Slot Cars Make a Technological Comeback

Charles Murray

March 25, 2014

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Slot Cars Make a Technological Comeback

Scalextric's recent adoption of Bluetooth technology in its slot racing systems showed that the home sport still has some technological chops. It also proved that slot racing, which hit its popular peak under family Christmas trees more than a half-century ago, is alive and well.

We present photos depicting the history of slot racing and the gradual technical evolution of its products. From the clunky hobby cars of the early 1900s to the smartphone-enabled toys of today, we offer a brief look at the ultimate basement sport.

Click on the slot cars below to start the slideshow.


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About the Author(s)

Charles Murray

Charles Murray is a former Design News editor and author of the book, Long Hard Road: The Lithium-Ion Battery and the Electric Car, published by Purdue University Press. He previously served as a DN editor from 1987 to 2000, then returned to the magazine as a senior editor in 2005. A former editor with Semiconductor International and later with EE Times, he has followed the auto industry’s adoption of electric vehicle technology since 1988 and has written extensively about embedded processing and medical electronics. He was a winner of the Jesse H. Neal Award for his story, “The Making of a Medical Miracle,” about implantable defibrillators. He is also the author of the book, The Supermen: The Story of Seymour Cray and the Technical Wizards Behind the Supercomputer, published by John Wiley & Sons in 1997. Murray’s electronics coverage has frequently appeared in the Chicago Tribune and in Popular Science. He holds a BS in engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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