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Using non-"chipped" cars on digital track

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I was wondering

If you use older Scalextric, SCX, and Carrera cars on the new Scalextric digital setup, will they still run like non-digital track? I'm curious if my cars will work at all without the retro-fit chips inside them.

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The impression I got was that when racing with digital cars, the track is supplied a consistant DC current, and the chip in the car regulated the current going to the motor - sort of like putting an analogue controller in the car.

I'd imagine that a low-voltage digital data signal will be 'carried' on the track current, and this will contain instructions to control the chip, and therefore current to the motor.

Back to the original question, though, I was wondering the other day if Scalextric would include an 'analogue mode' on the digital system. If this were the case, you'd still use the digital controller, but a variable current would be applied to the track by the digital base unit rather than a constant one.

I think this is how SportWorld is going to work, as it uses digital controllers but runs analogue cars. This allows for features like fuel-load weight and 'yellow-flags' where the cars are forced to run on half-power during a crash.

It will be very interesting to see what Scalextric have in store once more info is available!
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