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Technical data on DIGITAL 124
Scale of the tracks and vehicles 1:24
Width of tracks: 198 mm
Transformer: 18 V, 3 A, 54 VA
Up to four vehicles can be run on the racetrack at the same time.
How many DIGITAL 124 vehicles can run on a DIGITAL 124 racetrack?
The same basic principal for digital sets as for DIGITAL 132 systems; however this can only support a maximum of 4 cars.
How far can you extend the DIGITAL 124 and from what length do you need to use an extra power feed?
From a total track length of 10 m and longer there may be a loss in current making it necessary to install an additional power feed. The requisite additional power feed leads are available from licensed dealers in lengths of 5 m (item No. 20584) and 10 m (item No. 20585). The feed should be connected in stellar fashion from the Black Box (30344) or Control Unit (30352) every 5 to 7 m.
It is not possible to install a second Black Box.
Can I also use the Exclusiv transformers (20750, 20758) for DIGITAL 124?
Using the transformer adapter (20524) the Exclusiv transformers (20750, 20758) with 18 V, 2 x 1.5 A output can also be used with DIGITAL 124.
Can I also use the earlier, controllable, transformer with my DIGITAL 124 vehicles in analogue operation?
No - all of the electronics (vehicle circuit boards) can only be operated with smoothed direct current. If the controlled transformers are used this may lead to faults in the vehicle's circuit board.
Can you also use the DIGITAL 124 transformer (18 V) to run DIGITAL 132 vehicles?
Each car requires the corresponding transformer to guarantee functions: DIGITAL 124 cars the 18 V transformer and DIGITAL 132 cars the 14.8 V transformer.
Is there a loop-the-loop for my circuit (Evolution, Digital 132, Digital 124)?
No, for DIGITAL 132 and DIGITAL 124, track material of 1:24 is used and there is no loop-the-loop.
Because the current cars are scale licensed car designs built in true-to-scale proportions, they are not suitable for looping activities.
How many sets of lane-changer points can be integrated into a DIGITAL 124 track?
In principle there are no restrictions; however, if 4 cars all drive over the points at the same time power consumption is increased.
Can I run DIGITAL 124 cars on a Pro-X circuit?
No. Carrera DIGITAL 124 cars are not compatible with Carrera Pro-X equipment..
I can no longer control my car - it seems to be driving itself. What do I do?
Please make sure the Black Box is in the correct mode (Digital) and check to see if the car has been set to analogue.
I have just got a new DIGITAL 124 car, but it doesn't run on my DIGITAL 124 track and/or I cannot set the speed, braking response or fuel levels. What should I do?
Please check that your Black Box (30344) is also set in DIGITAL 124 mode. If on the Black Box on the left only one LED lights up briefly before it switches to the LED in the middle (1st. LED = Pro-X mode; 1st. and 2nd. LEDs = digital mode), it is in Pro-X mode. In DIGITAL 124 mode, on Black Boxes produced up to 2008, 2 LEDs must always light up briefly. To change the playing mode, turn off the Black Box and hold the ""Start"" button down while switching on the Black Box. (Instruction manual)
When starting four cars with full throttle, the Black Box (30344) or the Control Unit (30352) starts to flash and bleep.
To start at full throttle causes an increase in power consumption. To avoid a system overload, the Black Box or the Control Unit switches off power to the track. To reset from the overload protection mode, switch the Black Box or the Control Unit off and then back on.
When running over points, the Black Box (30344) or the Control Unit (30352) starts to flash and bleep, and the cars stop.
Due to a short circuit, the Black Box or the Control Unit has switched off power to the track. Take the car off the track and check the position of the contact brushes. If they are spread too far, they can cause a short circuit when running over points. See illustration for optimum setting of the contact brushes.
Can the tuning motors also be used in DIGITAL 124?
No. Since the tuning motors as a rule require more current, the Black Box (30344) or the Control Unit (30352) would cut out due to overload.
Can I also convert my old Exclusiv cars to DIGITAL 124, or which Exclusiv cars can be converted to DIGITAL 124?
All Exclusiv cars equipped with rocker arm (produced from 2005 onwards) can be converted or retrofitted by purchasing the car digital decoder.
You can find a fully-detailed assignment of decoders to the respective cars in the Spare parts summary list.
Which DIGITAL 124 cars can be run over the high-banked curve 1 (20574)?
The following DIGITAL 124 cars can run over the high-banked curve 1: Bill Thomas Cheetah, Ferrari 250 GTO, Ford GT40, Chevrolet Corvette GS, Auto Union Type C, Mercedes W125

