Originally Posted by infanterene
I have been racing 1/8 off-road for awhile and enjoy it very much but want to also race elecric onroad.
I currently have a Tamiya TB4 which has a Castle Creation 7700 in it. I bought it from a guy real cheap. Can this car be competative? Its shaft drive and I see most cars are belt drive. Should I just buy something newer and if so what car is good for a beginer who learns fast?
I was thinking about either tyhe new serpent that will be out next week , the xray or the Losi. I would like to run 19turn brushed as I already have an old Tekin speed control thats laying around. Suggestions on motors are also welcome.
It is a great car to race and it is still competitive enough for clubracing. Stick to it. You could buy a new car but will it make you faster. As you know it is the man behind the wheel who is in control of the car. Advantage of a shaft drive is there is no stretching of belts, it accelerate faster and maintanance is less. I drive a Yokomo SD LCG which is also a shaft drive. I prefer sahft above belt. Advantage of the belt cars is that the end speed is higher less rotating parts. It is up to you. I wouldn't recommend the Serpent car. I live in the area of the factory and it is still in devolpment, that is the trick behind Serpent. I remember the Impact series which would be a spec class for nitro until the aftermarket parts came and it became again a high end class. No offense to Serpent it is a great car but the Xray is a better car (or is the Serpent a copy of it, Xray is distributed by Serpent here).
For you: stick to the TB IV, there are enough replacement parts for it available and why do you need another car?