Test Track – behind-the-scenes at Scalextric
Scalextric today announced an exciting new monthly blog, aimed to take you behind-the-scenes with their Development team every month as they showcase and discuss brand new products.
This first edition of Test Track features two never-before-seen 2016 releases, and two of my favourite all-time BTCC racers – the Ford Sierra RS500 and BMW M3 E30. Both the RS500 and M3 are completely new models. Development is ongoing but the team have been hard at work for almost eight months and they’re excited to show off these brand new models for the first time.
Scalextric look to be making great efforts to explain the whole process behind each new tooling process that their models have to go through – a process they hope to make clearer as the Test Track blog develops. This first edition covers, in a nutshell, the important stages of the development journey – Research, Product Design, Rapid Prototype, Tooling Work, Prototyping, and Artwork. Later blog posts will investigate these separate stages in more detail.
…Ford Sierra RS500
The Ford Sierra RS500, currently at the end of the rapid prototype stage, will be modelled in the British Touring Car Championship 1990 livery as driven by Andy Rouse. Rouse was one of the most successful drivers ever to appear in the BSCC and in 1990, driving this vehicle, he was able to finish third overall and second in class.
…BMW M3 (E30)
In keeping with the Ford, and also at the end of the rapid prototype stage, the BMW E30 will be released as driven by Frank Sytner. Sytner’s career had started eight years prior to the 1990 BTCC, first competing with a Rover 3500S. It wasn’t long before Sytner moved to BMW, after which he never drove anything else. Sytner won the title in 1990, in the <2000cc division, where the BMW M3s enjoyed a 27 race/class winning streak. Sytner also took the class honours, with five wins in the division.
Both cars boast many of Scalextrics’ popular features, including High Detail, Easy Change Pick Ups, Magnatraction, DPR, Xenon Effect Headlights, Working Rear Lights, and PCR. These two historic cars will be brought together in a limited-edition Touring Car Legends Twinpack, serial number C3693a.
Available to pre-order from next week, due for delivery in April 2016