A class that could be rallying its way to the top
If you’ve been reading around at all lately, you probably noticed that the RC rally scene is growing really fast. With the release of the new Traxxas 1/10 Rally, I think that it’s safe to say that rally is here to stay for a while. Will rally ever be as popular as short course? Probably not. But I think that it presents some really interesting opportunities for RC racing and bashing.
First off, RC rally racing has a lot of potential. It’s definitely one of the most stellar full size racing styles in my opinion. I think that the terrain required to have a really awesome rally course is much easier to create than the ‘super cross’ style that most off road tracks require. All you really need is some gravel or loose dust, some pipes for the lanes, and maybe some gradual dirt mounds for modest jumps that the rallys can handle. This might make it easier and more plausible for hobby shops to make tracks due to shear simplicity. I could also see rally racing classes taking over parking lot racing. Why not drop in some simple wooden jumps for the rally guys right after mod touring? I could see those touring guys getting jealous of that rally class airtime. The possibilities for a rally racing class are endless.
From a basher’s perspective, on-road or touring cars really aren’t that exciting for the most part. You can’t jump, you can’t hit cracks, you can’t hit debris the size of pebbles, and you can’t drive off road at all. Not the case with rally! All of these conditions are drivable, and probably make bashing more enjoyable if they are encountered. Suddenly, a low center of gravity car that looks like a real one becomes much more appealing to bashers.
I can’t wait to get behind the wheel of one of these new rally cars. The introduction of new classes has proven to be a very healthy thing for the RC industry. Short course attracted so many new enthusiasts because of scale looks and performance, and I believe that rally could do just the same, which is really exciting. What do you guys think? Your opinions about this up and coming class are encouraged!