Stopped by Target the other day and saw they are now selling their own orange track packs, similar to the ones that Walmart used to sell. Target has them for $2.99. However, this track does not have the cut-out arrows and has a "improved" track connector...but I don't think it's that great.
For what it's worth, there's a little plastic foot the set. I'm not sure if it really helps but is just a little something extra that I noticed.
The track itself is pretty standard, nothing new there. Low walls. However, you'll notice that there is a notch at the end...this is where the connector goes.
The connector has a "button" in the middle along with the two nips that go into the holes on the track, just like the Walmart arrow tracks. My only complaint here is that the button can create quite the extra bump in the road. It's not always flush and any time you create a seam on the track is not the best. Plus cars that have low clearance with the track would most certainly catch on the circle bump.
To get the track apart, you have to push the button down and then slide them apart. I get that they did this to keep the track together under rough play conditions...that's fine, I'm sure it works great...but for racing I'm not sure it is the best choice. However, having a cheap pack of short track is a great utility. These are great for cutting down to odd sizes you may need for certain projects...and since this pack doesn't have the cut-outs, it'll look a little better.
One thought is that if this is the future of orange track - with the buttons - now is the time to start grabbing the un-notched segments at Toys R Us and elsewhere. I can see Mattel pushing this out to all their playsets and packs before too long if they hold up better for your average kid.