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Carrera takes slot car racing realism to the next level

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Posted 19 November 2014 - 10:26 AM

Published at racer.com on Tuesday, Nov 18:


Slot car racing has always been a great way to get youngsters interested in motorsports – and for their parents to indulge their racing dreams, especially over the long winter months. But the digital revolution that has changed the way we work, play and communicate continues to take slot cars further beyond toys to ever higher levels of realism.

Carrera, which has been building high-quality slot car sets since 1963, offers a wide variety of sets and cars for hobby racers and beginners alike, in 1:43, 1:24 and 1:32 scales. Exclusive worldwide reproduction license agreements with Ferrari and Red Bull in the slot car segment provide an authentic F1 racing experience, while a variety of modern sports cars classic models are also available with meticulously detailed bodies over the rugged Carrerar chassis (ABOVE). Now,new digital enhancements go further still.

With Carrera AppConnect, you will be able to link your smartphone or tablet directly to your Digital 124 and Digital 132 racing circuits via a Bluetooth adapter to the control unit of the Carrera racetrack.

The potential for future connectivity is endless – a point made by a Ferrari/Carrera photo-op at this year's Australian GP where the Scuderia's F1 drivers Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen controlled their slot car equivalents via the hand brakes of their mountain bikes.


The Carrera Race App lets you determine whether you want to take on the role of race director and link up directly with the control unit or connect with race control as a driver.

In the race control "Race Profile," you control all the known features of the digital systems, such as tank capacity, braking response and speed. In addition, you can specify the race mode and are able to monitor, via the display, all the relevant information concerning the progress of the race for all the drivers involved.
And, of course, digital means social, too – like the Arc One system from Scalextric, you can post your results and compare with/boast to friends on Facebook...

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Posted 19 November 2014 - 10:31 AM

If that's Kimi "having an off" I wonder if he is telling his crew:


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Posted 19 November 2014 - 12:24 PM

Possibly the dumbest way I have ever seen to control a slot car - A bicycle. :crazy: Yeah, that will work. :shok:

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Posted 19 November 2014 - 01:59 PM

I don't know... steer with the handlebars (digital lane change), throttle on the right, brake on the left, and pedals drive a generator to power the car. It certainly would change the shape of slot racers. It would make enduros a real challenge.
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Posted 19 November 2014 - 03:03 PM

I think it might big fun for 7-12 year old kids.
I thought I saw this article a year or two back but maybe I'm thinking of the one with girls peddling.

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Posted 19 November 2014 - 03:32 PM

Maybe Kimi is a girl! ROFL

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Posted 19 November 2014 - 04:22 PM

Remember, once you learn how to ride a bike, you never forget how to do it :D

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