Digital And Analog Slot Cars
Analog Slot Cars
The slot cars you will find the market are basically divided into categories based on the limitations of their specific technology. The two basic types you will find are conventional or analog slot cars, and the more modern digital kind.
Conventional, or analog slot cars are based on the the traditional slot car racing system. In this system, hobbyists race electric-powered cars on wooden or plastic tracks. These cars feature a motor directly connected to the guide. The guide, in turn, is attached to the chassis of the car. The guide is hinged to one of the parallel rails on the racetrack. The purpose of the rails is to keep the cars on the track no matter the speed. The racer handles the car with a device called a controller, which the racer uses to supply power to the car.
Each analog car races only in one lane and cannot change lanes during the race. Consequently, if there are only 4 lanes on a track, there can only be 4 cars racing against each other. To compensate for these limitations, hobbyists often divide races into heats in which the drivers can switch between lanes. This equalizes any disadvantage a race may have in any particular lane.
Digital Slot Cars
Digital slot cars are a more recent development. Unlike their older counterparts, digital slot cars allow cars to race simultaneously on as few as two lanes. This is similar to what you would see on any regular racetrack. Newer technologies have allowed digital slot cars to be less dependent on the guide to keep them hinged to one side of the racetrack. The electronic circuits of digital models allow drivers to have full control over the speed and maneuvering of the car.
Digital slot cars are generally more expensive than older models. In addition, some hobbyists find them harder to drive than conventional models. This is because digital slot car drivers must learn how to control the speed of the car how to switch lanes without veering off the track.
Slot Cars In General
Slot cars are simply scaled-down models of real cars. Some are just tiny mock-ups built for miniature racing. Others are made as copies of actual cars. Some even copy the actual car’s performance capacity.
Most hobbyists race with slot cars mass produced by manufacturers such as Scalextri, Johnny Lightning and Carrera. Most of these cars can be modified to enhance performance. Some enthusiasts buy motorized static models, while others build cars completely from scratch. They create them from store-brought spare parts and build true-to-life models of the cars they copy.