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SSD 101 - The RMS

Race Management Systems for Scalextric Sport Digital

as of November 2014.

A Race Management System (RMS), at its most basic, displays timing and scoring data from the Power Base (PB). A cable that can connect the aux port to a PC is required so that you can use RMS software.



Supporting the C7042, Advanced 6 Car Power Base


Scalextric Sport Digital Console, aka SSDC.

This is the grandaddy of SSD race management. It outlasted several other RMS solutions for SSD that popped up when SSD was first introduced. It progressed over the years with groundbreaking new features and it's GUI was really well done. When the C7042 base was about to be released, which would require an entirely new way to control the system from a computer, it was rewritten from the ground up to not only maintain the standard that SSD users were accustomed to, but add the new ones that the new technology enabled. It also added an in-depth race management system for groups and series of races, rather than just single races like the original version. For those who held on to their old hardware, it was even updated to support the old 6 car base while maintaining most of the new features. It remains a favorite of SSD users all over the world.
SSDC has a 30 day free trial period where all features are enabled. When the trial has expired, a license must be purchased.
http://ssdc.jackaments.com(external link)

Race Control System 64, aka RCS64.

This is the up and coming star in the world of SSD RMS. The original version brought an entirely new set of features to the users, including things like tire wear simulation, and weather simulation, as well as more advanced pace car options such as the ability to have a pace car automatically enter the pit lane, stop, and leave again. It also supported features that SSD users were used to, such as fuel simulation, pit stops, pit sensors with speed control, and other mainstays of advanced digital race management. It was recently rewritten to include complex race management as well as enhancements of existing features, and an architecture designed to make adding new features faster and easier for the developer. With it's new features that are not offered by other programs, RCS64 is fast becoming a favorite among long time and new SSD users.
RCS64 has a feature limited version that anyone can use for free. To access advanced features such as pace cars, tire wear and weather, the F1 license must be purchased.
http://www.rcs64.com(external link)

PC Lap Counter, aka PCLC.

PCLC is a very popular RMS for many systems. It is the only option for some digital systems, and very popular among traditional slot racing groups around the world. Although it does offer some of the more popular features such as fuel consumption and pit lane features, it's strengths are in race management, as it's designed to facilitate a vast array of group/club racing formats. It also has a highly configurable interface that can seem daunting to even the most computer saavy user.
PCLC has a full featured trial system that limits all races to 10 laps only. For longer races, a license must be purchased.
http://www.pclapcounter.be(external link)

Race Coordinator Digital, aka RCD.

Based on the popular Race Coordinator platform, this version is specially enhanced for SSD use to include basic pit features. Like PCLC, RCD is focused primarily on club/group race management, with a variety of racing options to facilitate the competitive racing of small to large groups. RCD is currently the only SSD RMS to support internet connected devices to view the status of races in progress with a variety of detailed race and driver statistical displays using it's web server. These pages can be made available locally, or to the internet if the user knows what to do.
RCD is the only fully freeware RMS for SSD, though donations to the author's favorite charity are much appreciated.
http://racecoordinator.net/rcd.html(external link)

Ultimate Racer 3.0, aka UR3.

has a host of popular features. For a long time, it was only able to serve as a track designer application for SSD users, but it recently added support for the SSD C7042 base so that it's RMS features could also be used by us. It has a variety of driver, car, and race management features to use, if you're really into the stats of things. It's support for SSD is still very recent, and I haven't explored it much to say what it can and can't do for SSD users.
UR3 has a lap and track piece limited trial version, and a couple different licenses depending on if you plan to use it for track design, race management, or both.
http://uracerweb.org/index.html(external link)


Supporting the C7030, Original 6 Car Power Base


As this Power Base (PB) comes from the factory, it does output data through its aux port. A cable is available that can connect the aux port to a PC so you can use RMS software. With PB Pro firmware upgrade, however, the PB can both talk to and receive data from an RMS program. It is this capability that has allowed us to implement fancy features like pit stops and fuel management.

Scalextric Sport Digital Console, aka SSDC.

This is the grandaddy of SSD race management. It outlasted several other RMS solutions for SSD that popped up when SSD was first introduced. It progressed over the years with groundbreaking new features and it's GUI was really well done. When the C7042 base was about to be released, which would require an entirely new way to control the system from a computer, it was rewritten from the ground up to not only maintain the standard that SSD users were accustomed to, but add the new ones that the new technology enabled. It also added an in-depth race management system for groups and series of races, rather than just single races like the original version. For those who held on to their old hardware, it was even updated to support the old 6 car base while maintaining most of the new features. It remains a favorite of SSD users all over the world.
SSDC has a 30 day free trial period where all features are enabled. When the trial has expired, a license must be purchased.
http://ssdc.jackaments.com(external link)

PC Lap Counter, aka PCLC.

PCLC is a very popular RMS for many systems. It is the only option for some digital systems, and very popular among traditional slot racing groups around the world. Although it does offer some of the more popular features such as fuel consumption and pit lane features, it's strengths are in race management, as it's designed to facilitate a vast array of group/club racing formats. It also has a highly configurable interface that can seem daunting to even the most computer saavy user.
PCLC has a full featured trial system that limits all races to 10 laps only. For longer races, a license must be purchased.
http://www.pclapcounter.be(external link)

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