How to Work a Scalextric Digital System

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How to Work a Scalextric Digital System
The digital cars can also race on older analogue tracks. (Jupiterimages/Pixland/Getty Images)

The Scalextric Digital System provides for multicar slot racing with lane changing functions. Up to six cars can race on one digital circuit and multiple cars can race on any lane. Lanes can be switched to overtake and block. The digital system is compatible with existing Scalextric tracks and cars with some conversion. The digital cars can also race on older analogue tracks. Cars and tracks can be converted simply, and cars are converted by just adding a new plug. Working a digital system involves learning the digital powerbase controller, including setting the car ID and setting modes.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


    Set the Car ID

  1. 1

    Remove all the cars except one. For example, to give the red car an ID of "2," set the one red car on the track and press the "Down" button once. "Race" will appear on the screen.

  2. 2

    Press the "Right" arrow until "Prog" appears. Then press "Down" once.

  3. 3

    Select the hand controller connected to the track that the red car is on and then press the "Brake" button on the controller. The number "2" will appear on the screen and the "2" light will come on. Test that the red car moves with the "2" controller by squeezing the trigger. Then press "Enter" to set the ID fully.

    Set the Practice Mode

  1. 1

    Press "Auto Start Up" and choose the "Basic" mode with the arrow buttons. The screen will show "PULL throt trIGr to GO," which is the prerace mode and "MODE -- PR."

  2. 2

    Pull the trigger and the LCD screen will display lap times.

  3. 3

    Set the race using the down arrow button to choose "Race." Then select "PR" which stands for practice---the default. Press the down arrow button again to choose the number of laps. The default is 20. Change the number with the "Left" and "Right" arrow buttons. Press "Enter" to confirm.

Tips and warnings

  • Remove all of the other powerbases before adding the digital one.

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