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Scalextric Sport Digital

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Scalextric to Unveil Sport Digital System at London Toy Fair 2004

We thought that it might arrive sometime soon...

- Six cars to race on a single Scalextric lane
- New digital hand throttles
- Sport Digital power control unit
- Button-braking function
- 9 different modes of racing to choose from
- Compatible with existing Scalextric Sport track

The Sport Digital Race Ready Set
- Set containing: Track, Digital Control unit, 2 Digital cars & 2 enhanced digital hand throttles and one lane change track piece.

Sport Digital Pro (for existing layouts)
- Contains: Command Unit, Connector Track, 2 hand throttles, Software CD ROM, Power unit, 2 Changeover tracks.

Click here for the Scalextric Press Release

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Beppe, to connect Scalextric to SCX you need the Sport to Classic-adapter - and teh Ninco-adapter is the counterpiece to adapt it to Ninco. Lana-spacing MIGHT be a downside for this system - but it will fit in smaller spaces - and that's an upside

I'll wait till I've seen and tested the Scalextric-system. Carrera and SCX are more or less compareable from their feautures - and if Scalextric is not wors it will be a benefit for the new system if it handles up to 6 cars per lane.
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..if the system is only able to handle 6 different adresses for cars there is no sense for more than 4 lanes!

Interesting would be a reduction piece from 2 to 1 lane and reverse to handle marshalling lanes for deslotted cars and to build pit-lanes. If the system is really compatible to the sports-track there are enough track-pieces available to build interesting chicanes - just imagine to add a curve-cross-over and possibilities out of that... strategic slotracing starts in 2004
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...we don't need a separate digital forum!'s hard to say, but I've to agree with Inte - I don't see digital slotracing in clubs as long as there is no standard system available. this trend would destroy all over-regional racing series. These digital systems make only sense for "carpet racers". The only serious system IMHO is DAVIC - and it's easy to adapt to ANY club track - and easy to remove for classic slotracing.
Now you might add me to the dinosaurs I fear...

I'm not agains new technologies - but I've seen wht happend end of the 60ties with these high-tech-racers which destroyed the whole scene and I've seen what happened with these servo-systems - no slot, lane changing - in the 80ties. Both have been close to destroy slotracing!
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..this one is especially for Mope!
I made some really bad experience with digital systems for trains 16 years ago, invested a lot of money to convert my "oldfashioned" model train to digital - and had to recognize, that without an approved and accepted standard all this money has been wasted as most of the 3rd party acessories have not been compatible.

Please come down from your cloud back to reality and think ahead!
If every manufacturer is "cooking his own special soup" we can't compete with different brands in the future!

What are you thinking about the club-scene in UK - I know, that there are a couple of routed and Ninco-tracks. If they don't switch to Scalextric, but choose SCX, Carrera or DAVIC you can't compete with them without additional investments.

Races ,like I know them from Germany, where different events all over the country are held with the same rules and regulations will become impossible!
Is that the future you're asking for?

The only thing, I ask for, is a standard digital system or protocol which is compatible for all manufacturers / brands! Then I'll invest my money in digital slotracing - but not before this main issue is fixed!
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6, you're right Fergy, the Scalextric Digital System is limited to 6 cars per track when lanes are connected together! That's not the big advantage I've been looking for! DAVIC makes more sense to me - much more!
I mentioned above - all the systems form the big manufacturesr are designed for carpet-racers and not for club-racing! Nuro, the limit is defined by data transfer rate and response time you need - forget the power supply at the moment. This is the weak point of all digital control systems - and DAVIC is the only one which solved the problem up to today!
If the frequency of the data transfer rate is to high you're creating your own radio station with the conductors of the rails as antennas

If this stuff would be so easy, I would have been running my digital slotcars for years...
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...seems that there are a lot of people dreaming without knowing where the problem really is...

About controllers - the controller you'll have in your hands with a digital system is just a remote control for the controller in teh car - part of the chip. If you pull the trigger, your remote control just measures where the trigger is, convert's this into a number and an adress and sends the whole information via rail to the cars. The car with corresponding adress picks up the information and reacts.
If you don't like the shape of scalextric-controllers - or other digital controllers - just change the enclosure of the controller.
If SCX tells you, they havbe solved the problem of accidental lane change - this has been solved from all the others too - it's one of the basics!

If a digital system should become a success it needs the capability to adress at least more cars than possible with the track system - for Scalextric more than 8!
We have the same discussions we had at the SCI-forum some months ago - but still no more reliable information from manufacturers!!!
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..if everyone runs in a differnt direction we'll loose for shure!
For such a major developement like digital we need a standard - just imagine we would have AC and DC-slotcar-systems.
To enshure the investment into digital the manufacturers need growing markets - all of them! And markets are only able to grow if there is a demand....
...Beppe, you've not to do the marketing for any of the manufacturers! Let the market decide which is the bet system!
The only thing I'm constantly asking for is a STANDARD for digital slotcars - and as all manufacturers use very similar protocols this should be possible - if they need specific guides, it does not matter, but cars should run on any digital system with minimal modifications! Also, this digital protocol should be open source so that 3rd parties are able to develop further products - then the market might grow. the whole digital theme is not such a big thing - everything you need to design such a system is known! And in the slot community you might find more support when people are able to take part in the development of the product and are able to design further accesories by themselves.
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