Useful Information & Advice


Scalextric Types

Scalextric Sport Vs Scalextric Classic Vs Scalextric Start

Is it possible to run modern cars on the old style track?

Is the Sport track slot deeper than Classic track?

Scalextric Classic 1:32 Track Reference Guide

Scalextric Sport & Digital 1:32 Track Reference Guide


What is DPR Digital Plug Ready?


A Brief History of Scalextric

How to troubleshoot C7039 digital lap counter

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

Scalextric Track Layout Design Service


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We recommend truing the tyres, even on new cars. To do this, hold the rear tyres against sandpaper whilst revving the car. This will remove any unevenness from the moulding process and increase the contact area with the track to improve grip performance.

Light cleaning of the track surface is recommended for daily use. We recommend using a damp cloth or very lightly oiled cloth. This removes light grime and dust from the track surface. Wipe surface dry after using a damp cloth. As a matter of good practice, always do this before using the Scalextric layout as this will help ensure you get the best grip from the car tyres.

Use a mild abrasive material to shine up the running surfaces of the pick-up rails, making sure that the male and female connections at the ends of the track sections are also bright and shiny.

If the track is tarnished (dull) or has rust spots, all you need to do is give the metal parts, around the affected area, a quick clean. I personally use a PECO PL-41 Rail Cleaner Rubber. Click here to purchase. They are amazing and you will need one after every few times of usage to keep the rails shiny for maximum performance. Alternatively you can give it a rub with very fine sandpaper or wire wool etc although these aren't recommended but will be sufficient for just the once.
If you have a circuit and the car isn't running round, a method to find out which pieces of track are affected is just to join one piece of track to the powerbase track and run a car on it. You don't need a circuit.

If you are experiencing slippy tyres, try swapping the front tyres for the rear tyres. You can also add extra weights inside the car or extra magnets.


Scalextric Types

There are four types of Scalextric track: 

Classic / Vintage 1:32

Sport / Digital 1:32

Start 1:32

Micro / My First 1:64

1:32 is the scale or size of the track. Scalextric Sport 1:32 is what most people call the current / normal size and cars are generally around 5 or 6 inches long. Micro Scalextric or My First Scalextric 1:64 scale is smaller with the cars at around 3 inches long.

Micro Scalextric and My First Scalextric are the same shape, just coloured differently, so fit together perfectly. Micro Scalextric and My First Scalextric cars will work on both tracks types.

Classic Scalextric or vintage is pre-2000 and usually from around the 70s, 80s or 90s.

Scalextric Sport or Digital are the same track types and are the current models. It is only the powerbase and throttles that make them differ from each other. Digital track has crossovers allowing the car to change lanes. Cars need to be fitted with a Digital Plug to make use of this feature. These are the most popular sets. Easier to join together tracks and a nicer feel.

Scalextric Start is the same size as sport and classic but different connectors.

Scalextric Track Types


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 sections available along with borders and barriers. The track slot is deeper allowing cars with deeper guides to be used. You can power each lane independently by adding additional transformers. Throttles are now wired for dynamic braking. The slot of the Sport track is deeper than Classic.

Sport advantages

•    Dynamic braking (when you take your finger off the throttle, the car slows down)
•    Easier to assemble
•    Better grip
•    Variety of track and accessories
•    The slot of the Sport track is deeper than Classic
•    Deeper slot (will suit most cars, even other brands)
•    Easier to change braids (metal brushes underneath the cars).

Scalextric Classic

Scalextric Classic track ran from the 60s to the 90s. More info is available in our brief history section. It is still very popular and works very well.
Classic advantages

•    Cheaper
•    Some track pieces that aren’t available in Sport such as hump bridge, long chicane, obstacles, crossover straights, loop the loop, rev start and rough terrain


Scalextric Start

Start is no longer in production.
The track types are quite limited and only has one curve radius and one type of straight length. There are no borders or barriers available. The material is a harder plastic than SPORT which makes it a little better to build bridges but this firmness also makes it more brittle. There is a converter piece available to connect SPORT and START together. While they look like different widths and slot depths they are basically the same.
The controllers have an adjustment to keep children and beginners from pressing down the trigger all the way. They also have no brakes. These controllers are also available for Sport.
The Start cars’ guide blade is slightly longer and squarer, although it is thinner and more prone to breaking.
You can run START cars on SPORT track (and vice-versa) with no problems.
Start advantages

•    Beginners track

Other points to consider

Classic track’s slot depth is not as deep as Sport and so for cars of other manufacturers, this can be a problem.

