Since august 2014 I am the proud owner of the carrera digital 132 set “power racing”. This kit contains 9 meters of track, two lane changes, two controllers and the carrera digital control unit. Two cars come with it:
- Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 in “AF Corse no.71” colors
- Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 in “Young Driver no.007” colors
Assembly is relatively easy, although it still takes about half an hour to get everything setup. A main drawback is a lack of track build instructions. There is only the picture on the box available. For laying out the track that is sufficient, but the picture is taken from so high up that the support posts of the fly over part are not visible. This makes it a bit of a gamble where to place the supports.
But once the track is set up, it is very simple to program the cars to the controllers and start racing. Even though all the corner pieces have the same radius, due to the fact some corners are short and others are long, there is a good variety in corner speeds.
After you get to know the track and start driving on the limit, it becomes obvious that when you drift out of the last corner (and over the finish line), the car is not registered by the track. The LED under the car then doesn’t line up properly with the sensor in the track. This is alright, as long as you don’t have a lap counter or lap timing software. I only found this out when I was first testing my laptiming software, so it is not that big a deal. Anyway an easy fix turned out to be to switch the short straight piece and the start/finish so the finish line is further away from the last corner and more toward the end of the straight. Since I switched these, I never had an unregistered lap again.
So all in all I think this is a great starter set, but if you are on a tighter budget, I don’t think a shorter track to start with would not bring the same joy.
|Easy assembly||Missing build instructions for track|
|Amazingly detailed cars||Start/finish too close to final corner|
|Programmable speed and brakes so kids can play||Lots of features require extension sets to be usable|