On all other cars, it is possible that the front or rear of the car will bottom out and scrape the track.
Technical data on Carrera DIGITAL 132
Scale of the tracks 1:24
Width of tracks: 198 mm
Scale of cars: 1:32
Up to six vehicles can be run on the racetrack at the same time.
Transformer: 14.8 V, 51.8 VA.
Can you also use the 14.8 V transformer to run DIGITAL 124 cars?
No, each car requires the corresponding transformer to guarantee functions: DIGITAL 132 cars the 14.8 V transformer and DIGITAL 124 cars the 18 V transformer.
Which accessories have a PC connection?
The Black Box (30344) and the lap counter (30342) have a PC connection.
How exactly does lap counting on the DIGITAL 132 function?
The DIGITAL 132 car sends out its identification signal on passing over the DIGITAL 132 lap counter (30342) or the Control Unit (30352).
How many Ghost Cars does DIGITAL 132 support? Can the total number of cars on the circuit exceed six, or not?
In principle, a maximum number of 8 cars can be run at one time. For instance: 6 cars being controlled actively + 2 Ghost Cars - or 8 as Ghost Cars, with no more cars actively controlled.
Is it planned to introduce a control set extension lead to give all 6 drivers enough space?
No. Due to EC regulations this is not permitted (interference radiation and fault-free operation). The control extension box (30348) therefore includes a 1 m connecting lead to enable the space between the drivers to be increased.
What is the switch for on the underside of the Digital 132 cars?
The switch changes the direction in which the car travels and changes polarity in analogue mode (Evolution).
Has a dual operation mode (possibility to switch to analogue mode) been built into the Black Box?
No. The Black Box has been developed for a digital system.
How many cars can the electronic lap counter (30342) display?
The DIGITAL 132 electronic lap counter shows up to six hand-controlled cars plus Autonomous Car and Pace Car.
How many cars can the lap counter (30355) display?
The DIGITAL 132 lap counter shows up to six hand-controlled cars plus Autonomous Car and Pace Car.
I can no longer control my DIGITAL 132 car - it seems to be driving itself. What do I do?
Please make sure the Black Box is in the correct mode (Digital) and check to see if the car has been set to analogue.
I have just got a new DIGITAL 132 car, but it doesn't run on my DIGITAL 132 track
Please check that your Black Box (30344) is also set in DIGITAL 132 mode. If on the Black Box on the left only one LED lights up briefly before it switches to the LED in the middle (1st. LED = Pro-X mode; 1st. and 2nd. LEDs = digital mode), it is in Pro-X mode. In DIGITAL 132 mode, on Black Boxes produced up to 2008, 2 LEDs must always light up briefly. To change the playing mode, turn off the Black Box and hold the ""Start"" button down while switching on the Black Box. (Instruction manual)
From what length do I need an additional power feed for a Digital 132 circuit?
As a rule, this depends on the layout of the circuit (how many points, number of actively-controlled cars). Above a total circuit length of about 8 m, we recommend the installation of additional power feeds. The generation of modified U-shape connectors for the individual pieces of track produced since 2006 has had a very positive effect on reducing power loss. The requisite intermediate power feed leads are available from licensed dealers as item No. 20584 (5 m lead) and item No. 20585 (10 m lead). Under no circumstances should an additional Black Box or transformer be installed (risk of short circuit!!).
Digital 132 supports up to six cars. Will the Digital132 Black Box (30344) have six control sockets or continue to have just four?
The Digital 132 Black Box has 4 control unit sockets. When 5 or 6 cars are in use it is necessary to use a control extension box 30348, the IR system (10106, 10107) or the 2.4 GHz Wireless+ System (10109, 10110, 10111). The control extension box and the wireless receiver for the IR system are connected to the Black Box.
Can DIGITAL 132 be expanded to four lanes?
DIGITAL 132 is designed for only two lanes. The digital systems are so designed for one thing to permit several players to take part at the same time in the smallest possible space.
How many sets of lane-changer points can be integrated into a DIGITAL 132 track?
In principle there are no restrictions; however, if six cars all drive over the points at the same time power consumption is increased.
Combination with wireless (infra-red): Can wireless technology be freely combined with Digital 124/132 electric lead controls or are there specific regulations?
Yes. Wireless infra-red and electric lead hand controls can be combined. However, when combined, a maximum of three wired hand-controls may be connected. Care must also be taken to ensure there is no duplication of the hand-controller addresses.
Can the wireless IR hand-held controls only be used for car IDs 1 - 4 or for all 6?
There are different combinations possible, according to the hand controllers, Black Box (30344) or Control Unit (30352) used. We have a list for you of all wireless infra-red compatibility (link to list of wireless (IR) old/new)
How can Digital 132 run cars 5 and 6?
There are 2 options:
a) Use a hand-held control set extension box (30348). This is plugged into the socket of hand-held control set 1 and extends to control sets 1, 3, 4 in the extension box and hand-held control sets 2, 5, 6 in the Black Box (30344) or Control Unit (30352).
b) Wireless: Connection to Black Box / Control Unit, Tower 1 and/or 2, to enable cars 1 to 4 to be controlled by wireless. Black Box / Control Unit sockets 3 and 4 are for handset controls for cars 5 and 6.
Can Digital 132 cars also run on analogue circuits? Are there any restrictions?
Yes. Digital 132 cars also run on the analogue Evolution circuits.
The new cars have the same braking characteristics in digital and analogue modes. There are no limitations.
When programming individual cars, is it possible to have other cars on the tracks without them disrupting programming activities?
In Digital 124/132 individual car programming can also be conducted while other cars are on the circuit.
It is important that the other cars are either in motion or they do not stop for longer than 2 seconds. This avoids them all taking on the same ID programming.
Can Ghost Cars be 'trained'? Do they store a manually driven lap or does the speed have to be set as previously (continuously variable)?
Speed can be set and therefore the Ghost Cars cannot be 'trained'. However, the fixed speed can now be completely variably set.
Does the fuel level have an influence on the car's driving performance (full tank = slower car)?
1) With the Black Box (30344) the fuel level has no effects on the car's performance. 2) Control Unit (30352): in mode ""REAL"", the maximum speed depends on the fuel level. Cars with a full tank are heavier, run slower and have inferior braking performance. Cars with a low fuel level are lighter, run faster and have superior braking performance.
Can Digital 132 cars also be run in analogue mode, that is on an Evolution circuit?
Yes; by pushing down the plunger on the hand-held control set 3 times, Digital 132 cars can be re-set to analogue for the Evolution circuit. According to direction of running, it may also be necessary to change over the switch on the underside of the car.
Can cars made by other manufacturers be re-equipped for use with Digital 132?
In theory this is possible with the right technical knowledge, but any claims against guarantees and warranties would no longer be entertained.
Are the upgrade decoders adapted to the engines and to the weight of the cars?
No. There are different decoders to be used according to the size of the cars.
Can the DIGITAL 124/132 Black Box (30344) also be used for PRO-X cars?
No, the DIGITAL 124/132 Black Box produced from 2009 on has no PRO-X mode.
Can Pro-X and DIGITAL 132 points be used at the same time in a DIGITAL 132 system?
This is only possible with a Black Box produced up to 2008. Black Boxes produced from 2009 (30344) no longer have Pro-X mode .
Can PRO-X and Digital 132 cars be run on a Digital 132 circuit at the same time?
No, since the new DIGITAL 132 Black Box no longer offers PRO-X mode.
Can all PRO-X cars run on Digital 132?
No, as the new DIGITAL 132 Black Box no longer offers PRO-X mode. You can upgrade your PRO-X cars by installing the correct Digital Decoder.
Can PRO-X cars be re-equipped to work on the Digital 132 system?
Yes, if the PRO-X circuit board is exchanged for a suitable Digital 132 circuit board. This requires specific soldering skills.
Are the Digital 132 hand-held control sets identical to the PRO-X controls? Can I continue to use PRO-X controls in a Digital 132 Black Box without limitations?
The Digital 132 and PRO-X hand-held control sets are identical. The only difference is the colour of the housing. PRO-X hand-held control sets can be used for Digital 132 and vice-versa.
What has to be changed on an existing PRO-X circuit in order to use the Digital 132 technology?
The Digital 132 black box (30344), points, cars and pit stop lane (if present) must all be exchanged.
Technical data on DIGITAL 143
Scale of the cars and track: 1:43
Width of the tracks: 114 mm
Transformer: 14.8 V, 0.7A
Up to three cars can be run on the track at the same time
How many DIGITAL 143 cars can be driven in total?
3 cars maximum.
Can functions like speed and braking be set as with DIGITAL 132?
No. The features cannot be set up in DIGITAL 143.
One of the cars is causing a short-circuit in the Black Box 42001 (LED in the Black Box flashes). What should I do?
Please check if the contacts from both sides are making a mutual contact and causing a short circuit.
If the contacts are not touching each other and the LED on the Black Box continues to flash, the fault is likely to lie with the decoder on the car. In this case, you will have to send the car in.
Can the Ghost Car function be used with DIGITAL 143?
No, there is no ghost car function.
My cars are not running smoothly - in many places they run jerkily. What can I do?
Drag contacts must always be set correctly to ensure the car runs smoothly and constantly. Please make sure the end of the drag contact is bent towards the track. Only the end of the drag contact should touch the track, not the entire contact. This helps to avoid the contact wearing out too quickly and improves the quality of the track contact. If necessary, the worn drag contact can be trimmed a little at the end. From time to time a fingernail can be used to split the end of the drag contact and remove dust. Another thing: the pieces of track attract dust due to static charge and should be dusted before each use, as dust will cause the contact to wear much more quickly and also prevent a proper contact with the track.

