Carrera, the worldwide market leader in the scale model racetrack sector, is celebrating 50 years of the Carrera brand. The cult pop group Yello has joined Carrera to hit the grid, put the pedal to the metal, and fire up the worlds of music and slotcar racing with a special Carrera remix of “The Race.”
There’s also a prototype Carrera App for iPhones and iPads to let slotcar pros know they’re using state of the art technology. Carrera’s 2.4 GHz wireless+ technology now enhances the slotcar market. In fact, wireless+ is now also available with the analogue Evolution system. Budding Carrera drivers also have plenty to enjoy this year as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles celebrate their debut. Disney/Pixar Cars and The Amazing Spider-Man are also available to keep young fans busy. Kart legends Mario and Luigi are also in the thick of the action with Nintendo’s Mario Kart 7.
Carrera fans will love the racing action available from the Mercedes SLS AMG GT3 ‘Heico Motorsports, No. 1’, VLN 2012 and the Ferrari 599 XX. The gull-wing car from Mercedes-Benz came second in the 24-hour race in Dubai and has been in the GT class since 2011. Carrera 2.4 GHz wireless+ technology allows those running the cars complete freedom of movement around the circuit and innovative accessories, such as the driver display and start light, make races an unforgettable experience.
The Time Race set builds a bridge between past and present motor racing worlds to mark 50 years of Carrera with two 1:32 scale models: the Porsche 904 Carrera GTS and the Porsche 918 Spyder. The sleek and authentically detailed scale model Porsches evoke nostalgia around every Carrera circuit. Acquisition of the official DTM reproduction license means the DTM Challenge set is now ready to roll on every Carrera circuit.
The Power Racing set features the Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 ‘AF Corse, No. 71’ 2012, first unveiled to the public in 2009 at the IAA trade fair in Frankfurt, Germany; and the Aston Martin Vantage GT3 ‘Young Driver, No.007’, driven last year by the two sons of the legendary racing driver Hans Joachim ‘Strietzel’ and members of Team Stuck at the 24-hour race around the Nürburgring in Germany.
The worldwide market leader has a firework display of 1:43 scale licenses for Carrera’s youngest fans. Brand new inhabitants of the Carrera universe are the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, who offer great thrills, spills, high bends, and loop action as they chase their archrival Shredder in the Ninja X-Loop set.
The Disney/Pixar Cars heroes Lightning McQueen and Francesco Bernoulli are also out on the latest GO!!! circuit in Disney/Pixar Cars–Silver Racer. Spider-Man unleashes his superpowers as the world’s most famous arachnid hunts down the evil Green Goblin in the Spider Racer set.
A prototype Carrera app for the iPhones 4S, 5, and the third generation iPad was showcased at the Nuremburg Toy Fair. This new app enables Carrera fans to establish their own profile and link it to the control unit on the Carrera circuit. The specially developed Bluetooth receiver is the interface between the control unit and the app. Users who are ready to race can choose between training or race modes before speeding around their tracks with their friends. The app transforms compatible iPhones and iPads into genuine race monitors and, as well as displaying specified details, they also show information on fuel levels, brake performance, and speed, all of which can be set in the Race Profile in advance.