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Roar makes changes to EP Off Road Chassis Rules

In the US, there was some conjecture about battery packs at last year’s EP Off Road world championships.  You see the ROAR regulations state that to be eligible a car must be able to take a full size battery, and some vehicles were not being raced with full size batteries.  In the case of the Hot Bodies D413 Buggy, it was being run with a shorty battery rather than a full size, or saddle pack.  At the time the argument was that it was simply in a different configuration, and that the car could be configured with a saddle pack.  The new Team Associated B44.3 is much the same in it’s multiple battery configurations.  A similar situation exists with many 2wd vehicles as well,he Losi 22 in mid motor configuration comes to mind as being a very tight fit for a standard battery pack. Now ROAR has amended the rule to allow vehicles that are able to take both batteries, whereas before the wording was a little ambiguous.

Who do we care in Australia, well to a fair extent we don’t as racing in Australia is governed by AARCMCC (Association of Australian Radio Control Model Car Clubs) and our rules simply give some maximum physical dimensions, minimum weights, 2wd must be the rear two wheels driven only, 4wd can be 4wd or 2wd / front wheel drive, batteries must be legal and transmissions single speed only.  More simple and straightforward to understand.  Why you might care is because the ROAR regulations do effect the design of the cars that we race here in Australia.

How does the ROAR rule read now, see below.

Rule 8.2.3
All chassis (including optional/aftermarket) in all electric classes (except those specifically noted) MUST accept batteries up to the maximum dimensions allowed for its application. Chassis must have at least 1 standard configuration (standard configuration to be saddle or stick pack) to fit a battery of maximum dimensions for that class or it will not be considered legal, and the racer will be disqualified. Foam blocks/spacers are permitted to help secure any size battery in its position. Electronics may also be located within the battery area when “shorty” or smaller legal batteries are used, provided that “permanent” mounts for the aforementioned don’t preclude the installation of full size battery or saddle pack of maximum dimensions. The only exception is 1/8 off-road where it’s common to use two battery packs to achieve the maximum 4S configuration, or to use a single 4S battery, which has a different specification. Only under these circumstances will the fitting of either configuration be considered legal, but the production chassis must still conform to batteries of the maximum allowable dimensions. Should a question arise as to whether the chassis will accept a full size pack it will be up to the racer to prove that the chassis meets all requirements.
Similar clarification was illustrated by ROAR recently when they reiterated that 2.4 tyres were not legal for buggy, only the approved 2.2 tyres.  Not sure why this was an issue at the race because 2.4 tyres have never been legal despite many manufactures producing tyres and rims in the size, but ROAR did a much better job of letting people know than the debacle that was the Trinity D3.5 17.5 motor was deemed illegal.  Again, in Australia we simply have a maximum allowed width with no minimum.
So for all of you that whinge and moan that AARCMCC and it’s regulations suck, have a closer look at our rules vs those of ROAR and EFRA and you will see that our regulations are simpler, more logical, and not all that bad after all!

What 4wd Buggy to race for 2014

I have written a couple of “What to Buy” type articles before, and with the release of the B44.3 I thought I would add a what 4wd Buggy to the list! We won’t separate into RTR or Kits because there are very few competition level 4wd buggies that are available as RTR’s. Mid mount or rear mount motors, well there are variations to positioning, but in 4wd they are all mid mounted. I may have missed out some, but I think I have most of the major models in the 4wd game at the moment.

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Team Losi / TLR

TLR had a bit of a gap in their lineup until recently when the 22-4 was added to their range.  A development of the older XX-4 (not the XXX-4 that replaced that) it is unusual in that it sports a triple belt drive system rather than the driveshaft arrangement found more commonly in other 4wd Buggies.  Featuring an alloy chassis that is the current trend in buggy chassis it follows the norms there, but the forward motor, triple belt drive system certainly makes it look a bit different under the hood.  Ball Differentials at each end to provide drive and a cab forward body finish off what is an impressive package.  TLR even throw in two sets of wheels for the 22-4! Battery wise, it is Saddle packs here, although you can accommodate a few different sized packs.

