Originally Posted by ottoman
We all paid more for good GP's then for the superior IB's... I like to get more for my money. I for one like to run in the front of the discharge curve... are you suggesting we go back to 2000's so we use all of the run time? Boy your really gonna hate LiPo's
I think the point is that having the latest technology is all well and good - but only if it actually helps you to acheive something that wasn't possible before.
Think about it this way - if one driver gains an advantage over similar skilled drivers by using some great new battery - then the other drivers will run out and buy them too. The end result is that the status-quo has been returned - but everyone is now a little bit poorer for it.
The question we need to ask is not wether or not the latest cells are better (because we know they certainly are), it's whether or not we NEEDED to have them introduced?
Hence my comment that the sport is being driven by the cell manufacturers.
Shouldn't we at the least look at how we can actually utilize these great cells effectively, rather than simply discharging half of them away on our pit bench?
In Mod class the constant battery improvements are just making the class more expensive and maintenance intensive, not due to the cells themselvses, but due to the increased voltage and run-time letting us run absolutely insane motors. These problem didn't exist a few years ago simply because it wasn't possible to go this quick.
Brushless may be the answer here - but when everyone starts running near-identical brushless systems, then cells will become singularly important in providing a competitor an edge - and that may lead to a "battery of the month" type situation.
Ok, enough ranting.. as I've gone quite ot now anyway