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Scalextric RCS lets you monitor slot cars with your phone

Scalextric RCS lets you monitor slot cars with your phone

Scaletrix RCS

Scalextric has introduced the Scalextric RCS (Race Control System), a new addition to its slot car system that allows for the digital management of races via your smartphone.

Scalextric RCS allows users to choose the race type, driver names and number of laps, to give an easy digital readout of the race's progress and conclusion. Other features can also be toggled on or off, such as Yellow Flag mode, Fuel, Tyre Wear and in-race damage.

Included in the system is the PowerBase, which is a digital interface attached to small section of standard Scalextric track, along with a number of Hand Throttles. With the digital throttle users can also customise throttle mappings and car handling characteristic, adding extra depth to the art of slot car racing.

Three different versions of Scextric RCS will be available, starting with the RCS One that uses wired throttles and has limited race control features and retails for £39.99. Topping the range is the RCS Pro, which costs a hefty £99.99 but includes two wireless controllers and has a comprehensive list of race control features.

Scalextric Marketing Manager Dale Luckhurst said: “We are very excited to showcase Scalextric RCS™ for the first time at the 2014 London Toy Fair. Scalextric RCS™ revolutionises the way consumers interact with their sets at home, a combination of the physical elements of Scalextric with the intuitive digital world of Smart devices. We are looking forward to releasing the first batch of products to contain RCS™ later this year.”

Scalextric RCS will be available in Q3 2014 and can be bought direct from the Scalextric site.

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lilgoth89 17th January 2014, 12:48 Quote
Bout Time...Hornby has been digital for a couple of years now
Woodspoon 17th January 2014, 13:00 Quote
they need to sell a camera that can be attached to the cars that you can watch from smart phone or tv/pc, that would be fun, drivers eye view racing, and easily doable.
goldstar0011 17th January 2014, 13:07 Quote
wow to the wireless and wow to Woodspoon's idea
SMIFFYDUDE 17th January 2014, 14:09 Quote
Drivers eye view would be interesting, it would be like driving at 700mph, might not be useful for actually controlling from though but who knows.

I still have my old early '90s Scalextric Pole Position set. The box is pretty battered and dusty and I'm scared of opening it in case of spiders.
Asouter 17th January 2014, 21:12 Quote
just when i'd forgotten about the boxes in the attick, Something like this comes along. like the idea of wireless controllers
fluxtatic 18th January 2014, 04:38 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Woodspoon
they need to sell a camera that can be attached to the cars that you can watch from smart phone or tv/pc, that would be fun, drivers eye view racing, and easily doable.

that's a great idea. Scalextric's ideas seem a little...I dunno. Does everything on the planet have to interface with a smartphone now?
mi1ez 19th January 2014, 20:21 Quote
I like old Scalextric...
tonyd223 20th January 2014, 11:43 Quote
Scalextric... oh yes, I remember...
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