Scalextric Velodrome (Images courtesy Pocket-lint)
By Andrew Liszewski

When you think about it, slot car racing really isn’t that exciting. But when you’re younger and lacking a driver’s license, it’s one of the few options you have for racing exotic supercars with your friends. And thanks to a healthy dose of good old imagination, I remember many slot car races being as exciting as an episode of Top Gear. Can’t say I’d feel the same way though if my 1:24 scale Lambo or Ferrari were replaced with a guy on a bike wearing Speedos.

Gearing up for the marketing blitz that will be the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Hornby recently unveiled this new take on the slot car track. It’s a Scalextric Velodrome that features a couple of competitive cyclists adorned in Great Britain livery. They’re still electric powered, so it’s not like racing requires any physical exertion on your part, but all the twists, turns, crossovers and other exciting elements that make modern slot car tracks so entertaining are gone. Instead they’re replaced with a decidedly boring oval with slightly banked corners…

~$120 (£74.99) available sometime this Summer.

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