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Tue, 19 Jan 2010
Digital Slot Cars
We have got a new slot cars set for Christmas.
I had one when I was a child, and I quite liked to play with it,
build and tune my own cars, etc.
Several years later, we had an 8-track
slot cars simulator
in our SGI computer lab. Well, today's state-of-the-art slot cars systems
are completely different beasts to what I used to know.
The system we have is SCX
I have bought an F-1 set with one additional car (guess which one :-) and some
The features and my experience so far include:
- The speed of the car is communicated in a digital way rather that by
changing the voltage in the rails, so it is possible to have several cars in a
single lane without interfering with each other, to overtake, etc.
- The car can change lanes using a separate button on a controller.
- It is possible to race with refuelling in a pit box,
and the players can choose their own refuelling strategy: a near-empty car
is a bit faster, the car uses less fuel when not driven at full throttle, etc.
- The cars are fast: the system has so called "junior mode" with a
limited top speed, and a full speed mode, which is very hard to use
without derailing frequently. Even in junior mode, I use the full throttle only
in a finish line.
- The cars have adjustable magnets under their rear axles, so they withstand
much higher speeds in curves than what I had been used to from my
- There is also a lap counter, but it counts the laps for the leading car
only, so after derailing several times nobody knows whether he is two meters
or two laps behind the leader. The full timer and lap counter can be bought
- The cars have adjustable electronic brakes. I usually
set it to 0% in junior mode, and to 50% in full speed mode.
There are only two drawbacks: firstly, it is probably the most expensive slot
cars system available, and then the F-1 cars are very brittle.
Especially the mirrors of Ferrari are prone to snapping off. #