Originally Posted by YR4Dude
Im just not sure I believe that.
On-road racing is relatively expensive. Touring cars are complicated machines, much more so now than 10 years ago. They use much more exotic materials than most other cars(like most typical offroad buggies and trucks), etc. And there is generally a greater need for high precision tolerances between the parts being manufactured. Not to mention the 4wd TCs just have more moving parts than most other cars.
All this adds up to an expensive piece of kit. The fact that the Awesomatix car does not require multiple different front and rear hubs, caster blocks, spring sets, shock pistons... comes with the option of a spool, ball, and gear diff... comes with the option of mounting the motor longitudinally or transversely, etc. And the fact that it uses even more
exotic materials than most TC kits, such as the cf suspension arms and aluminum hubs... It stands to reason that it would be a bit more expensive up front.
Pick up a T3 2012 or 417X and all the tuning options you would need and you are looking at a similar price, maybe $100 less. If that makes or breaks on-road racing as a whole, then we weren't in a very good position to begin with.
The expense of onroad has always
been one of its achilles heals. However, the complicated nature of the chassis setup and build, as well as the time required for upkeep to ensure the car is in top condition has always turned less hardcore hobbiests off from TC racing. Those who truly enjoy on-road racing tend to enjoy TC racing as well. And those are the guys who relish the idea of a kit employing unique ideas and engineering, exotic materials, and a plethora of tuning options.
On-road is a niche market. Always has been, always will be. And this kit fits the niche perfectly. It is going to appeal to those people who salivate at the thought of updated kits and new TCs. The guys who spend hours researching car setup and vehicle dynamics. A touring car is much less useful/appealing to a backyard basher than a truck or buggy is... and that is always how things will be.
Frankly, on-road has been hurting over the past 2-3 years. But the attendance at the IIC this year sort of puts things into perspective. We might be seeing a nice comeback and resurgence in popularity here. If anything, new and innovative cars like the Awesomatix are helping this resurgence... not hindering it.
IMO, of course.