Given that the Digital Pit Lane Game has disappeared from the Scalextric UK website (but still appears on the US website) that leaves us with only the pit in/out (left and right) and straight double lane change "X" (C7036) for digital pieces. I don't consider the single lane R3 (C7017) or half straight (C7016) to be "special" since they can be made with regular track and a knife (also no electronics).
By contrast, I had a look at the 170 page Carrera 2019 Catalogue and noted the following:
- 3 digital straight lane changers - left, right, and double (i.e.XLC) ... plus the non-digital straight "X"
- 4 curved lane changers (CLCs) - left and right as both in-to-out and out-to-in ... but NO non-digital curved "X"
- digital narrow section pairs (like the Scalextric pit lane entry/exit pieces) for both left and right
- not to mention start light, position tower, pit lane with pit stop adapter, lap counter (matched by Scalextric), and driver displays
PLUS a 1:24 digital cam car streaming video from the car on the track
AND a digital Check Lane track piece for sector timing!
I was stunned by the number of track pieces Carrera offer compared to Scalextric (especially considering the number of non-digital pieces Scalextric had in the 1960's).
Now, in fairness, 3 Carrera straight lane changers are a bit excessive and can be replaced by one Scalextric double, and the Carrera pit lane entry/exit pieces are also redundant if they also have the narrow section pairs, which are used by Scalextric for the pit duties. But not having CLC's is significant, especially when we see how many people are using them for pit entry or other unique applications.
Maybe Scalextric should reconsider the CLC as a 2 piece curve in both left and right configurations and allow electronics to be swapped to the opposite end by the hobbyist (symmetrical flippers) to create 4 possible curves PLUS the racing line unit!
The SlotForum community has filled the gap on many of the other items (e.g. start lights and RichG lap tower) but the lack of CLCs mean passing ONLY on a straight and no more racing lines etc.
It concerns me that with only pit lanes and double straight (XLC) digital pieces, the significance of digital racing is not as appealing to newcomers. So maybe bring back the CLC rather than remove more track pieces?