Handcrafted 20 ft x 7 ft custom-track environment
Creating a raceway of this size, scope, and detail takes more than a walk to the corner hobby store. So we commissioned the world-renowned track builders from Slot Mods USA to handcraft the course.
Scale model Audi A4 slot-car body and four-wheel drive chassis
Every detail matters. So when model-year-accurate Audi A4 slot cars couldn’t be sourced, we simply made them from scratch. An industrial laser scanner was used to generate the digital outline, then body shells were created on a 3D printer and paired with separately sourced four-wheel-drive slot car chassis.
Mimicking quattro®’s cornering capabilities
By their very nature, slot cars are designed to come off the track. The Audi advanced quattro® all-wheel-drive system on the other hand, is specifically designed to help you do just the opposite. To reproduce the Audi A4 handling characteristics in a slot car, we spent hours testing and custom tuning the traction magnets on each vehicle – while still leaving enough play for racing to remain competitive.
Custom in-car cameras, housing and transmitter
Most slot car POV video footage is shot using a mountable camera strapped to the roof of the car. Not good enough for Audi. So we adapted miniature spy cams to fit inside the car, with custom circuitry to wirelessly transmit the live stream. A custom housing was also built into the 3D printed body shell to help minimize camera shake and vibration.
First of its kind: iPad slot-car controller
In a typical slot-car setup, drivers use a handheld resistor to modulate voltage to the track and, in turn, the speed of the slot car. This nearly 100-year-old system forces the driver to race from a bird’s-eye view trackside, instead of the driver’s seat where they should be. To change this, we developed a custom iPad app to pair with our in-car cameras – putting the driver right in the cockpit for the first time ever. And instead of the traditional electric controller, a digital thumb control interface was created to regulate acceleration and deceleration.