Carrera Position Cars have grown to be one of the largest position car manufacturers. These were founded in Germany in the early 60s by Josef Neuhierl. Like all manufacturers of position cars they did struggle after the economic downturn suffered by the hobby in the second half of the seventies.
Although no place as popular as it was back then, there is now more interest in the hobby than the lean years. This is to some extent due to a come back to quality and innovation by the manufacturers and also due JOKER123 to parents introducing their children to the pastime. Carrera is helping to promote the hobby with their extensive product range catering for freshies, people with a casual interest and those who are much more dedicated.
In this article My goal is to be focusing on providing an introduction to Carrera for those who are not that familiar with them and in particular their analog or traditional style of sets.
Carrera has 5 main ranges covering two type of position cars — digital and analog. Analog cars and tracks are like the ones you might have ran in the past — this is where the cars race along parallel video poker machines around a race track. You can race one car one position only. With digital sets you can race up to 8 cars on a 2 position track as the cars are now able to change lanes to eclipse and block your opponent(s). As they use digital technology you can program in compare stops, ghost cars, yellow flags and more.
The analog ranges available from Carrera are:
Carerra Go Range.
These sets are made with children in mind. The manufacturer recommends the sets for children aged 8 and over. However, many reviewers online do say they are OK for children younger than this age.
They are in 1: 43 scale, so might be quite small and this means you can fit the tracks into a relatively small space, so the house isn’t absorbed. Some of the sets include Disney Cars 2, Dune Push chair Action, Spongebob, NASCAR Talledega etc,
The manufacturer describes these sets as suitable for teenagers, adults and enthusiasts with a minimum age of 8.
The sets include cars of 1: 32 scale and tracks of 1: 24 scale which allow for more room for moving and drifting round the corners. The sets include tracks that is included in 2 video poker machines but they can be expanded up to 8 video poker machines wide.
The cars are tampo printed for realistic describing. There is a wide range of sets available including Disney Cars 2 World Grand Prix, Racing Tales, Speed Race etc.
Both these ranges come with a wide range of accessories and the track can be expanded for longer racing circuits. So you can start off with a basic set and add to it as more interest develops.
About what set is best for you it will depend on your reasons. If you are looking for a child and you are unsure of their overall interest, a collection from the Go range is worth looking at. You can pick up a good set at under $100. If you are looking for yourself or someone who is interested in racing or position cars a set from the Development range is a good place to start.