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Is there an electronic lap counter for DIGITAL 143?
Yes. The electronic lap counter for DIGITAL 143 is item No. 42008.
Can DIGITAL 143 be expanded to a 4-lane system?
No, the track system is not designed to be widened.
Can circuit boards for 143 cars be purchased individually?
No, these are not sold individually.
Up to what length can a DIGITAL 143 circuit be extended?
The transformer will serve 15 m of track and up to 4 sets of points, above which an extra power feed would be required, but there is no power feed lead available for DIGITAL 143.
Are there power feed cables for DIGITAL 143?
No, there are power feed cables only for DIGITAL 132/124 and EVOLUTION.
My car does not run when I operate the hand control, or all the cars start at once.
Each car must be assigned to a specific hand control. To program, place the car on the track, press the points button twice in succession, take the car off the track and replace it again, then press the points button twice more.
Can my existing GO!!! circuit be expanded to become a DIGITAL 143 system?
Yes, with the following technical digital elements of DIGITAL 143: points (42003, 42004, 42010, 42002), Black Box (42001), transformer (42005), hand control (42002) and DIGITAL 143 cars.
Can I re-equip my Carrera GO!!! cars for DIGITAL 143?
Analogue GO!!! cars cannot be re-equipped for DIGITAL 143.
Is the DIGITAL 143 compatible with other racetrack systems?
The standard track parts for GO!!!, such as straights, curves and action features which do not contain any electronic components can also be used for DIGITAL 143. All electronic components such as the Black Box (42001), transformer (42005), hand control (42002), Lap Counter (42008) and DIGITAL 143 cars cannot be used for Carrera GO!!.
Can I use the Wireless Set from DIGITAL 132/124 for DIGITAL 143 as well?
No, wireless hand controls cannot be used for DIGITAL 143.
Can I use the Lap Counter from DIGITAL 132/124 for DIGITAL 143 as well?
No, since the DIGITAL 132/124 and DIGITAL 143 have different track systems.
Can I use the transformer and the hand controls from GO!!! for DIGITAL 143 as well?
No, as the electronic components of the two systems are not compatible with one another.
Can I run DIGITAL 143 cars on a DIGITAL 132/124 track?
With limitations. DIGITAL 143 cars will run on DIGITAL 132/124 tracks, but they do not offer all functions such as Autonomous Car, Pace Car, adjustable speed settings, braking and tank contents. In addition, there can be no guarantee of 100 percent reliability in changing points on Digital 132/124.
Technical data on Evolution
Scale of the track: 1:24
Scale of the cars: 1:32
Width of the tracks: 198 mm
Transformer: 14.8 V
A maximum of two cars can be run on the track at the same time
What is a special guide fin?
This is a flatter, smaller guide fin. It can be used to run Carrera Evolution cars on other manufacturers' tracks.
The normal guide fin is 10 mm high and 2 mm wide. The special guide fin is 7 mm high and 1.5 mm wide. Special guide fins (89107) for cars up to 2006 and special guide fins (85309) for cars from 2007 are available from licensed dealers.
Do the engines have to have EMI restrictors?
Yes. EMI restrictors are a legal requirement, although the regulation does not refer to the engine specifically, but to the entire car and the complete circuit (transformer toys). ""Legal"" refers to the CE labelling which is absolutely binding for all EU states. Electrical appliances (transformer toys) are basically subject to the Low Voltage Directive and the EMC Directive EN55014 - parts 1 and 2.

