Heavy- With the exception of cars, I don't believe their is a lot of "flavor of the month" equipment.
ESC's are fairly stable - maybe one update and/or new version every 12 to 15 months.
Motors are even more stable, at least the brushed motors are. V2's are quite old - yet still a popular choice, and many drivers still run the old Ti3 type motors. Perhaps in 19T there is a fast evolution occuring but this is because it is a relatively new class - it will slow down soon enough.
Even cars (with the exception of XRay and Tamiya) are not being developed in that short a period. Brands like HPI, AE, Losi, Schumacher etc seem much more "relaxed" with regards to their updates when compared to XRay or Tamiya.
Cells on the other hand have developed so quickly over the past 18 months (partly due to competing brands) that it's just silly. We've gone from 3300-3600-3700-3800-4200-4300mah in such a short space of time
I simply find it odd that most people agree with the idea of controlling costs via great ideas such as controlled tyres, yet are willing to spend up big on the latest cells at the drop of a hat
This is not a bash on any organising body, as I said : it is the consumer's obsession with owning the latest cells that forces those cells to be eventually legalised. If no-one bought the new cells would the manufacturers be still keen to rush back and develop more?
Ideally, with the exception of Mod, the slower classes should be more tightly controlled IMO.
Well I'm not sure I agree with those comments. If "someday that 4300 will be the $12 stick pack and we will run all afternoon on a watch battery" was going to be a reality, then wouldn't we already be seeing some of the benefits of this?
When I started racing we used 1200's. We now are approaching 4 TIMES the capacity- and yet we still run races of the same length
We really still don't have the opportunity to "run all afternoon" even with such a huge increase in capacity.
Remember, for racing, you only ever need enough capacity to finish the race at a competative pace: whether or not you can run 2 or 20 laps after the race is over seems a little irrelevant.
Finally, whilst I agree that Pro Racing is all about pushing limits - constantly improved cells affects not just the Pro's, but even the club racers.
As I said before, everyone wants a competative edge - and if new cells provide that, then racers will buy them.
Once that advantage has been demonstrated, the have-nots will also buy them so that they are not disadvantaged.
The end result is that everyone has ended up back where they started - except now they're going a little quicker, and being a little (or a lot
The only positive I can see is at least with all the battery-wars, the prices are kept down, so buying 3 or 4 packs is not quite the shock it was 5 or so years ago.