Originally Posted by Brandon A
I have compared both styles of 1/8 buggy in practice but have never gotten the opportunity to actually race an electric conversion. First of all, the two drive completely different. The nitro feels much heavier in the air and around corners than the electric. Not all bad as it helps with traction and stability in the air. The electric feels much lighter and more agile however this, for me at least, took away some confidence in pushing the vehicle to the same level as the nitro. The other major difference I found was in the way the power came on. In my experience nitro vehicles seem more often than not to have excessive power which requires more throttle control on the driver's part. Again, not always bad as long as the driver knows what he's doing. The electric was slightly more user friendly as the power came on a little smoother. Though power delivery was smoother, the electric was by no means underpowered. I have run electrics for years and have always liked the consistent and smooth power of electrics vs. nitros so to me this is an advantage of electric over nitro. Both can be set up to be fast and IMO it's more driver preference and skill than anything in the end.
Brandon A ran my RC8-E which was configured with a heavy battery pack setup, the 4S 6000mah PolyRC pack while most use a lighter 5000mah 4S pack. And Brandon can put down some fast laps with nitros and electrics, no doubt.
I have raced both types, well, at least when the nitro wanted to work. What i noticed is that with the electric, the instant torque response requires either you to turn down the punch settings on the ESC or play with settings on the radio (my RC8-E had this done to it somewhat) or really learn throttle control on the trigger. But once you get it down, like driving a 1/10 scale 4wd E-buggy, thats what you basically have, except in 1/8 scale form.
Does it have an advantage over a nitro buggy, depends really on track configuration in my opinion. On flowing tracks, I would say no. On tracks that have abrupt jumps that you have no lead up on, yes. You don't need the high dollar modded engine and pipe combo to pop over them as I have seen in nitro at times. Could easily do that on my cheap medusa motor.
Electric in a way could l be a great equalizer once the class has enough following to stand on its own as in general as the medium grade motors like the medusa for about $120 can perform about as well as a Neu from what I am seeing, and I have both. Once Castle gets there motor out there, and Losi has there's too, should be interesting stuff.