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Old 05-16-2009, 02:33 AM   #91
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I think the workin on nitro all the time comment is silly too.

the hours i've put into my BL Truggy can not be counted anymore, its not even funny.

And adding to that Nitro or Eletric 90% of the wrench time is not the powerplants that need wrenching but the chassis. atleast that what i see.
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Ahhh, the PLUR in these threads is always so strong. lol.
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what he said for sure
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Old 05-16-2009, 08:29 AM   #95
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Maybe some are leaving nitro because the competition is too high and they figure they can get better results in the ele. class.
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Old 05-16-2009, 09:05 AM   #96
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Nitro does attract spectators for sure. It is all good for about five minutes and then instead of being a curiosity for those that don't race, it becomes a nuisance hence why so many tracks can't stay open or have to locate out in the middle of the sticks.

Funny thing is that my deadly silent electric attracts people too though. In fact, so much so, I can't even drive it very much at the park across from my house because too many kids start getting in the way and it becomes dangerous.

Any "toy car" screaming down the street or on a track at 40+ mph will attract on lookers whether it is spewing smoke or doing it silently.

Nitro does have more soul though. As a racer, I do enjoy seeing the nitros scream down the front straight. However, the performance benefits of electric outweigh the intangible benefits of nitro to me.

Both classes are here to stay. E-1/8 is growing exponentially and it is what got me into the hobby two years ago. I didn't like the "toyness" of and fragility of the 1/10 cars but didn't want to mess around with nitro, but wanted the durability of 1/8. With brushless/lipo tech you get the best of both worlds.

Nitro will definitely be around awhile, but I would bet within 5 years it becomes the niche class. Electric is going to allow more tracks to open all over which is something we all should want, not too mention more indoor track options. I also think it will attract more people into the hobby who are put off by nitro noise and fumes.

Battery technology is getting better every year and pretty soon, the electrics will probably be able to run 30+ minutes without battery swaps. heck, I can already run a 20 minute main with no battery change.

Regardless, both are fun and we should encourage all aspects of the hobby.
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I went to electric so people at the track that can't tune an engine won't ask me to help. Electric is also easier to deal with, quieter, less expensive, smoother and an overall more fun relaxing time. When I race I don't need a pitman, nor do I get asked to pit, I love that.
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Raced 'lectric for 5 years........even when i started i wanted to go nitro. Smell, noise, oil, dirt......love it . Electric, i have had a go with the electric 8ths.....really don't do it for me. Feel, ummm toy-ish lol . Watched them at Neo and hearing the chassis slapping on the ground put me off right away
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Raced 'lectric for 5 years........even when i started i wanted to go nitro. Smell, noise, oil, dirt......love it . Electric, i have had a go with the electric 8ths.....really don't do it for me. Feel, ummm toy-ish lol . Watched them at Neo and hearing the chassis slapping on the ground put me off right away
You heard the chassis slapping because it was.....quiet.
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Old 05-17-2009, 12:34 AM   #100
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two reasons..

1. noise - can't run around the city or public parks (live in the middle of los angeles)
2. nitro engines are laaagging, basically same designs and technology for a decade (or more). still many tuning issues and many potential areas for problem, also way less equipment with electric.

I'll have at least one nitro, but there are too many practical reasons to switch

I wish I could run mine without problems, but people will start complaining real quick
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People want evolution.

Nitro seems to be stuck on 25 year old technology.

They dont even have fuel injection.
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People want evolution.

Nitro seems to be stuck on 25 year old technology.

They dont even have fuel injection.

I wonder the same thing. Nitro engine didn't evolve that much, when do they plan to replace gaz servo for a digital carburator/injector ?

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I went to electric so people at the track that can't tune an engine won't ask me to help. Electric is also easier to deal with, quieter, less expensive, smoother and an overall more fun relaxing time. When I race I don't need a pitman, nor do I get asked to pit, I love that.
Nice attitude. This is a perfect example of a major problem I see at the track. How do we expect to grow this hobby if we don't want to help out our fellow racers. Newbies can only get so much info from the web. Talking w/ fellow racers, and hands on work in the pits is what everyone needs.

Sorry for going a little off topic.
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People want evolution.

Nitro seems to be stuck on 25 year old technology.

They dont even have fuel injection.
The only thing that has changed in 25 years is the price of the fuel. Engine reliability and longevity is the same...or worse.

Electric... WOW has it evolved, even in the last 5 years...and it's only going to get better!
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I agree. Very bad for sport !!
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Nice attitude. This is a perfect example of a major problem I see at the track. How do we expect to grow this hobby if we don't want to help out our fellow racers. Newbies can only get so much info from the web. Talking w/ fellow racers, and hands on work in the pits is what everyone needs.

Sorry for going a little off topic.
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