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!