These directives specify EMI limits, which if violated immediately require the installation of EMI restrictors (interference suppressors). Each manufacturer is free to design his own restrictor, the key requirement being compliance with the laid down EU standards.
Can the Evolution system be expanded to several lanes?
The Evolution system (track scale 1:24) can be expanded to up to 8 lanes.
Can I equip the old cars (E100) with the new engine and rear axle technology (E200)?
No. The engine and rear axle in the new versions don't fit in the old chassis.
Can Digital 132 cars also be run in analogue mode, that is on an Evolution circuit?
Yes; first the rocker switch on the chassis at the rear of the car must be changed over. Then by pushing down the plunger on the hand control 3 times, Digital 132 cars can be re-set to analogue while the car is on the connecting track.
Can an existing Evolution circuit be expanded to become a Digital 132?
Yes. This is possible with the use of extension set item No. 26734, additional car decoders (detailed listing is found in the Spare parts list) and/or Digital 132 cars and Digital 132 points sets. Evolution cars from 2007 onwards and new models from item No. 272... onwards can be re-equipped with digital decoders.
Can all Evolution cars be re-equipped for use on DIGITAL 132 circuits?
All the new Evolution cars from 2007 onwards can be re-equipped. 'New cars' refers to the new types of car produced from 2007 from item No. 272... onwards. We recommend an Upgrade Kit (item no. 26734) and the correct digital decoder.
All relevant information can be found here (link). None of the Evolution cars with chassis that include the movable slide magnet can be re-equipped or upgraded to Digital 132.
Technical data on Exclusiv
Scale of the cars and track: 1:24
Width of tracks: 198 mm
Transformer: 18 V
When were the technical changes in Exclusiv cars introduced?
Models - Production 2001 - 2003:
Old technology
- golden engine
- narrow gear wheel Z44
Models - production 2004 only:
- silver motor
- broad gear wheel
- 18,000 rpm.
- gear ratio 14:50
Cars produced until 2003 can be re-equipped with 2004 technology, but not with the new chassis.
New technology from 2005:
- silver motor
- 18,000 rpm.
- gear ratio 10:50 (standard) with swing arm and double drag contact
- includes tuning options
Since 2004 the various cars have been equipped with a new chassis and have an additional magnet beneath the rear axle.
Can I also use the older adjustable transformer in analogue mode with my DIGITAL 124 cars?
No - all the electronics (car circuit boards) can only be driven with clean DC power. Using the adjustable transformer may cause faults to develop in the car circuit boards.
Can I also run DIGITAL 124 cars on an analogue EXCLUSIV track?
Yes, all DIGITAL 124 cars be run on EXCLUSIV.
Can all Exclusiv cars be re-equipped for Carrera DIGITAL 124?
All Exclusiv cars equipped with the swing arm (2005 onwards) can be re-equipped for Carrera DIGITAL 124 by purchasing digital decoders for the cars. All information is to be found in the Spare parts list.
What do I do if the suspension wire in a first-generation swing arm breaks?
Since early 2006, we have produced an improved version of the swing arms (85372, 85371). These can be obtained from your local dealers.
Can I tune my Exclusiv car?
Yes. Engines and gears of cars made from 2005 onwards can be 'tuned up'. Tuning is not possible with all earlier models .
Currently there are 2 engines:
1. Standard engine producing 18,000 rpm
2. Tuning engine with 24,000 rpm
These can be obtained in various gear combinations:: Combination 1:
Delivery status
standard engine Z10 (gear wheel 10 teeth) + rear axle Z50 (crown wheel 50 teeth) or
Tuning engine Z10 + rear axle Z50
Combination 2:
Standard engine Z12 (gear wheel 12 teeth) or
Tuning engine Z12 + rear axle Z48 (crown wheel 48 teeth)
Combination 3:
Standard engine Z14 (gear wheel 14 teeth) or
Tuning engine Z14 + rear axle Z46 (crown wheel 46 teeth)
No mixture of these combinations is possible otherwise this would change the axle base dimensions!!! The total number of teeth of the gear and crown wheel together must always amount to 60. Gear wheels and crown wheels cannot be obtained individually as they are permanently mounted to the axles.
How can I recognise a tuning engine?
T06 is printed on the tuning engine.
Technical data on GO!!!
Scale: 1:43,
Width of track: 114 mm
Transformer: 14.8 V, 2x 350 mA
A maximum of two cars can run on the track
How long has the GO!!! slot car racing system been available?
The GO!!! System has been on the market since 2001.
Can GO!!! be expanded to several lanes?
GO!!! Is only sold commercially for two-lane set-ups.
Are there spare parts for GO!!! ?
Spare parts for Go!!! (small parts such as spoilers, mirrors and drag contacts [61510] and guide fins [88104]) are available from licensed dealers, but not axles or engines, as these can only be changed by specialists.


