Anyone on my fb list, and a few of you from random posts around here have seen i race RC cars. Not just playing in the driveway, but competitively race 1/10 scale onroad touring cars with timing systems, class's, rules/regs, and whatnot. Some of you have asked a few questions about it, and who doesnt like fast geeky toys, cars and crashes.
Normally i just race at the local club races, feb 22-24 we are hosting an indoor championship race with racers coming from over 1000km's away. It'll be on my home track but we are moving it to a nicer location for this race. i was gonna do a decent pic story about it, figured, hell.... i'll do a road to the championship thread
I've been racing off and on, both on road and off road, for about 5 years. Now i only do onroad, offroad lost its appeal for a few reasons the last couple of years. I've been offered sponsorship a few times, but it's like music endorsments, a lot of restrictions and expense and generally not worth the effort. i do race with a few sponsored guys, including a 14 year old that podium's at national events against 40 year olds.
I'm not sure the track dimensions, i'll get them, but it's about a basketball court with 8 foot wide lanes and 8ish corners (depends how you drive them, a few turn into 1 sweeper driven properly) we run 5 minute heats/mains with up to 6 cars on the track at once, and those of us running at the higher levels are hitting 50+ laps, 4-6 second lap times. Mod 'stock' class car hits 28mph down the straight and my open class car hits 45mph. We run a timing system that is similar to Kart racing, where each person has a personal transponder and a computer keeps track of laps, lap times, average lap, fastest lap, etc...
I run 2 class's (Open and Stock), both are 1/10 scale electric touring cars with brushless motors and 2 cell 7.v lipo batteries. The cars are about 16" long and 7" wide, with the parts made of aluminum, steel and titanium for the metal parts, carbon plastic for the rest. We can adjust as much as an f1 car, if not more. Ride height, droop, camber, caster, toe, roll center, spring rates and shock fluid, sway bars, weight balance, gearing, steering ackerman and angle, and dozen's of body choices for different aero characteristics.
Here's a few pics of one of my cars at the beginning of the season
Chassis with no electronics on it
with electronics minus battery
some wheels/tires waiting for prep
one of the bodies i painted to run this year
Any questions, ask away! i'm gonna keep this updated with everything leading up to the championship, i have repairs to do from the last race yesterday, new parts on the way, i have a few bodies to paint for myself and a couple of other guys, and another race to do before the championships. i'll try to include pics of everything, and see if anyone has some video.
Noice - Tamiya has really stepped their game up. I remember going oto the Hobby Show in Toronto and getting a Tamiya TL-01 as it was their beginner kit and going nuts modifying it. Then eventually I got a TA-03R and raced it around the parking lot... once I moved not sure what my folks did to those two