Originally Posted by Danny/SMC
Please tell me why there needs to be a saddle pack when the current pack has already proven that it works in T-Plate cars ?
If you say it's because of looks that is not a reason that is worth considering. These are race cars not show cars.
Right now I have to race against single cell LiPO at up to a 200gram disadvantage. I run a t-bar car. The only track I race at that allows the 3.7 LiPO is 360 Speedway. We have a Grand Slam series race coming up this month where the 3.7 will NOT be legal. Everyone who runs 1/12 will have to run NIMH.
No problem for the link cars, just take out the 3.7 and drop in a 4 cell stick.
For me, it'll be a case of remove the brick, then tear all my electronics off the car, then rewire the car for the new layout. Soon as that race is over, I can tear all the electronics out again and rewire the car for the brick. Not so bad for a one time thing, but any time I race at a different track, it's time to tear out the electronics ands rewire the car two more times.
If I'm racing at 360, for that matter, and something happens to my 3.7 brick I have to fall back to NIMH to finish the day. Again, tear out all the electronics and rewire the car between rounds. Not an issue for the link cars, just swap packs and go... change some springs. Not a whole reinstall of the electronics.
Or I could buy two bricks to have a backup... but we don't even know how things will shake out with ROAR yet... I'm pretty sure it'll go the way of the 3.7 pack, but it's not set in stone yet. I'd sure hate to buy two of these packs only to find out that ROAR comes up with a different formula... Some of my buddies went through that with the brushless changeover... My friend bought some 13.5's to run in stock class. Before he even got to race it, ROAR decided to change the rule to 17.5. 360 adopted the 17.5 formuala right away and his new 13.5.s were expensive paperweights. I don't want to go through that.
You said at one point (may have been another thread) that you expected your first run of the 3.7 packs would be good for a year, and then they all sold out rather quickly. Why are you so sure it won't be the case for a saddle pack version?
I see plenty of new t-bar cars coming on the market... Serpent, Xray, Corally, HB, all t-bar cars. The full throttle and team Kwik cars are t-bar cars. The FF07, t-bar. IRS rugrat, Powell, OD12, t-bars.
Finally, you say looks aren't worth considering? Most race cars, r/c or full scale have paint on them. Why is that? Please don't imply that there's something wrong with me for caring how my car looks. If the "these are race cars, not show cars" statement were true, how do you explain all the custom body painters out there? Just because you may not care about looks, then looks aren't worth considering?