Scalextric Buying Guide

Scalextric brings the thrill and excitement of motor racing to life in your living room! Are you new to the exciting world of Scalextric, or rediscovering a childhood passion? Not sure where to start? Then read on for everything that you need to know about Scalextric. Strap in and start your engines…

Where Do You Start?

We have the biggest Range of Scalextric/Slot Car sets available anywhere in Europe! From a basic loop to £2000 Custom designed sets! We have broken down the main Scalextric options below so you can see the differences between the various types.

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Scalextric Or Carrera?

Carrera is a different brand of Slot Car Racing Set, popular in Europe and USA. We have an entire page comparing the two systems – take a look Slot Car Buyers Guide – Scalextric or Carrera?


What Size / Scale Set?

There is a range of Scalextric formats, from those designed for young kids up to those for the expert racer. Scalextric cars come in two sizes – smaller 1:64

size in our Scalextric My First andMicro sets for younger racers, and the larger 1:32 size in our Scalextric, Scalextric ARC (App Race Control) and Scalextric Digital sets.

Carrera add further options with 1:43 for their Go! Sets – this are an alternative to Scalextric Micro Sets and in our opinion are better value. The cars are larger, more detailed and the track layout typically more interesting. Carrera’s standard scale is 1:32, so the same size as Scalextric. Carrera also offer an extra large 1:24 Scale, however this is not very popular in the UK and carries a large price tag.

Our Recommendation

If you are looking at a smaller Scale set (Micro Scalextric or Carrera GO!) We would recommend Carrera GO! as the cars are bigger, more detailed and the sets offer better value overall.

If you are looking at standard 1:32 Scale Sets we would recommend Scalextric.

Analogue, Digital Or ARC?


Analogue Scalextric is slot car racing as you know it. A track, 2 lanes, 2 cars and one person drives each car on a single lane. Analogue uses the same track as Digital (Sport Track), but the powerbase, hand controllers and power supply will be different. It is possible to upgrade or convert your Analogue set to Digital by purchasing a conversion kit or the parts separately.


ARC App Racing

A whole new level of slot racing fun. The ARC powerbase allows connection to the Scalextric APP race control app on your smartphone or tablet. Wireless controllers being a big bonus on some of the ARC systems. There are analogue or digital versions of the ARC system available with three powerbases to choose from: ARC one, ARC air and ARC Pro.

Most Scalextric sets can be upgraded to an ARC system easily – the ARC powerbases come with sport track connectors.



Digital Scalextric uses the same size track and cars as analogue, but the cars are electronically chipped to enable more control of the car and specific sections of the track.

An entry level Digital Set will include a 4 car powerbase, meaning that 4 cars can be used at once on the standard 2 lane track, with each of the 4 controllers independently controlling a car. 6 Car powerbases are available so 6 cars can be used at once.

One of the main features of Digital is Lane Changers. These are sections of track where you can switch from one lane to the other by pressing a button on the hand controller. You press a button on the controller at a certain point on the track and a mechanical point on the track switches over and the car changes lane. The track switches straight back so any car following you continues on the normal straight path.

The Digital controllers also have a brake button to slow the car quicker.

The addition of the lane changers add a great dimesion to racing where you can overtake and block other cars on track. You can also use lane changers and pit lane entries to extend and widen the track into 3 or 4 lane sections.

Digital uses the same track as analogue, known as “Sport” Track. Although the powerbase, hand controllers and power supplies are different. Please note that the cars also need to be chipped or have a Digital plug installed.


Scalextric Sets

As the nations leading Scalextric Retailer we have a considerable range of Sets. We stock the full range of Scalextric & Carrera Boxed Sets, but also offer our own SL Sets. Our sets typically offer much better value for money and a much more exciting track layout! Take a look at the Pro’s and Con’s Below.


Standard Boxed Sets

Branded boxed sets from Scalextric that you would find in any toy store.

Nicely presented in official Scalextric Box
Basic track design (if you don’t want anything too exciting)
Cheaper price point if you’re on a tight budget.
Not customisable.


Jadlam “SL” Sets

Exciting sets with advanced track layouts – designed by us, comprising of all brand new Scalextric components.

Comes in a plain brown cardboard box (all brand new Scalextric components inside)
Far more exciting & impressive track designs.
Better value for money – more track for your money!
More size options available to suit your size requirements.


Micro Scalextric –

Start Your Racing Career, Suitable for age 4+

1:64 Scale

Racing action for young drivers
Action-packed compact circuits
Easy to assemble
Has its own Small Gauge Track
Small choice of accessories/Extensions
Typically £40-50


Scalextric Analogue –

Taking Racing To The Next Level, Suitable for age 5+

1:32 Scale

The standard for slot racing around the world
2 Slots, 1 Car on each Slot
High performance track, Full Size
Upgrade options to Digital & App Race Control (ARC)
Large Selection of Track Extensions and Cars
Typically £60-150


Scalextric Digital –

The Ultimate Racing Experience, Suitable for age 8+

1:32 Scale

Race on any lane
2 Slots, up to 6 Cars
Switch lanes, overtake & block
Digital cars are compatible with all Scalextric track
Large Selection of Track Extensions and Cars
Start at £300


ARC – App Race Control –

The Ultimate Race Control System, Suitable for age 5+

Unlock a whole new level of slot racing fun
Wirelessly create and manage races with a smart phone or tablet
Analogue and Digital Options available.
Choose a complete ARC set, or upgrade any analogue Scalextric set with an ARC Powerbase
Large Selection of Track Extensions and Cars
ARC one, ARC Air & ARC Pro options available, see the chart below for a comparitve view of the features.Start at £170




Budget Recommendations:

Under £100:

Scalextric C1379 Urban Outrun Set

Scalextric C1372 BTCC Touring Car Battle Set

Either of these are a great introduction to the world of Scalextric. The C1372 Touring Car set is a best seller.


£100 – £200

Various options depending on which power option you’d like to go for (see comparisons further up on this page).

ARC AIR option: Scalextric C1403 ARC Air World GT

ANALOGUE but with a more advanced track layout check out our SCALEXTRIC Bundle SL87 Urban Outrun Set + Extra Track Kit Extension


£200 – £300

Now you can get more track for your money!

ARC Pro option: Scalextric C1404 ARC Pro Digtial Le Mans Ginetta’s

DIGITAL option (no app): Scalextric SL5 Digital 2 Car Set


£300 – £400

ARC PRO: Scalextric SL5 ARC Pro 2 Cars

DIGITAL standard powerbase but with more cars for your money: Scalextric SL5 Digital 4 Car Set


£400- £550

ARC PRO 3 cars & our most popular track design: Scalextric SL5 ARC Pro 3 Cars

ARC PRO 2 cars but a larger track overall: Scalextric SL9 ARC Pro 2 cars


£500 – £2,000

Why not have your own replica of famous race circuits from around the globe – currently we have: Silverstone and Race of Champions but we are always adding more!

The best seller within this budget is the Scalextric SL7 ARC Pro 4 Car Pit Lane Set.

If you prefer a longer faster layout – or you have more room for length rather than width – you will be interested in our Scalextric SL10 Digital 4 Car Set (10ft2in x 3ft11in).

If size and budget are of no limit to you then look no further than our SL100, SL201 and SL16 digital sets – massive complex layouts, impressive and so much fun!