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Scalextric Conundrum

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QUOTE Comin soon:
MotoGP motorbikes,4wd Skoda rally car, Audi TT and Porsche Boxter and the exciting new vintage F1 series starting with the Maserati 250F and Vanwall are all due later this Summer.

Note the use of the words "the exciting new vintage F1 series starting with" in connection with this announcement on the Scalextric website. Clearly more of these are on the way.

My guess is that these vintage F1 cars will represent something of a conundrum for the racing set up folk at Hornby.

Are they to have vintage Scalextric handling or not?

That is the question.

We all know the cars are going to have magnets but are they to be small button magnets Lotus 7 style or stronger bar magnets GT40 style?

The curved shape of the chassis of these vintage F1 cars is not really condusive to a bar magnet is it so it looks like weaker button magnets will be favoured.

That should of course suit most folk here who prefer the more sedate slot car life with cars that have extremely narrow tyres.

The first cars in a new race series clearly set the tone for the future models.

I wonder if these will be the first SPORT cars to have 2 button magnets?

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QUOTE The new Scalextric Digital and SPORT World controllers will make all this talk redundant as you will be able to set the controller up as you want to give you a "classic" feel to your car if that is desired.

In fact all other controllers become redundant once the Scalextric Digital and SPORT World control systems are released as they will have infinitely variable multiphase settings.

To say that all other controllers become redundant seems rather silly. Yes, it seems that the Sport World set up will offer feartures and flexibility not found elsewhere, and so will possibly be able to claim that they are the most advanced available.

But the statement seems to hold the belief that everyone will simply abandon their tried and trusted controllers in favour of the new system. I don't see that happening, especially not in clubs. Scalextric will still have to compete in the controller market, same as anyone else. Maybe they will become widely respected and sought after, maybe not. But it's a bit premature to be talking about redundancy.

Back to the original point - Vintage F1's. Are we talking about what we would wish for in an ideal world, or what we expect.
I think it's unrealistic to expect Scalextric to provide anything other than their standard motor and magnet set up, probably a bar magnet, maybe a stepped one as in the Lister LMP.
I think it is reasonable to expect things like round wheels, straight axles and reliable gears. Once the manufacturers get this consistently right, maybe things like appropriate handling characteristics can be explored.

I also think that an out of the box car is expected to run reasonably well on plastic track. But it's ultimate performance and handling are down to me. If every car came out of the box performing exactly how I wanted it I think I'd get a bit bored. Tinkering and 'improving' a car are important parts of the hobby to me.

Sorry this is a bit of an epic, I'll stop now!

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