Scalextric cars have come a long way since their humble beginnings over half a century ago. Today, the slot car manufacturer, whose brand is as synonymous with its profession as Hoover is with vacuum cleansers and Tannoy is with public announcement systems, is a flourishing business with new technological advances and licensed products ensuring it stays on the forefront of the slot car industry.
On certain occasions like Christmas or Birthdays, is the correct time to start looking for the right gift for the Scalextric enthusiast in your life. Don’t forget that by taking the time to find the appropriate gift, you might not have to spend as much money as you would otherwise and will be more likely to find a gift that will give the recipient years of enjoyment. This article aims to give you a good idea of where to start your search.
Scalextric sets today are very different and offer several technological innovations to improve driver enjoyment. A good basic set is the Scalextric Start Set. The track layout is oval and includes two impact resistant Audi TT cars made on a 1:32 scale, that is the common for Scalextric cars. For more experienced drivers, there is the Rally Pro Championship Set or the Full Power Set.
The most up-to-date innovation in Scalextric sets is the Scalextric Street Sliderz Set, which brings all the excitement of Japanese drift racing to slot car racing. Serious about a figure 8 track, the cars are fitted with a guide blade system that permits its two Lamborghini Gallardo cars to spin 360 degrees to travel in both directions on the track, making for exciting stunts. Micro Scalextric sets and cars are primarily focused at younger drivers, and are made at a 1:64 scale. A good starter’s choice is the My First Scalextric Sets, which include a figure 8 track and two model Mini Coopers. The sets are suitable for drivers from the age 3 and up and are good for enhancing your child’s eye-hand co-ordination skills.
Licensed Scalextric products have invariably been popular gifts, with previous years’ best-sellers including the James Bond Quantum of Solace Scalextric and the Scalextric Lewis Hamilton sets. This year the Need For Speed Scalextric and MicroScalextric sets are a superb addition to the existing collection of licensed Scalextric sets. Produced in conjunction with games developer EA, the sets come including a high-action jump in the center of the track. The hotly-tipped Micro Scalextric Disney Car Set has also been released just soon enough for the festive season.
Scalextric Digital Cars are an excellent choice for those who are serious slot car racing enthusiasts. Up to four cars will now be able to race against one another, with the hand throttles set up to switch lanes, allowing competitors to overtake and block each other. There is also a break button to permit superior control around corners. The recommended set for entry level racers is the Digital Driver set. This large oval set may take up to four cars on two lanes and comes with two Scalextric BMW Mini Cooper cars. More capable drivers will be curious about the Scalextric Digital Pro Set and the Digital Overdrive Set, which is released late October, just over time for Christmas. It arrives with two Ferrari 430 damage resistant DPR cars, which allow new racers to push the cars that little bit harder than the more seasoned veteran. Hopefully this information will let you have a good beginning point for your Scalextric Christmas present hunt and leave you, the gift recipient and your wallet satisfied.