At the 1965 LeMans, Ferrari’s 250LM sports car fulfilled its purpose by winning the race it was named after. Drivers Jochen Rindt and Masten Gregory had much to celebrate since it was the 250LM’s greatest moment as well as their own. They were piloting Ferrari’s ideal sports-racing car which had the the successful hallmarks of the mid-1960s design with a mid-mounted V12 engine in a low-drag body.
Now you can get the same thrill racing this Ferrari at home!
1/43 scale analog slot car. Will run on all 1/43, 1/32, and 1/24 scale non-digital plastic track systems. Kyosho cars run and handle exceptionally well out of the box. They are excellent upgrade cars for Carrera and SCX 1/43 scale racing layouts. A full range of replacement and tuning parts is available.
Kyosho cars all use the Dslot chassis.
The chassis may be either the short-wheelbase version or the long-wheelbase version, depending on the car, but all Kyosho cars have the same mechanical features, including traction magnet, suspended motor pod, and snap-on body mounting.
Carrera 23801 Limited Edition Porsche Carrera 6, Digital 1/24
The proverbial Carrera slotcar, the Porsche Carrera 6, didn’t have its’ motorsport debut in the common white with red details livery, but rather in a dark navy blue instead.
The wind tunnel styled sportscar’s 50th birthday is rapidly approaching – so it’s time to celebrate its’ close connection to the toy-brand with an appropriate decoration, consisting of an interpretation of the car’s original color combined with “Carrera-red” elements.
We have some really great new additions to the Electric Dreams Shop this week. Curious? Read on…
Additions to the Electric Dream Team
We are expanding the Electric Dreams technical department with the addition of Carlos Raphael & Robert Smith.
Carlos and Robert both have many years of slot car knowledge & expertise. They are founding members of I.T.G. / In The Groove Slot Car racing club in the Los Angeles California area. Their expertise includes slot car track construction, modification of cars, slot car events and more!
They will be bringing their expert knowledge to the blog at Electric Dreams answering visitor questions, posting how-to and DIY articles covering all things “Slot Car”.
Here they are – Robert and Carlos – the newest members of the Electric Dream Team. Let’s give them a warm Welcome!
New Slot Cars This Week
Lots of new slot cars and kits this week
It has been a action packed couple of weeks around the warehouse… We’ve been busy stocking the shelves with new slot cars from makers like: Arrow Slot, BRM, Kyosho, Ostorero, Proto Slot, Scale Auto, SCX and Slot It.
1/43 scale analog slot car. Will run on all 1/43, 1/32, and 1/24 scale non-digital plastic track systems. Kyosho cars run and handle exceptionally well out of the box. They are excellent upgrade cars for Carrera and SCX 1/43 scale racing layouts. $49.99
This is a replica of the IMSA Performance Matmut Porsche 911 GT3 RSR as driven to 17th place overall, 5th in LMGTE-Pro class, at Le Mans 2011 by Raymond Narac – Patrick Pilet – Nicolas Armindo. $169.99
H&R HRMJR1 Jack Rabbit motor FC130 – $9.49. This new motor will serve as a direct replacement for the venerable Ninco NC-1. It has the same RPM and torque and offers the additional benefit of being able to drive off either the can or endbell end, making it suitable for a wider variety of applications. Good news for non-magnet racers everywhere!
For those of you who may not have seen it yet, this is what the packaging for the Kyosho Dslot 43 cars will look like.
We have it on good authority that the MSRP on the cars will be around $49.99. If that seems steep compared to the price of Carrera and SCX 1/43 scale cars, keep in mind that in terms of performance, detail, and overall quality the Kyosho cars are expected to compare with those brands in about the same way that NSR compares with Carrera in 1/32 scale cars. With that in mind the price seems quite reasonable. One of the things Kyosho has told us is that the cars will come with alternative guides, one for the common 1/43 scale tracks and another specifically for use on 1/32 scale tracks, making the Dslot cars fully compatible with your existing 1/32 scale track system. And they are proper guides, too, not simple pins, as you can see in the photo below. What's interesting about this is that a 1/32 scale track should provide for a 1/43 scale car racing room just about like a 1/43 scale track with borders, something that has been missing from 1/43 scale track systems so far.
Kyosho sent us some photos of a Dslot layout set up on the floor of the Kyosho USA office. Here's one of them:
We believe the Dslot logos on the track surface were applied just for exhibition purposes and will not be on production track.
We will be publishing further information on Dslot as we receive it, including firm release dates, and we expect to have the whole product line up for preorder shortly.
Christmas shipping information
Here are the suggested ordering deadlines to ensure that your Christmas purchases get to you in plenty of time for the big day, whatever part of the country you live in.
US Postal Service within the US:
FIRST CLASS MAIL : DEC. 17
PRIORITY MAIL: DEC. 18
EXPRESS MAIL: DEC. 22 (Check your local Post Office)
Please note that Express Mail is the only USPS service that guarantees the delivery date.
United Parcel Service:
UPS does not give specific dates but here is our best approximation: Basically, UPS Ground shipments (our free shipping method for tracks) take up to 6 business days depending on distance from our warehouse to the customer. If you're within a couple hundred miles of Los Angeles it typically gets there next day. A state or two away might take a couple days, and so on. A shipment to the East Coast might take a week, perhaps more if Christmas shipping volume is exceptionally heavy. UPS does not guarantee delivery dates. Customers should account for 2 handling business days before order is shipped ( We almost always ship in 1 day but we're being careful) and their distance from Los Angeles. You can use the www.UPS.com time and cost calculator to see the expected delivery date based on shipment date. If you have special needs please call our warehouse at (310) 676-7600 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Kyosho has just released images and information on its initial 1/43 scale product line, to begin arriving on the market in early 2012. As the illustrations below show, the lineup will include road cars from Audi, Lamborghini, and Porsche as well as the the LeMans-winning Mazda 787, Porsche 917K, and Porsche 956/962.
Among the information in the Kyosho announcement:
DSlot cars will be compatible with all 1/43, 1/32, and 1/24 scale analog track systems.
Hopup parts will be available.
The standard motor turns 11,200 RPM and a 20,000 RPM hopup motor will be available.
Delicate detail parts will be rubber for greater durability, and spare body shells will be available.
Alternate gear ratios and tire compounds will be offered.
There will be 4 types of chassis
We will publish further details as they are announced.
The DSlot 43 line looks to us like the first really big step of mass-produced 1/43 scale cars from the toy market to the adult hobby market. It may well turn out to be as significant for 143 scale as the introduction of the Ninco and Fly product lines were for 1/32 scale, ushering in a whole new era of performance, appearance, and overall quality. We expect to see more manufacturers entering the 1/43 scale arena over the next few years. 1/43 scale’s combination of space efficiency and a car size large enough to permit accurate body dimensions and proportions will attract a new group of enthusiasts, perhaps inducing many diecast collectors and white-metal and resin kit builders to cross over into slot car racing. How the growth of 1/43 scale will affect the market for 1/32 scale remains to be seen, but for the slot car hobby as a whole it should be highly beneficial. We see 1/43 scale as being where 1/32 scale was 10 or 12 years ago, and if it experiences the same kind of growth that 1/32 scale has there should be a bonanza of truly cool cars and related items for 1/43 scale racers under Christmas trees for many years to come.