The Classic, Sport and Start labels only apply to track. Scalextric Cars will generally be compatible on all three types.

Sport track will connect to either Scalextric Classic or SCX track by using adaptor sections part C8222.
Start track will connect to Sport track by using adaptor sections C8525.

All three track types can be cleaned in the same way. 


Is it possible to run modern cars on the old style track?

Yes it is possible. If you are using the 'classic' track then you can only use non digital cars. Also, modern Scalextric cars have a deeper guide so they may catch in the groove - we sell replacement guides.

The easiest solution is to trim the bottom of the blade by a couple of millimetres. This can be done with a pair of cable snips, for example, by cutting a couple of millimetres from the bottom of the guide fin and then the front at a slight angle. Then use sand paper of a file to smooth the edges. It may be worth removing the guide fin from the car to prevent damage to the car.


Is the Sport track slot deeper than Classic track?

Yes. The Sport Track slot is slightly deeper than the Classic track by approximately 1-2 mm. The reason Scalextric have lengthened the guides is to increase performance on modern tracks and club tracks. See our section on running modern cars on old style track for how to adjust cars to suit.


Scalextric Classic 1:32 Track Reference Guide

 Scalextric Classic Track Reference Guide


Straight Track

C160 Standard Straight
C159 Half Straight
C158 Quarter Straight
C157 Short Straight
C8004 Starting Straight
C186 Straight Borders

Inner Curves

C156 Inner Curve 90º
C152 Inner Curve 45º
C906 Inner Curve Outer Border
C905 Inner Curve Inner Border

Standard Curves

C151 Standard Curve 45º
C154 Standard Curve 22.5º
C185 Standard Curve Outer Border
C198 Standard Curve Inner Border

Outer Curves

C153 Outer Curve 22.5º
C907 Outer Curve Outer Border

Banked Curves

C187 Banked Curve 30º

Track Accessories

C710 Track and Bridge Support Pack
C266 Set Of Track Support Piers
C274 Crash Barriers 

Specialist Track

C248 Hump Back Bridge
C8005 Skid Chicane
C164 Rough Terrain Track
C8010 Curved Chican Extension
C277 Lap Counter
C367 Rev Start Section
C521 Smoke Oil
C8007 Standard Chicane
C8009 Straight Chicane Extension
C8006 Change-Over Sections



Scalextric Sport & Digital 1:32 Track Reference Guide


Scalextric Sport Track Guide


Scalextric Sport Track Guide

Scalextric Sport Track Guide Diagram


Table showing the letter references which are written on the underside of each Scalextric Sport track.

Part number

C7039 Digital electronic lap counter
C7041 Pit Lane Counter
C7042 Advanced 6 Car Digital Powerbase
C8143 RMS (PC Interactive) Track
C8200 Quarter Straight
C8201 Hairpin Curve R1
C8202 Inner Curve 45º R1
C8203 Racing Curve R2
C8204 Outer Curve R3
C8205 Standard Straight
C8206 Std Curve 45º R2
C8207 Half Straight
C8208 Side Swipe
C8209 Side Swipe
C8209 Side Swipe
C8210 90º Crossover
C8211 Leap Straight Ramp up + Ramp down
C8215 Electronic Lap Counter
C8216 Pacer
C8217 Power Base
C8222 Converter 1/2 Straight R
C8223 Border ½ Straight
C8224 Border (Outer Curve) R3
C8225 Border (Inner Curve) R2
C8228 Border (Std Out Curve) R2 45º
C8233 Border Lead in L/H
C8234 22.5º Curve
C8235 22.5º Curve R4
C8236 Short Straight
C8238 Border (R4 outer 22.5º)
C8239 Border (R2 outer 22.5º)
C8240 Border (R1 outer 45º)
C8246 Side Swipe Straights (2 pieces)
C8278 22.5º R1 Curve
C8279 Border 180º Inner
C8280 Border R2 Inner
C8281 Border R3 Inner
C8282 Border R4 Inner
C8295 Elevated Crossover Track
C8296 R2 45º Bank Curve
C8297 R3 45º Bank Curve
C8529 R2 90º Curve

Letter Ref


L to R G
R to L H




Scalextric Digital

Why switch from Scalextric Analogue to Digital?

