I think something that too often gets misconstrued in racing is that everyone wants to go FASTER.
I personally believe that's a MYTH...and here's what I mean.
MFG's are always looking to make products that go faster than their last product. But RACERs are trying to go FASTER with the equipment THEY already HAVE.
Every time a NEW/FASTER product comes out EVERYBODY goes faster, but for most...it's BACK to the DRAWING BOARD trying to figure out HOW TO GET THE MOST out of WHAT THEY HAVE.
The problem w/ the part of the MFG's making stuff faster for us is, it's BOLT ON SPEED and EVERYBODY gets it...which generally ends up making EVERYONE too fast (If they want FAST - RUN Modified)
Then things have to be changed to SLOW people down...which creates ALL new products, classes, etc. Which causes some people to get frustrated and leave this hobby.
(Example: Oval Pan Cars going to 4 cell roughly 11 years ago, the PUSH to take TC's to 4 and 5 cell...etc.)
As a racer, I want to FINE TUNE my setup every time I go to a track...and I want that equipment to STAY THE SAME for a fairly long period of time...so I know EXACTLY how much better I've made MY setups.
NEW/FASTER/BETTER products don't make for BETTER racing, it just makes for MORE Expensive Racing.
Now with MANY directions of racing going to LIPO, there has been many calls for LIMITING what type and size battery can be used.
Do you think that is because "Racer's Want to Go Faster?" No, it's because RACER's get tired of CHASING PRODUCTS...instead of focusing on RACING.
I was instrumental in helping create the 17.5 and 21.5 Brushless Classes...in an effort to SLOW DOWN Brushless racing, cause it was TOO FAST for most people on MOST tracks.
I started by only focusing on OVAL (Cause that's MY passion), but quickly saw that these slower motors worked GREAT in both Off-Road and On-Road...so I worked on pushing them into those markets as well. NOT cause racer's wanted to GO FASTER, but because there was a NEED for something SLOWER.
The problems we've run into in OVAL racing is we were trying to replace the EVER CHANGING Round Cells, AND move back to a common voltage shared w/ other forms of racing (Instead of 4 cell).
These two motor options have proved to be almost still TOO FAST w/ LIPO for a lot of racers, and we're still working/looking for one more SLOWER Brushless/LIPO option.
IMHO - RACING is NOT about SPEED, it's about BEATING the OTHER DRIVER.
There are plenty of OPTIONS for the SPEED at which you want to compete - and with B/L and LIPO, Lack of Speed is NOT an issue.
(NOTE: These are MY opinions, based on what I've seen,heard, and experienced over the past 23+ years in this Hobby/Sport)
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