I just returned from the X Games in downtown L.A. The rallycross event was buzzing - grandstands filled, and tons in the standing area. Sooooooo many gooooood looking cars, yet no slot cars of these great liveries? I know the manufacturers really focus (no pun intended) on WRC rally cars, but take a look at the GRC rally cars. They are AWESOME looking, there are tons of liveries, and people like Ken Block, Travis Pastrana, and Tanner Faust have huge followings. Think I'm lying? Try finding an Avant Slot Ken Block Subaru. Here's a list of awesome cars that can be made as far as I can see:
All four liveries of the new Puma Zombie Cats cars, especially Dave Mirra and Higgins.
Ford Fiesta (SCX or Scalextric)
Monster Rally Ken Block Fiesta
Best Buy Marcus Grunholm Ford Fiesta
Tanner Faust Metal Mulisha Ford Fiesta
Brian Deegan Metal Mulisha Ford Fiesta
Anyone Red Bull Hyundai Veloster and Travis Pastrana's new Red Bull Dodge
rallycross has become my favorite type of racing , I like the cars in WRC but hate that they just compete against a clock. rally cross took the best parts and made it interesting. if it catches on, i'm sure slot car manufactures will get on board.
The trouble is, if a series isn't popular in Europe, it's a hard sell. There aren't enough slot car racers in the US to support cars that have US-only potential. Even NASCAR can be a tough sell, and it's only about 10,000 times bigger than rallycross.
BUT you have several Fiestas listed there, and it's a good bet that we'll be seeing Fiestas from the manufacturers, since they're being used in WRC. Worst-case scenario, you can do repaints of your favorite rallycross cars. Best case scenario, the manufacturers start with WRC Fiestas and might throw us a few bones.
Rallycross has a long history that dates back to the late 60's and it's very popular in UK and the Scandinavian countries, but I'm not sure how popular it is on the European main continent where the most of the slotcar companies have their home markets.
Rallycross tracks are small and perfect for slotcar layouts, and the cars are based on road going cars with extra wide fenders, so they are popular cars that would suit slotcar racing perfect.
There has been several threads on the UK forum about this, and I think it's just a matter of time before the manufacturers start to see this potential.
Tore, that's a much more hopeful prospect. It's good to know that there's a following in northern Europe. Over here, Block and Pastrana are well-known, and if a manufacturer sold a figure-8 'Block vs. Pastrana' beginner's set with a jump or crossovers thrown in, it could get noticed. Scalextric's drift car setup would be perfect.
The point about rallycross tracks being great for small spaces is so true. I have a dedicated track, but have built a portable 4 X 8 rallycross track. Works great and when disassembled it fits into a small space. Maybe some of Scaley's more "durable" cars would be great for rallycross. Less expensive too. Great way to get newbies into the hobby.