Select the Right Scalextric Slot Car Set For A Gift

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.

 

 

All About Hybrid-Car Battery Packs

Those considering purchasing a hybrid car may be a little concerned about what’s under the hood. Hybrid cars have battery-powered motors. Since a battery-powered motor is not something that typically comes to mind when people think about what’s under the hood of a car, it’s a good idea to get a good understanding of the hybrid-car battery-pack. Below are a few facts about it.

Battery packs in hybrid cars do not need to be replaced

Made to last over the lifetime of the vehicle, a hybrid car’s warranty covers the battery for a time period that lasts between eight and ten years. In terms of mileage, a battery pack is expected to last between 150, 000 and 200,000 miles, and it probably lasts longer than that.

Battery toxicity is a concern, but not a major concern

Hybrid cars use NiMH batteries, not the rechargeable nickel cadmium. Nickel cadmium batteries are usually detrimental to the environment, but the NiMH batteries that are used in hybrid cars are fully recyclable.

Hybrid batteries contain hundreds of cells

Hundreds of cells means that hybrid cars have a lot of complexity going on underneath their hoods, and complexity does usually mean expensive, but with the generous warranty car manufacturers are giving on these cars, there is little involved in purchasing a hybrid.

The numbers of battery failures in hybrids have been really low

When I say low, I mean really low. If failure happens, it’s probably before the cars even get off the lot. Toyota has even said that some of its original Prius models have packs that have gone over 300,000 miles.

The cost of replacing hybrid batteries isn’t even an issue

It isn’t an issue because the battery packs in hybrid cars are built to last. The Department of Energy looked into hybrid vehicles, but stopped its test when the capacity was “just like new” after 160,000 miles. So no one really seems to know for sure what it costs to replace the battery pack in a hybrid car.

The battery packs in hybrid cars are evolving

If we look further into the future, the next generation of hybrid batteries is in the works. The goal: To discover a technology that gives lots of power, lasts for the hybrid car’s lifetime, and costs less to make.

If the battery pack in your hybrid car does run out, there is a solution

Toyota has put out some advice on what to do if your hybrid battery should run out after the warranty has ended. The advice is to recondition the battery. The solution works well because if something goes wrong, the problem lies within only one of the 28 modules that the battery is made up of. So if you simply replace the problematic module with one that matches the chemistry of the other 27 modules, your hybrid car’s battery should be in good shape. You can find a match by getting a battery pack from another car that has a similar mileage and age.