Scalextric go back to 1980s with Back to the Future vs Knight Rider Race Set - SciFiNow

Scalextric go back to 1980s with Back to the Future vs Knight Rider Race Set

It’s the battle of Marty vs Michael with the latest release from Scalextric’s Back to the Future vs Knight Rider Race Set.

Scalextric add to their recent run of nostalgic 1/32 scale movie replicas, releasing a complete kit just in time for Christmas, enabling you to have your own battle for the ages (or at least of the 1980s).

As the title suggests, Scalextric have bundled together the iconic Back to the Future Delorean with everyone’s favourite talking car, Knight Rider’s K.I.T.T. Included in the set is the two cars, controllers, power supply and a track.

The 5.3 metre stylised figure 8 style track features a sideswipe section, forcing the cars to battle side by side for the tightest gap, and a crash-inducing crossover, making sure if you ain’t fast, you’re last.

Both cars are faithful replicas, even featuring a micro-sized Marty and Michael behind the wheel. Headlights glare and K.I.T.T.’s red LED smile bounces back and forth egging you on to whizz around.

The Knight Industries Two Thousand (K.I.T.T.’s real name) is a modified 1982 Pontiac Trans Am (a high-performance version of the third generation Firebird). It was originally designed by customizer Michael Scheffe (who also had a hand in the BTTF car) and was later modified by none other than George Barris, creator of the iconic 1966 Batmobile (Scalextric have made a 1/32 scale of this too).

The Delorean is modelled on the original movie car, so while there’s no Mr Fusion as on the recent release of the DMC DeLorean from Back To The Future Part II, there is a “working” flux capacitor. So for now you’ll have to rely on regular electricity in the hope of reaching 88MPH.

Fortunately both cars utilise Scalextric’s patented Magnatraction system meaning more traction and reduced chance of skidding and crashing. Though with the fun track layout, crashes remain a definite probability. The SciFiNow intern was especially grateful not to be spending their lunchbreak picking up cars unexpectedly flying off the bends.

Scalextric aficionados may recognise the retro branding used on the packaging which really helps cement that Eighties nostalgia while the simple controllers and connector system continue to bring the fun of slot car racing into the 21st century.