Carrera Evolution Track

Carrera Evolution Track

Carrera Evolution Track

The amount of fun you can get from a Carrera race set depends on how much you are willing to spend to make it playable. However, a nice feature with Carrera products is their universal compatibility. This means that their potential for customization is nearly infinite. That’s what make the Carrera Evolution track a great choice for hobbyists.

Carrera offers track accessories and expansion sets for slot car racers. These sets are an assortment of extra pieces which should increase the ease of play of this track by several degrees.

Since Carrera produces standalone track extension sets, you could arguably classify them under their own product category. To have an idea as to what to expect with extension sets, here are three notable examples from the company’s own catalogue.

Carrera Evolution Track Digital Extension Set

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This track extension set, as the name implies, is specifically for Carrera’s Digital and Evolution series.  The pack contains the following components:

  • 2 lane changer pieces
  • 4 curved track pieces
  • 2 short straight track pieces.

Since it is specifically for Carrera Evolution and Digital sets, this extension package can only be used with 1:32 track pieces. However, it features a universal connection system which allows for easy connect for either line. If you are creative, you can take full advantage of this system to create your own hybrid Digital/Evolution race course.

Prices for this set range from $65.00 to $75.00 depending on the supplier.

Carrera 1:24 Scale Track Extension Set

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This extension set comes with a number of pieces which are the following:

  • 2 lane changer pieces
  • 1 long track piece
  • 4 curved track pieces
  • 4 short straight track pieces

Despite the name, however, this extension set is compatible for both 1:24 and 1:32 race sets. Also, you can use it for Digital and Evolution systems and allows for cross-system integration. Prices for this set would range from $75.00 to $85.00, shipping not included.

Carrera Digital Extension Set

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You can use this set with Carrera’s Digital 132 and 124 lines.  The set includes:

  • 4 Short straight track pieces
  • 2 long straight track pieces
  • 1 long curved track pieces.

Compared to other extension sets, this is one of the pricier packages with prices ranging from $140.00 to $150.00 minus shipping in most online suppliers. This is despite the fact that the Digital Extension Set has a relatively small parts count in comparison to other extension sets.

How to Make the Most Out Of Slot Car Accessories

The best part about the Carrera Evolution track set and other accessories is that they are relatively inexpensive compared to complete sets. With the right parts, you can design a creative and unique track for a fraction of the cost. Here are a few tips that can help you optimize every extension set you are planning to purchase:

Know What to Buy

Although accessory parts come in sets, the contents of each package are not random. In fact, Carrera’s packaging will  tell you what parts you will be getting with each accessory set. If you are looking for a particular track piece, you will have to look for the accessory sets which specifically contain them.

Have Spares in Case of Emergency

Any experienced slot car racer or track owner knows how important it is to have duplicate parts at all times.This is because there is no telling when you might have need of them.

For example, an overly excited racer might step on a track piece accidentally. Plastic pieces also have a tendency to become brittle from constant use and exposure to the elements. Eventually, you will be left with parts that need to be replaced as soon as possible.

Proper Storage Is Important

A mistake many race set owners make is in storing their track pieces. In most cases, these pieces would be haphazardly placed in a pile of mismatched plastic or be stored so close to one an other in a tight compartment.

A better way of storage is to sort these track pieces according to their size, shape, and system type. This is quite important especially for digital track pieces since they contain intricate mechanisms within.

Having separate containers for each group would also help in preventing damage in the components. This way, you will always have a stash of extension parts in good condition and ready for use when the need arises.

Since Carrera produces extension sets regularly, finding the right track extension part to make your set more unique should not be a problem. Finally, all that is needed is for you to know what you are looking for and where