Originally Posted by BlackKat
Adrian: What about my writing about compromising the handling of the cars somehow. Would you not agree that the fact that our shoe-box sized cars being able to handle speeds of 40+mph without the compromisation of handling on a track is a bit scary?
I'm not speaking for JohnMatrix but what I believe he might be getting at is your talking about DUMBING DOWN RACING.
Instead of talent/experience being a factor, it's about $$$. Going to 4-cell is not going to help that problem because our cars can handle the speed they are traveling at now. If we slow them down further, they will handle even better which takes talent out of the picture further. If we take talent out of the equasion more, then $$$ is going to matter more.
You would have a hard time making the point that our cars handle too good to all the foam carpet racers up north. They think us rubber asphalt racers are just a notch better than running drift cars...lol!
There are several problems with limiting car traction and speed.
1. The more stuck a car is the more fun it is to drive. Cars with good traction are more consistant to drive and are more resistant to losing control during the bumping and rubbing of close racing.
2. If traction is limited with tires you have to use the throttle to control your car. I would say this would make driving an r/c car too difficult for 50% of all club racers. They would quit racing.
3. If you propose doing soemthinf to the kits (not the tires) how do you do it across all chassis brands? They are are all diffrent in suspension geometry to a degree
I say keep the traction, keep the good handling cars. Reduce the power and this will eliminate the heat issues.
Some say we will just motor up and be back where were were. I believe this is not possible given the limitations of the motors we use.
A 4 or 5 turn is very near the limit of a non functional DC motor. It is so horribly inefficient that all it does is get hot and it dosent really go anywere. You will find that 6 turns are faster than 4 or 5 turns for this reason.
As far as 4 cell optimized chassis sure it will happen but every manufacturer is on a 12 month new sedan cycle anyways so new car are coming no matter what batteries we run.
FYI, cars with 4 cells balance better than 6 cell cars as the weight of electronics is much closer to the weight of 4 cells (within ~15g) than 6 cells (~100g more weight on the batt side).
With a reduction in cell count you:
1. Eliminate our electronics issues.
2. Brushed motors last longer between rebuilds
3. Brushless motors and speedo wont thermal
4. 27T becomes a better novice class and pros will want to move out of it to get more speed.
5. 19T will get even bigger and be the major class
6. The transition to Mod will be easier for the 19T guys dues to improved driveablity and this will massivly increase the number of Mod racers.
If you are are concerend about sedans slowing down on 4 cells all you have to do is step up one class (stock to 19, 19 to Mod) from where you are now and you will be just as fast or faster than you were on 6 cells.
There is no "dumbing down" just doors that were shut by perceptions that 19T or Mod were too fast are opened for all racers.
The only class that will really be limited is the worlds smalled class...Mod and the mod guys are all for it.