Last year we ventured into the world of Scalextric, albeit the starter world of ‘My First Scalextric’, and the kids were left wanting more. Fast forward to a few weeks ago and they finally got their hands on a ‘proper’ set, the Scalextric BTCC Touring Car Battle Set, and they couldn’t wait to get it out of the box and race.
Inside the box you find the following:
BTCC BMW 125 Jack Goff, BTCC Honda Civic Gorden Shedden, Powerbase straight, Lap counter straight, 6 x Radius 2 90° curve, 4 x Radius 2 45° curve, 2 x Track support, 2 x Colour coded hand controllers, 4 x Braid plates, Transformer and instructions.
It is well packaged with everything having a set place to make it easy to pack away again after playing.
The touring cars are incredibly detailed and I found myself almost fearful of letting the kids play with the set in case they damaged them! The track can be built in four ways and is easy to slot together and take apart thanks to the buttons underneath the track.
Once you have assembled the track in the configuration you want, you simply place the cars on their lanes making sure they are placed into the slots properly – this is helped by the slight pull you can feel as you get close to the tracks thanks to the magnatraction feature. Then plug the power lead into the controller unit and the mains, plug the controllers into their slots on the control unit and you’re ready to go.
Like with the My First Scalextric Set, the BTCC Touring Car Battle Set also has a speed limiter built into the controllers that can be adjusted quickly and easily with the turn of a screw. This stops the trigger from being able to be fully depressed as the more it is squeezed the faster the cars go which sometimes entails them flying off the track…though Alexa loves it when this happens!
In fact, the only aspect of this set that’s stopped my daughter from constantly making her car ‘fly’ is the fact that she likes winning and the inclusion of a lap counter on the track to help determine who the winner is without the usual exaggeration of how many laps you’ve actually completed. This meant that she focused on what she was doing as she knew she wouldn’t have time to crash, place her car back on track and actually complete all the laps to win.
The Scalextric BTCC Touring Car Battle Set is a 1:32 scale set and once assembled measures 484cm and requires 191 x 132cm of space. It is aimed at children over 5 and was a perfect step into the world of ‘real’ Scalextric for the kids…it must have made a good impression as it has left them asking me which set we can get next! I love that they have spent hours playing nicely together with this (although it’s quite scary how competitive Alexa can be) and that we have the potential to just buy new cars for the set to make it a bit different rather than having to buy a whole new set.
With an RRP of £99.99 I think it’s reasonably priced when you take into consideration the fact that individual cars can be over £30 and also that if your children are anything like mine it will be played with for a long time to come.
Disclosure: I was sent this item for the purpose of this review, however all words and opinions are entirely my own.