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What is Magnatraction?

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What is Magnatraction?

Magnatraction is the definition used by Scalextric (Hornby) to "market" the use of additional magnetic devices in their vehicles to help give extra traction on the track. Very simply, it is the use of specific magnets to help hold the car on the steel rails of the track, giving extra downforce, preventing the rear end from skidding sideways. Note that the contact rails must also be made of a magnetic material. Certain motors also have an inadvertent Magnatraction effect, if the car is low enough to the track and the magnets are open. This effect is very slight with most...

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Scalextric Sport Vs Scalextric Classic Vs Scalextric Start

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Scalextric Sport Vs Scalextric Classic Vs Scalextric Start

Here is a brief guide explaining the comparison of Scalextric Sport, Scalextric Classic & Scalextric Start.Any reference can be searched on our website by simply typing the name of the part or the ref such as C8222 into the search box at the top right of the page (magnifying glass icon). Scalextric Sport The main advantages of Sport compared to the old Classic (vintage) sets are that the track sections are much easier to assemble, the track surface is smoother and gives better grip levels especially when using cars with Magnatraction. There is a wide range of variety of track...

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Why are there two power inputs on a Scalextric Sport Powerbase C8217?

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Why are there two power inputs on a Scalextric Sport Powerbase C8217?

There are four inputs on the powerbase. Two are for throttles. The other two are for mains adaptors. Any standard set is supplied with just one adaptor which will work fine for two cars. Alternatively, you can use two adaptors. Slide the blue switch to the right and this will distribute power to both tracks independently. This means that you get more power if you have extremely long circuits (I have gone round large rooms with just one adaptor) and it also means that if one car de-slots (comes off the track) then the other car will not suddenly get...

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A Brief History of Scalextric

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Interested in the different types of Scalextric track? This useful guide explains the history and each brand, manufacturer and track type over the years. https://www.actionslotracing.co.uk/pages/advice-tips  

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Slot Car Literature

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Slot Car Literature

A whole new page has been added which includes new & used catalogues, magazines, instructions, manuals & other literature for Scalextric, Carrera Go!!!, Carrera Evolution, Anki, TCR, Tyco, Matchbox & Tomy Aurora AFX.

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