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Another day another forum. I'm a newbie, but I'll introduce myself at the bottom.

My thoughts on the proposed new Scalextric digital system.

1) What if Scalextric stop selling new Analogue sets. They'll continue selling spares, but why would they carry on selling old analogue sets in toy stores?

2) The digital system and it's lane changing will bring in the TCR generation. I had one of these as a kid and it was great. Many TCR owners refuse to buy Scalextric because they don't like single lane racing, they're not too keen on slots either. I would have got a TCR this xmas if they still existed.

3) I agree that digital will appeal more initially to "carpet racers" as you guys call them. It's going to be easier to have more fun on a low budget.

4) The cost of the digital tranceivers is going to drop as volumes increase. Volumes will increase as they stop selling analogue sets.

5) Big thumbs up for backwards compatibility.

6) Sounds like it will work well with Challenger for loners like me as the voltage will be constantly up.

7) Has anybody thought of the potential for racing across the internet with a digital control? You could technically output your movements to a remote track. Big potential here perhaps and great for single owners, although it could affect clubs.

Bit About Me
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As this is my first thread, thought I'd introduce myself (hence the new thread, didn't wanna cause clutter).

My name's Ben and I live and work in Surrey. I got my first Scalextric kit this xmas with a size 4 Touring Car set from Argos. I'm also about to purchase a used size 4 Le Mans set from a friend to increase my inventory of cars etc.
Along with the sets, I've also got RMS (few problems here, will post elsewhere) and the Challenger system.

Seen posts from "Wankel". Hi mate, I also own a Wankel, http://jaffacake.net/b3nrx.jpg can I get one of these in a Scalextric car?

Hi everyone, my first post of many I'm sure...
 

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QUOTE 7) Has anybody thought of the potential for racing across the internet with a digital control? You could technically output your movements to a remote track. Big potential here perhaps and great for single owners

Um - nice lateral thinking I like it.

Ben - welcome to the addicting world of slot cars


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Welcome Jaffacake - are you related to Orange Picker? (yes he exists!)

An interesting post.

Yes, I suspect the possibility that digital control might well eventually become the standard, but WITHOUT the necessity or expense of utilising lane changers. It would make an enormous amount of financial sense to manufacturers to produce a single system, IF the power supplies and decoding chips can be made cheaply enough that people will buy them in large numbers, though the price is bound to rise some. Basically it depends on how great that cost/price increase will be. I am very pleased I am not charged with the responsibility for trying to project the figures!
 

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As for analogue dissappearing from department stores - i think its highly unlikely. Scalextric will still like to keep a low price entry to the system, so the small set 1 layout systems will be analogue, and probably the layout 2 as well. Eventually, the layout 4's might be replaced with digital layout 4s, to cater for the more expensive end, but the analogue ones will last a while in sgops
 

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You could be right. I'm just wondering if "My first scalextric" was brought in to make the analogue spares cost effective to produce once digital goes mainstream....
 

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Wer hey! Another wankel on the board!

Sweet taste in motor cars you got, too.
 

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Jaffa, 93 Mazda UK FD3 on a Rotechniks rebuilt engine, K&N filter, larger radiator, uprated clutch and bigger US style down pipe but that's where the funds ran out and the rest of the exhaust is standard. The suspension had been stiffened and the ride-height lowered by the first owner but I'm afraid I must be in line for a cloth cap because the next thing I do will be to have that undone and revert to standard - can't take anymore buttock clenching as I go over the rubbish roads of Oxfordshire.

She's black, unlike my sig.
 
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