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Picking the Best Track; Pros and Cons

 

Scalextric Sport Track:  

Pros:

            •Snap-together assembly and disassembly

            •Locks together well on a sold floor or tabletop

            •Easy changeover to Scalextric Digital with C7042 Advanced 6 Car Powerbase

            •Slightly rough surface  (allows a broader choice of super-grip or powerslides through corners)

            •Best variety of different track sections

            •Great-looking borders for all curves

            •Borders for all curves are wide enough

            •Cars are less noisy on this relatively soft track

            •Flexible enough to allow some misalignment

            •Flexible enough to allow slight banking in turns

            •Great looking guard rails

            •Excellent low-cost lap counter/timers

            •Plug-in option for reversing

            •Interchange track to join with Scalextric and SCX and can be adapted to NINCO

Cons:

            •Track comes apart too easily to be moved without compete disassembly

            •Borders do not attach firmly enough for use on crossing bridges

            •Must buy second transformer and connector track for individual power supply to each lane

            •Lane spacing a bit close for modern Formula 1 and sports/GT cars

            •No banked curves available

 

Scalextric “Start” Track:  

Pros:

            •Snap-together assembly and disassembly

            •Locks together well on a sold floor or tabletop

            •Slightly rough surface  (allows a broader choice of super-grip or powerslides through corners)

            •Cars are less noisy on this relatively soft track

            •Flexible enough to allow some misalignment

            •Great looking guard rails

            •Excellent low-cost lap counter/timers

            •Plug-in option for reversing

            •Interchanges with Scalextric and SCX and can be adapted to NINCO

Cons:

            •Does not have same size curves as Scalextric Sport or Classic track

            •Track comes apart too easily to be moved without compete disassembly

            •Limited variety of curves

            •No borders

            •Must buy second transformer and connector track for individual power supply to each lane

            •Lane spacing a bit close for modern Formula 1 and sports/GT cars

            •No banked curves available

 

 

Scalextric "Classic" Track:  

Pros:

            •Easiest track made to assemble and disassemble

            •Because of the above, it is probably the best track for younger children

            •Locks together well on a solid floor or tabletop

            •Good compromise between too little and too much traction

            •Best variety of different track sections

            •Cars are less noisy on this relatively soft track

            •Flexible enough to allow some misalignment

            •Flexible enough to allow slight banking in turns

            •Great-looking borders for standard curves

            •Borders for all curves are wide enough

            •Great looking guard rails for standard curves

            •Excellent low-cost lap counter/timers

            •Plug-in option for reversing

            •Highly-recommended "Pacer" option to race against yourself

            •Interchanges with SCX and can be adapted to Sport and NINCO

Cons:

            •Track comes apart too easily to be moved without compete disassembly

            •Borders do not attach firmly enough for use on crossing bridges

            •Must buy second transformer and connector track for individual power supply to each lane

            •Slot too shallow for many other brands of cars

            •No outer-outer curves available

            •Lane spacing a bit close for modern Formula 1 and sports/GT cars

            •No banked curves available

            •Color of outer curve and straight borders not realistic

            •No longer produced so some sections are difficult to find

 

SCX “Universal” Track:

Pros:

            •Snap-together assembly and disassembly

            •Locks together well on a sold floor or tabletop

            •Easy changeover from analog to SCX Digital

            •Slightly rough surface  (allows a broader choice of super-grip or powerslides through corners)

            •Good variety of different track sections

            •Great-looking borders for all curves

            •Cars are less noisy on this relatively soft track

            •Flexible enough to allow some misalignment

            •Flexible enough to allow slight banking in turns

            •Great looking guard rails

            •Excellent low-cost lap counter/timers

            •Plug-in option for reversing

            •Interchange track to join with Scalextric and SCX “Original” and can be adapted to NINCO

            •Outer-outer lanes available

Cons:

            •Track comes apart too easily to be moved without compete disassembly

            •Must buy second transformer and connector track for individual power supply to each lane

            •Lane spacing a bit close for modern Formula 1 and sports/GT cars

            •No banked curves available

 

 

SCX “Oriiginal” Track:

Pros:

            •See Scalextric “Classic”

            •Outer-outer lanes available

            •Best-looking borders of all the tracks

            •Offers self-racing program track

Cons:

            •See Scalextric “Classic”

            •Track surface too rough in some racers' opinions

            •Borders are too narrow to be really useful

            •Can be more difficult to find

            •Must use Scalextric track section for individual lane power supply

           

 

 NINCO Track:

Pros:

            •Track assembles easily and holds together well

            •Offers outer-outer curves

            •Offers outer-outer-outer curves

            •Slot deep enough to allow any brand of car to operate

            •Cars are less noisy on this relatively soft track

            •Flexible enough to allow some misalignment

            •Flexible enough to allow some banking in turns

            •Borders available for inside and outside of all curves

            •Borders for outer curves are wide enough

            •Individual lane power standard

            •Reversing standard

            •Brake feature standard

Cons:

            •Track surface too rough in some racers' opinions

            •Can be more difficult to find

            •Can be more expensive

            •No banked track

            •Color of borders not realistic

            •No self-racing program track

 

 Carrera Track:

Pros:

            •Track holds together tightly enough to operate on carpet or to move

            •Offers outer-outer curves

            •Offers borders for all curves

            •Borders are wide enough for any 1/32 scale car

            •Offers banked turns

            •Connector track has built-in brake feature

            •Slot is deep enough for any brand of car

            •Individual lane power standard

            •Brakes standard

Cons:

            •Can be difficult for under-12-year olds to disassemble

            •Plastic tabs can break-off if track is carelessly disassembled.

            •Track can break if stepped on

            •Reversing only avialable with Carrera cars

            •Borders are black with "Construction Zone" red and white chevrons

            •Solid wall guardrails not realisticv

            •No self-racing program track

 

Artin Track:

Pros:

            •Lowest cost

            •Track locks together easily and firmly

            •Offers outer-outer curves

            •Borders attach easily and firmly

Cons:

            •Can be difficult for under-12-year olds to disassemble

            •Plastic tabs can break-off if track is carelessly disassembled.

