Slot car racing has come a long way since its invention back in 1912. Though its popularity has waxed and waned, innovations have been constant and geared towards making it easier and more fun to race. The earliest cars functioned like model trains, with raised tracks on the course—this meant no drifting or changing lanes. It took 40 years for tracks to resemble those of today, guided by the familiar center slot and with independent speed controls for each vehicle. Early hobbyists raced gas-powered slot cars, which required a great deal of hands-on skill, and which is now very rare. Thanks to modern technology, you can be up and running in no time at all, and with no special knowledge or tools. 3D prototyping and printing mean cars are easy to buy, and you can even print them yourself!
It’s Making a Big, Family-Friendly Comeback
Recently, families and friends have been spending a lot of time at home. That means people found new ways to spend time together—like slot cars. While large, detailed professional tracks can be found at specialty shops, tracks are easy to assemble and disassemble in the home and provide fun for whole groups of people. Kids love watching races, and there’s no danger involved in getting the whole family to control a car, unlike with larger, more expensive RC cars. Tracks can be combined with LEGO creations or other construction sets for a great creative outlet that involves everyone—even people who don’t want to race. What a great way to spend an afternoon.
It’s Easy to Get Started
RC Superstore offers a variety of great slot car starter kits, with the two most popular options coming in below $300. That means you can have hours and hours of fun without breaking the bank!
The most popular option is the AFX Super International 4-Lane Mega G+ HO Slot Car Track Set w/Tri-Power System.
From its description: “The Super International 4-Lane
system is the ultimate value in slot car racing. With the 86 pieces of track
included, you can make at least 18 different 4-lane raceway designs.
Four super realistic Formula cars mounted on the brand-new Mega G+ chassis, four AFX120 controllers, two Tri-Power Packs and 50 feet of the best track you can buy - all this and you can build 18 world class race tracks with this set. Wow!
And now, like all new AFX sets, the Super International incorporates the Mega G+ Race System: the easiest slot car system to learn and the easiest to drive at the limit. More fun guaranteed!”
RC Superstore’s other most popular set is the AFX Giant Raceway 62.5-Foot Mega G+ HO Slot Car Track Set w/Tri-Power Pack.
From its description: “With more track pieces, more track
length, more levels, more banks, criss-cross tracks, squeeze tracks, sheesh!
There just isn't another track like it.
The Giant squeezes an amazing amount of action into only 4' x 8' of floor space. And now like all the new AFX sets, the Giant Raceway comes with the new Mega G+ Race System. The Mega G+ is the easiest slot car system to learn and the easiest to drive at the limit. More fun for all skill levels!
The Giant was the first AFX set to get the Tri-Power Pack and it was a hit! Its three power levels allow new drivers to learn the right way: one step at a time. That way you can get the hang of racing without getting frustrated. And setting the level is as simple as flipping the switch on the side of the Pack.”
There Are Lots of Ways to Upgrade
Once you’ve gotten the slot car bug, you’ll find there’s a whole world of ways to modify and expand your sets. You can buy track pieces and build whatever shape of track you desire.
RC Superstore Can Help You Get Started and Keep Racing
At RC Superstore, our team of experts is ready to get you racing. They’ll be glad to help you find the best option for you and your family.
For more information about these great sets and accessories at RC Superstore, reach out to us today.