Their previous models of Formula 1 cars were not well thought of by people who ran Ninco, Scalextric and SCX cars and much preferred them. To be fair, I am not sure that many (UK or USA) people had proper hands-on experience of the Carrera F1s and it could be that the reluctance to buy them was partly based on slim availability - at least in UK, coupled with the notorious bias displayed by some voluble board posters. I think the criticisms of their F1s were similar to those levelled at many of their other cars - too low a numeric gear ratio and low magnetism. In practice, these characteristics could be an advantage over the others on a big enough track, where the extra top speed could actually be achieved!
I faintly recollect someone suggesting that the gears were a little fragile too, though I cannot be sure of this.
This is good question, because I don't know whether Carrera has yet reissued these cars with the new gearing as per the F1 Ferrari, nor am I sure whether they intend to do so.
Has anyone else more useful and up to date information to add?
QUOTE (jrc2005 @ 12 Jan 2004, 05:47 PM)Also, Whats the difference between the Renault F1's Sport Tuned and standard other than £3 difference?
Not a lot really, the box, which is obvious abd a little harder to show your cars off. Ground axles, and brass bushes (metal) bushes. You may get a slight performance advantage with the 'sport' version. These boxed edition cars are always numbered (limited) and if you just happen to stumble acroos the right particular model and choose not to race it it will double in value fairly quickly before stabiliising for a few years.
Tropi and Turismo bang on . F1 is dear to my heart and I bought the lot including the earlier Carrera models, well thought it would remind me of my beer drinking days in the Sanders Bier keller in Germany and Greasy Willys take away. They did kinda as they drive like a drunken pillock that`s had too many Scnapps and Bratwurst and Pommes!! It`s the position of that guide that I cant sort on new and old types. The Ferrari looks great,wish I could get it to go! Trouble is they sit in no mans land as there are better cars to run non magnet and with magnet fitted so now they just sit on the Phoenix club pit lane feature looking good but they aint never gonna exit the pits!
Interesting to hear the views on Carrera. I think I'm after collecting one of each of the teams more as presentation than racing. Interesting that the pinnacle of real motorsport is given a raw deal in slot car racing.
Is anyone releasing 2003 models this year? Also on a side note, has anyone tried painting or blocking out the dashed lines on Carrera track ?
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