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SCALEXTRIC 1:32 Slot Car Racing

ABOUT SCALEXTRIC 1:32 SLOT CAR RACING

SCALEXTRIC Start
• 1:32 Scale Ages 5+
• Where the racing begins and the action never stops!
• Large track pieces for speedy set up
• Multiple circuit options
• Easy to connect/disconnect track
• Super tough cars
• Compatible with standard Scalextric products
• Skill level control hand throttles

SCALEXTRIC (SPORT) 
• 1:32 Scale Ages 7+
• The standard for slot racing around the world
• Extensive selection of highly detailed and super resistant cars
• High performance Scalextric track
• Large range of additional track pieces and extension packs
• Trackside accessories
• Performance parts
• Upgrade options to Scalextric Digital

SCALEXTRIC Digital
• 1:32 Scale Ages 7+
• A new dimension in slot racing
• Race multiple cars on any lane
• 4-car and 6-car powerbases
• Switch lanes to overtake and block
• Responsive, interactive hand throttles
• Digital cars race on analogue circuits
• Compatible with Scalextric track
• Hand controllers with brakes and lane change control

Converting from Scalextric (SPORT) to Scalextric Digital
What do I need to buy?
Scalextric (standard) and Scalextric Digital use the same track pieces and cars but there are a few things to consider. Let's go through them.

Your first question might be "Can I upgrade to SCALEXTRIC Digital?" The answer is "YES. Very easily."
I'll assume that your starting point is, and this seems to be the most common scenario, that you have a standard Scalextric set brought recently or at anytime since 1957! So, in most cases, you'll have the following standard Scalextric components:
• One Transformer/Power Supply
• Two Hand Controllers/Triggers
• Some cars
A selection of track pieces which will include the track piece (we'll refer to it as the 'powerbase') that is used to connect to the Triggers and/or Transformer.

Your second question might be "Can I use any of the above pieces in the new SCALEXTRIC Digital Slot Car layout?"
Upgrading to Digital means replacing some of the above components. You'll be replacing the transformer, triggers and powerbase.
The cars will have top be converted to Digital by adding a Digital to chip to it. We'll cover this later (see 'Digital cars' below). 
You can incorporate all other standard Scalextric pieces in to the Scalextric Digital layout.

Your final question might be "What do I need to buy?"
The easiest option is to buy a C7056 Digital Conversion kit or any Scalextric Digital set.
• If you purchase C7056 Digital Conversion kit all you do is lay out your current Scalextric circuit and replace the powerbase and triggers with the Digital ones in the kit. Insert the straight lane change track straight. You will need to purchase Digital chips for your cars. Putting standard cars on the Digital track is no good - they'll just emit a warning buzz to say 'I need a chip!'. (See 'Digital cars' below)
• If you purchase a Digital set, it gets even easier. Lay out your new Scalextric Digital set circuit. You can add in most track pieces from any previous Scalextric set you have but DO NOT USE any powerbases (standard or Digital)[No, not even if they are not plugged in - just do not use them as they will cause damage to the Digital system!]. You wont be able to use non-Digital triggers or transformers. The Digital cars you've just purchased in the Digital set can be put on to the Digital track and raced. If you have a non-Digital car then you need to fit a chip to it before it will work on your new Digital circuit.

SCALEXTRIC Slot Cars
• Digital cars: In theory, any car can be used on a Digital circuit. In practice things are a little different. Let's look at the options:
• If you have Digital cars (with chips fitted) then you can race straight away.
• If you have Digital cars with the DPR logo then you need to fit a DPR chip to the car (C8515 or C8516). This is an extremely simple process of removing one screw from the underside of the car, plugging in a chip, and retightening the screw. It takes about 1 minute. Oh, and you can move the chip from car to car. You don't need a chip for every car, but only a chip for each car likely to be racing in the same race. If you have 20 cars, you'll only ever need a maximum of 6 chips since Scalextric Digital only accommodates a maximum of 6 cars on track at any one time.
PS: DPR cars are standard Scalextric cars. They only become ready for racing on a Digital circuit when a C8515 or C8516 chip is fitted.
More difficult, if you have cars without chips pre fitted, and it's not a DPR car, then you need to fit a chip. This requires the chip to be soldered in to the inside of the car. It means removing the body top and soldering some wires. OK if you are a hobbyist type but not much help if you are a "Plug 'n' Go" person! But, nevertheless, any Scalextric car can be made 'Digital'.

In summary
So, to round up; if you have an ordinary Scalextric set which isn't Digital then you can buy a C7056 Digital Conversion kit, or any Digital set. Add Digital cars or fit chips to standard cars. Remember not to use the non-Digital transformer, triggers or powerbases.That's it!
You can use all other track pieces from the last 50 years (with only one or two exceptions) and you can use all Scalextric vehicles (though the use of some older models are dependent upon your hobbyist skills at soldering.).
Simple options guide:
• Discard all standard powerbases, transformers and triggers, then
• Buy a C7056 Digital Conversion kit and two Digital chips and two DPR cars
• Buy a C7056 Digital Conversion kit and two retro-fit Digital de-coders for your existing standard cars.
• Buy any Digital Scalextric set.

