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Generally it would be great if shape accuracy increased - I hope we haven't already passed the peak of shape accuracy. But I think this is likely, with more and more people adopting CAD solutions in their patternmaking. The detail and nice-ness of cars is already superb, in my opinion. The only question is whether this will spread to a few manufacturers who are not leading in this fashion.

I think the biggest developements in both technology and driving style will be in digital.

Anyone can have fun bash and crashing digital, it is great. But, if you don't want so many de-slots, it takes discipline in ALL the drivers on the field, much the same as in real motor racing. So will we learn to be disciplined enough to have great and challenging digital races?

On the technological side, the ability to send cars signals, and cars already having on-board chips will make all sorts of stuff possible. Lights control, already on scx where you can turn ur lights on or off, maybe people will find less deslots if they can flash the car in front to tell them they are about to overtake; implimentation of break lights with no need for capacitors just requires some chip programing, and again may help for driving when u see the car in front start to brake.

Sprints idea of seperate brakes could again be implimented digitally, don't know if its worth doing tho.

A lot of fun and interesting stuff is already on its way in the form of Scalextric World thingy, and I dont particularly mean the internet racing, but the telemetry, racing against your own previous performance, and stuff like that. Have they already done everything possible with the forthcoming system, or will people think of even better things that can be done?

Apart from digital, model trains have real steam, when will gimmiky real exhaust smoke appear for slots?
 

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on the other hand - i dissagree with cheater!

I think slot car manufacturers have been outstandingly innovative and forward thinkin over the last 5 years -

- Fly making super detailed cars, never commercially produced before

- SCX, scalextric and Carrera developing digital systems, no previous sales to justify this, forwards thinking? big mistake? time will tell, but its not based on previous sales

- Vanquish differential

lots more stuff I am sure, in the parts and tuning arena

And overall, they seem to be doing the right thing, since the hobby is developing and growing.

As for a unified voice - none of us can agree here on anything
 

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cheater - i was only kidding bout the not agreeing bit.

I do agree that good communication between enthusiasts (us) and manufacturers/distributers is a good thing: we dont feel so annoyed and ignored when we are informed, and manufacturers know what certain sectors of their market want better

However, I do think manufacturers are generally being very forward thinking, and some at least are paying a lot of attention to boards like this one, as well as whatever other market research they do.

Will have a look at that SCI thread tomorrow
 

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good points peter. Standards on digital have been kicked about on here before. There is a big risk with imposing standards too early on a new development - should scalextric and carrera have just dropped their ideas and taken up SCX system cos they were first?

Of course, the winner may not be the most technologically best (VHS/Betamax), but manufacturers and developers do have to be able to experiment with the foundations of such a system before they are set in stone.

PS - those are my opinions based on the ideas kicked about elsewhere, not the unanimous voice of SF!
 
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