hey guys I'm trying to put together a four lane raceway.What track system would be best to use?do I need to get two of the same track sets? I need some info on this thanks guys.
Hello Will410 - and welcome...
There are several different ways you can go to accomplish your goal. You will find that people here have a preference for their particular brand of track for differing reasons. There was a poll thread a while ago where it seems that Scalextric Sport seems to be the dominant track system used on this board, not to say the others aren't great options. Use the search and you'll find many answers.
That said, if you did go Scalextric Sport, they have a nice way of designing nested layouts. You would not want two of the exact same sets as a four lane is basically two 2-lane sets with one nested inside the other. In Scalextric terms a set with a T2 designation will be the exact same shape but nest inside a T3 layout. Same for a T3 to a T4 layout. Those designations are clearly visible on the Scalextric box if its one of those sets. From that point, add track in any way/design you wish, keepng in mind to do the equivalent across both sections of track. You'll find many here much more knowledgable than I, but hopefully this gets you a start. Welcome to the board and check the links/vendor/partner sections for great retailers that stock what I'm talking about. Several are active on this board and quite helpful.
That said, if you did go Scalextric Sport, they have a nice way of designing nested layouts. You would not want two of the exact same sets as a four lane is basically two 2-lane sets with one nested inside the other. In Scalextric terms a set with a T2 designation will be the exact same shape but nest inside a T3 layout. Same for a T3 to a T4 layout. -
The only sets that are designed to nest together perfectly without other parts (or leftover parts) are the T2 and T3.
The other Scalextric sets generally use an X designator (X1, X2, X3, X4). "X" sets don't nest together.
If you have a T3 set, you can combine it with any Scalextric figure-8 set (X2, X3, X4) to make a simple four-lane figure eight like this. You'll have some track parts left over.
as mentioned, all track systems 'nest' .. in case you don't get this, here's a pic .. this is scalextric sport track, but all systems are similar
another point to be considered -
a four lane track takes up a fair amount of real estate, no matter which brand you buy .. and a simple figure of eight will very soon bore you ..
the best, reasonably sized track i've seen yet is the one Dr Vanski designed for a business in Toronto, his 'mini grid' .. using the smaller radii scalextric sport track, and with a lane length of around 70' each (22 meters to be more precise), this four-laner has a 'footprint' of something like 20' X 8' ..
while this is (IMHO) a fabulous layout, are you willing (or able) to dedicate a similar space? not necessarily that big, but similar?