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Carrera brings today's racing home

By Eric White
Published: January 14, 2016

Product: If you want to keep up with the latest in racing, Carrera is here to help. The latest evidence is the company’s Chevrolet Corvette C7.R slot car in 1:32 scale. A quick search of the Internet shows no one else is offering this car, which placed first in the 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans, as well as the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring earlier in the year.
The full-size car builds on the success of the earlier sixth-generation Corvette, known as the C6.
The new car maintains the same all-­aluminum 5.5-liter V8 engine of the previous racer. While it looks like the road-going C7 Corvette introduced in 2014, it sits lower, and is wider to accommodate its racing tires and suspension.

Performance: Carrera’s model catches the proportions of the race car well. It’s quite low and wide, which makes it a competitive slot car for people interested in racing against their friends or in leagues. The car is painted in the yellow team colors of Corvette Racing. By the logos on the door, it appears the car is decorated for the 2015 24 Hours of Daytona race, but the names and antenna on the roof appear to be from the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
The car is well detailed, with clear headlight and fog light lenses and smoked ­taillight lenses. The distinctive red side-view mirrors are well represented, and a spare pair, along with a second set of pickup braids, is included in the parts and instruction package Carrera includes with its cars.
The wheels represent the full-size racer’s well, and include disc brake rotors and calipers. However, the calipers and rotors are molded as one piece, so the brake calipers spin with the wheels. This isn’t noticeable when the car is running.
The interior includes a driver figure with a helmet decorated for Jan Magnussen, and a roll cage and upper dash detailed to match the full-size car. The bottom of the interior is cut off to make room for the in-line motor configuration.
This car, from Carrera’s analog Evolution line, has the typical Carrera switch to change direction, and is upgradable to work with Carrera’s Digital 132 racing system. It’s also available as a Digital 132 model, and in 1:24 and 1:43 scales.
There are tabs molded behind the lights that hold surface-mount light-emitting diode circuit boards in the digital car. The car has two traction magnets. One is visible on the underside and is placed behind the motor and just ahead of the rear axle. The other is only visible with the body shell off and is located ahead of the motor. The car operated smoothly and quietly on the track, but it could easily drift its rear end out with a heavy throttle finger.

Marketing: Tuners might want to consider silicone tires for better track grip. Although online sources don’t list this car yet, its tires measure the same size as Carrera’s older C6 racing Corvette.
Super Tires lists four tires in its new 1400 series that will fit the car with various diameters, useful for tuning the strength of the magnets. The recommended tires are Nos. 1407, 1408, 1409 and 1410. Other manufacturers with tires for the Corvette include Indygrips No. IG6001, Ortmann Nos. ORT49A and ORT51, and Maxxtrac M17X.
Other useful spares include Carrera’s guide keel for non-Carrera track, No. 89107, and replacement pick-up braids, No. 26362. Non-Carrera add-on sales include oil in a needlepoint tube dispenser, a tube of plastic-compatible grease, and a small Phillips-head screwdriver for disassembling the model. The car was fully lubricated and ready to race, so customers should take care to apply oil and grease only as required during operation.
For people who want to keep up with the latest in sports car racing, this car will bring today’s racing from the track to the home racetrack.

Chevrolet Corvette C7.R “No. 3”
Maker: Carrera Toys
Stock number: 20027469
MSRP: $52.99
Availability: Carrera of America

• Authentic paint job and markings
• Upgradeable for digital racing
• Two traction magnets

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