            •Track can break if stepped on

 

            •Borders are black with "Construction Zone" yellow chevrons

            •No self-racing program track

           

Riggen or Strombecker/Bachmann Track:

Pros:

            •Locks together tightly

            •Lane spacing wide enough

Cons:

            •Can be difficult for under-12-year olds to disassemble

            •No half inner curves available

            •No half straights available

            •Only standard and outer curves available

            •No borders available

            •Track can break if stepped on

 

 
All About Carrera Go!!! and SCX Compact 1/43 Scale Racing Print E-mail


  ALL ABOUT CARRERA GO!!! & SCX COMPACT 

1/43 SCALE MODEL CAR RACING

•1/43 scale Model Car Racing

•1/43 vs. 1/32 Scale; Pros and Cons

•Picking the Best 1/43 Scale Track; Pros and Cons

•SHOOT-OUT TRACK TEST: SCX Compact vs. Carrera Go!!! vs. 1/32 NASCAR cars

•SPEC SHEET: The size of the Carrera Go!!! and SCX Compact models vs. the dimensions of the real car 

•Hop-Up Parts & Bodies for 1/43 Scale 

  •Comparison photos of SCX Compact vs. Carrera Go!!! cars 

New 1/43 scale cars due during 2010:

SCX Compact:  1970 AAR Cuda Trans-Am and 2008 Corvette C6R

Carrera Go!!!:   2009 Porsche 997 GT3 Cup, 2009 Ferrari 599XX, 2009 Nissan 350Z, 2009 Red Bull F1

             The vast majority of the model car racing sets sold by toy stores and chains like Target and Toys ‘R Us, have cars that are considerably smaller than the 1/32 scale cars that are featured in Model Car Racing magazine. The reason why 1/32 scale race car sets are not sold in these mass retail chain stores is simple, the 1/32 scale sets and cars are about two to three-times the price of 1/43 scale sets and cars. There’s less material in the 1/43 scale cars and track and the cars are much simpler models with no interiors and fewer separately-applied detail parts. Few are painted---most are pad-printed directly on colored plastic (as are some 1/32 scale cars). The lack of fine detail is not that apparent, however, thanks to the smaller size of the 1/43 scale cars. You can have as much fun racing 1/43 scale cars as you can racing 1/32 scale cars.

            Mathematically, the 1/43 scale cars are 3/4ths the size of the 1/32 scale cars but that is a linear dimension---in three dimensions, the 1/43 scale cars appear to be about half the size of 1/32 scale cars. The 1/43 scale track is also proportionally narrower and the sections are shorter than 1/32 scale track. As a result, it’s difficult to tell, from a photograph, whether the cars are 1/43 or 1/32 scale. Ironically, the 1/43 scale cars look more realistic on 1/32 scale track than most 1/32 scale cars because the track overwhelms the size of the cars---as the track does in full-size racing.

            The major disadvantage with 1/43 scale is the limited selection of cars but, depending on your interests, there may be enough choices. Carrera Go!!! offers NASCAR, Formula 1 and LeMans cars, as well as a choice of “Muscle" cars, tuner cars, police cars and taxis (with flashing roof lights), and an array of cartoon vehicles from the films Cars, Batman, Spiderman, Speed Racer and Mario Brothers. The SCX Compact cars in 1/43 scale include NASCAR, Formula 1, DTM (Mercedes and Audi), GT (Porsche and Ferrari) and Tuner cars. You can check out the SCX and Carrera websites to see how many other cars they offer in 1/32 scale and that choice is expanded, of course, with other brands like Scalextric, NINCO, Slot.it and a half-dozen others. So far, only SCX and Carrera offer ready-to-race 1/43 scale cars (although there are occasional toy offerings in sets from firms like Artin).

            Yes, you can race SCX Compact cars on Carrera Go!!! track and vice versa and both brands will run on any brand of 1/32 scale track. The Carrera Go!!! track and SCX Compact track are not, however, interchangeable nor are the power supplies or controllers---pick a brand of track and stick with it, just as you must with 1/32 scale. 

            The 1/43 scale cars will run on virtually any brand of 1/32 scale track---that’s the good news. The bad news is that the 1/43 scale track is too narrow for the 1/32 scale cars. If you want a broader selection of cars, then, you will have to opt for 1/32 scale. The Pros and Cons comparing 1/32 to 1/43 scale are lower on this page as well as some “Pros and Cons” of the two brands of 1/43 scale sets, track and cars. There's also a full Race Track Test of the SCX Compact and Carrera Go!!! NASCAR cars (on the 1/32 scale Scalextric Classic/SCX and Carrera 5 x 9-foot "Indy F1" tracks we use for all the 1/32 scale race car tests) further down this page so you can compare the performance of 1/43 scale cars to their 1/32 scale counterparts.

            Will 1/43 scale replace 1/32 scale? It is highly unlikely because 1/32 scale has had nearly half a century to establish itself as the standard for serious racers and the choice of cars and tuning parts and track sections is superb. Conversely, 1/43 scale is certainly “good enough” to be a lasting hobby, especially for the casual racer. If you have a broad interest in many types of full-size racing cars from all eras and you want to see those cars compete on a tabletop with you as the driver, you will likely be happier with 1/32 scale. Pick either one and go racing!

