Hi Dopamine and others (above)
Believe me, licence owners are very, very particular as to how their image is portrayed. The higher the profile of the licence owner, the more stringent the requirements upon us. They instruct us quite specifically on the extact description to appear on the product, as all high profile licence owners do. We do not get to choose how we would like to describe ANY of our high-profile (F1 teams, GT teams, etc) products. Life would be Oh so simple if we could!
For modern F1 cars, it is the case that we do not get the choice of what livery we put on to the car, irrespective of the car year/shape. This is completely controlled by the licence owner in their efforts to control their brand image and sponsor requirements. Tis is true just as much for a car that is 3 years old as a car from this current year.
Let me assure you all, we work hard with all licence owners to ensure we represent their car model likeness as they require. If the licence owner wants the car in a particluar colour shade (contrary to the real car colour), with or without certain sponsor names/logos, with or without particular bodywork details, released before or after a certain date, in certain packaging with appropriate graphics, only sold in specific markets, etc, etc, - this list is endless. We have to comply to all of this. We do so as a pleasure, as well as for business, to bring our valued Scalextric enthusiasts the products they have asked for.
Historically, the same has always applied right back to the earliest cars when sponsoship became so important to their brand image. You can thank Colin Chapman
. Take a look at any Scalextric F1 car and I suspect that you will very rarely find an exact replica.You only have to go back to the 90's and look at the Benetton and Ferrari car s produced then to see that details and liveries are not as accurate as today's offering are. We strive to improve.
The good thing is the enthusiast Scalextric F1, and other race series, fans out there (this is you guys) are interested enough to investigate our models and compare with the real car. Model cars will never be the same as the real car, It is impossible. Despite this, we try to achieve a close a model as possible to the original car whislt at the same time making it viable whilst complying with the licence owners requirements.
There are no secrets here, this is what all toy and model making companies have to do.
As always, I'm happy to try and throw some light on your questions and perceptions of the Scalextric world.
If you are going to the NSCC Hornby Scalextric Weekend, I will be glad to explain at length as part of the Q&A sessions we hold.
Happy Collecting & Racing