Scalextric is a track based slot car racing system first invented by Fred (B F) Francis. Scalextric was first made in Havant, Hampshire in 1956. The forerunner to Scalextric was Scalex, which Francis first produced through the company Minimodels Ltd which he had founded in 1947. The company was based in London and made tinplate toys and models. Today Scalextric is part of the Hornby line of products. Use of modern plastics rather than die-cast shells also ensures the ability to build to fine tolerances, thereby bringing out the finest details. In fact, Scalextric specifically champions its High Detail range of cars which are only possible using the latest manufacturing techniques. So, whether it is designing a challenging track, delighting in the accurate scale models, the raw aspect of analogue racing or the integration of tablets and smartphones, slot car racing in general – and Scalextric in particular – really does have something for everyone. That’s why Scalextric believe slot cars are entering a brand new golden era.