1/43 vs. 1/32 Scale; Pros and Cons

        1/43 Scale: 

 Pros:

            •Proportions of some cars as realistic as 1/32 scale

            •Small enough to fit an excellent race track on a 4 x 8-foot board

            •About half the price of 1/32 scale

            •Cars will run on any brand of 1/32 scale track

Cons:

            •Selection of cars very limited compared to 1/32 scale

            •Proportions of some cars are a bit toy-like

            •Cars and track only available from only two major manufacturers

            •Very limited selection of tires and other performance parts

            •Limited choice of curved track seizes

            •No borders or skid aprons available

            •Cannot race cars without magnets unless skid aprons are fitted

            •Skid aprons must be fabricated from model railroad cork roadbed or foamboard

            •1/32 scale controllers must be adapted to provide brake feature

            •1/32 scale cars too wide to run on 1/43 scale track

            •Digital limited to three cars or less (Carrera Digital 143)

                1/32 Scale:

Pros:            

            •Cars often as detailed as larger die-cast models

            •Cars available from more than a dozen manufacturers

            •Wide selection of street and race cars from all eras

            •Wide selection of tires and other performance parts

            •Most controllers include brake circuit

            •Borders or aprons available for all track sections

            •Cars can be raced without traction magnets when track borders are installed

            •1/43 scale cars can be raced on any brand of 1/32 track

            •Digital cars and sets available to race six or more cars at a time

Cons:

            •Larger space required for a given track configuration

            •5 x 9-feet is a practical minimum area for a 1/32 scale track

            •About twice the price of 1/43 scale 

 

Picking the Best 1/43 Scale Track; Pros and Cons

 

SCX Compact: 

(Click on the link below to view the 16-page Model Car Racing With SCX booklet)

http://modelcarracingmag.com/index.php?option=com_flippingbook&view=book&id=16 

 Pros:

            •Proportions of most cars as realistic as 1/32 scale

            •Cars will run on any brand of 1/43 or 1/32 scale track

            •Controllers offer “Turbo” button and a slower speed option for younger children

            •Track easy to assemble and disassemble

            •Track locks together well on a solid floor or tabletop

            •Track includes red/white borders on all curves

            •Mechanical lap counter included with most sets

            •Simplified two-car lane-changing available

Cons:

            •Relatively weak downforce magnets in the cars can make learning to drive a bit of a challenge for a newcomer

    •Downforce magnets in SCX Compact cars not strong enough to hold the cars upside down in Carrera G0!!! #61613 Looping Sections 

            •Track does not interchange with any 1/43 scale track

            •Track does not interchange with any 1/32 scale track

            •Selection of cars very limited compared to 1/32 scale

            •Only two curve track sizes:  standard and outer

            •Only one banked curve size

            •No electronic lap counter

            •No borders or aprons for any track section           

            •Track comes apart too easily to be moved without compete disassembly

Carrera Go!!!:

Pros:            

            •Stronger downforce magnets make the cars easier for newcomers to drive

            •Cars will run on any brand of 1/43 or 1/32 scale track

            •Controllers offer “Turbo” button and a slower speed option for younger children

            •Track locks together well on a solid floor or tabletop

            •Track Includes red/white borders on all curves

            •Mechanical lap counter included with most sets

            •Offers standard, outer and outer-outer curves

            •Offers standard and outer banked curves

            •Offers electronic lap counter

            •Offers digital cars and sets as “Digital 143” to race three cars at a time

Cons:

            •Stronger downforce magnets in the cars make them a bit too easy to drive

    •The downforce magnets are so strong they will hold the cars upside down through the Carrera G0!!! #61613 Looping Sections

           •Track does not interchange with any 1/43 scale track

            •Track does not interchange with any 1/32 scale track

            •Selection of cars very limited compared to 1/32 scale

            •Proportions of some cars are a bit toy-like

    •No borders or aprons for any track section

            •Track interlock pins must be removed to disassemble track

 TRACK TEST:

1/43 SCALE: CARRERA GO!!! VS. SCX COMPACT  CARS OF TOMORROW

(Photos of Carrera Go!!! and SCX Compact cars are at the bottom of this page) 

Both Carrera Go!!! And SCX Compact are close-enough to exact 1/43 scale in wheelbase and, since NASCAR does not release the other dimensions, the correct wheelbase is essential—the rest of the cars’ proportions are matched to that correct wheelbase. The major difference in the appearance of the two brands is that the Carrera Go!!! tires on their NASCAR cars are 15% too large in diameter and the wheel cutouts are, of course, shaped to clear the tires. The tires on both are wider than exact scale but that is typical of most 1/32 scale cars as well. Both brands weigh about the same. 

The Carrera Go!!! cars have a massive downforce magnet, stronger than about 95% of the magnets on 1/32 scale cars. That downforce allows the cars corner quickly but slows them down somewhat on the straights. We subjected both cars to a full Race Track Test to see how well they would perform on four different brands of 1/32 scale track. 

Both of these 1/43 scale cars very quick indeed! They are faster on the Carrera 1/32 scale Indy F1 track than any of the 1/32 scale cars and both 1/43 scale cars are very close to the performance of the 1/32 scale cars on the Scalextric Classic/SCX Indy F1 track. Why? Because the 1/43 scale cars have enough magnetic downforce to be able to negotiate nearly all of the curves on the 1/32 scale test tracks at full throttle. The relatively slow maximum speeds of the 1/43 scale cars (on the 27-foot straightaway used for the top speed and acceleration tests) are not a handicap on the short 5-foot straights of the two 5 x 9-foot test tracks---the 1/32 scale cars are quicker than the 1/43 scale cars on tracks with 9-foot or longer straights. 

The Carrera Go!!! car was noticeably slower than the SCX Compact car on both the 1/32 scale Indy F1 Test Tracks, however it was easier to drive the Carrera car thanks to the larger downforce. The SCX car was quicker on both tracks and had a higher top speed and quicker acceleration---some of that can be attributed to the drag of the Carrera downforce magnet which helps keep the car on the track through the corners but produces drag on the straightaways and when accelerating. 

The Carrera Go!!! car was a bit slower on the Scalextric Classic/SCX test track because the Carrera pin guide was too wide for the slot. We filed it down but the car was clearly quicker when running on the Carrera 1/32 scale Indy F1 Test Track with its wider slot. The “good news’ for 1/43 scale fans is that the slot in the SCX Compact track is wide enough to accommodate the Carrera Go!!! guide pin so you can run the Carrera Go!!! cars (or the SCX Compact cars) on either brand of 1/43 scale track. 

 

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 SHOOT-OUT TRACK TEST:

SCX Compact 1/43 Scale 2009 NASCAR Car of Tomorrow Toyota Camry vs.

Carrera Go!!! 1/43 Scale 2009 NASCAR Car of Tomorrow Dodge Charger vs.

SCX 1/32 scale “Pro” NASCAR Car of Tomorrow Chevrolet Impala vs.

