Team Associated has recently come out with the SC10 RS (race spec) Ready-to-Run Truck. It is a 1/10th scale Electric 2WD Off Road Race Truck. The reason I wanted to take a look at it today is because I’ve heard a lot of people asking, “what the heck is the difference between this and the regular SC10?”. When I first started looking into it, I was a little confused myself. Is this just an SC10 with a different body? Are there upgrades? So I took a little bit of a deeper look into it.
What is a Race Spec?
My first thought was, has everyone been racing with the wrong types of RC’s? Do I need a race spec model? The answer is no, of course. But, like the name implies, this is a replica of the trucks driven in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series. So basically, it has the same specs and looks as the truck that was used in that race. The SC10RS won the 2010 R.O.A.R. National Championships.
The really confusing thing is that the website doesn’t really compare the different versions of the SC10 for you. You have to figure it out yourself. There was a version of the SC10 Brushless RTR modeled after the 2009 R.O.A.R. National Champion short-course truck. Then there is another SC10 Brushless RTR without the race spec shell. Then you have your 2WD, 4WD, and Factory Team Kit. The Factory Team Kits are what a lot of the big time racers like Cavalieri go with.
So the main difference is basically that this SC10RS is a replica of of the trucks driven in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series. There are some upgrades that it has received since winning the 2010 R.O.A.R. National Championships. Those include the water-resistant high-power XP SC700 Brushless Speed Control, and a water-resistant enclosed receiver box. The suspension also received an upgrade with the addition of adjustable blue anodized aluminum V2 coil-over shocks.
The 2.6:1 ratio gearbox includes a sealed gear differential with new heavy-duty internal gears and the externally adjustable V2 slipper clutch. The new KMC® replica hex-drive wheels come standard on the SC10RS with high traction JConcepts racing compound rear tires and inserts for more grip. The XP3-SS 2.4GHz 3-channel radio system and XP S1903MG metal gear steering servo round out the SC10RS.
Should you get it?
If you want a SC10 RTR that is water resistant (note that it is not waterproof, just resistant), than yes I would say this is a go. But if you already have an SC10 2WD, I couldn’t see a reason for buying this unless you really really like the fact that it is a race spec. If you want to waterproof your current SC10, you can do that.
So, all in all some people are excited about this truck, but a lot of people are confused. I hope this cleared up a little bit of the confusion. If you have further questions, feel free to comment below or in our RCNightmare Forum. You can check out the rest of the features at AE’s website.