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NEW YORK, NY – (February 17, 2008) – Carrera of America, the world's leading brand of slot cars and race track systems, is going off-road with a new pick-up truck-inspired slot car and track set. Expanding its traditional line-up of streamlined, high performance slot cars with the new "Rebel Thunder," Carrera will introduce the 1:43 scale addition to its Carrera GO!!! offerings at Toy Fair '08, February 17-20.

"From NASCAR® to muscle cars, from 50's to modified street racing, from hot rods to Formula 1™, Carrera seeks to consistently offer slot car fans an enticing variety of diverse styles and sets," said Alan Hess, President of Carrera America. "With our first-ever pick-up trucks, Rebel Thunder, we are combining the thrills, drama and excitement of off-road racing with Carrera's proprietary, custom car designs."

Mirroring the growth and popularity of the truck and SUV market in the United States and around the world, Rebel Thunder will introduce a new breed of vehicles to Carrera's 2008 collection of GO!!! slot cars: two "all American" pick-up in 1:43 scale (61083 and 61084).

Blaze a new trail in Carrera slot car racing with Rebel Thunder (62075), which will take drivers to the edge as they sling around two 90-degree hairpin turns and take to the high-road in one of two rugged-looking, open-bed trucks, complete with functioning LED headlights. Rebel Thunder's 11-foot, figure 8-shaped track includes an elevated "fly-over," two turbo speed controllers with race boost, guardrails, and lap counter. More extreme racers can build on the Rebel Thunder, adding a variety of track sections, including longer straight-a-ways for maximum speed, a jump ramp, "close-call" narrow and two lane change sections, all part of Carrera GO!!! 2008 track expansions.

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High-performance slot car racing meets child-friendly stunt action in Carrera GO!!! series of top-quality, durable tracks and cars. Recommended for ages 8+, Carrera GO!!! 1:43 scale systems are designed to be the perfect introduction to the world of Carrera electronic racing. The Carrera GO!!! 2008 product line-up being debuted at Toy Fair 2008 features 11 themed sets, a large selection of original licensed model slot cars and custom accessories ranging from a jump, new lane change sections, and a 3-D support system. All Carrera GO!!! cars are equipped with double contact brushes and powered by Carrera's turbo speed controller with race boost.

Founded in 1963, Carrera is the world's largest manufacturer of high performance slot cars and precision racetracks in 1:24, 1:32 and 1:43 scale. Through its close cooperation with the automobile industry, Carrera strives to match every detail of the original cars and offers a wide range of officially licensed models from leading manufacturers in the automobile and entertainment industry. Owned by Stadlbauer Marketing + Vertrieb, GmbH Salzburg, Austria, Carrera distributes its products to more than 40 countries around the world through its subsidiaries, including Carrera of America, Inc. and Carrera Toys. For more information about Carrera and its product lines, please visit