SCX 1/32 scale 2008 NASCAR Car of Tomorrow Chevrolet Impala vs.

Carrera 1/32 scale 2007 NASCAR Car of Tomorrow Chevrolet Impala vs.

SCX 1/32 scale 2006 Ford Fusion NASCAR vs.

Scalextric 1/32 scale 2005 NASCAR Ford Taurus

 

SCX Compact 1/43:        Carrera Go!!!  1/43:              SCX  2009 1/32:               SCX  2008 1/32:        Carrera 2007 1/32:          SCX 2006 1/32:    

Out of the Box:                                                             

Lap Time, 36-foot Scalextric Indy F1 Course:                                                                                                                                                                                                                 3.94 sec.      4.22 sec.                  5.78 sec.                  3.96 sec.                  4.16 sec.                  3.77 sec.         3.74 sec.                                   

Lap Time, 36-foot Carrera Indy F1 Course:                                                                                                                                                                                                                     3.52 sec.                  3.62 sec.                  4.33 sec.                  4.61 sec.                  4.70 sec.                  4.18 sec.                  3.89 sec.                                   

Cornering Speeds:

Scalextric Classic Skidpad (32-1/4-inch circle)*:                                                                                                                                                                                                         12.61 fps   11.24 fps     6.72 fps                  11.30 fps       11.66 fps       10.22 fps                10.88 fps

Sport skidpad (32 1/4-inch circle):                                                                                                                                                                                                                               11.63 fps                 9.86 fps                     6.49 fps                  11.71 fps                  11.81 fps                   8.90 fps                  11.77 fps

Carrera Skidpad (35-1/4-inch circle):                                                                                                                                                                                                                           10.72 fps                  10.67 fps                    7.64 fps                  8.69 fps                     9.76 fps                     9.10 fps                  8.89 fps

SCX Skidpad (32-1/4-inch circle):                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  12.61 fps                  11.24 fps                   6.72 fps                  10.56 fps                   11.56 fps                   9.99 fps                  11.20 fps                 

NINCO Skidpad (36-3/4-inch circle):                                                                                                                                                                                                                           13.25 fps                  8.25 fps                     6.80 fps                  9.55 fps                     11.82 fps                   8.80 fps                  12.38 fps                                   

Top Speed and Acceleration at the end of a 1/8-scale-mile (27-foot) straight from a standing start:                 

Speed (in 1/32 scale miles per hour):                                                                                                                                                                                                                        130.8 smph            118.0 smph                 225.06 smph     NA                    NA                  NA                  NA

Acceleration time to cover the 1/8 mile:                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2.49 sec.                 2.94 sec.                     1.75 sec.                NA                  NA                  NA                          NA                                   

NOTES:  *The older Scalextric Classic and new SCX track surfaces are so similar we are now using only SCX for this skidpad test.

                  NA:   No Acceleration and Speed figures are available for cars that were Race Track Tested prior to issue number 45.

                  The letters fps indicate feet per second.                 

NOTES: The lap times and other test results for all of the track tests in the first 48 issues are available on the website under “Model Resources”, then click on the link “Race Car Test Results”. All of the previous Race Track Test of NASCAR cars have been conducted using cars with magnets---the SCX “Pro” car is, however, almost as quick magnet-free as the others with traction magnets.

The SCX “Pro” 2009 NASCAR “CoT” Chevrolet Impala was Race Track Tested in the November/December 2009 number 48 issue, the SCX 2008 NASCAR “CoT” Impala was in the November/December 2008 number 42 issue, the Carrera 2007 NASCAR Car of Tomorrow Chevrolet Monte Carlo in the March/April 2008 number 38 issue, the SCX 2006 NASCAR Ford Fusion in the March/April 2007 number 32 issue, and the Scalextric 2006 NASCAR Ford Taurus in the May/June 2006 number 26 issue.

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SPEC SHEET: Carrera Go!!! 2008 NASCAR Car of Tomorrow Dodge Charger vs.

                        SCX Compact 2008 NASCAR Car of Tomorrow Toyota Camry:

The Prototype      The size the model                The dimensions of the             The dimensions of the

(the real car):      should be in 1/43 scale:            Carrera Go!!! model:            SCX Compact model

Width: NA                                    NA                        1.78 in. (45.2 mm)            1.76 in. (44.7 mm)

Length:  NA                                    NA                        4.62 in. (117.3 mm)            4.71 in. (119.7 mm)

Height:  NA                                    NA                        1.30 in. (33.0mm)            1.30 in. (33.0mm)

Wheelbase:  110.0 in.                 2.62 in. (66.5 mm)            2.48 in. (65.4 mm)       2.58 in. (65.0mm)           

Track, Front: NA                                    NA                        1.46 in. (37.1 mm)            1.43 in. (36.3 mm)           

Track, Rear:  NA                                    NA                        1.46 in. (37.1 mm)            1.47 in. (37.4 mm)           

Tires, Front: 7.8 x 26.6 in.*  .181 x .618 in.(4.6 x 15.6 mm)     7.3 x 17.9 mm            6.8 x 15.0 mm                       

Tires, Rear: 7.8 x 26.6 in.*  .181 x .618 in.(4.6 x 15.6 mm)    7.3 x 17.9 mm            6.8 x 15.0  mm

Engine: V8  90-degree 5,700 cc            NA                        small can                        small can                       

Horsepower:   780 @ 9.300            NA                        NA                                    NA

Weight:   3,400 lbs.                         NA                        42 grams (1 ½ oz.)           35 grams (1 ¼ oz.)

Weight on Front Tires:                        NA                        15 grams (1/2 oz.)            15 grams (1/2 oz.)

Weight on Rear Tires:                        NA                        27 grams (1 oz.)                 20 grams (3/4 oz.)

Magnetic Downforce on Carrera:              NA                        90 grams (3 1/4 oz.)           78 grams ( 2 ¾ oz.)

Magnetic Downforce on Scalextric:            NA                        270 grams (9 ½ oz.)           105 grams (3 3/4 oz.)

Ground Clearance on Carrera:            NA                        1.0 mm (.040 in.)                1.0 mm (.040 in.)

