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Hi, first time poster, I would like to purchase a set of track for a 16x4 layout in my basement and need to decide on what track to get. I've narrowed it down to Ninco and Carrera because I plan to race 1/24 scale cars and the other tracks aren't wide enough. As I see it, the only significant difference is the cars slide a bit more on the Carrera track because there is more nickle in the contacts (less magnetic) and because the plastic is softer/smoother. The Ninco track appearently is designed to help the cars go faster around the corners with better grip and more of a magnetic effect. I want a realistic/challenging feel over everything else. Which track do most of you prefer between these two?

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I have raced on both Nico and Carrera track. The Ninco track will be much harder on your tires. The Carrra track is much smoother.
 

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I agree...I have been VERY pleased with my Carrerra track...for both 1/24 and 1/32 as well as with and without magnets. One nice (and I suppose obvious) thing about the extra nickel content is that the surface doesn't oxidize at all. I expect it to last a good long time (already 3 years in florida humidity).

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John
 

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Funny thing on the grippy track, I have seen that when magnetism is low, you will not necessarily ssslllliiiidde around a corner, but will simply deslot by rolling with the push of centrifugal force with the tires planted firmly in place. I thought this was wierd...and caused more car damage for me.

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The downside to Carrera track will be your 4ft width limitation. I still need borders for my 1/32 cars to slide wildly around some corners, and would think them a necessity for 1/24. This is going to severely limit your layout options...I would think.

Otherwise, Carrera is a fine choice, especially if you're planning on upgrading the power supply and controllers. Made a world of difference for me.
 

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Do you want it to look good and race well (especially without magnets)? There's no choice.. Ninco. Carerra is almost as ugly as Artin track, though it's fast (like Ninco) and slick.

This is really a bad question to ask.. just like asking "Coke v Pepsi" "White bread v Wheat bread" etc.. it all comes down to personal opinion/bias/needs/taste/etc.
 

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QUOTE (pupkick @ 4 Jan 2005, 08:51)This is really a bad question to ask.. just like asking "Coke v Pepsi" "White bread v Wheat bread" etc.. it all comes down to personal opinion/bias/needs/taste/etc.
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Finally someone with a sober reply


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True, about the bold border striping and those hideous white dashes regarding appearance, however if price floats your boat, I just went to my local Marshal's Department store and bought a complete F1 track with overpass, banks and more for under $80.

The Massive Power Nascar set which retails at about $130 is there for $79 as well. 1/32 cars were there for $16.99 and 1/24 cars for $19.99.

Carrera is showing up in some STRANGE places.

-Maltese
 
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