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One of my GO!!! hand controls operates both cars. What am I doing wrong?
You probably have only one lane-changer element in your circuit. If lane changer elements are built into analogue circuits, they must always be in pairs.
Are the GO!!! tracks compatible with other systems?
No, except with DIGITAL 143; only the non-technical tracks (not points etc.) are compatible.
What is the maximum length I can extend my GO!!! track to?
The GO!!! transformer delivers enough power for a track up to a maximum of 15m. If the track is longer than this there can be drops in voltage and current. It is not possible to integrate a second connecting track element. The GO!!! racetrack system does not allow the use of our power feeds for EVOLUTION/DIGITAL 12/DIGITAL 124 because they do not fit into the tracks.

When extending your GO!!! circuit we strongly recommend you ensure every part of the track has been fitted together correctly and that the drag contact has been positioned correctly.

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Can digital features also be used with the Black Box?
No, to make use of digital features, the Control Unit (30352) is required.
Can I use digital features on my EVOLUTION track as well?
No, each digital feature can only be used for the systems DIGITAL132 and DIGITAL 124.
Is the Adapter Unit (30360) included in the package of Driver Display (30353), Starting Light (30354), Position Tower (30357) and Wireless+ (10109, 10110, 10111)?
Yes, the Adapter Unit is included in Driver Display (30353), Starting Light (30354), Position Tower (30357) and Wireless+ (10109, 10110, 10111).
Can a number of digital features be connected at the same time?
Yes, a number of digital features can be connected at the same time. Corresponding Adapter Units (30360) can be placed anywhere on the circuit layout.
Can a number of digital features be connected up to one Adapter Unit (30360)?
A maximum of four features can be connected to an Adapter Unit (30360).
Is the Pit Lane (30356) compatible with the Black Box (30344) or the Control Unit (30352)?
The Pit Lane (30356) can be used with either Black Box (30344) or Control Unit (30352). However, the following tank modes must be observed:

1) Together with the Control Unit (30352): after running over the Tank Sensor, the car switches into ""Tank"" mode. The car can now be tanked by pressing the points contact.