Ground Clearance on Scalextric:              NA                        .9 mm (.035 in.)                  .9 mm (.035 in.)

Pickup Lead (pivot to rear axle):            NA                        72.8 mm (2.87 in.)               69.0 mm (2.72 in.)

Gear Ratio:                                    NA                        4.00:1 (8/32)                       4.00:1 (8/32)

*Source: www.tirerack.com/tires

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Hop-Up Parts & Bodies for 1/43 Scale

            If you feel the need for more speed, set-screw-mount aluminum wheels, set-screw-mount gears, silicone tires, stronger magnets and replacement aluminum chassis kits are available for 1/43 scale cars. There are also some cast-resin and clear plastic bodies, but you must paint our own. Pattos offers decals in 1/43 scale.

Sources of tires, wheels, gears, stronger magnets, chassis and bodies for 1/43 scale cars:

Ranch-Design: www.ranch-design.com/   Tires, wheels, gears, stronger magnets, chassis, clear plastic & cast-resin bodies, cars and track 

C Jent 1 Racing: www.cjent1racing.com/   Tires, stronger magnets, cars, track and sets

Super Tires: www.slotcarcorner.com/ Silicone tires for SCX Compact NASCAR cars 

Hot Laps Racing: www.hotlapsracin.com./hot43bodies.htm    Clear plastic bodies

Pattos Place: http://members.optusnet.com.au/pattosplace/home.html    Decals for 1/43 scale

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TRACK PLANS FOR YOUR SPACE Print E-mail

A COMPLETE INDEX, BY SIZE

of Real Race Tracks on a Tabletop

 

This is a complete index of 151 plans published in Model Car Racing magazine (and in four books) for 1/32 scale track, including 38 plans for 5 x 9-foot ping-pong tables, and 14 for 4 x 8-foot areas plus another 99 for larger spaces. The plans are arranged in order by size.

     Most of these plans are designed for Carrera, Sport, Scalextric Classic, SCX or NINCO track, however, to build the plan with NINCO track you will need about 10-percent more space and you may need some additional short straights to get everything to line up properly. SB indicates plans for the older out-of-production Strombecker Track and there is one plan for Artin track.

Two-Lane plans are listed first, followed by four-lane plans, then a six-lane plan. Routed plans for hand-made wood tracks are near the bottom of the list.

HO SCALE plans are at the bottom of the page.

Custom-Fitted Tracks From Model Car Racing Plans

You can custom-fit any of the plans in Model Car Racing magazine or from the books but, usually only to make them larger. Most have places marked with a W or an L where pairs of straight track sections can be inserted to enlarge the plan to any size     In some cases you may be able to remove tracks at those points to fit the track into a smaller space but, usually, the plans are as small as they can be for the given area without completely redesigning the track. If the plan is four-lane you can assemble just the inner two lanes and save about a foot of space in both directions. To make the plans fit any smaller space  you will have to use smaller radius curves and, most often, the plan will lose much of it’s realism-in-action---better to pick plan to fit a space that is closer to what you have available. If you want to design your own track, or just make a more-informed decision on picking a plan, I recommend that you read  Chapter 7 “Building 1/32 Scale Raceways” in RACING AND COLLECTING SLOT CARS. All of the basics of model  race car track design including “Do’s and don’ts”, why borders or shoulders are necessary, and other important aspects of assembling a 1/32 scalemodel race car track that is both fun and challenging to drive are in that chapter.

SOURCES FOR PLANS:

•We have no supply (zero) of back issues, except for the $85.00  package of issues 1-6 with the Scalextric LeMans Cadillac.
•Plans in issues #1 through #6 are available ONLY as a package of the  six issues with Scalextric Limited Edition Cadillac LeMans car.
•Plans in issues #7 through #19 are  reprinted in the book SLOT CAR TIPS, TRICKS AND TRACK PLANS (out of print)
•Plans in issues #20 through #36 are reprinted in the book SLOT CARS IN THE DIGITAL AGE 
•Plans marked “R&CSC” (and no issue #) are available ONLY in the RACING AND COLLECTING SLOT CARS (out of print)
•Plans marked with just “SCB” (and no issue #) are available ONLY in the SLOT CAR BIBLE (out of print)

SINGLE-LANE (RALLY) HILLCLIMB TRACKS:

•4 x 8-feet, SCB

 

TWO-LANE TRACKS:

Any of these tracks can be converted to Scalextric Sport, NINCO NDigital or Carrera Digital 132 to allow you to race 6 cars on two lanes (8 cars with N-Digital). Sport has an adaptor track to match Sport Digital to the older Scalextric Classic or standard SCX track.
The SCX Digital track system does not have an outer-outer curve so no plans that utilize this curve can be used with SCX Digital system.

PLANS FOR 4 x 8-FOOT TABLETOPS:
•Rally Special Stage in 4 x 8-feet for Scalextric, SCX, and NINCO, issue #5

•Nurburgring on a 4 x 8-Foot Tabletop,  issue #7

•Indy F1 Raceway in 4 x 8-Feet, issue #11

•Parabola Duo for a 4 x 8-foot area, issue #13

•Silverstone in 4 x 8-feet, #14

•Parabola Uno in 4 x 8-feet, issue #15

•Bow-Tie Raceway in 4 x 8-feet, issue #22

•Spa-Francorchamps in 4 x 8-Feet, issue #27

•Olympic Stadium Track in 4 x 8-Feet, issue #28

•Stade de France 2006 “Race Of Champions” track in 4 x 8-feet, issue #35

•Montreal Formula 1 Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on a 4 x 8-foot table, issue #52

Laguna Seca Raceway for a 4 x 8-foot table, issue #53

•Figure-8 Rally course in 4 x 8-feet, SCB

 

PLANS FOR 5 x 9-FOOT (PING-PONG) TABLETOPS:

