Remember when you were 10 and Scalextric was top of your Christmas list? Then you’ll love this: Renault has produced a viral video showing off its electric cars competing in a life-size Scalextric race around central London. Electric vehicles are no strangers to motorsport – either in full-size racing, as Renault will show with its partners in 2014 with the FIA Formula E championship, or in miniature in the form of the ever-popular skirting-board scarring Scalextric models. Drawing inspiration from these two ends of the spectrum, Renault’s team hatched the idea to take things one step further and race two full-size ZOEs on a Scalextric track.
The relatively new motorsport known as drifting, whose championships have been reported on these web pages recently, is about to get its own track days thanks to Santa Pod Raceway in Northamptonshire. Emerging from its origins as an underground recreation, drifting is now described by the track’s administrators as “a mainstream art-form,” boasting its own championships, computer games and dedicated Scalextric set. Thanks to Santa Pod, becoming a drifting virtuoso, or at least being able to hold your car in a controlled slide, has become a much more attainable goal.
Learning to drift can be quite tricky and expensive, particularly when a learner gets it wrong. Santa Pod states, “Drift competitions require a pretty high standard before you can enter, most drift-schools add a considerable cost, and neither the local constabulary nor your local Tesco will appreciate you doing it on their turf.”
Hot on the heels of the successful Viking Win an iPod competition Viking Tyres has launched a new promotion for all its dealers, this time with a wider selection of fantastic prizes up for grabs as a reward for purchasing Viking Tyres. Prizes include an Xbox 360, digital camera, remote control car, Scalextric, iPod Nano and beer or wine to the value of £100. Dealerships simply need to increase their purchases of Viking Tyres by a small percentage compared to the same period last year to be in with the chance to win. Viking Tyres, the quality, mid range brand, are exclusively available from Viking International. Designed to perform whatever the weather, Viking Tyres are available in sizes to cover over 80 fitments, for family cars, performance cars and commercial vans.