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Old 08-15-2010, 07:31 PM   #1
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What do you guys think a better car is, lighter or heavier? I suppose a heavier car would be a little more stable? Just kinda keeping my options open on the car to get. i think a new one might be coming at the end of the month. Thank you
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Lighter cars are faster, heavy cars are more consistent. There was an article in one of the RC magazines that tested this.
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heavier car is what i like they are planted and are consistent, i dorve xray and couldnt drive to save my life. Its prefrence you start light and u learn that car but heavier cars tend to seem to be a bit easier.
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In the right hands a lighter car has been proven to be faster around the track. 1/2 second per lap adds up to lots of time spread over 30 mins and 60+ laps. One of the magazines did this test with a D8 recently and the bottom line was lighter was faster.
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yea a lighter truggy/buggy is, faster but on a rough rutty track i would think a heavyier car would have the advantage its more planted and more traction. and you cant really drive a lighter 1/8 hard

i have driven a hyper 7 buggy, and that thing was a tank but you could drive the hell out of it.
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yea a lighter truggy/buggy is, faster but on a rough rutty track i would think a heavyier car would have the advantage its more planted and more traction. and you cant really drive a lighter 1/8 hard

i have driven a hyper 7 buggy, and that thing was a tank but you could drive the hell out of it.
If a heavier car is faster, easier to drive, or handles better than a lighter car the lighter car either has a bad setup or the wrong tires. Its an illuzion that heavier cars have more traction and easier to drive.
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yea a lighter truggy/buggy is, faster but on a rough rutty track i would think a heavyier car would have the advantage its more planted and more traction. and you cant really drive a lighter 1/8 hard

i have driven a hyper 7 buggy, and that thing was a tank but you could drive the hell out of it.
+1 thats why heavier = versitile for all tracks but with some tracks lighter mans heavy chassis slap which can cause fish tailing and in whoops the heavier stays on the ground when a lighters wants to be in the sky.
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its kinda hard to find weights on cars. So what are the top 5 lightest cars?
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its kinda hard to find weights on cars. So what are the top 5 lightest cars under 500(besides the losi)??
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its kinda hard to find weights on cars. So what are the top 5 lightest cars?
i know xray is like the lightest you can get.
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yea a lighter truggy/buggy is, faster but on a rough rutty track i would think a heavyier car would have the advantage its more planted and more traction. and you cant really drive a lighter 1/8 hard

i have driven a hyper 7 buggy, and that thing was a tank but you could drive the hell out of it.
I dont see how a heavier car will be more faster and/or more traction than the lighter cat. I'm sure engine need to work a little harded to move the weight. Something is wrong with the lighter car set up.
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I dont see how a heavier car will be more faster and/or more traction than the lighter cat. I'm sure engine need to work a little harded to move the weight. Something is wrong with the lighter car set up.
100% agree. Take real cars for an example. My grandmothers old lincoln town car was heavy as hell and drove like it to. Now take newer cars these days, (lets say the new lincoln) it drives alot better and smoother and accelerates faster. And it's not just because it is lighter but also better balanced with better suspension and better materials.

just scale it down (8 times)
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its kinda hard to find weights on cars. So what are the top 5 lightest cars under 500(besides the losi)??
The JQ Products THE Car is over 200 grams lighter than my Losi 2.0, its just a few grams above the weight limit. The JQ is 3240 and my Losi is 3450. The minimum weight is 3200. Lighter=faster, even for club racing
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i just switched from a jammin x1 cr it was a tank but drove great and very forgiving, now i am runing hotbodies d8 and it was all over the place got a good setup and some practice all is getting better
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I have personally found the following to be true...

1. Heavy Car (Kyosho 777WC) this car was very heavy, however the car felt planted, I could drive it really hard, it was durable and I could run good consistent laps. I personally feel that it was still very competitive a year ago.

2. Lighter Car (Mugen MBX6) this car is much lighter and you can feel it on the track, with a lighter car you have to make sure you do not over drive the car as well as you have to be up on the wheel to get the faster laps.

In summary, I feel that a bit heavier car is easier to drive, more stable and well suited for club level and people getting started in 1/8 scale as it will be a stable starting point. The lighter cars are faster, but tend to be more on edge and you have to really be on-top of them.

At the end of the day a good driver in a heavy car is going to be faster and more consistent than and inexperienced driver behind an edgy light car. All things being equal... The lighter car has better power to weight ratio and less unsprung weight which means is can and should accelerate, slow down and turn faster...

Just my thoughts on the topic...
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