SCX Slot Cars are manufactured by a company called Tecnitoys. The brand SCX was first started in Spain in the mid 1960’s. Current cars are built to a 1/32nd scale and incorporate all the latest technologies such as, real scale modelling, the latest electronic devices and modern tampo printing. This means that the current crop of cars are realistic copies of the real race cars they represent.
Todays cars are produced in China, using ultra modern production facilities. The current range of cars include models that represent the following categories of racing; mega 888
GT Sports Car
German DTM Touring Car
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The modern cars are produced for two different operating systems. The original Analogue system and the new Digital system. I will explore both these systems in detail, in the following paragraphs.
Using this operating system, racers drive their cars around the track, staying in their own lane. Each driver has a hand throttle used to control their cars speed. The skill involves racing the car as fast as possible, without de-slotting from your lane. The driver who can lap quickest, without coming off wins the race. This system is simple in terms of electrical complexity and is easy to maintain. Another benefit of the analogue systems is that it is usually about half the cost of a Digital system. This system provides a good entry level for people just starting out in model car racing.
With the digital system up to six people can race on a two lane track. This is achieved by modern electronics. Each car is fitted with a digital chip, which is tuned to the drivers digital hand throttle. Special lane changing track sections allow cars to change lanes. This is accomplished when the driver depresses a lane changing button on his digital hand throttle, as he approached the lane changing section. As you can imagine, this adds a lot of extra excitement to the racing, as you can change lanes in order to overtake your opponent. Other digital accessories like, digital lap counting, pit stop fuel box and digital chronometer all add to the racing spectacle. The cost of a digital system is about double that of an analogue system.