Although doing so may seem complex, slot cars are basically small electric motors - and thus can be controlled via pulse-width modulation from almost any microcontroller/computer via a n-channel power MOSFET. And this is exactly what Matt Reilly, Doug Burnside and Barry Evans have done - by creating joystick control via a Raspberry Pi. Furthermore they've implemented a seperate lap-timing system based around an Arduino. It's great to see people are still having fun with slot cars, and if you're an enthusiast the Arduino timing system could prove very useful.

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Although we keep saying this - it's amazing what can be done with the little Raspberry Pi computer. Small, inexpensive and infintely versatile. We're now selling the Raspberry Pi, so head over to our product page if you're after one.