Beginner's Guide

Choose a type

Analog, Digital, or Slotless?

The Basics of a slot car
The Basics of a slot car


Slot Racing has been a popular hobby for over fifty years, and for forty of those, there was only one predominant system. It didn't have a name, other than just slot racing. However since the introduction of digital sytems, the traditional slot car set up has become known as analog (or analogue), to distinguish between the two separate, and to some extent, incompatible sytems.

The traditional analogue slot car set up comprises 2 or more separate lanes, and the same number of cars, controllers, and drivers. In other words each driver, has their own separately controlled lane.

In general, analogue cars from any manufacturer can be used on any track system. So, for instance, a Scalextric car can be used on a Carrera, Ninco, or SCX track, and vice versa. In fact there are many manufacturers of slot cars, and most of them should work reasonably well on all of the main track systems.

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Digital slot racing allows multiple cars on the same lane, and special track pieces allow cars to change from one lane to another.

In general, digital systems from different manufacturers are not compatible with each other. However it is often possible to modify a car from one manufacturer to work on a different digital system. Some systems can also work as a traditional analogue track.

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Slotless systems use various methods, other than a slot in the track, to guide the cars. There is no compatibility between slot cars and slotless, and no compatibility between slotless systems.

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Choose a Scale

1/24, 1/32, 1/43, or HO?

Comparison of relative scale sizes
Comparison of relative scale sizes

Scale is the ratio of size in a model car, with relation to the real car it represents. So a 1:24 scale model car will be 24 times smaller, in it's length, width and height than the real thing.

Track systems are also said to have a scale, though this is more a reflection of the size of cars which are suitable for the track.

HO is the smallest popular scale and 1:24 is the largest.

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Choose a track type

Scalextric, Carrera, Ninco, SCX, or Routed Wood?

Comparison of Track sizes - HO, 1:43, 1:32 & 1:24 scale 8 lane hairpins
Comparison of Track sizes - HO, 1:43, 1:32 & 1:24 scale 8 lane hairpins

Choose a car manufacturer

There are many manufacturers, or makers, of guided model car racing products.

Full Manufacturers List

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