Slots to be released in 2014
Well I have to say I'm jumping out of my skin tonight! Scalextric have signed an agreement with Bentley to exclusively produce Bentley slot cars. So why am I so excited I hear you say? After all this isn't the first time a slot car manufacture has signed such an agreement, Carrera and Ferrari rings a bell and there's always been exclusives with racing teams like McLaren, Braun and Lotus just to name a few. However this is the first time in a decade a mainstream slot manufacture has produced Bentley slot cars, I for one would have NEVER thought I'd see the Continental GT3 as a slot car on my track.
The Continental GT3 aside, the one thing I'm really excited about however is the prospect of Scalextric producing the Bentley Speed 8 as a slot car. Its been a decade since Carrera had a stab at it and to be honest the result wasn't that great, the scale of those rear wheels alone! Le Mans Miniatures produced an absolutely beautiful Speed 8 but after seeing one in the flesh you'd be too scared to put it on the track, too many breakable pieces and then there's the price!
On the back of the bad news we received over the weekend regarding Revell's decision to stop producing slot cars, this is a bit of a silver lining particularly if you're a HUGE Bentley fan.
Bentley recently announced their dramatic and welcome return to motorsport and, last weekend, Bentley debuted its new Continental GT3 race car at the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed; unveiling a racing machine set to explore the extreme potential of Bentley’s iconic Grand Tourer, the Continental GT.
Official Bentley-licensed Scalextric slot racing product will launch during 2014 to the delight of fans around the world. The licensing deal bring together two iconic British brands; each synonymous with quality, engineering excellence and British best-in-class values.
Dale Luckhurst, Scalextric Marketing Manager (Hornby Hobbies Ltd), commented; “We are incredibly pleased to be working with such an iconic brand as Bentley. Scalextric is the godfather of boys’ toys and Bentley is equally renowned for its excellence and heritage. We look forward to working with the Bentley team and delivering incredible products to our loyal consumers.”'