Team Associated

The newest player on the 4wd block, although with a revised rather than all new car, is the Associated B44.3.  The B44 platform has been no slouch, and the .3 iteration adds some important updates.  An Alloy chassis being one notable feature update for this model along with a floating motor and servo mounts. Weight distribution is also a key flexibility with the ability to run a Front motor, rear saddle battery pack configuration, or flip it all around to with a rear motor configuration with a shorty pack on the opposite side. Gear differentials are a new feature to cater for the current generation of high grip, and/or indoor tracks, however the previous generation ball differentials are compatible.


The new ZX-6 Buggy is the natural choice for a Buggy form Kyosho which comes as a kit as with the B44.3 and 22-4 above, however there is a 2nd choice from Koysho.  That 2nd choice comes in the Ready to Run Dirt Hog Buggy which is a fraction of the price of the ZX-6 Kit.  Yes, it is nowhere near as competitive as it’s big brother, but as a vehicle for somebody wanting to try out 4wd Buggy for a smaller slice of your hard earned dollars, or a younger driver getting in to the hobby.  Based on the Fazer platform it comes with a 2.4ghz radio, slipper clutch, 27t brushed motor and ESC, NiMH battery and charger.

Let’s talk about big brother now, the ZX-6.  Like the B44.3 the ZX-6 has a configuration that can be altered from a shorty battery on the right or left, through to a saddle pack layout, although the ZX-6 has a few more configurations available than the B44.3.  Alloy chassis is the name of the game here as well, and the shocks are the quality we have come to expect from the ZX line of Kyosho vehicles.  Ball differentials at both ends and an aggressive cab forward body finish off what is always a high quality product.


For the most part Traxxas is a Basher brand, not racing.  This is illustrated by them not having a 1:10 4wd Buggy in their lineup.  So if you are a Traxxas Fan, move along, nothing to see here.


The much hyped, and long delayed D413 is the still hard to get Buggy from HPI/HB. It’s layout is a little different to the norm with it’s designer, Torrance Deguzman focusing on strength first to give the driver confidence to push on.  It has a very similar layout to it’s predecessor, the Hot bodies D4 and D4 WCE with a Carbon Fibre chassis, but very different front bulkheads/shock towers, with a triangular arrangement with front and rear arms bracing the arrangement.  Gear differentials x3 (front, centre & rear) are another defining feature.  This is something normally reserved for the big 1:8 buggies, but has been packed into the small D413 platform.  Another unusual feature is monocoque suspension arms with adjustable stiffness plates.  A Saddle Pack or Shorty configuration are also battery placement options along with Front or Rear motor placement options.  Whilst one of the more unusually configured buggies, it has proved itself at the 2013 Roar Nationals at the hands of Ty Tessmann where he took the win in the D413.


Xray are no strangers to off road racing with their luxury, and very competitive, 8th scale buggies, and now they have a fighter in the 10th scale ring in the form of the XB4, with the XB4 2014 being the latest version of the Buggy.  A key feature of the XB4 is the composite chassis frame with separate front and rear chassis plates allowing the entire rear suspension to be mounted in the standard position, or directly to the aluminium chassis with some optional parts. The front and read differentials are bevel gear types for lifespan and reliability, however optional ball differentials are available.  Saddle pack batters are the only battery configuration option here.


The CAT series of 4wd Buggies from Schumacher are legendary in their home country of England, and the latest version, the CAT K1 Aero is no exception. Sporting a Carbon Fibre chassis, nut guards on the shock towers to protect them from damage, gear differentials front and rear, twin efficient belt transmission and awesome black anodised parts, it is a car that looks as good as it performs.  Not the cheapest car with all the carbon fibre, but one that can perform on any world stage.