2) Together with the Black Box (30344): after running into the Pit Lane (30356) and the car stopping, it will automatically be tanked, whether it has run over the Tank Sensor or not.
Is the Pit Stop Adapter Unit (30361) compatible with the Black Box (30344)?
The Pit Stop Adapter Unit (30361) only fulfils all tank functions in conjunction with the Control Unit (30352). If the track already has a Pit Stop Lane (30346), the Pit Stop Adapter Unit (30361) can be used to upgrade to a Pit Lane (30356).
How do I see the current fuel level?
The fuel level is shown on the Driver Display (30353) or on the PC in conjunction with the PC Unit (30349). This requires the use of the Pit Lane (30356).
Can I combine the Lap Counter 30355 with the PC Unit (30349)?
No, the Lap Counter 30355 and PC Unit (30349) cannot be operated simultaneously.
Is the Lap Counter 30342 compatible with the Control Unit (30352)?
Yes, Lap Counter 30342 can be used together with the Control Unit (30352). However, when you are using the Position Tower (30357), the lap position on the Position Tower is disabled as otherwise a discrepancy might arise between the lap indications due to the different measuring points used.
What does the Driver Display (30353) show me?
The Driver Display (30353) shows the running steps (speed) of the car. The position of the car is also shown in the segment display. In conjunction with the Pit Lane (30356) or Pit Stop Adapter Unit (30361), it also shows the fuel level and the number of pit stops.
Can I use a Driver Display (30353) for several cars?
With the Driver Display (30353), use the setting button to set respective car addresses from 1 to 6. For optimum race enjoyment however, it is recommended to use a separate Driver Display for each car address. This avoids a change between car addresses having to be made while running.
For which operating system(s) are the PC Unit and the Software X-Lap suitable?
The PC Unit and the X-Lap software are suitable for Windows 2000, XP, Vista and Windows 7.
Is there also a software version for MAC OS or Linux?
No, the X-Lap software is only available to run on Windows.
What basic function does the PC Unit have and what digital features do I need for this?
The PC Unit can be used to read out the data from the Lap Counter (30342) or Control Unit (30352) and show them on the computer screen. To use the PC Unit (30349) the following components are also needed:
a) either the Control Unit (30352) and a PC or notebook or
b) Black Box (30344), electronic Lap Counter (30342) and a PC or notebook.
 
The PC Unit offers the following functions:
- access to driver and car databases
- lap racing
- time racing
- display of driver and car position (up to six drivers, plus 1 Autonomous Car and 1 Pace Car), driver and car name, pictures of drivers and cars, best lap time, time of the last lap, number of completed laps.
What extended functions can I use in conjunction with the Control Unit?
When using the Control Unit there are additional functions available such as starting lights on the screen, fuel level display (when using the Pit Lane 30356), sound and speech for fuelling processes.
The PC Unit cannot establish a connection to the Lap Counter or the Control Unit. What can I do?
First make sure that the PC Unit is properly connected to the USB port and the Lap Counter (30342) or Control Unit (30352). Switch power on to the track and the computer. Then open the device manager on the PC. In the list of devices there, there should be the following two entries:
1. Connections (LPT and COM) : USB serial port (COM….)
2. USB controller: USB serial converter
 
Should either one or the other or both of these entries be missing or be marked with a yellow exclamation mark, the driver has not been (completely) installed and must, if necessary, be manually installed. All necessary driver files will be found in the folder ""USB Drivers"" in the main program index on the CD.
On starting the program, the error message ""Port already open"" appears.
This problem can arise for instance when other devices such as Bluetooth, modems or similar are active in the background and are using the same COM port. In this case, deactivate the devices not required in the Device manager or deinstall software not required which uses COM ports.
On entering a driver or car with picture, this is not shown in the program.
Please note the pictures you enter yourself may only have a colour depth of 24 bits. Pictures and photos with a colour depth of 32 bits are not displayed.
Error messages are generated during driver installation under Windows 2000.
The errors shown during installation can be ignored. These error messages are generated due to lack of verification of the driver supplier. The drivers do also run under Windows 2000, so that there is no restriction to their functionality.
What must I do before using the 2.4 GHz WIRELESS+ (10109, 10110, 10111) for the first time?
When the track is being set up for the first time, please observe the following sequence:

