Originally Posted by Rick Hohwart
There are 72 ROAR approved batteries.
None of the hard cased batteries are "Efficiently Priced", the expense alone could kill the class before it starts. I say, have a designated battery tray that protects the cells. Then you can run ANY battery and not worry about rules or safety.
The Max Weight rule seems like a bad idea. A heavy car isn't really more dangerous, but it won't handle as well as a similar car that weighs less...
That should be incentive enough on its own. How much less damage would a 7 lb 15 o.z. car do, than an 8lb 2 o.z. car?
I understand the theory, but 8th scale is kinda like Formula One. Sure, there'll be some tech tards and noobs that make boo boos and even hurt people. But they can do that just as easily with the current crop of approved nitro 8th scales.
As for cell limit, 5S and 6S can run cooler than an identical car with 4S. Down here, that will become more of an issue as the weather gets warmer. I stared messing with brushless 8th scale in Late Fall. Average temps were in the 60s and 70s. I had thermalling issue already. During the summer, it gets into the 100s. My 4S, even geared very conservatively, might not cut it when it gets warm again.
If trying to limit cells is an attempt to keep them under control, I think you'll find the difference is minimal. Sure, some "Genius" can build a ballistic land missile, but he's not likely to win the race based solely on the top speed of his car. Again, I believe the setups will govern themselves when it comes to racing purposes. Besides, if there's a particularly dangerous guy racing a very fast car at your track, I'm certain the track owner/operator would ask him to shape up or ship out. No reason to limit the more "responsible" ones, and keep us from racing.