hi Woodcote and Happy new year to you as well.
Just to clarify, I run both analog on wood and digital with the APB. In analog, once you release the throttle to 0 then you get the brake are applied - what we call dynamic brake here. That is what most of the analog users expect to happen. I am surprised that those analog races did know how to use it...or they might have been from one of those weird clubs in the UK where brake are banned.
In digital, we use RCS64 and we do not use dynamic brakes but manual brakes with the button on the controller. The APB by defauld opts for the dynamic brake option but one can disable (per ID) this option and have even with the APB connected to the tower manual brakes.
Dr_C I am a bit confused by your post: are you saying that dynamic brakes is the only option no matter whether the ARC PRO is used as stand alone or connected with the ARC/Magic App? So there is no way that we can have the behaviour where once the throttle is released the car coasts unless one presses the brake button? If the dynamic brake is backed in the controller firmware then I have an idea why this is the case.
Then the other question would be why adding the brake button?
It is nice that they have released the comm protocol but it seems that they need to release even more firmware to allow people to get to the level of customisation that the APB allows.