1) set up the complete track layout,
2) then connect the charging cradle, and switch on the Black Box (30344) or Control Unit (30352),
3) place the hand control in the charging cradle and charge it before its first use.
How long does charging take for the 2.4 GHz WIRELESS+ (10109, 10110, 10111)?
The loading time for the 2.4 GHz WIRELESS+ is about 90 minutes. The track must remain switched on for this length of time. When charging, the LED on the hand control flashes, when the battery is fully charged, the LED lights continuously. When charging is completed, the power-saving mode is activated after 20 minutes.
System information 2.4 GHz WIRELESS+ (10109, 10110, 10111)
* 2.4 GHz WIRELESS+ radio technology
* Ultra-light, wireless hand controls
* Connecting the charging unit directly to the Carrera track
* Up to 15 metres range
* Free of interference and independent of frequency through frequency hopping
* 32 channels
* Eight hours continuous playing possible
* Operated by lithium polymer rechargeable batteries
* 90 days standby
* The Control Unit (30352) or Black Box (30344) is needed to use the 2.4 GHz WIRELESS+ technology
On the wireless infra-red hand control (10106, 10107) the red LED is flashing quickly and the cars cannot be programmed on the hand control. What should I do?
The channels of two or more wireless infrared hand controls (10106, 10107) are interfering with each other. Switch the hand control off and re-code the control on a free channel. The instruction manual will help you do this.
My car runs off and I cannot control it any more with the wireless infrared hand control (10106, 10107).
When the cars get too fast and cannot be controlled, the batteries in the wireless infrared control are failing. In this case, please change the batteries.
The red LED on the wireless infrared hand control (10106, 10107) is no longer flashing, what should I do?
The wireless infrared hand control is out of range of the receiver tower or the control has switched over into standby mode. Make sure that the hand control can establish contact with the tower and is not prevented from doing this by obstacles or by too great a distance. If the gas plunger is not pressed for 20 seconds, the wireless infrared hand control switches into standby mode to conserve the batteries. Press the gas plunger or the points button briefly to end the standby mode.
How many cars can be controlled by wireless infrared (10106, 10107)?
With the introduction of the wireless infrared-systems (10106, 10107) produced from 2009, there are several different possible combinations in DIGITAL 132 and DIGITAL 124. You will find an exhaustive list under ""Carrera support"" - ""Other manuals - wireless"".
Can the old wireless hand controls (with dip switch) (10103) and new wireless infrared hand controls (with LED) (10106, 10107) be used at the same time?
In mixed operation, as a rule switch on the old wireless infrared hand controls (with dip switch) (10103) first, and only then the new wireless infrared hand controls (10107, 10106) (with LED).
Does Wireless function with the earlier controllable transformers?
Wireless cannot be used with the earlier controllable transformers as to do so might destroy the electronic circuitry.
On Evolution, can a wireless infrared hand control and a mechanical or electronic hand control be used together?
Since on the Evolution Wireless Infrared power track there is a changeover switch, with this power track it is possible to use a wireless infrared hand control and another hand control together. On analogue systems you can only use the wireless infrared hand control with dip switch (10103).
Can wireless infra-red (10106, 10107) and 2.4 GHz Wireless+ hand controls be combined with Digital 132 electric lead hand controls or are there specific regulations?
Yes; for addresses 5 and 6 only, there are control connections which must be respected on the Black Box (30344) or Control Unit (30352). The two control connections on the right of the Black Box or Control Unit are always provided for addresses 5 and 6 when the wireless system is plugged in and electric lead hand controls are used. Cars 5 and 6 can be controlled with electric lead hand controls from the Black Box or Control Unit (sockets 3 and 4 of the Black Box). It is also possible to control all six vehicles with wireless infrared and 2.4 GHz WIRELESS+ hand controls.
I still have a wireless infrared system with dip switch (10103) on the hand control. Is this compatible with the Black Box (30344)?
The wireless infrared system with dip switch (10103) on the control is not compatible with the Black Box produced from 2009 (30344).
I have a Control Unit (30352); which wireless systems are compatible with it?
All wireless systems are compatible with the Control Unit (30352):
wireless infrared with dip switch (10103)
wireless infrared (with LED) (10106, 10107)
2.4 GHz WIRELESS+ (10109, 10110, 10111)
Are all wireless systems compatible with each other?
All wireless systems are compatible with each other and can be used in parallel. As a general rule, the following sequence should be used:
1) code the hand control (assign address). On wireless infrared hand controls with dip switch (10103), only the addresses 1 to 4 can be assigned.
2) encode the car.

On the Black Box (30344) and Control Unit (30352), the wireless systems are plugged in to the sockets marked ""Tower 1"" and ""Tower 2"".
Can I connect a hand control expansion box and wireless?
You can only connect the wireless or the hand control expansion box - both cannot be connected at the same time.
Is there an extension lead for my wireless infrared Tower?
No, there is no extension lead for the wireless infrared Tower
Is there an extension lead for my 2.4 GHz WIRELESS+ receiver
No, there is no extension lead for the 2.4 GHz WIRELESS+ receiver.
I have 2.4 GHz WIRELESS+ and my cars are moving in jerks. What is the cause likely to be?
When the cars move in jerks, the hand controls need recharging.
On my 2.4 GHz WIRELESS+ hand control the LED is not lit up or flashing when the hand control is in the charging cradle.
In this case, unscrew the hand control, then remove and reinsert the battery. Then turn the system off and on again. The cause may be something like an electrostatic charge caused by a carpet.
On my 2.4 GHz WIRELESS+ hand control the LED is continuously lit when it is in the loading cradle.
When the LED lights continuously, this means that the hand control is fully charged and can be removed from the charging cradle.
On my 2.4 GHz WIRELESS+ hand control the LED flashes when it is in the loading cradle.
When the LED is flashing, this means that the hand control is being charged.
Are there edging strips for all track types?
Yes, edging strips have been produced for all 1:24 track types since 2005; these are the Exclusiv, Evolution, Pro-X, Digital 132 and Digital 124. The only exception is the old flyover (up to 2004).
Is the old locking system compatible with the new system for 1:24 scale track introduced from 2006?
Yes! All earlier types of track fit the newer types and vice-versa. The locking systems can be mixed at will.
Can I also set up the Carrera racetrack in the open air?
The power conductors in the Carrera 1:24 tracks are of stainless steel. The plastic is resistant to UV light, so the system can be used in the open air without problems. Care should nevertheless be taken that transformers with protective insulation are used or that a residual current (FI) circuit-breaker is in the outside socket circuit. The tracks must not be exposed to moisture and should not be left in the open without protective sheeting. Storage, or setting up a layout for a long time, in rooms prone to excessive heat such as roof spaces and summerhouses is not recommended as this may damage the track. In the digital systems D124, D132, Pro-X and D143, direct sunlight may affect the lap counter (infrared light barrier) and lead to malfunctions in switching points. Since the power conductors in the racetrack systems Profi, GO!!! and Digital 143 are not of stainless steel, they should not be set up in the open air.


