There are a lot of good electric cars out today...
Originally Posted by cars.cars.cars
I have a couple of questions on what is the best car kit is for my money. I am as of now looking at the HPI RS4 Pro 4 electric or the XRAY T1FK'05. Please give me some tips on what is the best bang for my buck. (I am willing to spend 300-400$ on the car and 700-800$ on it total with (motor, speed controle, raidio/servo's, charger...)
Also i would like some help with motors. What will suit me best with just messing arround in the driveway/local street when racing some freinds. Not the serious stuff just for fun. (I hope to get more serious in racing a little later when i am more experienced)
P.S. Shine the light onto what single, double, triple... motors
are and what turns are. Thank You
Just a newbie looking for answers
If you could IM me my aim is: averagejoe1088
Team Associated TC4
Team Associated TC3 (discontinued but you can buy the FT Kit still online)
HPI Pro 4
...and the list goes on and on. If you're looking to screw around on the street and what not, the TC4 or TC3 are good to start with. Not much to maintain, and you won't have to worry about scratching up that nice carbon fiber chassis (XRAY T1R, T1FK04/05, Pro4, etc.).
Regarding electric motors, you say you want to race your friends, what are they running? If they're running like cheapo $20 19 Turn motors, you could definitely get away with a Trinity Monster Horsepower Stock Pro. Motor is fast, doesn't require much maintainence, and you'll get some nice runtimes out of it.
Now, regarding turns, winds, and what not:
Turns: The number of times wire has been wrapped around the armature
Rule of Thumb: The fewer the turns, the higher the RPM (revolutions per minute). But remember, run time and motor life DECREASE as the number of turns go down.
Winds: The number of strands in the armature wire.
Rule of Thumb: Low winds offer explosive, low-end "punch"; high winds, more top-end speed.
So what all that stuff means is the lower the turns, the faster the motor goes, and the quicker the motor is going to need to be rebuilt. The more winds, the more top-speed you get but it takes longer to get up to speed. Less winds, more acceleration. You want low winds if you want to beat your friends.
Stock: Trinity Monster Horsepower Stock Pro
19T: Trinity Chameleon2 Pro
Modified: Trinity D6 14T Single Flatwire
"T" means turns. If you want to run modified motors later on, get something with no limit on motors.
LRP Quantum Competition 2, Novak GTX, or Novak GT7. Those are the top 3 speed controls that I see being used often. You're going to need a radio and steering servos too. Get a radio that has some good adjustability, that way it'll perform better. I have a Futaba 3PM FM radio, and personally, I like it. It's got all the options of adjustability that I need.
Futaba: 3PM, & 3PK
Airtronics: MX-3S, & M11 (replacing M8)
Hitec: Aggressor, & Aggressor SRX
KO Propo: EX-10 Helios, Vantage Esprit Type R, EX-1 Mars R, & EX-11 Presto
Futaba S9550 Digital Servo
There are others, but thats what I have and it's awsome.
Now comes the fun part, batteries and battery chargers. You want a good charger that can get the most out of your packs. Since you're new, get a stick pack. They're not as bad as everyone proclaims them to be. Get a Ni-MH pack. They're loaded with power. There are different mAhr (milliamp rating):
3300mAh, 3600mAh, 3700mAh, and 3800mAh. Obviously, the more mAh, the more runtime you get. If you get a TC3 or TC4, the stick pack can just slide right in. The other cars, the stick pack would just slide out. SMC makes a 3300mAh stick pack for $30-$40 and it's great. Now about chargers, AC/DC is obviously the most conveinient. The Reedy Quasar Pro is a good charger, you can get that at KT Hobbies for $149.99 (but for a limited time I'm assuming). There are others out there, but the good ones, really only a handful are AC/DC. I hope all this information has helped you out.