Race multiple cars on the same sections of track, switch lanes (the lane change is controlled by a button on the throttle), overtake and perform blocking manoeuvres. All to satisfy your competitive spirit.
Digital Cars are compatible with Scalextric Sport & Classic Track.

What is the difference between Scalextric Analogue & Digital Track?

The standard track is the same in both sets. For example a standard straight C8205 is the same whether it is digital or analogue. A standard curve C8206 is the same on both sets. What makes the difference is the powerbase, throttles and adaptor (also adding lane changing track at a later date if required).

Here is a standard sport powerbase set:

 Scalextric Sport Powerbase

Here is a standard digital powerbase set:

Scalextric Digital Powerbase

The above two images are what turns Scalextric Sport track into analogue or into digital.

Convert Scalextric Sport into Scalextric Digital

This requires a digital power base, power supply (transformer), lane changing track (to utilise the full benefits), and digital controllers.
You can convert analogue cars using a digital decoder which is installed underneath the car. This is quite easy if the car is Digital Plug Ready (DPR).
Otherwise many of the original Scalextric cars can be fitted with a digital decoder depending on available space within the body shell. Performance of converted cars on a digital system can vary, but enthusiasts have been able to successfully convert a wide range of cars, both from Scalextric and other brands.

Compatibility - Analogue and Digital

Digital cars will work perfectly normally on an analogue power system but analogue cars do not work the Digital power system. Analogue cars may be permanently damaged if used on Digital track.
Why? The analogue control system is the traditional method which uses a basic resistive coil of wire in the hand controller to control the D.C. voltage sent to the track and car. The wires from the braids, in the car, connect directly to the D.C. motor.
The Digital system uses frequent digital data messages from the controller to a microprocessor fitted in the car. The track has an A.C. power supply which also goes to the microprocessor in the car. This microprocessor then controls a Pulse Width Modulated (PWM) power feed to the D.C. motor based on the digital data messages from the controller.


What is DPR Digital Plug Ready?

DPR means Digital Plug Ready. It means that a car has a small plate or 'door' under the car in the floor pan. To convert the car to digital, you simply remove the plate and replace with a digital plate. The removable plate makes it very easy to swap from analogue to digital and back again. See our YouTube channel for a video. For saloon cars the digital plate is ref C8515. For F1 cars it is C8516. You can also purchase C7005 to retro-fit but this is more complicated. If you need to swap a saloon car digital plug to analogue then the part ref is ML-01608.
Click here for C8515 digital plug (This is the most common plug and used for saloon cars)

Additional products

Click here for ML-01608 analogue plug (To convert digital back to analogue)
Click here for C8516 F1 digital plug (For Formula One cars)
And for those who are feeling a little more adventurous and wish to convert a car to digital that doesn't have the easy-fit DPR plate (requires soldering):
Click here for C7006 Saloon car, retro fit, digital plug  



Scalextric C7036 digital lane changing straight can be used with the ARC Pro. Scalextric C7007 C7008 C7009 C7010 digital curved lane changers will not work with Scalextric ARC Pro.

Scalextric C7014 C7041 pit lanes will work with ARC Pro if used in the standard configuration.

Nesting i.e. two pit lane entry pieces followed by two exit pieces will not be a problem because all the pit lanes are powered from the first entry lane.

Using a pit lane piece in reverse to turn two lanes into a single lane chicane will not work.

The above issues occur because the ARC Pro powerbase needs to have a layout where there are always two lanes that are powered independently. Each of those lanes can be split to power more lanes but can never be combined back in a way that electrically combines the powerbase lanes 1 and 2.

Analogue Crossover tracks C8203 (Not the crossroads C8210) must be in pairs. The pair of crossover curves C8203 will work with ARC Pro and should not be confused with the Digital lane changer curves.

Power booster cables must be used strictly in the same way as you would for Analogue circuits.