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Can I get layout suggestions from Carrera?
You will find suggested layouts on our home page under ""Carrera Live & Racing"" - ""Circuits to Download"".
The spoiler on my car has broken off. What can I do?
Our cars are produced true to scale and in accordance with the terms of our manufacturing licences. In terms of detail accuracy, they leave nothing at all to wish for. Small parts such as mirrors, spoilers and aerials are parts we fit separately. If you want to avoid these parts falling off or being broken during play, they should be removed before using the cars in a race. These small parts have no influence on a car's running behaviour. You can obtain the small parts in a set from your licensed dealer.
My bodywork is damaged. Are bodies available separately?
No - bodies are not available individually.
Must the engine be serviced?
The engine is maintenance-free. All the car needs is for the gears and axle-bearings to be cleaned and greased from time to time with a resin-free, acid-free grease.
Are the earlier Carrera 124 tracks compatible with the current 1:24 tracks?
As a general principle, yes. The old 124-tracks have a slightly different surface, so at the transition from the old 124 tracks to the new Exclusiv/Evolution tracks, there may be small steps. These however are generally less than 1 mm and therefore should not cause any problems.
What is ""tampon printing""?
Tampon printing (aka pad printing) is a special method of printing in which each colour of every individual logo is printed separately.
Which racetracks are compatible with one another?
Our racetrack system Carrera GO!!! and Racing Set (discounters) is not compatible with any other racetrack system due to the smaller scale (1:43). On Digital 143, the non-technical pieces of track from GO!!! may be used. Evolution, Exclusiv and DIGITAL 132 (track scale 1:24) are also compatible as regards tracks and accessories. Exclusively the accessory tracks can be used for both systems (analogue and digital). The accessories of DIGITAL 132 such as lap counter, points and Pit Stop may not be combined with the Evolution and Exclusiv tracks. To run the respective cars, you need the appropriate transformer, or in the case of DIGITAL 132/124 the special connector (Black Box) and hand control as well. Evolution cars must not be run with an Exclusiv transformer, as this may cause engine damage and the hand control to overheat, and in these cases we will not entertain any guarantee claims. The reverse also applies; Exclusiv cars must not be run with the Evolution transformer as it is not powerful enough to run the Exclusiv cars. Exclusively these accessory tracks can be used for both systems (analogue or digital). Please note in particular that in digital operation (D132/124), NO components such as hand control, power track, or transformer from the analogue systems Evolution, Exclusiv and Racing Management may be included in the layout.
Where do I find Carrera distributors and dealers?
In the Carrera dealer search, you will also find the Carrera distributor search. Select a country, then click on the button ""Jetzt anzeigen / Display now"". This will show you the desired result
Where can I still get spare parts for my ""old"" Carrera racetrack?
We can no longer supply spares or accessories for racetrack systems which are more than ten years old. If you need assistance in this direction, one of the following companies may be able to help you:

Benzerath's Rennbahnladen
Beate Benzerath
Klausenweg 8
86974 Apfeldorf
Tel: +49 8869-5393
Fax: +49 8869-921280
Website: www.rennbahn-benzerath.de
E-mail rennbahn@benzerath.de

Heisse Reifen
Pappenheimer Str. 51a
90451 Nuremberg
Tel. +49 911 642 64 50
Fax +49 911 642 64 01
Website: www.heisse-reifen.de

Miki´s Garage
Tel. +49 212 2531300
Shop Tel. +49 212 2531399
E-mail info@mikis-garage.de
Website www.mikis-garage.de

Fa. Sporby
Inh. Andrea Wachtmann
Bahnhofstr. 1
38124 Brunswick
Tel. 05341 - 260 975
Fax 05331 - 42 937
E-mail sporby@rennbahncentert-online.de
Website: www.sporby.de

Rennbahnshop Krefeld
Gladbacher Strafe 806
47804 Krefeld
Tel. 0049/2151/310048
E-mail: carrerafan@gmx.de
Website: www.rennbahn-krefeld.de