Track Building and BuyingBluTrack Pro

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I know that there has been some discussion here about BluTrack in the past, but I noticed that they have updated the track with thicker material, and 12% higher lane dividers. Just wondering if there are any serious racers using BluTrack, and what are your impressions about it. I know its wider, and some cars bounce back and forth, but they do that on a regular HW's Track. My concern would be keeping the cars in their lanes and not crossing the dividers. Let's hear some honest reviews about his product.

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pm. markas[z] he is the guy...

I have original BluTrack. The lanes are significantly wider. The track is rubbery, not plastic. If the track gets warm, it conforms to whatever surface you're on. If you are using platforms, you will have dips in-between the platforms. To be honest, as long as you don't have a severe slope/incline, the height of the lane dividers is not an issue.

For the record, I don't do video reviews on items that are not mass-market items or that conflict with my future plans.

I have original BluTrack. The lanes are significantly wider. The track is rubbery, not plastic. If the track gets warm, it conforms to whatever surface you're on. If you are using platforms, you will have dips in-between the platforms. To be honest, as long as you don't have a severe slope/incline, the height of the lane dividers is not an issue.

For the record, I don't do video reviews on items that are not mass-market items or that conflict with my future plans.


Do you have any problems with cars wrecking or crossing the lane dividers, and do you think Blutrack is faster than HW's Track?

Thanks,

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When I reviewed the Blutrack I didn't have any problems with cars crashing, and the track was plenty fast. My only real complaint with Blutrack is that it didn't hook up well with the Mattel orange track, so you can't use it with any track you may already have (at least not without some modding).

www.redlinederby.com/blog/2009/1 ... rack-test/

Just based on the marketing, it sounds like the Blutrack Pro is just a little sturdier plastic, which is probably better for racing like we do but I'm sure the form factor hasn't changed that much so even the Pro is still not compatible with orange track.

send me a 3" chunk... i'll see if I can make a track union...

Just based on the marketing, it sounds like the Blutrack Pro is just a little sturdier plastic, which is probably better for racing like we do but I'm sure the form factor hasn't changed that much so even the Pro is still not compatible with orange track.

Yeah I hear what your saying...personally I don't really care if it is compatible with HW's track. I just think having two lanes that you can race on without seams to catch on to slow you down, and is a full 50 ft, is a cool idea. I've spent a good bit of time trying to make our track the fastest, fairest track in our area. I was just wondering if anyone here was using the new and improved grey BluTrack pro. Thanks for responding

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My answer to your lane dividers question was in my original response.
As for your second question, that too was answered. BluTrack is rubbery. Rubber = traction. Traction = grip.
If you have raced cars with rubber tires, you know what that means in regards to speed =)
The harder the plastic, the faster the races. That goes for both tires and track.

Thanks for all the replys...I didn't know that the track was kinda rubbery...but I'm always interested in making our track and event better. Might say I've got "Modding Fever". Wonder if someone here knows how I could get a sample of this track to test it out?

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Ask BluTrack for a sample of their new BluTrack Pro and let us know. If you acquire a foot of it, I will send you a foot of their original product.

I bought a 50 foot roll of Blu Track Pro lasy year. I have over 200 feet of original orange track that is now boxed and put away. My starting gate is 6 1/2 feet high with a 3 foot kicker and reaches ground level in about 7 feet. My cars are haul'n still 34" feet down the track. I use an electronic finish line from the new Hot Wheels six lane set. At the speed they are moving, it's was hard to call close races. The electronic gate makes the call. I like the fact that it has no joints to pick the wheels, but as someone mentioned above, it needs to be quite level. At that speed, they will take flight on a 1/4 inch bump. I just wish there was an end of tack transition into a single lane u-turn for each lane.

I bought a 50 foot roll of Blu Track Pro lasy year. I have over 200 feet of original orange track that is now boxed and put away. My starting gate is 6 1/2 feet high with a 3 foot kicker and reaches ground level in about 7 feet. My cars are haul'n still 34" feet down the track. I use an electronic finish line from the new Hot Wheels six lane set. At the speed they are moving, it's was hard to call close races. The electronic gate makes the call. I like the fact that it has no joints to pick the wheels, but as someone mentioned above, it needs to be quite level. At that speed, they will take flight on a 1/4 inch bump. I just wish there was an end of tack transition into a single lane u-turn for each lane.