•Riverside Raceway on a 5 x 9-foot Ping-Pong Tabletop, issue #1

•Martini Raceway on a 5 x 9-foot Ping-Pong Table, issue #2

•Mongoose Raceway on a 5 x 9-Foot Ping-Pong Table, issue #3

•Sebring in 5 x 10-feet (or 5 x 9), issue #4

•Rally Special Stage in 5 x 9-feet for Carrera track, issue #5

•Watkins Glen on a 5 x 9-foot Ping-Pong Tabletop, issue #6

•Super 8 Tracks in 5 x 9-Feet, issue #8

•Indy F1 Track in 5 x 9-Feet, issue #9

•Interlagos F1 Track in 5 x 9-feet, issue #18

•Mobius Raceway in 5 x 9-feet, issue #20

•Kidney Park Raceway in 5 x 9-feet, issue #21

•Pebbly Beach Track in 5 x 9-feet, issue #23

•New Daytona Road Course in 5 x 9-feet, issue #24

•Meadowdale International Raceway in 5 x 9-Feet, issue #25

•Bahrain International Circuit Feet in 5 x 9-Feet, issue #29

•Shanghai, China Formula 1 Track in 5 x 9-Feet, issue #30

•Stade de France “Race Of Champions” Track in 5 x 9-feet, issue #33

•Lime Rock Park Track in 5 x 9-feet, issue #34

•Brooklands 4-lane raceway in 5 x 9-feet, issue #36

•Laguna Seca Raceway in 5 x 9-feet, issue #37

•Montlhery Track in 8 x 12-feet, issue #38

•Shelsley Walsh/Prescott Hillclimb in 5 x 9-feet, issue #39

•Indy F1 Track in 5 x 9-feet, Issue #40

•Wembley Stadium Track in 5 x 9-feet, issue #41

•Bryar Motorsports Park Track in 5 x 9-feet, issue #42

•Long Beach Grand Prix Track in 5 x 9-feet, issue #43

•Fuji International Speedway in 5 x 9-feet, issue #44

•Bridgehampton Raceway in 5 x 9-feet, issue #45

•Singapore F1 Grand Prix Track in 5 x 9-feet, issue #46

•Bridgehampton Track for a 5 x 9-Foot Ping-Pong tabletop, issue #50

•Beijing Stadium  Race of Champions Track on a 5 x 9-Foot Ping-Pong table, issue #51 

•Indy F1 in 5 x 9-feet, R&CSC

•Ascari track in 5 x 9-feet, R&CSC

•Banked Ascari 5 x 9-feet, R&CSC

•Neubauer track (for Scalextric Sport, Classic, SCX or NINCO) in 5 x 9-feet, R&CSC

•Hawthorne track (for Scalextric Sport, Classic, SCX or NINCO) in 5 x 9-feet, R&CSC

9 x 11-FOOT TRACKS,

THE PING-PONG-PLUS SERIES,

ON TWO PORTABLE TABLES:

       •5 X 9-FOOT PING-PONG TABLE AND

       •3 x 6-FOOT CONFERENCE TABLE

            If you have space for a 5 x 9-foot ping-pong table, you probably have space for any of these tracks. All of the ping-pong table-size 5 x 9-foot tracks are designed so one of the 5-foot ends can be placed against a wall, leaving the remaining three sides for access for the drivers and corner marshals. On these 9 x 11-foot “Ping-Pong-Plus” tracks, the “access” area on one of the 9-foot sides has simply been filled with a 6-foot long and 3-foot wide conference table. You will want to be able to access the opposite 9-foot side so you would need a 12 ½-feet long and 11-feet wide room.

•Pal Mal II Raceway in 9 x 11-feet, issue #47

•Pal Mal II Raceway (Mirrored) in 9 x 11-feet, issue #48

•Fuji Formula 1 Track on a 5 x 9-Foot Ping-Pong tabletop plus a 3 x 6-foot conference tabletop, issue #49

•Laguna Seca Raceway for 5 x 9-Foot Ping-Pong Tabletop Plus a 3 x 6-foot conference tabletop, issue #54 

PLANS FOR 4 x 12-FOOT TABLETOPS:

•Sears Point (Infineon) Track in 4 x 12-feet, issue #32

PLANS FOR 4 x 16-FOOT TABLETOPS:

•King Snake Raceway in 4 x 16-Feet, issue #12

•Catalunya (Barcelona) in 4 x 16-feet, issue #16

•Double-Indy F1 in 4 x 16-feet, issue #17

•Paramount Ranch Track in 4 x 16-feet, issue #31

•Brescia 4 ½ x 14-foot track, R&CSC

PLANS FOR 5 x 22-FOOT TABLETOPS:

•2-Lane Montreal Formula 1 Circuit Gilles Villeneuve for 5 x 22-feet. Issue #52 

PLANS FOR 6 x 11-FOOT TABLETOPS:

•Daytona International Raceway for Carrera in 6 x 11-feet, issue #10

PLANS FOR 7 x 11-FOOT TABLETOPS:

•Stade de France “Race Of Champions” Track in 7 x 11-feet. Issue #33

•Stade de France 2006 “Race Of Champions” track in 7 x 11-feet, issue #35

 PLANS FOR 8-FOOT WIDE TABLETOPS:

•Suzuki F1 Circuit in 8 x 12-feet, issue #19

•Ferrari's Fiorano Test Track in 8 x 12-feet, issue #26

•Oulton Park 8 x 15-feet, issue #9

•Stade de France “Race Of Champions” Track in 8 x 15-feet, issue #33

•Stade de France 2006 “Race Of Champions” track in 8 x 15-feet, issue #35

•Watkins Glen F1 Circuit in 8 x 16-feet, issue #19

•Monaco F1 Circuit in 8 x 16-feet issue #19

•Shelsley Walsh/Prescott Hillclimb in 8 x 16-feet, issue #39

•Ferrari's Fiorano Test Track in 8 x 20-feet, issue #26

•2-Lane VIRginia International Raceway in 8 x 20-Feet, issue #49

2-Lane Continental Divide Raceway for 8 x 20-Ffeet, issue #50 

PLANS FOR 9-FOOT WIDE TABLETOPS:

