..

£25 car
£10 motor
£10 slot it axle kit
£6 front axle

so far £51 excluding tuning/time and what ever else might be in there.

LSI, the lights are on but no wheels are spinning, so I am assuming there is a capacitor in there


no offence, but car have to be tuned personally or tuners to be well recognised race winners like SlotTech cars as an example

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Hmmm.

Inte. Having spoken to the boys at GS there is a bit more to this project than at first meets the eye. I don't want to say much more at this stage but just wait and see what developes.

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QUOTE there is no point in posting NO information like that
I am in complete agreement.
We are here to exchange information, not to boast about how we know some amazingly important secret but we are not going to tell anyone it - reminds me of girls at primary school.

Let's either pass useful information around or not mention it at all.
 

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GS and I are still developing this product and the package that will go with it so nothing is finalised - esp the exact components and therefore price (the later being the killer issue I think).

Remember that we are aiming this product at people with no or limited knowledge of tinkering and upgrades. With this product we hope to give something a bit different that will not only produce a much better performance both non-mag and mag (although we expect most will run it with a magnet on plastic track) but also give the purchaser the knowledge, direct support and tools to configure it if they wish. Thus we hope to introduce the purchasers in to the world of updrades and tinkering which I think we all agree is a really important part of the hobby.

Again your input esp in to the look and components is really appreciated and should help produce a better product.

Matt
 
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