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SLOT BOT: Model cars will soon race across the world via a Web connection

In the 1950s and '60s, there was no shorter route from a British father's wallet to his son's heart than a Scalextric slot-car racing set. This Christmas, Hornby — the company that owns Scalextric — hopes to usher the slot car into the Internet age. The new Sport World System connects users' track layouts to the Internet so they can compete with fellow racers around the world. At the heart of the kit, expected to cost in the region of 3150, is a control unit to collect the telemetric data of your car's performance and feed it through the Net (a...

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