We are racing here in Oz 540 stock and the Tekin and Novak (together with the Trinity 21.5) are the approved motors (BL) to replace the silver can/sports tuned for the class (in the near future).
I am not chasing speed, just trying to assess what is best for me. The lower maintenance of BL systems is what makes it tempting to change. Buying a new Sports tuned every five races is getting costly too.
Reading through the first 60 pages of the Tekin RS topic it looks to me that without the hotwire, some messing around and software, the Tekin does not reach its potential. This is not exactly pulling me in really, even though the Tekin sounds evry good. Having to update software means you are tied to software updates and so on and this is begginning to sound like using Windows on a pc. As soon as a new version of software is released you're on your own if you don't upgrade and then you need to buy more software and so on. In short, it is exactly what I am trying to stay away from (and I am a Mac user too). Add to this the 150$ extra you have to pay to begin with on top of the Novak combo (plus the hotwire price whatever that is) and I am really wondering if it is worth it.
If the Tekin had some sort of baseline to start from or at least some nice diagrams to show response curves (torque/rpm) depending on timing for a given motor winding (turn count) it would be easier for me to judge for myself. It appears that Tekin however relies on a lot of experimentation by their drivers to build their own knowledge and that's not really within reach of the one-off customer who lacks the endless resources to replace things when they go up in smoke.
I'll keep reading though.
Team Greasy Weasel
The best upgrade to any car is some driver skill.