Digest 15

We have a couple of exclusive previews in this week’s Digest…

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Slot Cars

Thunderslot Ford Mustang - top & bottom
  • Thunderslot Shelby Mustang Giovanni Montiglio is getting excited about his new car! Following on from Thunderslots awesome Can-Am series, Giovanni and his team are close to the start of a new pony car range. You can find out more over in the News section of the forum.
Micro Scalextric Formula-E prototype
  • Micro Scalextric Formula-E Sample Revealed exclusively at SlotRacer Online last Friday, this intricate model Formula-E Spark2 electric racer has to one of the best-looking HO single-seaters ever created. Two licensed Formula-E set-only liveries will appear later this year. Woodcote takes a look at the new car on the forum and considers whether established HO clubs will adopt it.
Scalextric KITT
  • Scalextric K.I.T.T. Images of a pre-production sample of K.I.T.T. have also broken cover. David Hasselhoff’s delightfully intelligent ride in the 1980s TV show Knight Rider, K.I.T.T. appeared in the 2021 catalogue. It will be available as an individual car pretty soon – and then alongside the DeLorean time machine in a new 80s-themed set. You can read more on the forum.
Lotus Elan models
  • George Turner Lotus Elan Kits Two new kits from George Turner Models are expected very soon. The open-top and coupé versions of the Lotus Elan will be great additions to the classic sports car grid.
NSR Formula 86/89 in Osella livery
  • NSR Formula 86/89 Osella Squadra Corse NSR have added some serious Italian 80s nostalgia to their Formula 86/89 line-up. Driven by Nicola Larini and Piercarlo Ghinzani in 1989, the all-new Cosworth-powered Osella FA1M struggled to qualify regularly. Larini’s 10th place on the grid in Japan was a high-point, although Canada saw Larini running third in the race before electrical problems caused heartbreak for the team.
Ford Escort Zakspeed
  • Racer Sideways Group 5 Zakspeed Escort We’ve been following the development of this new Sideways Group 5 cars – and now it has arrived with retailers and customers. You can read the story and see what forum members think over in the News section.
Auto World Tokyo Midnight set and cars
  • Auto World Tokyo Midnight Set Auto World produce some really imaginative slot car sets in HO scale. Their track is based on the Aurora AFX system and the X-Traction Ultra-G chassis an evolution of Aurora’s Magnatraction. However, the overall package is very modern and a great way to get new people into the hobby. This Wangan Midnight-themed set is no exception!

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Weathered Gaz AA Cargo Truck

Slot Car Racing

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  • Extreme Slotting 2022 Proxy After a successful debut in 2021, the Extreme Slotting proxy event is back in August for a new challenge of six more off-road slot car courses around the UK. Regulations can be found in the SlotRacer Proxy Racing section.
Racers at Worthing club
  • SlotRacer ‘Your Club’ Reports Last week saw Worthing HO Racing return to action, Mussel Bay in north Norfolk start their own forum, plus news and reports from New South Wales and Norwich slot car clubs.
Le Mans 24hours
  • Glory for Olifer Racing Gary has posted the official race report from the 9th edition DiSCA Le Mans 24 hours, with Portugese team Olifer racing taking the victory, following a race long battle with Low Lands Racing.

Automobiles

Bugatti Chiron Super Sport
  • Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 2022 Andrew Frankel test drives what will be the final version of the Chiron – unashamedly a billionaire’s play-thing. The basic package starts at £2.7million, but does give you the ultimate grand tourer. Have a read on the Goodwood Road & Racing website – but you’re probably too late to order one anyway.

Video

  • Ferrari 330 P4 A video from the Petrolicious archives, but definitely one to watch again. Sportcar racer and top driving instructor Nick Longhi waxes lyrical about one of the finest cars of all time – beautiful to look at and even more beautiful to drive.

Motorsport

Goodwood Members Meeting saloon cars
  • Goodwood Members’ Meeting The 79th Members’ Meeting took place at Goodwood over the weekend. Fabulous machinery and great racing is the hallmark of the West Sussex circuit – and you can catch some of flavour via the website and from highlights on ITV and the ITV Hub.
Under the bonnet of a Modified Ford
  • Modified Ford Series – Sponsored by Scalextric The Modified Ford Series were in action on the Brands Hatch Indy Circuit at the weekend. Sponsored by Scalextric, will yet another of these muscular Fords be turned into a slot car next year?
F1 Australia
  • Australian Grand Prix The were loads of questions going into the third round of the 2022 F1 season – would it be Red Bull or Ferrari on the top step of the podium? Could Mercedes avoid another crushingly disappointing race? Who’d show the best form from the midfield and could any of the tail-enders make a breakthrough? Full reports, fall-out and a podcast are waiting for you on the Autosport website.
Formula E Jaguar
  • Formula-E Rome E-Prix The FIA’s flagship electric racing series arrived in Europe for the first time this season. Racing on the streets of Rome, two races over the weekend saw strategy come to the fore. You can find a recap of all the action on the official Formula-E website.
Porsche 911 GT3 at the Nurburgring
  • Nürburgring Langstrecken-Serie 2022 The 24-hours in May is the big race on the Nürburgring Nordschleife – but there are eight other races on the ‘Green Hell’ during the year that make up the Nürburgring Endurance Series. These races follow the same, extremely broad class structure of the 24-hours and are streamed live on YouTube in German and English. The second 4-hour race took place on Saturday, with another coming up in a fortnight.
Sébastien Loeb with DTM Ferrari
  • Sébastien Loeb in DTM 2022 Digest-favourite Sébastien Loeb has been catching his breath after a very hectic start to 2022. The latest venture for the rally legend is as a replacement driver in DTM – as part of the Red Bull AlphaTauri AF Corse team in one of their Ferrari 488 GT3s. Loeb was testing at Hockenheim last week and will be on the grid at Portimão at the end of the month.
Targa Florio scene