Although it was Olympic Gold medallist Bradley Wiggins who tested the game at its launch, the profile of the stylised rider is modelled on another British cycling legend, Sir Chris Hoy. This is the first time we’ve admitted this!
We produced several sets of prototypes during the development process using CNC and vacuum cast parts, to test function and for approval of aesthetics. We also used the prototypes to test different gear ratios. We produced all the prototypes through our partners in China and the UK.
We completed every stage of the process from concept sketches to fully detailed CAD data for tooling. We used SolidWorks for all the CAD modelling and Photoview 360 for approval renderings.
One of the most challenging aspects of the design was to ensure we kept the tyres of the bikes in contact with the track at all times. This sounds simple, but on a banked oval track it took a lot of tweaking to get it right.
The design had to be approved at each stage by Hornby/Scalextric and the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG), with all the Olympic products under strict confidentiality processes.
The bike frame is based on the design used by Team GB in the Beijing Olympics although we had to modify some aspects to allow for tooling and moulding constraints. We also wanted the wheels to spin!
Several concepts were developed to evaluate the mechanics, including a completely new drive module that was small enough to allow the riders to pass each other while also giving enough stability.
Cost of success
We kept the number of components as small as possible to make assembly simple and keep costs low.
Product Resolutions designs Scalextric’s homage to the Olympic Games 2012