I think it's fair to say at this point that Lionel isn't always honest, but I think it's also fair to say that Lionel also shares real information. While they insist on one mould used across two factories is a truth (it isn't), they probably are being honest in that they've brought another factory online to help meet the demand for Lionel Authentics 1/64 scale race cars. That demand has obviously been impacted by global shipping issues and the cost of raw materials and labor. You have to give Lionel credit that they did make a decision to improve the supply of their Authentics line, but it comes at the cost of some of the worst quality we've ever seen.
Before you continue, there's a lot of information on the PTC mould that I'm going to mention frequently in this article. A quick Google search or poking around on YouTube can tell you all you need to know. Here's one of several reviews that clearly shows the difference between the moulds.
As I go through this Wave's releases and complete the 'Fast Ratings' segment, please keep the following in mind: (as I designate Fast Ratings the use of the PTC Mould immediately caps a car at 5 points). Each car is given a basic, quick review. These reviews are made before I've received any cars at all and are based on what's widely available on the internet paired with what I know through my experience collecting 1/64 scale race cars.
Team Penske, 2022 BODYARMOR Ford Mustang: Ryan Blaney
Trackhouse Racing, 2022 GoPro Chevy Camaro: Daniel Suarez
JTG Daugherty Racing, 2022 Sunny D Chevy Camaro: Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Stewart Haas Racing, 2022 HighPoint.com Ford Mustang: Chase Briscoe
RFK Racing, 2022 Castrol Ford Mustang: Chris Buescher
PettyGMS, 2022 Tide Chevy Camaro: Erik Jones
Trackhouse Racing, 2022 GoPro Chevy Camaro: Ross Chastain
Beard Motorsports, 2022 Wendy's Chevy Camaro:Noah Gragson
Hendrick Motorsport, 2022 Raptor Chevy Mustang: William Byron
Here, I will investigate 1/64 scale diecast race cars and the on track impact of each car.