Bolstered by the addition of Atsushi Hara to their ranks of racers they have suddenly shot into the limelight.  It’s not that they are new, they just had a much lower profile in the west until recently.  In 1:10 their platform is the S104 EK1 which is a little hard to find much information about from their website, and to be honest, i’ve not seen anybody in Australia racing one, but it’s an option none the less.  I have seen a Kit and RTR version in different places which is unusual for a competition 4wd buggy.  It comes with two different bodies as well, one for salle pack configuration and a different one for shorty battery packs. Alloy chassis and shaft driven it’s layout is fairly conventional with maybe the exception of the 14mm wheel hexes.

Team Durango

Now onto it’s fourth version, the DEX410 V4 is an affordable car that is well engineered and proven itself on a range of race tracks around the world.  Stronger gear differentials and a narrow alloy chassis are features of the Buggy. The saddle pack battery configuration is a little different with the rear driveshaft running over the top of the batteries, and removed in order to change them.  The car comes with an almost bewildering range of adjustments, which means it can be made to work well on any circuit.


Yokomo also has a player in the 4wd game with their B-Max 4 III.  I’m afraid to say I know little about this platform, although I have seen a few people racing them.  Shaft driven, Gear differentials, Saddle Pack battery configuration and an alloy chassis all look top notch quality, and up to date in terms of their design.  It is just a manufacturer that we don’t hear a lot about.


A big name in RC Cars, but one that you don’t often see on the tracks with their TRF503 4wd Buggy.  Perhaps it is the price, nearly double some of its competitors, or maybe it is the …… no, really it;s the price that puts it out of reach for the average racer and for that much more over some fantastic other buggies in this sector that cost less, it’s hard to justify.

Buggy Carpet Racing at AA

Adrenalin Arena posted a bit of a FAQ on Buggy Carpet racing at their venue on facebook yesterday, and I thought it was worth reproducing here with full credit to the crew at AA.  Personally I would add the DEX210 to that list, but i’ve not raced there myself.

2wd Off Road Racing at AA

So, you want to get into some indoors off road racing at the Adrenalin Arena indoor rc track but don’t know where to start? Well, here’s a few things we have learnt to date with regard to 2wd.

Which chassis?
All the top manufacturers produce a car that will work well on carpet. Choices regularly represented at AA, in no particular order, are:
– Team Associated B5M
– Xray XB4 2wd
– Losi 22 (mid motor config)
– Kyosho Rudebits DB1 (pictured)
– Schumacher Cougar KF
– Kyosho RB6 (mid motor config)

Which tyres?
The gird is split cleanly down the middle in this respect, with the majority electing to run on either Schumacher or Pro-line rubber:
– F – Schumacher cut staggers in yellow compound or Pro-line Wedge Squared
– R – Schumacher Mini Pins in Yellow compound or Pro-line Pin Point

How much motor?
Tricky one, open motors tend to range between the lightening fast (5.5T) and just about fast enough (8.5T). In stock, the usual suspects have all made appearances at the pointy end of things.

What set-up?
Luckily our colonial cousins in the UK run big events on carpet and astro turf all the time – so a quick internet search is often all that is needed to turn up a decent starting point – after that it is all down to personal preference.

Anything else?
Nope that’s about it, could it be time to (literally) dust down that off road car that you had confined to the shed for the winter? We think so!

Celebrating 500 Likes on Facebook and more

We reached somewhat of a milestone here at Aussie RC yesterday, reaching 500 likes on our facebook page.

I thought I would take the opportunity to look at some of the other statistics from Aussie RC since we first started.

Our first post here on was on the 3rd of December, 2013, and it was 7 months, to the day, that we hit 500 likes on facebook.

The website has had 7,663 hits since that day on the 3rd of December.

In relation to popular posts on the website, Do We Need To Modernise How We Race has been our most viewed article with 199 views to date. Closely followed with 109 views each by What 2wd Buggy for 2014? and the more recent  AARCCMCC Queensland EP Off Road Championships Wrapup.

On the facebook page, it was a post about the mainstream media coverage of the AARCMCC Qld Champs that has been seen by more people than any other post in recent months.

