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The Scalextric Challenger is great fun, but it is taking a toll on my other slot cars. Its relentless, and if I spin out ahead of it - look out! Last night it took out my Fly BMW. Broken mirror, broken wing and the 2nd time it happened, it popped the drive train out. I'm not complaining. If I were a better driver it wouldn't happen. So far, 3 cars have sustained minor damage. But hey, that's racing.
 

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I've had a similar experience. Make sure that you get your car off the road after been kicked out otherwise you will get a real hit on the next lap if your car is in the way of the challenger. This has cost me the rear spoiler of my normal CLK.

Do not slide in front of the challenger - he kicks you out.

Anyway - this is one of the challenges, because you can predict the behaviour of this "computer" driven car. But you have to make sure, that you overtake the challenger at the right point, so that you are not kicked out in the next curve.

Or you test your driving skills when you try to drive in a parallel position.
I found it extremely difficult to keep up with the challenger and you need to concentrate a lot.
Nevertheless - I like it very much
 

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Tee, hee.

Couldn't help but find this amusing.

The robot takes no prisoners!

Though thinking about it, that would really annoy me.
 

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QUOTE (Intergrali @ 10 Mar 2004, 05:05 PM)well well.. challenger hitting me? no such thing
Inte hit challenger.. more like it!


it t-boned my stang and took me off cos it understeered, but that was only once
How can it under steer when the wheels can't turn! lol
 

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Understeer = de-slot in little car speak. Mind you 1:1 cars can de-slot, into the nearest ditch


Even had my Capri start to understeer, but just opened the throttle to the bulkhead and that sorted Her out!
Obviously, another 200 bhp and 200 ft lb of torque in a better handling RWD car does the same thing.

It 's a good job that some of the roadside hedges are quite high in my area - stops me trying too hard and too sideways


I really should steal a credit card and go on a course at a race or rally school, just to see how much better it can be done.

Anyway, I'm not sure about a proximity sensor in the front of Challenger, but an emergency stop switch is a good idea. If you slide in front of it whilst running close, I see no reason why the robot should not perform a PIT manoeuvre a la World's Scariest Police Chases


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Perhaps that's why it's called challenger.....

"I challenge'r to try and keep the rest of your cars in one piece!"

Since I got it working I think it really is a great challenge....I run it on a carpet track at the moment with 4 corner-cross overs and a chicane....if i let the challenger get off the line first its nigh on impossible to get past it due to the lack of o/taking places...human opponents will give way on the crossover, challenger just ploughs the back off your prized car
 

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Maybe Scaly will bring out a Mark II version, which will sense if there is anything in it's path and slow down. In my opinion it is a good product, but there are always improvements to be made.
There are companies that bring out a good product, but always have something better up their sleeves. Otherwise they would not appear to be making progress. If it was financially viable, and we as racers were more patient, then an improved Challenger could have been produced first time out I'm sure.

I'm sure that companies who produce computer games for example have always improvements to add, but choose not to include them first time round as it makes the buying public part with more hard earned cash.

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You guys are bringing back too many memories, these days I drive a Diesel Mondeo Estate. I used to drive V6 Capris, and RWD escorts including the RS2000, even my skodas were real fun sideways. Driving a diesel estate with kiddy seats in the back sideways, really just makes you look a bit of a berk
, At least its the new diesel engine so it feels nice and gutsy, and it handles well for such a big car, it just not something you could drive sideways everywhere
, ah well thats married life and sensible cars.









Damned that RS2000 used to be fun
, just creeping into that picture you can see the rear quater of my old 69 Capri, which should have long ago had a v8 dropped into it, never heard anything about it though.



This one was a beast, about 180 bhp but it kicked in from 1500 rpm, not all lumpy and camy at the top end, it was IMPOSSIBLE to drive in a straight line, even on a dry day you try to pull out gently and the back end would join the road befor the front, awesome fun though.
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They were fun, the red escort, was a real shed though
, it had a ropey 1600 pinto and an exhaust made from scaffolding, and when I first got it the gearbox tunnel had been cut to make room for the pinto and no plate welded over it so just a hole, there was no carpet one 70's bucket seat, and a nasty beige L spec passenger seat, I seam to remember the exhaust brackets held the floor pan in
, It got welded up and the 2l it deserved fitted
, done a fair few road rallies in it before giving way to rust
, looked good on the outside though
I got in trade for an 1600SR opal Kadett from a guy who worked for a scrap yard, He thought the opal was faster because I beat him in a race, I done the same thing once I had the scort though
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The RS2000 suffered from severe rust on the front strut mounts, and eventually sold that for £500 to a hillclimber, I believe it underwent a complete restoration
, It deserved it absolutely fantastic road rally car, drove so well, and just the right amount of power and driveability, lovelly seats as well


The Capri went down to cornwall to a guy who wanted to put a v8 in it, he had done so to several other cars so I didnt mind.

The White escort was robbed of its engine and currently sits in a guys drive waiting for when he starts stageing
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The Skoda is currently for sale, last I heard, great car, something like 60 rallies with just 3 retirements (all driveshaft) Never finished off the podium in its championship - with 3 different drivers. It actually won outright the southwest championship against, the likes of WRC's and 6R4's.
 
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