Originally Posted by sell682
What are the better F1 chassis out there? I am looking to get into F1 and need some advice I am an avid TC driver.
180mm(to 190 if widened):
F104, F104 V2, Exotek F1R, TRG F112 and 3Racing F113 are all 3 link cars, like traditional pan cars. They are currently the most popular, especially the Tamiya. The Exotek requires an original F104 (non V2) donor car. The F113 requires an F104 front end. The Top F1 can also have a narrow front end put on it. VBC is introducing the Flash 04 F1 some time in March.
***Note: The original F104 is a T-bar style car and comes in narrow and wide versions. If you are racing narrow, go straight for any in the first list.
200mm (or greater):
F104 W (Original) T-bar style, F103, 3Racing F109, TRG F111 and the like. These are still great cars, especially if running foam tires.
I have intentionally left out the Pan car F1s. Most venues will not allow them to run with the single fixed nut wheel type cars.
3Racing FGX. This is a unique car. It is very inexpensive. The first upgrade will always be the Exotek V2 chassis to replace the cheap plastic upper deck and FRP lower. The second is to install the Exotek lower arm supports. This still makes the car less expensive than the F104 V2 and just as durable. It tips the scales at about 200g more than the F104.
If I've left some out, sorry. I'm just attempting to get the flavour of the class. Most US racers run the 180 to 190, including the FGX on rubber tires, running a 21.5 and no timing ESC. The balance of the world runs 200mm on rubber or foam, depending on event, but typically more on foam with motors from 17.5 to 10.5, both timing and no timing ESCs.
I know, clear as mud, but this is a fun class.