I will take this opportunity to thank everybody who had been following us and supporting me in bringing this website to life.  Keep following us, keep sending us news, hints, tips and information about upcoming events in australia of any surface kind to help promote this hobby that we all have a passion for.


H.A.R.D. Racing Storage and Hauler Bags

I get newsletters from a bunch of RC Stores around the globe, and today one caught my eye from RC Mart which had some interesting information about some bags from H.A.R.D. Racing.  I hadn’t heard of them before so I looked at what was on offer from them.  As well as starter boxes and setup stations they have a fabulous array of Hauler and storage bags for almost any RC application.

Personally I have a large 8th scale size hauler bag from Atomik which straps my SCT on top, a Rally Car or buggy in the top drawer, and everything else in the 4 drawers below that, and to date it has been tough and extremely useful.  To be honest I have no idea how I did without it!  It was actually a birthday present from my wife who tried to buy a bag from a local hobby store, but they weren’t too interested in helping her out, so I was given a voucher to buy from a store in Sydney.   But I digress!



I love a good storage solution, and while many are all the same bags re badged, or similar to, the range and variety here certainly gives you pause for thought on how you could move your equipment better. From charging sacks, to starter box bags, Touring Car haulers, 8th scale haulers, and  Transmitter bags, H.A.R.D. Racing have all your needs covered!  Check them out on their website at .  Available in Australia?  Well HEI International is listed as their Australian Distributor, so your local hobby store should be able to access them.


Why so Serious?

You may have seen the RC Tech thread that we shared the other day on our facebook page titled “The Crisis in Our Sport: Junior Participation” , if not, you can find it here .  I’m not sure i would call it a crisis, but much of the discussion appears to be centered around on road numbers.  However as I don’t race at enough places here or on the big island, I can’t comment on numbers there.

The thread is a few pages long with some interesting ideas and thoughts thrown around the place.  Now a lack of juniors is a problem in any sport, but a sport such as ours where the numbers are much lower than many other sports to start with, it can be devastating.  Personally I think that cost is a problem as it has always been in this hobby, however I also think that not enough Fun and some entirely too serious people are also partly to blame.  At my local club I have witnessed some highs and lows in this vein. From a new racer leaving, never to return, after being the subject of another members dummy spit, through to seeing three boys, all under 7, playing together with short course trucks near to the track on a social day on the Saturday just passed.

The event on Saturday of the weekend just passed was at my home club, Launceston RC.  We had what can best be described as a Social / practice day.  Because the venue costs us a significant amount each time we use it, and it is some distance from town behind locked doors and gates, we can’t have the track regularly open for practice.  So the committee decided the best way to promote the club and bring people together socially, was to run a casual practice day.  $10 got you access to the track from about 9:30 until 4:00 pm, some snags from the BBQ, and the time to practice, bring mates out for a try, have a play outside with any vehicles that didn’t suit the track (A 10th rally car beside a Baja SC is quite a sight), and generally have fun.  Track time was not limited in any way, it was open for all with the computer on for practice. Pick a quiet time for a run, let a mate have a try, or let the kids have a go as my 6 year old son was.


My Distinctive Green, White and Black Blitz ESE and XV-01 Rally car that many locally know well.

You see at the moment I am working out if my son would use a proper RC car (he wants a 2wd buggy) enough to warrant the $250 odd dollar investment to get him one.  As he only has toy RC cars I dialed my Blitz back to 50% throttle, and for the first time let him drive on the track, unaided but supervised, while it was quiet.  He was struggling a bit with not going 100% left or right, but he was doing much better than last time I let him try, I was a proud father indeed.  Slowly the track got busier as more people finished lunch and came back on to the track.  Most people know my distinctive Green, White and Black Blitz and many figured that it was my son, not me driving as while I am not great, i’m a little quicker.  They were also giving him plenty of room which was good experience for him to avoid other cars on the track.