•Pal Mal II Raceway in 9 x 11-feet, issue #47

•Pal Mal II Raceway (Mirrored) in 9 x 11-feet, issue #48

 •Paramount Ranch in 9 x 12-feet, SCB

•Paramount Ranch in 9 x 12-feet, R&CSC

•Indy F1 in  9 x 12-feet R&CSC

•Monaco 9  x 12-foot for Carrera, SCB

•Suzuka in 9 x 14-feet, SCB

•Monaco 9  x 14-foot for Carrera, issue #14, SCB

•Monaco 9  x 14-foot for Scalextric Sport, Classic, SCX or NINCO issue #10, SCB

•Monaco 9  x 14-foot for Scalextric Sport, Classic, SCX or NINCO issue #14, SCB

•Aintree in 9 x 14-feet issue #20

•Wembley Stadium Track in 9 x 15-Feet, #41

•Bryar Motorsports Park Track in 9 x 15-feet, Issue #42

•Marlboro Raceway in 9 x 18-feet, Issue #40

•Laguna Seca Raceway in 9 x 20-Feet, Issue #37

•Bridgehampton Raceway (2-lane) in 9 x 14-feet, issue #45

 •Fuji International Speedway (4-lane) in 9 x 19-feet, issue #44

•Marlboro Raceway (Mirrored) in 9 x 22-Feet, Issue #47

 

PLANS FOR 9 1/2-FOOT WIDE (GARAGE-SIZE) TABLETOPS:

•Olympic Stadium Track in 9 x 15 ½-Feet, issue #28

•Sepang, Malaysia F1 track in 9 x 20-feet, issue #16.

•Monaco 9 ½ x 20-foot for Carrera track, issue #8

•Monaco 9 ½ x 20-foot for Carrera, issue #10

PLANS FOR 11-FOOT WIDE TABLETOPS:

•Long Beach Grand Prix Track in 11 x 23-feet, issue #43

PLANS FOR 12-FOOT WIDE TABLETOPS:

•Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, for 12 x 16-feet, SR, CR issue #11

•Mid-Ohio track in 12 x 18-feet, SR, CR (3-lane),  issue #15

•Interlagos F1 Track in 12 x 18-feet, issue #18

•Donington 2010 Formula 1 track in 12 x 20-feet, issue #48 

PLANS FOR 14-FOOT WIDE TABLETOPS:

•Singapore F1 Grand Prix Track(2-lane) in 14 x 16-feet, issue #46

•Montlhery Track in 14 x 18-Feet, Issue #38

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FOUR-LANE TRACKS:


Any of these four-lane tracks can be adapted to two-lanes by removing the outer two lanes and deducting a foot from the width and length.
Also, as two-lane tracks, they can be converted to digital using Scalextric Sport Digital, NINCO N-Digital or Carerra Digital 132 to race up to 6 cars (8 cars with N-Digital on two lanes.

PLANS FOR 5 x 9-FOOT TABLETOPS:

•Super 8 Tracks in 5 x 9-Feet, issue #8

•Darlington Raceway in 5 x 9-Feet, issue #10

•Daytona International Raceway for Carrera 5 x 9-foot, issue #10

•Indy 500 Oval 5 x 9-feet, R&CSC

PLANS FOR 8-FOOT WIDE TABLETOPS:

•Nurburgring for 7 x 15-feet SB, issue #7

•Brooklands 4-lane raceway in 7 ½ x 14-feet, issue #36

•Watkins Glen for 8 x 16-feet SB, issue #6

•Oulton Park 8 x 16-feet, SR only, issue #9

•Warwick Farm, Australia, in 8 x 16-feet, SR,  issue #17

•Meadowdale International Raceway (for Scalextric Sport, Classic, SCX or NINCO) in 8 x 19-Feet, issue #25

•Riverside Raceway for 8 x 20-feet SB, CR, issue #1

•Le Mans for 8 x 20-feet SB, CR, issue #2

PLANS FOR 9-FOOT WIDE TABLETOPS:

•Paramount Ranch 9 x 12-foot for Carrera, SCB

•Daytona road course for 9 x 12-feet, SC, SCB

•Daytona tri-oval for 9 x 12-feet, SCB

•Daytona road course for 9 x 12-feet, SCB

•Spa, Belgium, Grand Prix Circuit, for 9 x 14-feet SB, issue #3

•Imola (San Marino) Track in 9 x 14-feet, issue #21

•Suzuka 9 x 14, SCB

•Paramount Ranch 9 x 14, SCB

•Indy F1 track, 9 x 14-feet, SCB

•Brands Hatch Race Track for 9 x 15-feet SB, issue #5

•Spa-Francorchamps in 9 x 15 ½-Feet, issue #27

•Lime Rock Park Track (with optional lane-changing & pit lanes) in 9 x 15 1/2-feet, issue #34

•Pebble Beach Track in 9 x 16-feet, issue #23

•New Daytona Road Course in 9 x 16-feet, issue #24

•Daytona road course for Carrera for 9 x 16-feet, SCB

•Bahrain International Circuit (with optional digital pit lanes) in 9 x 18 Feet, issue #29

•Paramount Ranch Track in 9 x 23-feet, issue #31

•Fuji International Speedway (4-lane) in 9 x 19-feet, issue #44

PLANS FOR 9 1/2-FOOT WIDE (GARAGE-SIZE) TABLETOPS:

•Monaco 9 ½ x 14-foot for Sport, Scalextric Classic, NINCO and SCX track, issue #8

•Monaco 9 ½ x 20-foot for Sport, Scalextric Classic, NINCO and SCX track, issue #8

•Monaco 9 ½ x 14-foot Sport, Scalextric Classic, NINCO and SCX track, issue #10

•Monaco 9 ½ x 20-foot Sport, Scalextric Classic, NINCO and SCX track, issue #10

PLANS FOR 10-FOOT WIDE TABLETOPS:

•Catalunya (Barcelona) F1 Track in 10 x 20-feet, issue #22

•Suzuka 10 x 20, SC, SCB

PLANS FOR 11-FOOT WIDE TABLETOPS:

•Sebring for 11 x 12-feet SB, issue #4

•Meadowdale International Raceway (for Carrera) in 11 x 18-Feet, issue #25

 

