So I just stumbled on this thread and I'm kinda surprised no one told me about it. I know i'd have gotten a couple of angry phone calls.
I've been tracking a bunch of discussions about sauce and I've yet to have someone give me a good reason why tire traction additive is any different than changing shock oil, diff fluid, gear ratio, etc. In my opinion it is a tuning option and one that isn't very expensive one at that. I have a couple of suggestions to folks on this issue since we all care about things being fair and even not to mention keeping the hobby cheap.
My suggestions based on these conversations (pretty much regurgitating what people are saying):
1) Ban modified motors or better still ban motors more than 100$ I mean hell you only get .4 a lap anyway right so why bother... keep it cheap
2) Ban bodies that make you go fast, because it sucks buying a body today and then another one comes out and it gives you more corner speed so then you have to buy the new one and get it painted to be competitive.
3) Ban different shock oil, I mean really, why the hell should I spend all that time, not to mention money, trying different shock oil. If there is only one then guess what ... instant equity.
4) Ban different diff oils, same as above. I hate having to scrape the diff oil out and then put new one in to "see" if it will make me any faster ... why bother. Just have one so that way we just have to drive the car ... forget all that other stuff just wastes time. And I mean putting tire sauce on is WAY harder than changing diff fluid. As a matter of fact do like 1/8 does, ban diffs!
5) Ban different springs, who has the time or money to buy all those springs?! I mean why should someone be forced to think about all those different options. Oh and don't get me started with those guys that use springs from different kit manufacturers on their cars, that should not only be banned, but those people should be beaten ...
6) Ban lightweight anything ... it makes the hobby expensive right? So ban kevlar, aluminum, pullies diff gears etc (well if we ban diffs we won't have to worry about that). Who's idea were lightweight wheels!? You sneeze too hard and they break, and if they are light weight made from less material why do they cost more!!? Ban them ...
7) Oh and you know I was thinking to keep things really even we all really just need to run nitro tc3's, I mean why run different cars someone may have an advantage. With the same servo's, and radio, tires, body, fuel etc ... can't have someone having an advantage =D.
So hopefully through all this you all realize that I'm going way way over the top, but I feel like this is what I hear from racers when this topic comes up. One racer doesn't like what the other one has in their car so they immediately call for things to be "even". I don't like even, I want an advantage, that is why I run my Kyosho with lightweight parts, why I've worked hard on my setup(including different pistons, oils etc), I've spent time at the track practicing, and put aluminum hopups so my car is more durable and I run the Kruze etc. Racing isn't about even, never has been (really it's about me beating Dorian, but I digress), just ask the guys in F1 there are rules but each team interpreted them differently and Red Bull got it right and they are crushing the competition, I want to be Red Bull!
Anyway my 2 cents to each their own, if sauce makes you happy use it as long as it is not against the rules in my opinion.