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Understanding the Different Types of RC Vehicles

Posted on Thursday, December 9th, 2010 | in Advice, News | 3 Comments

When you get into RC Racing, there are so many different options and types of vehicles, many of them having different functions. This can be really overwhelming if you don’t know the differences or which one is right for you. This will be a basic look at some of the main types of vehicles and their features so you may want to do even more research after you get a general understanding.

Now, Jeremy already covered the difference between nitro and electric RC vehicles in one of our videos – “What is RC Racing – Nitro and Electric Explained” so I won’t cover that here. Check that out in the videos section of our website because that is important as well.  Read on »»

How To Find a Local RC Race Track

Posted on Wednesday, December 8th, 2010 | in How To | 1 Comment

Many RC racers rely entirely on their own backyard tracks or simply racing their friends in their driveways or at local parks, etc. But for those of you who want to get a little more serious and compete with others, you may want to find a more official race track.

Some of you may be saying “um, hi there’s this new thing called the internet where you can find pretty much anything”. But honestly, when I searched for “rc race tracks” on Google, some of the websites were only for specific states or for how to build an RC race track. Not what I wanted. Then I specified “race tracks in WI” on Google for example, there were some different websites that came up and the first one wasn’t even relevant! So I found a few solid resources for those of you looking to get into racing at your local track. Read on »»

When To Change Your RC Tires

Posted on Wednesday, December 8th, 2010 | in Advice | 1 Comment

If you are someone who likes to race your RC car or truck you are a little more familiar with tire changing than someone like me who simply bashes but in either case it is important to keep them functioning properly.  When you are just racing around your backyard or some random open field you’re not worrying too much about the tread left on your tires but if you are bashing among obstacles you wish not to hit then it does in fact matter.  If you are racing then it matters very much so, it matters in terms of traction, responsiveness, and overall lap time.  There are other occasions however, other than simply wearing down your tread that you would want to change out the tires on your RC car or truck and below you will find a few of them.

Different Goals:
It doesn’t matter if you are bashing or racing deciding what kind of tire you are running does matter.  There are a lot more applications than simply “racing” or “bashing” for example if you are bashing around on your own for fun perhaps a cheap pair of throw away tires will do.  If you are bashing for sport, say racing around in between trees and obstacles and traction matters there then perhaps you want to throw on a good set of off road tires.  The same is true of on road, if you are just tooling around and don’t care too much about the tires a cheap set will do, but if you decide you want to throw down some drag races, and say you are on asphalt there are tires better suited for that.  It really all depends on what you plan on doing.  There is a right tire for almost every application.

Different Surfaces:
If you happen to find yourself in a situation where your normally off road truck has become on-road this would be a good time to change your tires.  Not only will they grip better, but running the correct tires for the correct surface will prevent excessive wear.  Over simplified this means off road tires will wear quicker on road than they would in their normal application off road.

For this case it pays to keep an extra set of tires with you when you take off for a good bash.  You will be happy you have them if you end up on road when you were not planning for it.  If you are racing then going from mostly all terrain to something like sand would be a good example of a situation where a change is needed.

Good Old Wear and Tear:

Yes this is the old stand by of when to replace your RC tires.  In time the tread will wear like any tire and if you want to have the control you remember when your tires were new its time for a replacement.  Usually if I like a tire I like to order a spare set just so I don’t have to worry about it when it’s time to replace them.  Keep an eye on the tread, as it wears down you will lose traction and responsiveness to turns.  This is time to glue up a new set of RC tires.

TimeR , Next-Gen Multi User Lap Timing System

Posted on Tuesday, December 7th, 2010 | in News | No Comments

I just found a video featuring this timing system and it looks really cool! DirtChamp Design provides the RC car industry with easy to use, state-of-the-art and affordable RC lap timing / RC lap counter products and they’ve come out with a video showing this TimeR™ in action for the first time. Read on »»

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