However one person just didn’t get that the day was about fun. There are many stereotypes at a RC track, this person falls within the Very Serious type of racer, I am at the other end of the spectrum as I race because it is fun. I have nothing against the serious racer but mixed with a bad attitude it can cause a problem. Mr Serious started mouthing off from the drivers stand (I was standing on the ground in front of the stand helping my son) saying who is that person, they keep getting in the way, they shouldn’t be on the track and becoming fairly irate and aggressive towards whoever the driver was. Beside him was my Brother, loving Uncle of my son who is also fiercely protective of him. For those that know him, they know that he too is passionate about racing for the fun of it and not taking it all too seriously. Needless to say, this kind of behavior and attitude directed towards a 6 year old did not go down well, and there were some very terse words said for some time between the two.  By the end of it, Mr Serious still didn’t get why we should waste time running controlled practice by classes and experience on what was a fun and open practice day where the track was open for some 6 1/2 hours to anybody who wanted to be there.

I personally think it is people with that kind of attitude that put off people staying at local clubs, and certainly I would not want any child exposed to that kind of behavior. Not the serious racer, certainly not, but the serious racer who gets angry and takes it out on the world. Our club is based around drivers having fun, and being a family friendly environment and having a class for pretty much everybody to get on track and have fun.  Abusive behavior like we witnessed on the weekend has no place in any sport or hobby, and certainly does those of us trying to promote the sport to others no good whatsoever.

I think one of the best things we can do, is loosen up, have fun, and bring all of your friends racing!

Gyro Use Illegal – Part 2

After yesterday’s discussion about the use of gyroscopes in racing while the ROAR nationals are on in Texas I wondered if it would lead to anything further.

Not 45 minutes ago, ROAR racing made this post on their facebook page which leads me to believe that it has most certainly been a hot topic during practice before the main event.


The ROAR Executive Committee has decided on a 5 year Suspension from ROAR events for any infractions of rule 5.2.3 The use of traction control sensing devices, active suspension devices, and steering control devices aided by gyroscopes or accelerometers (G-force sensors) of any kind is strictly prohibited. Sensors may be used for the purpose of passive data recording but not for adjusting the performance of the vehicle while in motion.

Gyro use illegal

I saw an interesting article about this on Neobuggy, and to be honest, I had always presumed that they were not allowed because racing is supposed to be driver against driver, not who has the best computer assistance aids. But then by the look of this article, it’s been somewhat of a grey area at EFRA and IFMAR regulations and i’ve no idea why a simple Yes or No has been added to the rules with regards to these devices.  I’ have not looked at the AARCMCC regulations to see if it is any clearer in there but at time I must say it beggars belief why some of these rules and worded in a more clear cut fashion.

Obviously it is on the minds of some as evidenced by the article, but what are your thoughts on the issue?


EFRA & IFMAR: Gyro use illegal

Taking our own advice

I have a terrible affliction when it comes to RC Cars.  Not only am I a dreamer, but I am always wanting more RC Cars, and I have a VERY tight RC budget.

I had been toying with the idea of another RC car for racing, as when it comes to big 2 day events like the Launceston Cup event that my club holds, one car just isn’t enough racing as my RC “garage” currently contains one raicng vehicle, a HPI Blitz ESE as well as a XV-01 Rally Car.  My racing skills are about average, so a buggy to run in 4wd Mod was probably not ideal, and much as I love stadium trucks, the numbers seem to wax and wane.

So 2wd Stock looked like a good idea.  I didn’t like the TLR 22 because it couldn’t easily take a normal battery in mid mount configuration, i’ve never been an Team Associated Fan, Schumacher only had ball diffs (ball diffs and I don’t get along),  I didn’t mind the Durango DEX210 and HPI/HB haven’t had a production 2wd buggy for some time.

