I've been racing my 18T for about 4 months now and had it for almost a year. The track I race at is an out door off road track that runs mostly nitro monsters and outlaws! Electric is not very popular here in Hawaii now for some reason?
The 1/18th class started out as a mini-t class till the 18t came out. They run all mini's in one class as there usually isn't enough racers to split them.
My 18t is mostly stock with the addition of a mc230cr esc, hitec hs81mg servo, and RAD 400 motor. And I added TC3 steel turnbuckles and 4-40 ball cups and balls studs. I also flipped the suspension arms to gain an extra 10mm of wheelbase. This did help the handling on the track and the truck jumps good.
My 18t does very well on the track that is really bumpy despite 85% or the track being covered in carpet! I do pretty good and compete well against a mambafied 18T!
I think the 18t and mini-t can compete together, but the Half8 is a total beast on a rough track! Although it takes more to get it to go fast!( Mamba and 3 cell lipo) is just ridiculous!
Overall the 18t is a blast to drive on the track, but it does take some getting used it getting bounced around my bumps in the track that you can't even see!
I just got a JConcepts Illuzion Body!!!
Looking forward to painting it and using it with my Trinity 1/10th wheel adapters and Proline wheels/AE rally! tires!