New Carrera Digital 124 Classic Speed slot set
If you can’t wait until June for the Le Mans 24 Hours, slot car maker Carrera has launched a new slot set.
The £350 package includes two legendary race cars: the Gulf-liveried Porsche 917K, which was driven by Jo Siffert and Derek Bell in 1971's Daytona 24 Hour race, and the 1966 Ford GT40 that took victory at the Le Mans endurance event from 1966 to 1969.
Both cars are 1:24-scale; the Porsche features working xenon headlights up front, while the GT40 has front and rear lights.
You get 9.3 metres of track in the box, and while the layout doesn’t recreate Daytona or Le Mans, it's a twist on the classic figure-of-eight layout. There are multiple overtaking sections and a bridge, but you’ll need a lot of space – when laid out, the circuit takes up 2.5 metres by 3.1 metres.
You can race up to four cars at the same time, and the wireless controllers mean there are no cables to get tangled. The 2.4GHz handsets are rechargeable, and run on lithium-ion batteries for maximum life and performance.
As we’ve come to expect from a Carrera slot car set, there are detailed instructions, guardrails and spares included.
Plus, Carrera also has the new Ultimate Race set, which includes the same track but different cars: the Audi R8 LMS from the 2011 Spa 24 Hours and the Team Falken Porsche GT3 RSR. These cars are available separately, too. For more info, see www.hobbyco.net.