Scalextric Car Maintenance
Guide Braid/Blade Replacement
What is the guide and braid?
The guide is normally a small 'keel' (but can be a pin as used in Micro Scalextric) which runs in the track slot and guides the car around the track layout.
The braid is fitted to the slot guide blade assembly. It allows electrical power to pass from the track rails, up through the braids and into the car to power the lights, motor and, if fitted, a digital chip, etc.
With regular use, the braid will eventually wear out and will need to be replaced. Regular maintenance and care can see a braid last for the life of the car.
To keep the braid in good repair:
• always clean them with a small stiff brush (an old toothpaste brush is ideal)
• ensure that the braids are flat against the guide and not angled down
• ensure that the braids are positioned so that they are in line with the track slot rails.
Replacing the braid
Since 1990, an easy-fit system has been used and most Scalextric cars have a very simple push-fit method of replacing the braid.

Improving the Performance of SCALEXTRIC Slots
Scalextric Performance parts can be used to tune up new and old cars. A range of hot motors, gears, bearings and tyres can improve performance on track.
Motors fitted as standard to Scalextric cars normally have a 18,000 rpm specification. The Performance range offers three more motors of a higher specifuication at 20,000, 25,000 and 30,000 rpm.
Tyres are extremely important. The Performance high grip tyres make a remarkable difference. The tyres come in a range to cover F1, GT, Touring, Rally, Mini and Nascar cars.
Gearing can be changed on car motors. The simplest method is to just change the pinion gear. This is the small gear that fits on the motor shaft, 9-tooth for in-line and 11-tooth for side-winder chassis configurations is standard. Changing these gears can give higher tops speeds with slower accelaration or sloer tops speeds with higher acceleration.The enthusiast would experiment with the different ratio combinations to set the best set-up for the car/motor/ grip/circuit combination. Up to twenty-five combinations are possible.
The performance of an older car from past years can be restored to its former glory or at least improved in most cases. It should be noted that the quality and performance of the more recently produced cars tends to improve over the years. So much so that it is normally unrealistic to expect a car produced before the year 2000 to be able to race favourably with a car produced since 2000.
Improvements can be made by the most basic maintenance. Cleaning the axle, axle bearings and chassis in general, lubricating the axle and motor bearings, replacing the guide braid and tyres, will generally improve performance.

Magnets & Downforce on SCALEXTRIC Slot Cars

What to race : A Super Resistant or Fully Detailed car?
Let's use the Audi R8 GT3 as a comparison. It comes in detailed and super-resistant form. With two cars of the same make, in super-resistant and detailed build, the differing down-force between each car might influence your choice depedent upon what type of circuit you race on.

SCALEXTRIC Slot Cars, Scalextric Slot Car Track, Scalextric Slot Car Race Sets and Slot Car Accessories. Oakridge Hobbies carries the complete slot car line of Scalextric. These Scalextric Slot Car sets use the NEW style Scalextric Slot Car "Sport" Track. Scalextric "Sport" Track is a much higher quality, with a smoother and flatter surface. Adapters are available to connect old Scalextric "Classic" style Track and SCX to the new style high quality Scalextric Sport Track. Scalextric Race Sets are equipped with Sport Track and are ready to go, being complete with Scalextric power transformer and dynamic hand held Scalextric speed controllers. Previous Scalextric Slot cars run and adaptors allow connection with Classic Track. Oakridge Hobbies is one of the largest slot car retailers of Scalextric in the U.S.A. Scalextric slot car racing systems and Scalextric sets have just kept getting better. Checkout new Scalextric cars for the biggest improvements in quality. They are fantastic! Be a great racing driver without leaving the living room. New this year is Scalextric Sport Digital. Scalextric has improved on its classic track with the New Scalextric Sport Track new features: - Low density polyethelene for for flat and flawless track - Semi smooth racing surface for increased traction - Slide and click connection for quicker assembly - Specially designed metal lugs for improved conductivity between pieces - Increased slot depth to keep guide blades in position - Improved rails completely flush with track surface to reduce wheel bounce. Sport track is not directly compatable with their classic track, but adapters are available so you can incorporate it into your existing raceway! Scalextric has also released new Sport cars which are performance tweaked stock cars! These cars offer an incredible balance of speed, handling, detail and response for unmodified, out-of-the-box cars! Last but not least is Scalextric's Sport RMS system which allows you to connect your track to a computer for precision timing, track design and other great features! NEW!!! ... Now race up to six cars in the same lane with the SCALEXTRIC SPORT DIGITAL SYSTEM *Note: SCX and Carrera Digital Slot Cars are not compatible with the Scalextric Digital Racing System Scalextric was one of the brands that can be credited for giving rebirth to the large scale slotcar craze in America and in its headquarters in Europe. Along with SCX and Carrera, its cars are preferred by veterans because of their quick response and speed with the handling loose enough to allow the cars to "slide" through tight turns.

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