So is the TC6 a quality car?
Lets test it, with a 6hr enduro!!!
We have just run a six hour endurance race down here in Aus in the capital city of Canberra (yes the capital is not Sydney) the rules stated that we use the Reedy Sonic 21.5 motor and blinky speedie setup. We also were to run Sweep OG40 tyres that were used at the Austrlian FEMCA round. The idea was to run one set of tyres only and to have a 70 lap penalty applied if you changed to a new set.
I entered my secondary TC6 that has the basic kit setup on it. Though it runs a slightly higher roll cntre with 3 dot all round. A gear diff in the rear with 1000cst and thats it.
The team that we had basically came together at the 11th hour. We had to have minimum of four drivers. So we ended up with me, another local sponsored driver (not associated though) a 2wd off road racer, and tow other gents who only get out to race rc when the leash is let off a bit looser. So to sum it up 2 good, 2 rusty and 1, well we can't blame him for racing 2wd off road.....
So it was the draw of the hat for the race order (would be nice for a nationals....) and we managed to get, last, but for 6hrs there is plenty of track ahead of us. The buzzer sounded and we went into the first corner and came out, second, which we can't complain about. So it was off to a flier and then hunker down.
As you can imagine, nothing much to report, everyone was able to circulate we found ourselves back into 5th position after a bungled pit stop, once we had learnt our lesson though we made our way back up the feild into second and were pacing the leaders. It then became a race of pit stops, tyres and who would make the first move. On lap 773 It was time to change tyres, the car was getting a hand full though it was only circulating 2 seconds slower a lap. With the quickest lap time set being a 17.2, a quick trye change, battery and driver change in 85 seconds the team did well with only an extra 10 seconds ontop of the team coming seconds normal battery/driver change time.
The great thing about 21.5 blinky is the close racing with the quickest laptimes all within 0.4 seconds of each other. Many battles were fought, some won some lost.
On lap 569 the team running second had a motor issu with the motor screws coming loose and the motor moving forward this lost them about 3 mins whilst they fixed their issue out. This is all it takes to be fighting for the lead to slipping back into the rest of the pack, especially in an enduro, I always had the back of my mind that we could be in the same boat, all it would take is a loose screw, or hitting the boards, the pressure was still on. Consistency was the key.
The car was flawless, no breakages and quick sprints back to the pits were required.
The Final few laps
We had been getting close to 30 mins on a single run with the Orion 6500 90c batteries and they were still reading 7.3 when we pulled them out of the car, the Reedy motor combined with my LRP SXX V2 Stock Spec were flawless with no sign of fading. We pulled the car in and did a final battery swap, 45 seconds was all it took for the swap but with a ten lap lead over second place there was no need to rush. 18.2/.5 seconds seemed to be average time to circulate at to ensure the victory so I brought it home smoothly.
1089 laps,11 battery and driver changes later (longest stint was 1hr), including 2 victory laps and we had made it. The team were tired but releaved. Whilst there was a ten lap margin between ourselves and second place that only leaves three minutes margin, so anything could have gone wrong.
After the acceptance speeches and the hi-fives were over it was time to make my way home. When I got home the first thing I checked out was the car, the body had been on all day so I was intrigued to see what was underneath. The unveiling of the chassis revealed a few things.
2 front CVA bone blades were missing
1 front inner bearing had collapsed
Nothing. 6hrs, 1089 laps and arguably $4 worth of parts.
As for the Reedy motor, 6hrs consistant running with a fd of 4.02 only taking a break to get more juice, the motor temped at 61 deg c.
So Quality of the TC6? I will let you answer that yourself.