The C7039 digital lap counter will not work in a circuit with ARC-Pro.

Please let us know if you find any additions to this list so we can help the Scalextric community.


A Brief History of Scalextric

Scalextric is a brand name for a range of slot car racing sets. The brand is owned and distributed by Hornby. Scalex was the first incarnation of the slot racing system which was invented in 1952 by Fred Francis. Scalex was a range of toy racing cars with a clockwork motor which was activated by pulling a chord out of the steering wheel. In 1957 he substituted the clockwork motors for electric motors and Scalex-electric became Scalextric which he sold through his firm Minimodels Ltd.

The original Scalextric track (Mark 1) was made from rubber with electrical connectors, and held together with separate metal clips. This track had white lines between the lanes.

In 1958 Fred Francis sold the Minimodels company to Lines Brothers (who operated as Tri-ang) which thrived through the 1960s.

In 1962 with the Mark 2 Scalextric, the material became plastic, electrical connections were wider and the track was held together by two spoon-shaped pins and sockets moulded into each end. Converter pieces were available to link the two types. It is now known as Classic or vintage track.

In 1964 Tri-ang was merged with Hornby to form Tri-ang Hornby and the tinplate bodies were replaced with plastic bodies.

In the 1970s Tri-ang was disbanded and the company focused on Slot Cars and Railways.

In 1996 Micro Scalextric was introduced.

Scalextric Sport was introduced in 2001, another plastic track, but with a smoother surface. The track connectors are square. Converter pieces C8222 are available to link Sport to Classic track.

Scalextric Sport Digital (SSD) was introduced in 2004, Scalextric Digital is compatible with Sport. It allows up to 6 cars on a 2 lane track at any given time, with each car fully controllable either by the user or by a computer. In late 2010 Scalextric released a revised six-car digital powerbase, C7042. This powerbase includes a separate screen which aids set up and also displays race information such as lap times. Also includes features such as yellow flag options for dealing with crashed cars, ghost cars to race against which can run and change lanes automatically, and the ability to race in analogue mode for older models that have not been converted to digital.

Scalextric Start was released in 2010 which aimed to be a basic track for children but at the same size as Scalextric Sport. It had only one type of straight and corner. The cars included in the sets were fantasy models to reduce manufacturers' licensing costs. A converter track piece C8525 is available to allow cars to cross from Start track to Sport and back again. These are extremely rare.


How to troubleshoot C7039 digital lap counter

To download the instructions CLICK HERE

1) First, from the layout that you are testing the lap counter with, turn the power base over and look at the underside. If it says 'AZ1', then proceed to step 2. If it says 'A', unplug it, as it will not work due to being incompatible - This is a digital lap counter and 'A' means you have an analogue setup. If the power base says ARC Pro on the top then this lap counter will not work. Any other letters, please contact us.

2) Just connect the lap counter to the power base on its own. No other track. The power base is the piece of track that has the mains lead and throttles plugged into it. You should see the numbers light up on the lap counter. This means it is working.

Flashing random numbers occasionally
It might be worth having a look at your braids. Make sure that they are not too splayed out or sticking up. Also give you track a good clean with a vacuum as you might have little bits of braid lurking in the track recesses causing the track to short (bits of metal bridging the pair of metal rails).

The lap counter misses laps occasionally
Check the guide fins of the cars. If they are worn or not deep enough, they may not trigger the lap counter sometimes.
The sensors in the track should pick up the car ID from the cars LED as it passes over, so you may need to clean the LED if it has become dirty.
Check your braids as these can raise the nose of the car. If they are raising the car too much, it will not sit in the groove correctly.
If none of these work, please contact us again with an exact description of the fault and which set it is being used with. Photos are very helpful.


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

Why there are 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 a power boost.


Scalextric Track Design Service

If you can provide the dimensions of the area where you wish to place your layout and your approximate budget. Which track type? Analogue or Digital. Add any features such as bridges, lap counters and barriers etc. We will guide you through the process with our friendly and helpful staff.

We charge £25 per hour +VAT and a minimum of 2 hours. No physical product is included in the design price.

We reserve the right to use the design or parts of the design in any of our future layouts. Please let us know if you would like an exclusive design.