Better handling can come from better tires also. But the softer compounds that make slot car turning so enjoyable also don't have a long tread life.
For instance, I had a set of Bridgestone S-03 Pole Positions on my Matrix. They were over $200 each, they would stick like no tomorrow and it was a blasy driving on them, BUT, they only last about 24k miles, and that is with a ton of freeway driving.
Falken now has the RT-615s, and I hear those are the to-go tires for stickiness.