American Racer Slot Car Set
The American Racers slot car set was designed with the same philosophy that Scalextric has been known for in the hobby. It is a philosophy that strikes a balance between realism and fun. Every racer know that this can be a challenge in the world of slot car racing.
However Scalextric has been consistent in providing race sots that offer a high amount of near real world detail and the promise of hours of entertainment. And, in more ways than one, it has managed to live up to that standard. Read on to find out more about the Scalextric American Racer slot car set.
The layout of the American Racers track is as bog standard as you can get. The default layout is that of an oval track with an additional 3 alternative track configurations.
With that being said, however, the track is a fairly generic Scalextric track. There’s a strong emphasis on car performance over exciting set pieces. As such, expect for the track to focus more on making slot cars perform sharp turns and aggressive maneuvering over explosive finishes.
Fortunately, this simplicity results for a small parts count which keeps prices manageable. You can easily find an American Racers set online at prices no higher than $160.00, shipping not included.
Of course, the set is compatible with Scalextric’s other race sets as well as track expansion sets. This means that you can create your own unique track with the set if you have the right expansion pieces.
Included Slot Cars
As the name would imply, this set highlights what the American auto industry has to offer. That is made apparent through what is included in the set are two classic Chevrolet vehicles: the Corvette and the Camaro.
The Corvette comes in its iconic red color scheme with a white line running through from the back to the hood. As for the Camaro, it comes in the distinct yellow with black trimmings.
Performance-wise, these two slot cars mimic their real world counterparts to a degree. They are built with Scalextric’s newest chassis model which allows for a fast acceleration and high top speeds.
Both slot cars are in the 1:32 scale which means that they are large enough to fit snugly in the pocket or hand without being too large to be unwieldy. This scale is great for slot racers who want a bit of heft to their slot cars without becoming too toyishly large.
But these slot cars might be a bit of a letdown for hobbyists who are sticklers for detail. None of the windows are in clear plastic and the smaller details are painted-on which means that they can chip off.
On the flip side, this does mean that you have fewer breakable parts to worry about in each slot car. Also, the cars come with their own tune up kits so they keep running at optimal condition for as long as possible.
American Racer Slot Car Set Gameplay
Despite being powered by Scalextric’s latest chassis, the slot cars are not that difficult to control. Each controller comes with a power selector which regulates the amount of electricity running through the slot cars.
At their lowest setting, the cars should have little to no chance of flying off the pins. This is great for beginners to ease themselves in to the course or for those that want a non-competitive race.
At the higher setting, however, the chassis will run at full speed. The chances for crashes will be high at this setting and racers are required to master how to manage their turns properly.
The best part of the power control feature is that the settings can be changed mid-race. This could help keep races dynamic regardless of the racers’ skill level.
For competitions, the race set comes with a lap counter which tallies points in real time. This will allow racers to know how they are faring in comparison to the others and pick up the pace if they are behind.
The race course itself is not difficult to put up and disassemble. Within a matter of minutes, you can have the set put up in any of its 4 configurations.
At a glance, the Scalextric C1364T American Racers does not have anything outstanding to offer. Technically speaking, that is true. However, the set does deliver on Scalextric’s promise of giving slot car racers an experience that is fun, challenging, and realistic.
It also helps that the set is one of Scalextric’s least expensive track sets to date. Therefore, it is a must-have for racers of all skill levels and budget limits.