Originally Posted by howardcano
ChiMiniRC stated in post #1 that the cars were to be rentals. That's part of his business model, so newbies don't have to shell out big bucks to try the hobby. It's a wonderful idea to get more people involved.
I have two loaner cars for newbies to run for free at our local track. I thought that was a lot of work, so I can't imagine the level of effort that ChiMiniRC puts into his current class (and even more into this new class!). I hope everyone involved thanks him regularly and profusely.
Correct. The club will provide the cars. I'd use term "business model" LOOSELY. More like "plan not burn through cash maintaining the cars while offering newcomers a chance to try the hobby at a low cost"
Hence my focus on picking a platform where durability (to keep costs low) and bodies (to keep the interest as broad as possible) is important.
I can say the Kyosho Mini-z treated me very well. VERY easy to maintain, VERY inexpensive to run. But here is where I feel they have held me back.
1. Too small. I can deal with "serious" racers balking at the mini car just like 1/5th scale guys make fun of guys that run cars smaller than theirs. It's annoying but I can live with it. But... first timers view small as toy and will NOT give it a chance.
2. Cost to the consumer . Not me but eventually folks want THEIR OWN CAR. The most people will race a club car seems to average 2-3 times. After that they either stop or want their own car. Mini-z are perceived as expensive due to the small size(though recently that has improved with RTR in the $175 range).
3. Body selection. Lot's of Euro exotics and Jap cars. Hardly ANY American cars so lots of people are turned off due to lack of interest in ANY of the MANY body styles.
4. This one is minor but worth mentioning. As great of a racer as a Mini-z is, anyone that has raced them know they are VERY nimble. Like handing a newbie a quick 1/12th scale pan car. Just too much for first timers to grasp so they give up easy.