availability of maintenance items and additional track, cars,
Both Scalextric and Carrera offer an extensive line of
additional track sections, cars, accessory items, and essential
maintenance parts. We do everything we can to have all these
items in stock all year round, and there are many other dealers
across the US also stocking them. There are, however, other
brands offered that do not make maintenance and expansion items
readily available. Hobbyists sometimes find that the only way
to get more equipment is to get another set, and key items, such
as curves in various radii for making 4-lane tracks, are not
at all. When shopping for a race set, be sure to find out if
you will be able to get more track, cars, and replacement parts
easily and reliably. Check manufacturers’ and dealers’ catalogs
to be sure these items are listed.
Whichever set you choose, from the least expensive to the top of
the line, it will include two ready-to-run cars, two
controllers, a power supply, and a layout of snap-together
sectional track, along with an instruction sheet. The main
difference among sets at the various price points in any
manufacturer’s product line is in the type of cars and the
number of track sections. Lap lengths of currently available
sets range from 12 feet to about 30 feet. Most sets also
include some accessory items. These may include guardrails,
bridge supports for making a layout with an overpass, track
borders, and, in a few high-end sets, an electronic lap
All the sets, both conventional and digital, from any given
manufacturer are made up from the same standardized track
components, mostly full straight sections and standard curves.
All the components from any set in a manufacturer’s product line
will be compatible with any other set from that manufacturer, so
two or more sets can be combined to make a single long layout.
The one exception to this is SCX, which uses two completely
different track systems for digital and conventional racing.
All SCX digital sets and track are compatible and the same is
true of SCX conventional sets and track, but SCX conventional
and digital system track cannot be used together.
Most important, all the conventional cars made by Scalextric,
Carrera, and other manufacturers, such as Ninco, Fly, MRRC, and
SCX, will run on any of the 1:32 scale conventional track
systems currently available. You are not tied to a particular
manufacturer’s selection of cars. Carrera cars require some
trimming of the guide flag to fit the shallower slots on other
brands of track. Fly cars, as well as other cars fitted with
aftermarket traction magnets or hopup motors, will need a power
system upgrade to a separate power supply per lane
and lower-resistance controllers to perform to their full
potential. However, they all will run on the original-equipment
power system of any of the conventional race sets we sell.
Digital systems, however, are not compatible between
manufacturers so you can’t run one company’s digital car on
another’s digital track without replacing the car’s chip module
with one from the other manufacturer.
To see a selection of race sets, cars, and accessory items
carefully chosen to give children and beginners the best
possible start in slot car racing, visit the “Great For Children
and Beginners” section of our on-line store.