If you have not had much experience with position cars or it was many years since you last ran them in your younger years, it can be confusing working out what to buy to get started. My aim is to provide an summary of these cars to help you in choosing the position car set that is right for you.
There are two types of position cars, there is the analog cars and the new digital ones. The traditional or analog position cars are those that you might remember from your younger days. This is where it was one car per position and the car had to stay in that position for the whole race.
With digital sets another dimension has been added to the racing action. You can race more than one car per position and change lanes, make passing moves or blocking moves, program in pits tops, ghost cars, yellow flags etc. This is much more like the real motor sport. There are sets where you can race 8 cars at the same time on a 2 side of the road position car set. They are more expensive than the JOKER123 analog sets.
Digital cars can some times work on analog sets but analog cars will not work on digital sets with out be sure you plug upgrade.
Position cars are also made of different sizes. The size is HO or 1: sixty four scale. Originally these were generated for addition with model railways but now these little cars are very fast and have some amazing track templates. The next size up is 1: 43 scale and is designed for the younger racing with many fun features and character cars. The 1: 32 scale is a popular size car for racing at home and there is a wide selection of sets. The biggest size car is in the 1: 24 and is commonly found racing at position car raceway clubs.
Cars from different scale will not are very effective on tracks of a different scale as they are made to work for a passing fancy scale track (except for Carrera has 1: 32 scale cars that race on 1: 24 scale track).
Position cars of the same scale from different manufacturers can race for a passing fancy scale track. However, tracks of the same scale from different manufacturers will only go together by using a special adapter track piece, that can be bought separately.
There are a number of different manufactures. The most popular ones are Scalextric, Carrera, AFX, Life like, Revell and SCX. Sets for these makes are available from hobby stores, large dept stores and from online shopping sites including Amazon and ebay. Scalextric, Carrera and SCX have the widest choice of cars including analog and digital sets.
One of the areas of position car racing that can be frustrating to someone new to the hobby is that the cars will come off the track if they are driven too fast around the figure or too slow through some of the obstacles. This is something most people get the hang of pretty quickly.
To help with keeping the cars in the manufacturers have added grip magnets to the car to have to put out downhill force thereby allowing cars to stay on the track at faster rates of speed. This also allows the cars to make directory climbs and execute a hook the hook.
For the younger beginners and those without much space the Carrera Go range will make a good place to get started. There is an interesting selection of cars and being 1: 43 scale you can fit a lot of action into a relatively small area. They are an analog position car set and this helps to keep the cost more affordable.