If you're of a certain age your simulated driving experiences probably followed an order something like this: Tonka, Hot Wheels, slot car track, radio controlled and finally (and at long last) driving/racing video games. We children of the 1980s had it rough, kids. Still, there's no denying that slot tracks and R/C cars had their charms, with cool, tangible vehicles that engaged a user differently than does even the most advanced console racer today.

Enter new-tech-meets-old-tech startup Real FX, which promises the visceral joys of R/C and slot cars, but with the ease and smarts of video game racing. Flexible, lightweight and configurable track sections guide radio-controlled cars, which make use of visual sensors and a kind of artificial intelligence for a heightened racing experience. Perhaps best of all, you don't even need another human to race; the Real FX cars can run in a Pace Car mode, providing just the kind of virtual opponent that makes solo video gaming so interesting.

The software can be programmed to include virtual tire blowouts, oil spills, engine malfunctions, mechanical wear and a whole host of other simulation-type experiences.

The only trouble is the Real FX is, as yet, only a Kickstarter project – still more than $50,000 away from being fully funded. Check out the video below for a deeper look at the mission, and decide for yourself if this is something your living room floor can't live without.


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      carnut0913
      • 6 Months Ago
      Looks better than Anki- Im in. Configurable track sells me. I like the idea of the Anki but with only one track configuration, its a snoozer pretty quick. I'd still like to see a programmable mat with pixel/points that can be energized for track, lit, for border, or off for offcourse.
      LW
      • 6 Months Ago
      seems to be a whole bunch of oldies missing the old days of slot racing. seems to be more driving oriented compared to Anki, which is more video game and less driving.
      bK
      • 6 Months Ago
      I rather have my primitive slot cars or a mini 4wd.
      Cursethedawn
      • 6 Months Ago
      The cars look really slow.
      diandi_zhu
      • 6 Months Ago
      kyosho mini z is better than this ****
      Richard North
      • 6 Months Ago
      Thanks MistyGreen.A regular carpet works fine. I just finished playing ready for an event tomorrow. Full track layout (starter set) set up in 33 seconds. Taken down in 15 seconds. Total space we were racing in (full area) 9.5 feet by 6 feet. Amazing and addictive. We are on breakfast TV all being well tomorrow at Hamleys in London if i can get back from travel in time (3am start ;-) John Patrick Blair J: wholly agree. All top chassis pop off and you can 3D print your own (CAD files will be made available at some point) or we will be making available all different types over the next eighteen months/two years. Four colours from launch.
      hexiumvii
      • 6 Months Ago
      Looks like another waist of money for a few minutes. Just get mario kart 8.
      Charles Robichaud
      • 6 Months Ago
      I'm going to stick with my R/C cars! this may be cool for young kids on a rainy day... but, how much? will it ever make the shelves of Wal-Mart... or just hobby stores?
      Daniel Spalinger
      • 6 Months Ago
      Ain't this disgustingly similar to the Anki racecar setup?
        tom.tommarello
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Daniel Spalinger
        This does not require two or more iPhones which makes this much better, it costs less, but other than that it is very similar to Anki.
          sparkzilla
          • 6 Months Ago
          @tom.tommarello
          You cant control the speed on Anki's system
          hexiumvii
          • 6 Months Ago
          @tom.tommarello
          This looks like a true RC car while Anki is really a slotcar, you can't use it without a track, which makes Anki pretty limited. These things really need bigger tracks.
      Richard North
      • 6 Months Ago
      Hi Guys. Good debates. Please take a look at Kickstarter link here http://kck.st/1hLKfIQ for the full info as it provides lots of answers to the questions assumptions, etc. Where someone has actually tried it their response is similar. You get the 'wow' reaction and it's so different to Anki, Slots or R/C but has elements of all three. I think you'll love it when you try it - so we will let the product users do the talking for it. On Anki; Real FX Racing has also been 6 years in development. You can find stuff on our roll out matt online at Toy News mag from over two years ago etc. Customer research led us to track pieces as it was more customisable. Again loads on this on Kickstarter,
      John Patrick Blair J
      • 6 Months Ago
      Awesome idea. Love it. Now once production starts, sell the car under-body and get on with different manufacturers to sell separate plastic tops to have a wide variety of cars to drive. One problem with slots, the cars are usually all the same, just different colors (as was the ones in the video here).
      Richard North
      • 6 Months Ago
      Real FX Racing takes ten seconds to start racing once you've spent 33 seconds ;-) setting the track set up. It's the fastest to set up (and take down) race set i think there is. You can add more complexity as you build your skills, right down to throwing virtual track hazards at your opponent such as oil spills. See the link and it will give you a lot more info http://kck.st/1hLKfIQ
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