The DEX210 ready for delivery to me
The DEX210 ready for delivery to me

Then along came the release of the Schumacher Cougar KR, and I like that a lot, but as I race indoors on carpet, a mid mounted car would be more suited to where I race.  And then came the Schumacher Cougar KF, and I was in love!  A truly mid mounted, belt driven design on a carbon fibre chassis with a sexy body.  And if anybody knows indoor racing, it is British brand Schumacher.  I spoke with Scott at Action RC and got prices, and set a target to save enough money to buy one as all that sexy doesn’t come cheap.  After some months of slowly saving I was getting closer to the kit, but it would take some time to save for ESC, motor, tyres, receiver and a servo. One day sitting at work I had an epiphany, the KF would be great, but in the time it would take me to save for it I could have been enjoying a less expensive buggy for some time.  So I went back to Team Durango and their latest version, the DEX210 V2, and I liked what I saw.  An optional gear differential and I would be away. So a more modest target was set for a new DEX210 V2, or an original DEX210 if I could find a good 2nd hand one locally.

While I was thinking about that, I sent another racer at my club, Leo Lorenzen of the Durango Fansite fame, an email to keep an eye out for any good 2nd hand kits.  The response was that Leo had one for sale himself, and after some discussion what can only be described as a fantastic deal was struck.  A DEX210 with Tekin ESC and motor, Savox Servo, Spektrum Rx, a couple of sets of tyres and rims, an unpainted Pulse RC body and a few upgrades and spares for somewhat less than the cost of a Cougar KF kit alone. I was ecstatic as I had only $30 left to scrimp and scrounge to meet my target, and a few weeks until I saw Leo next to collect the purchase.

The next race meet came, payment was made and a very happy Richard was in possession of his first Buggy.  Leo had even included a couple of batteries that I was not expecting, but was very thankful for. In the coming week I had time to look at it more closely, and it really was a peach in excellent condition.  First thing to to was charge a battery and give it a try.  No dice, some research revealed that my Spektrum DX2.0 was not compatible with the SR3100, so a quick swap was done with another Racer/Drifter/Crawler Shaun and I had a SR300 installed and it was alive, I could run some laps of my garage! Next job, cut out and paint the body.  On this time defeated me before the next race meet and I didn’t have a body to race with.  However a quick message to Leo and I was able to borrow one of his spare bodies for the meet so I could run the DEX210 instead of my usual Blitz ESE.  And what a difference it was to drive, responsive, nimble, quick and full of grip.  It was exhilarating to drive and responded well to being pushed.  Obviously the setup Leo had done on the car for me suited the track, and my driving style, but whatever the case it left me with a grin from ear to ear by the end of the night. The icing on the cake was and winning the B final after only 2 qualifiers and 2 finals of driving a buggy at all!

Ready to Race last Friday night with a borrowed body, and the Pulse RC body in the foreground ready to be cut and painted soon.
Ready to Race last Friday night with a borrowed body, and the Pulse RC body in the foreground ready to be cut and painted soon.

The moral of the story, you don’t need to have the latest and greatest kit to be competitive, and certainly not to enjoy it on the track.  One in the had is always better than two in the bush (or the newest version in the shop window). So it seems that taking our advice on Aussie RC not to discount 2nd hand kits paid off for me in a big way.  A bit thanks to all those involved along the way, and those that offered advice and setup help along the way, Scott, Leo, Shaun, Sam and those I have forgotten to mention. I will update you all with the progress of the body and the rest of my fleet as changes occur.

Are Mid Motor RC Cars Here to Stay?

I wondered about this on and off, but not owning a mid mount anything rc car, I can only go by what the hype around the place is, but comparing it to the world of 1:1 race cars of all types, I would have to say that there are benefits there.

An article appeared over at The Big RC during the week suggesting that mid mounts will become the norm before too long, and quite possibly I think that may be the case.  Have a look at the article at for the original article written by Kevin that I have included below.

How long until mid motor is here to stay for all tracks?

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Yesterday at our local outside track here outside Portland, we had something interesting happen. Both 2w Mod buggy and 13.5 stadium truck were TQ’d by mid motor vehicles. Not too crazy except that the track was loose packed dirt. Very loose in fact.

