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Scorpius Nitrous 24 car reliable SSD upgrade
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Hi Guys,
     This project was announced in 2019 but put on hold due to the fact we decided to swap efforts to the newly released Generation II Scorpius car decoder. During the Gen II project we experienced delays due to covid supply chain and other issues. Now that has been completed and released to market I'm happy to announce that I am reigniting the MPD project, acronym for Multi Purpose Decoder. This new decoder can operate as a car decoder, lane change electronics decoder, lap counter and location detector for the Scorpius, Carrera, Scalextric and SCX brands. This thread will concentrate on how the MPD can be utilised for Hornby Scalextric Sports Digital users. We plan to have this to market by June 2023.



Firstly a specification list:

Plug and play car decoders and track electronics. No soldering required.

Multi purpose: Can be used as car decoder, lane changer (except SCX), lapcounter or location detector.

Multi brand compatible: Can be used for mulitple purposes on Scorpius, Scalextric, Carrera and SCX brands.

Small 22.00x13.30mm size.

Thin. Only 1.7mm

8.5-18VAC/DC.

Uses Nordics advanced nRF 52832 microprocessor, 6x6mm.

Dual radio transceiver. RF and Bluetooth compatible.

App compatible.

Wireless updates via PC or app.

Photo transistor input channels x 2, each channel with onboard mounted 3mm dia. photo transistor (sensor) for DPR hatch use (Scalextric and Pioneer cars only) and another photo transistor mounted on 75mm flylead. Two photo transistor sensors will enable Lane Brain functions like anti collision and best line racing.

Motor drive: 10A

Brake drive: 8.8A

LED driver circuit for headlights, high beam, low beam, on/off, controllable from Scorpius controller. Clear 3mm LEDs.

LED driver circuit for taillights/brake lights. Red 3mm dia. LEDs.

Accelerometer 3 axis for use in a proposed ghost car project, rear, front, side collision and roll detection for race software functions.

JST plug connection for power and in/out, and lights.

Programmable race line.

Anti-collision for lane changing.

Car telemetry (wireless) back to PC via dongle. For use with fuel, pit detection, collision, brake wear, sector detection, lane detection, accelerometer reporting.

Compatible to our advanced Scorpius Race Software.

DPR hatch available.



Who is this for?

Scalextric Arc Pro and C7042 APB users who are looking to expand functionality and features.



Operate in Native or Nitrous modes:

Native utilises OEM powerbase and controllers. Data is sent from the powerbase via track rails. It utilises Scalextric protocols only.

Nitrous uses direct controller to car comms using Scorpius controller and MPD Nitrous car decoder.



Why? What's the advantages?

The Arc Pro is the current release since 2017. Designed for entry level users. It features basic wireless controllers and two apps are available for race management. Brakes are non adjustable and the throttle is 64 steps. There is no light control.

The Scorpius upgrade offers a far superior 100% plug and play controller, car decoder, lapcounter and location detector for the serious Scalextric digital enthusiast. The system is compatible to the Scorpius Race Management System by using the Scorpius dongle and Windows laptop.

Controller:

The throttle sensitivity and control are second to none using 255 steps to gain maximum control.

The brake settings are also 255 steps, allowing brake settings to be the most precise available.

LCD for clear and easy operation via a menu system.

Long battery life, up to 3 months typical use.

Controller telemetry for use by race software.

Controller diagnostics program t check your controllers performance.

Wirelessly upgradeable using the dongle.

Aux button for light control.

Customisable throttle profiles. Design and store up to 10 profiles in the controller library.



Car Decoder including lights and simulations:

Plug and play installation for Scalextric DPR compatible cars.

10A powerful 255 step motor drive.

8.8A powerful 255 step brake profile.

Headlights with low and hi beam. Turn on off and flash from controller. Tail lights and brake lights. Lights and wiring included.

Runs on AC or DC.

Operates in Native or Nitrous modes depending on your set up.

Configurable simulations for fuel use, tyre selection and wear, brake pad wear, collision detection and damage.

Hall sensor tacho for real time motor speed.

Accelerometer for G force detection for use in ghost cars and collision detection.

DPR hatch available.

LED on hatch and on flylead for non DPR installations.

JST plugs to fit Scalextric digital cars.



Scorpius Lapcounter:

Plug and play.

Comes complete. MPD is installed into a half straight and includes painted line.

Nitrous use only, can send to PC via dongle in RF mode or to app in Bluetooth mode.

Power is AC or DC 8.5-18V powered from track rails.

Includes 2 photo sensors, one for each lane.

Detects proprietary Scalextric digital car LED IDs 1-6 and Scorpius IDs 7-24



Scorpius Location detector:

Plug and play.

Each units ID is configurable via the PC program.

Comes complete. MPD is installed into a half straight and includes painted line. Use one for pit entry and one for pit exit.

Nitrous use only, can send to PC via dongle in RF mode or to app in Bluetooth mode.

Power is AC or DC 8.5-18V powered from track rails.

Includes 2 photo sensors, one for each lane.

Detects proprietary Scalextric digital car LED IDs 1-6 and Scorpius IDs 7-24

In the RMS you can allocate each location detector a task. Ie pit entry, pit exit, pit bay entry, pit bay exit and for sector timing as required, 


Scorpius Race Management system

The most advanced, detailed, highly functional easy to use race management system ever written.

Scorpius Dongle:

Powerful 1MB/s speed.

Scorpius Bootloader:

Hassle free quick updates using dongle and the industry’s most robust and reliable bootloader software.

Scorpius App:

Hassle free easy updates using app.
Already in the App store this app will be expanded over time to include Nitous functions.


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