► Living room racing fun
► Nostalgic slot-car racers
► Things have moved on a lot
Scalextric still exists, but it’s not the mess of wires that it used to be – and it won’t produce that exciting ‘eau de transformer’ smell it used to, either. Scalextric can still give you some simple analogue fun but now it packs in some serious tech – giving you everything from brakes that work to the ability to change lanes and even record laptimes.
Here you’ll find a list of our favourite current Scalextric sets, from the bog-standard ones that bear a passing resemblance to sets you may remember, to others that sit somewhere between racing games and train sets. Keep reading to find out how you can upgrade your existing gear.
For in in-depth review of a modern Scalextric set, check out our review of the Scalextric Sunset Speedway set.
The best Scalextric sets:
Scalextric C1404 ARC PRO 24h Le Mans Set
Best starter set
Utilising the ARC PRO tech in a more basic set that you can build upon yourself. This set includes a pair of Ginetta Le Mans racers to get you going but thanks to ARC PRO you can have up to six cars on the track. Load up the grid with your favourite machines.
Micro Scalextric James Bond No Time To Die Battery Powered Race Set
Best for kids
In comparison to ARC PRO, this Micro Scalextric set is more basic, but it's easy to use and good fun for younger users. Based on the No Time To Die Bond film, you get a pair of classic British motors - the Aston Martin DB5 and Jaguar XF. This set is battery powered, but sadly does not include the AA batteries required.
On the plus side, the Micro Scalextric tech makes crashing a challenge, which is ideal for younger racers cutting their teeth and honing their finesse. On the hand controllers, you simply slide the dial to the desired speed, and away you go.
Scalextric Ginetta G60 LMP Cars Extended Layout
What's cooler than LMP Cars? The huge fin on the back and the aggressive looks - plus the fact that these are Ginetta G60's takes this set to next level of cool. This super cool track layout offers plenty which would make modern race tracks jealous and certainly gives Herman Tilke something to think about.
ARC PRO is really superb, and we love this set because it includes four amazing contemporary GT racers: the Aston Martin Vantage GT3, Ford Mustang GT4, and Bentley Continental GT3. Included total track length is just shy of a metre. Living room racing bliss.
In line with proper racing, you’ll be able to enjoy pit stops, post-race data, and KERS. You get 532cm of track included.
Scalextric SL5 2022 ARC PRO 2 BTCC Touring Cars
British touring cars? Yes please. This Scalextric set brings the unhinged world of the BTCC to you. This is one of Scalextric's ARC AIR sets. Considerably more fun than a standard boxed Scalextric Set. The SL5 fits perfectly on an 8 x 4 ft board as standard , yet can be easily extended if you want a larger track.
Micro Scalextric G1155M Batman vs Joker Set
Best micro set
Like the Bond set above, this is battery-powered, and is one of Scalextric's Micro sets. You get 408cm of track, with nine different layouts to create (you can always get extra track) on which to race Batman's machine against the Joker's.
It’s easy-to-use fun for younger ones with a bit more of a cartoon feel for those who wish to suspend reality.
Best Scalextric cars:
As we know, racing your favourite cars in miniature is what Scalextric is all about. Along with classics, there is always a supply of dribble-inducing machines to let loose on your miniature version of Silverstone. We've picked some of our favourites.
How to convert your existing track
Got a dusty Scalextric set in the loft? It turns out you can make it work with the new kit we’ve written about above – but you will need to fork out for a few bits and pieces.
First, your cars will need digital chips to bring your existing cars into the 2020 era. These add-ons bring the tech behind the ability to use KERS and change lanes. You can get them here.
Next, you’ll need to get bits of track that support the new functionality, and you can get that direct from Scalextric here.
Can you use your old cars and track?
You can use your old Scalextric cars if you like, but not with the new-fangled digital ones, and you lose the digital elements such as lane changing and fastest times, too. However, you keep the wireless controllers. Some more recent cars can be made ARC PRO compatible, but you’ll need to retrofit them with a microchip and optical sensor.
Old track can be merged with new track as well; you just need to buy a cheap adaptor to link to the two connection types together. And significantly, you keep most of the digital features when using both your new and old track together; lap times will be logged, and laps will be counted. If your original track is clean and in good order, it’s fine to use both.