Man, we need to see your setup...I'm glad someone here is using this stuff! Pictures, video we need to see what your talking about. So is your track made out of the grey material, and is there a problem with laying it down and keeping it down flat? (I know this track can be temperature sensitive, and curl and twist depending on how cold or hot it is that day) Also how wide is the track? If there is a problem with keeping this track in place you could put velcro on the bottom of the track and it would keep it flat and smooth all the way to the finish. Talk to me

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It's Royal Blue in color...I just read today that as of June the Blu track Pro will be molded in gray, but the specs will be the same. When I'm done I just roll it up and put it back in the box. It has tab at the start end with a hole centered on the tab. I just drilled a hole in my ramp, ran a machine bolt up through the bottom and fastened it with a washer and wing nut. I have never had problem with it not conforming (flattening out). Infact if it's warm it conforms too well. You will create mini jumps if your track bed is not flat. The track is 3.85 inches wide and the lanes are 1.65 inches wide. I can run all standard Hot Wheels on it. I can't say that for my orange track. I think you can get all your questions answered at this link.

www.blutrack.com/read/40/faqs

It's Royal Blue in color...I just read today that as of June the Blu track Pro will be molded in gray, but the specs will be the same. When I'm done I just roll it up and put it back in the box. It has tab at the start end with a hole centered on the tab. I just drilled a hole in my ramp, ran a machine bolt up through the bottom and fastened it with a washer and wing nut. I have never had problem with it not conforming (flattening out). Infact if it's warm it conforms too well. You will create mini jumps if your track bed is not flat. The track is 3.85 inches wide and the lanes are 1.65 inches wide. I can run all standard Hot Wheels on it. I can't say that for my orange track. I think you can get all your questions answered at this link.

www.blutrack.com/read/40/faqs

Thanks for that info...one more thing, any problems with cars wrecking on the track during a race? Or can you do a race without any wrecks happening?

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If you get it level you can eliminate just about all wrecks. I noticed you have a nice road bed for your track. That should cure most of the problems.

If you get it level you can eliminate just about all wrecks. I noticed you have a nice road bed for your track. That should cure most of the problems.


Thank you...but my problem is I'm always looking to make it better, faster, stronger...(six million dollar man music now playing in the background). After seeing Blutrack Pro I have the itch to get some...but I've got so much into my current track not sure if I'm going to take the plunge. Hey one more thing, do most of the cars make it to the end of the track or do they run out of speed and just crawl over the finish line?

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My finishline is 34ft down the track and most cars are still moving pretty fast at the finish line. Thats why I needed an electronic gate. My end of track bumper is about three feet past the finish line and there is still pretty good impact. That's why I would like a double u-turn at the end. Unfortunately there very few track accessories for BluTrack.

My finishline is 34ft down the track and most cars are still moving pretty fast at the finish line. Thats why I needed an electronic gate. My end of track bumper is about three feet past the finish line and there is still pretty good impact. That's why I would like a double u-turn at the end. Unfortunately there very few track accessories for BluTrack.

So how long is your starting ramp...and when the cars hit the straight away, are you saying that they have 34 ft of flat track to race and battle on? I know in a previous post you stated that the ramp was 6 1/2 feet high Wow...those cars must be screaming when they make it to the bottom of the ramp. I would really like to see some pictures of your setup. Also do you set this up outside, or are you blessed with a BIG inside room?

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Sorry, I just read, where you said that your ramp was 7 ft...still I would like to see some pictures of this BEAST!

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I'll try to get it set up this weekend and get my daughter to film a few runs. Maybe get it posted on youtube so you have a look.

For now I have only set it up inside. It runs from the dining room, through the foyer and across the living room. I end up with about 30ft from the beginning of the kicker to the finish. I have some stability issues where my floor transtions from carpet to tile back to carpet. I have to put something small like a piece of cardboard under the track to keep it smooth through those areas. High speed + small bump = jump.

I'll try to get it set up this weekend and get my daughter to film a few runs. Maybe get it posted on youtube so you have a look.

Now we're talking

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