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woodcote

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Hi KLASS Member - welcome to the forum!

 

The conversation quoted dates back four years and it doesn't look as if the tech specs have been added on new cars for some time.

 

The good news is that an official Scalextric stockist - Pendle Slot Racing - do include detailed specs on their listings, which is really useful info for racers and racing groups and clubs: https://www.pendleslotracing.co.uk/slot-cars/1-32-scale.html?manufacturer=51

 

I hope that helps.

woodcote

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Hi Slowco Rodriguez - welcome to the forum!

 

Rally cross 1980s-style was something I really enjoyed replicating with Scalextric when I was a kid. Our simulation involved putting oil on the start/finish line which gave a slippy first part of the lap and more normal grip on the final part. It was messy, but a lot of fun!

 

I wouldn't recommend using the oil on digital track - I don't think the sensors will like it. The lane changers and pit entry pieces are 'opened' by pressing the lane change button on the controller, so you can easily make a joker lap loop using a pit lane - it would be one lane, but do the job. You'd have to confirm that all the drivers use the joker loop once per heat (and for any penalties) - so there is the need for one person to act as race controller. The offset start would be more tricky. You could use a fixed pit lane exit pieces on each side of the track - that would filter single 'start' lanes into the track. Not ideal, but probably the only way to get near it.

woodcote

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The ones I have seen (in the flesh) have all been very slightly off-white, as you say. Some pictures of the real cars from 1977 show an off-white colour. I guess this is what the Scalextric design team have gone with.

woodcote

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Hi simontk - welcome to the forum!

 

Unfortunately, I haven’t come across any design software that offers pieces for Micro Scalextric. Ultimate Racer does include a Marchon track library, which is identical to the original 1994 Scalextric Micro MR-1 track system. However, this was replaced from 1995-6 by the Micro Scalextric system. Although it uses the same geometry as MR-1, there are extra pieces (including the hairpin) that aren’t in the Marchon track library.

 

There is a brand new Micro Scalextric track system that has just been released in the past few days in the new My First Scalextric set and due to be followed by three Warner Brothers sets and other ‘store exclusive’ sets between now and Christmas. The track is very different and is summarised here: https://www.scalextric.com/uk-en/forum/new-micro-scalextric-track-system/. The dimensions of the new track suggests that either the Tony AFX or Tyco HO track libraries in Ultimate Racer could be used for a basis design - the corners are 9-inches in diameter and the straights 3 and 6-inches long.

 

I hope that helps.

woodcote

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Hi Tableworm - welcome to the forum!

 

Just checking that if you connect the original green car to the other controllers (red, blue or yellow) that it changes lanes successfully?And that the other three cars when connected to red, blue or yellow change lanes okay, but fail to change lanes when connected to green. This happens when using the app AND when running outside the app (ie with the powerbase switched on, but without the ARC app launched on your smart device).

 

Also, when you connect one of the other controllers (red, blue or yellow) to green on the powerbase, lane changing does not work? When connecting another controller to the powerbase, make sure the original green controller is switched off.

 

If the problem occurs when you run without the app and with all the controllers and cars, I suspect a powerbase fault - you’d need to contact Customer Services (details right or below). However, if the problem occurs only in the app or only with certain cars or controllers, we have more problem-solving to do... a replacement powerbase will have exactly the same problems.

 

I hope that helps!

woodcote

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A question that comes up time and time again on this forum is whether there is a manual for the ARC app. Beyond the Quick Start Guides, the answer is - nothing official that is produced by Scalextric.

 

However, I have started a thread on the the new SlotRacer Online site which uses race simulations to introduce the various features of the app: https://slotracer.online/community/showthread.php?tid=181

 

Instead of putting together what would be a huge and unwieldy user manual, I hope the practical guide will get people using the app for racing straight away and will encourage you all to explore the app and use your own imagination to develop race formats and simulations that work best for you and your racing pals.

 

The guide is based on ARC Pro, but should be also be useful for people using ARC One and ARC Air. I do plan to include some two-car analogue race formats to the thread in the future.

woodcote

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It is difficult to miss the Club on the Scalextric website at the moment! Here's the page with all the details: https://www.scalextric.com/uk-en/memberships

 

The 2020 Club car was displayed at the UK Slot Car Festival and looks fabulous...

 

 

Seeing the car was enough for me and many other Scalextric enthusiasts to sign up to the Club at the Festival. Also mentioned by the Scalextric team over the weekend was the opportunity for Club members to buy other exclusive cars, enter competitions and (possibly) auctions for pre-production samples and prototypes, plus exclusive content and other competitions. The 10% discount is on cars and accessories only, not sets. That discount is available now, although we'll have to wait for the 2020 car and catalogue. I'm looking forward to seeing how the Club develops.

woodcote

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The first set containing the new Micro Scalextric system is due in the UK this month! Here it is: https://www.scalextric.com/uk-en/shop/coming-soon/my-first-scalextric-2f5373.html

 

More sets are expected over the summer, with the individual cars due in the autumn.

 

A pre-production layout starred at the UK Slot Car Festival a couple of weeks ago, getting plenty of use from the festival goers. It looked great and was a lot of fun...

 

woodcote

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It was a fabulous weekend again and lots of exciting Scalextric stuff to see, including the new Spark Plug entertaining racers of all ages...

 

There was also a pre-production Micro Scalextric layout that got non-stop action over the two days. It looks great and performed very well...

 

The new Scalextric Club was launched, with plenty of people signing up after giving the 2020 Club Car the thumbs up. It does look rather nice...

 

Almost all the 2019 Scalextric released were on display, many of them pre-production samples. Here are just a few...

 

And there were some fabulous Scalextric digital tracks to race on, this one from Slot Track Scenics was my favourite...

 

I took some video of the racing on that track: https://youtu.be/6i6xZs3mLw0

 

Keep an eye out for the announcement of next year's dates - it's an event all slot car fans should visit at least once. The website is: http://ukslotcarfestival.co.uk/

woodcote

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Hi Gus - welcome to the forum!

 

Yes you can buy extra ARC Pro wireless controllers and connect them to any colour you want on the ARC Pro powerbase. The process of connecting a controller to the powerbase is explained on pages 8 & 9 of the ARC Pro Quick Start Guide, which should have come with your Platinum set. If you have mislaid the guide, you can download it from here: https://www.scalextric.com/uk-en/shop/sets/app-race-control-arc/arc-pro.html

 

Have fun!

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