In 2 wheel mod buggy we are lucky to have Kyosho/Orion team manager Joe Pillars race and live locally. JP showed up with his car mid motor and he was testing stuff all morning. The rest of us had changed our rigs over to rear motor, because that’s what you do at Daves RC Tracks Joe was proving us all wrong, as he was so much faster than the rest of the pack. We have some great racers at the track too. Now I know a large part of it was driver skill and experience, but JP was trying all sorts of different things. Trying to see what would work and what wouldn’t. He won A1 and then had a small bobble and took a close 2nd in A2. All the while looking like he was as fast if not faster than all the other rear motor cars. I was watching to see where it was better and worse comparing the two. The front of the track has a section of 5 jumps. You can double- triple, triple- double or doube-double-single depending on your driving style. This is where his mid motor car was just eating up the rear motor cars. On all of the jumps, the mid motor was jumping flat and under control, where some of the rear motors were doing the rear end kick on some of the jumps. There was a small straight that it looked like the mid motor just put the power down in comparison. I could see he struggled in a couple of the tight S curves where it looked like it pushed a bit in comparison to the rear.

In 13.5 truck Team Durango driver Keith Whetsell did the same thing. He seemed to just be a tad faster than the rear motor trucks. In the mains, bad luck hit Keith as he broke out in the first A and then a badly timed crash on the last lap of A2 gave him a second place.

Watching this got me thinking. Are we just scratching the surface of what a mid motor can do? In the US this is all new to us, but in Europe they have been racing mid motor for years. XFactory has been racing for years and localJustin Gilkison has always seemed to make the A in races where mid shouldn’t work.

Watching Joe work in the pit next to me and talking to him about it gave a lot of insight. There is going to be a lot of testing to be done obviously, but I do think this is the wave of the future. Just logically to me a balanced car should be faster than an unbalanced car. Now obviously we are talking about a light RC car on dirt, but most real cars are faster mid motor and balanced. JP took all the rear weight off the back of his mid, and he said it made it way better. To me this was counterintuitive to what you would think. Then again this is coming from a rear motor history. More traction more weight on the back. At some point we are going to have to just say rear is the past and move forward I would think. I might be wrong, but then again I might be right.

We all know what rear motor can do and kind of have it’s limits. Mid motor we are just getting started, and from the look of things it might be a game changer.

The next few years should be really interesting for this hobby. All the major players have mid and rear set ups now, and with the wave of high bite tracks how long before rear motor goes the way of brushed motors and sub c batteries?

Only time and testing will tell.

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Here is Joe’s set up from this weekend.

Joe Pillars Dave’s R/C Mid-Motor Set-Up:

35wt Losi Oil/Losi 55 Pistons/Pink Spring/Medium Shock End Used
Outside location on tower / Outside location on arm (front shock shaft length exposed 20.5mm)
Middle on bulkhead with 1mm shim under ballstud / 1mm shim under casterblock ballstud
Casterblocks spaced in middle position on the arm
Spindle in Upper Position / No bump steer spacers used
Ackerman bar ran in standard position as in the Manual / No ball stud spacers used
Caster Inserts and RB6 Front Axles used the same as in the Manual
25 with no spacer

27.5wt Losi Oil/Losi 55 Pistons/White Spring/Short Shock End Used
1 hole out on tower / Middle hole on RB5 arm UM521-1 (rear shock shaft length exposed was 27mm)
Outside on bulkhead with 2mm shim under ballstud / 2mm shim under ballstud in back/outside hole on .5 degree aluminum hubs
Hubs spaced in middle position on the arm
Wide plastic front and rear suspension mounts

Ride Height: 25mm front and 24mm rear

Team Orion Shorty 4000mah Battery used spaced back in standard direction with ESC located in front location by Servo.

Joe Pillars Tires Used:
Front: AKA Super Soft 3-Ribs with Red Foam
Rear: AKA Super Soft Impacts with Red Foam