Originally Posted by JamesHealey
1/10 On Road has a change to 1550g after a Italian company creates a 1550g car, Has an Italian engine company also been putting pressure on EFRA to make IC cars keep up with Electrics due to the decline in popularity of Nitro? An Italian multiple world champion does his first year in 1/10..
I'm not one for conspiracy theories haha.. Just bored on the train
If I lived in a country like England where for the most part it's more likely to rain than not then I too would tend to lean towards EP racing just because it can be run indoors, the performance is there and I really hate being washed out and being disappointed trying to fight mother nature.
But, I live in the sub-tropics, the annual temperatures are higher and when it does rain, there is ample heat in the track to dry it out in an hour, add to it lights and it lends itself well to racing Nitro on a warm summer evening.
Those in EP who wish to elude the fact that they spend thousands of dollars on upgrading electronics and spending hard earned dollars inching their capacity in 100mA increments and C ratings in 5c increments should see they are being milked.
EP socially is more an individual format, it's sprint racing, there's less chance of building rapport with club mates as there is in Nitro as we enjoy spending time in the pits and helping each other out, we lend glow starters and even tune the engines for each other and this lends to more social interaction and more commitment to club members etc.
As for the weight rules, in AU 1725 is where it's at, and I am burdened with adding an excessive amount of weight. This happened in Electric to us where our car was designed for NiMH and we were on weight. Then LiPO appeared on the scene and our E4 TM with a 3800 LiPo was stacked 120g (10%) with lead on the top plate as there was no-where else to put it.
All this because EP racing allows the use of the battery (power source) as the weight. They did finally lower the weight yet I couldn't use a bigger battery as ballast and suffers great losses in performance. Rather than re-invest thousands in a new chassis and new battery, I switched my younger son to Nitro. To this day I believe EP should be weighed minus battery and the decision for more power to weight ratio should be up to the driver.
If other manufacturers design their cars with a little more thought then 1550 is easy to achieve and they will be forced to using quality metals and not imitations. Italians have been the masters of metallurgy since roman times.
The reason one manufacturer achieves this is due to good design, quality materials and this is good for the sport as a whole as you know you are getting something worthy of Race Spec. Prior to owning a Capricorn I too thought that the cars would be too fragile and I was proven wrong. The design is intelligent and others should learn from it and follow, not handicap the manufacturers who are designing better cars.
Hence, when the other manufacturers do work it out, I trust those who think 1550 is too light do not change their opinions once they have to purchase and stack their cars with brass fittings and expensive heavy metals. I've spent over $300 extra just achieving a weight limit, could have bought my son the new TM E4 for that!!
Technology progresses, as should the specifications. The specs should not burden those who design cars intelligently, this is very clearly demonstrated in the rear end of the C02 where the designer laminated the tower and bulkhead needing only two screws. Compared to the Shepherd I own that resembles rivets on the Sydney Harbour Bridge, forcing the purchase of Titanium screws.
By accommodating the excess weight limit is simply letting other manufacturers become complacent with their design. I congratulate Capricorn RC for the contribution to our sport and suggest other put pressure on their manufacturer to follow suit.
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