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07-19-2004, 10:03 PM
Just picked up the special (annual) Touring Cars issue of the magazine. Good stuff. Interesting article on the nitro 1/10 cars and the Kyosho dominating the final votes. Sounds like lower center of gravity is the biggest reason.

Anyone hear if a similar shoot-out will be done with electric cars? Steve P -- are you listening...? :)


07-19-2004, 10:32 PM
1. This is more of a general discussion thread than anything.

2. http://www.rccaraction.com/rc/articles/4wd_shootout.asp

07-19-2004, 10:50 PM
If the thread can be moved there, that's fine with me.

Thanks for the other link, but I'm not that interested in RTR's. I'd like to see comparison of the top end stuff -- more like the nitro comparison...

07-19-2004, 11:14 PM
There is always opportunity to do more shootouts and guides, and maybe we can gather up some of the top electric machines. I'll run it by the gang. ;)

P.S. The Kyosho car was simply a stunning performer on our tracks. Corner speed was unmatched and the steering response was very good. The lap times show a significant advantage in favor of the FW-05R, and then the rest of the pack was within a fairly tight range. Many of the cars did better than I thought they would, but the Kyosho was a break-away favorite as you could tell.

TRF Drive Hard
07-19-2004, 11:38 PM
Ya like the TRF415 :D

07-19-2004, 11:44 PM
Thanks for the quick responses. And Steve, of course, if you were aware of something new coming down the pike -- say a TC4... :) :) :)


07-21-2004, 01:35 AM
2nd year that "nitro" TC's were the feature..How about some electric TC's,You know some front line stuff,Pro4,415,R3 cuda's..etc.

07-21-2004, 02:09 AM
The online review is pretty good, but there sure is a mistake in the weight translation from oz to grams ( see table " feature and spec" page 2) :

No way a RTR TC3 is 1.290 kg !!! ( that's in fact 34.10 oz, not 45.5 oz)

My feather weight BL Pro4 is 10 times the price of this RTR TC3, it use the lightest brushless and lipo batteries and it weight 1.310 kg ( 34.65 oz ) RTR with body on...

BTW, the weight limit in electric 1/10 race is 39.65 oz (1.500 kg)

................................TC3 RTR ........CEN GX-1 .....KYOSHO ALPHA

Weight RTR (oz./g) .....45.5/1,290 .....46.1/1,308 .....48.2/1,365

But instead:

Weight RTR (oz./kg) .....45.5/1,720 .....46.1/1,745 .....48.2/1,825

OMG, on page 5, where come the 32.7 oz /926 grams for the Tamiya TL01 ???

32.7 oz is not going to happen any time soon on a entry level RTR ( and that's not 926 grams either but 1237 grams )

So, take all those weight with a grain of salt...


07-21-2004, 07:36 AM
Has RCCA ever tested the Academy Sedan? The pro version they sell looks pretty nice and at $199 for a fully equiped racing sedan seems like a great price.

07-21-2004, 07:51 AM
While I agree that the weights appear rather light, they may have been taken without a battery pack, but it's been some time since that article. You need to check your math however, because all of our conversions are correct; yours are mistaken.

There are 28.35 grams per ounce so...

1290g = 45.5 oz.

1308g = 46.1 oz.

1365g = 48.2 oz.

926g = 32.7 oz.

Oh yeah, the IFMAR and ROAR weight limits for ISTC is 1525g, or 53.792 oz.

While I agree that the weight of the Tamiya car looks light compared to the rest of the cars, I didn't participate in that shootout so I can't be sure or the weights. I'll check the print article to see if anything was lost in the translation to the web version. I can assure you, however, that the conversions are accurate.

07-21-2004, 01:56 PM
StevePond: Any testing on the Academy Sedan?

Also, I notice that every so often you guys post certain articles on RCCA website. Can you look into posting the latest review of the Academy SB Buggy? Reason I ask is that 4wd offroad is starting to gain interest again, and this vehicle could be the low budget alternative that gets a lot of guys to start 4wd racing again.