PLANS FOR 12-FOOT WIDE TABLETOPS

•Monaco 12 x 14, SB, SCB

•South Africa Grand Prix Circuit 12 x 16-feet, issue #12

•Nassau for a 12 x 16-foot area, SR, CR, issue #13

•Silverstone in 12 x 20-feet, issue #14

•Sears Point (Infineon) Track in 12  x 22-feet, issue #32

•Donington 2010 Formula 1 track in 12 x 20-feet, issue #48

 PLANS FOR 12 1/2-FOOT WIDE TABLETOPS:

•Sears Point (Infineon) Track in 12 ½ x 23-feet, issue #32

PLANS FOR 13-FOOT WIDE TABLETOPS:

 •Shanghai, China Formula 1 Track in 13 x 22-feet, issue #30


6-LANE TRACKS: 

•Darlington Oval 5 x 9-feet, R&CSC

  FOR ARTIN 1/32 SCALE TRACK: 

Artin track has the same 30/60/90-ddegreegeometry and same choice of four different diameter curves as Carrera track but the track sections and curve diameters are much smaller. Some of the plans for Carrera can be adapted to Artin in about 10-perecent less space.
•Ascari two-lane track in 6 x 11-feet, R&CSC
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ROUTED WOOD TRACK PLANS:

Plans for custom-routed tracks from MDF broad or particle board as described in the SLOT CAR BIBLE

Two-LaneWood Tracks:

•So-Cal Raceway for 4 x 8-feet, RC, SCB

Three-Lane Wood Tracks:

•Suzuka in 4 1 /2 x 16 feet, SCB

•Bryar Motorsports Park Track in 9 x 15-feet, issue #42

•Pal Mal Raceway in 11 x 18-feet, issue #47

Four-Lane Wood Tracks:

•Riverside Raceway for 8 x 20-feet, issue #1

•Le Mans for 8 x 20-fee, issue #2

•Spa, Belgium, Grand Prix Circuit, for 9 x 14-feet, issue #3

•Sebring for 11 x 12-feet, issue #4

•Brands Hatch Race Track for 9 x 15-feet, issue #5

•Watkins Glen for 8 x 16-feet, issue #6

•Nurburgring for 7 x 15-fee, issue #7

•Oulton Park 8 x 16-feet, issue #9

•Nassau for a 12 x 16-foot area, issue #13

•Warwick Farm, Australia, in 8 x 16-feet, issue #17

•Paramount Ranch 10 x 18-feet, SCB

•Monaco 12 x 16-feet, SCB

•Daytona road course 8 x 12-feet, SCB

•Suzuka 12 x 20 feet, SCB
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HO TRACK PLANS

All are designed for Tomy AF/X track, including some with 18-inch outer diameter curves.

Two-Lane HO Plans for a 4 x 8-foot area:

•Mid-Ohio track, issue #15

•Interlagos F1 Track, issue #18

•Olympic Stadium Track, issue #28, SCRDA

•Stade de France “Race Of Champions” Track, issue #33

•Stade de France 2006 “Race Of Champions” track, issue #35

•Shelsley Walsh/Prescott Hillclimb with 18-inch curves, Issue #39

•Wembley Stadium Track with 18-inch curves, Issue #41

•Bryar Motorsports Park Track, Issue #42

•2-Lane Beijing Stadium Track in 4 x 8-feet, issue #51 

 Four-Lane HO
•Darlington oval for 2 ½ x 6 ½-feet, R&CSC

•Indy 500 track 2 ½ x 6-feet, R&CSC

•Three overlapped-figure-8 tracks for 2 ½ x 6-feet, R&CSC

Four Lane HO

Plans for a 4 x 8-foot area:

•Paramount Ranch R&CSC

•Riverside Raceway issue #1

•Le Mans, issue #2

•Spa, Belgium, Grand Prix Circuit, issue #3

•Sebring for 11 x 12-feet SB, CR, issue #4

•Brands Hatch Race Track, issue #5

•Watkins Glen, issue #6

•Nurburgring, issue #7

•Oulton Park, issue #9

•Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, issue #11

•South Africa Grand Prix Circuit, issue #12

•Nassau, issue #13

•Parabola Uno, issue #15

•Sepang, Malaysia F1 track , issue #16

•Warwick Farm, Australia, issue #17

•Suzuki F1 Circuit, issue #19

•Aintree Circuit, issue #20

•Indy F1, issue #21

•Catalunya F1 Circuit, issue #22

•Pebble Beach Track, issue #23

•New Daytona Road Course, issue #24

•Meadowdale International Raceway, issue #25

•Ferrari's Fiorano Test Track, issue #26

•Spa-Francorchamps, issue #27

•Bahrain International Circuit, issue #29

•Shanghai, China Formula 1 Track, issue #30

•Paramount Ranch Track, issue #31

•Sears Point (Infineon) Track, issue #32

•Lime Rock Park Track, issue #34

•Brooklands 4-lane raceway, issue #36

•Laguna Seca with 18-inch curves, issue #37

•Montlhery Track with 18-inch curves, issue #38

•Ascari Track with 18-inch curves, issue #40

•Long Beach Grand Prix Track with 18-inch curves, issue #43

•Fuji International Speedway with 18-inch curves, issue #44

•Bridgehampton Raceway with 18-inch curves ,issue #45

•Singapore F1 Grand Prix Track with 18-inch curves, issue #46

•Marlboro Raceway Mirrored with 18-inch curves, issue #47

•Donington 2010 Formula 1 Track with 18-inch curves, issue #48

•4-Lane VIRginia International Raceway, issue #49

•4-Lane Continental Divide Raceway in 4 x 8-feet, issue #50

•4-Lane Montreal Formula 1 Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, issue #52

•4-Lane Laguna Seca Raceway, issue #53

•4-Lane Indianapolis MotoGP Track, issue #54

•Daytona road course, SCB

•Daytona road course II, SCB

•Monaco, SCB

•Suzuka, SCB

•Daytona tri-oval, SCB

 

Six-Lane HO:

•Indy 500 track for 2 ½ x 6-feet, R&CSC

•Indy 500 track for 3  x 6 1/2-feet, R&CSC

•Silverstone for 4 x 8-feet, issue #19

 

 

 

 

 


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