Originally posted by donoman
Forgive my ignorance, but what advantages to pan cars have over, say a TC3 4wd? Which one handles BETTER? Which one can be FASTER?
thanks in advance
First - as has been mentioned, a pan car's minimum weight is 1200grams (42.3 oz), fully loaded. Compare to a 4wd sedan at 1525 grams (53.8 oz)- that's more than 25% more! That adds up.
Second - there's NO transmission! The pinion turns the spur which is attached to the axle - it's why the technical description of the class is 1/10th scale, Direct Drive Pan Car. This is the most efficient drive design possible. I'm sure you've seen TC3s with no motor that can spin their wheels for 15 seconds. . . we can spin ours for a minute. . .cause it's just an axle (with a diff built into the spur) spinning on two bearings. . .
Third - we run at 235mm instead of 190. Wider is better - it's more stable, it turns a LOT better than 190.
Fourth - because we're 2WD, we turn better than a 4WD. It's a myth that 4WD is more maneuverable than a 2WD; if this were true, why do people get one-way bearings? Simple - a free wheeling front gives better turnin - 4WD allows power to be put to the wheels earlier than a 2WD, all things being equal - which brings me to . . .
Fifth - we normally use GTP style bodies - Lemans type. . .you know, the REAL race cars!
These overcome the inherent instability of applying power as you exit a turn (the ONLY advantage with a 4WD car) by giving large amounts of downforce to the car. Stick those wheels to the pavement and you can turn on a dime.
Sixth - we use only foam tires (usually in the 25-30 shore range - greens/pinks). These give a massive advantage in grip over rubber tires.
so - because of the greater efficiency, greater lateral size, lesser weight and better aero package, Direct Drive Pan Cars are the fastest things out there for their size - only things that beat us are 1/8th scale (and some bizarre outlaw nitros). . . shoot - we keep up with Pro Mod while running STOCK. . .
Hope this answers your question.