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Old 12-15-2006, 04:47 PM   #1
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Default Buggy 2WD vs. 4WD

I'm wanting to have an answer from someone who is a good racer and also has run a 2WD and a 4WD buggy, preferably on a high bite clay off road track.

Which buggy is faster on the track, and by how much time...say...per lap is it faster?

I ask because we may be running our B4's against 4wd buggys in a mod class and want to be prepared. We are experienced racers but have never run or owned a 4wd electric buggy.

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Old 12-15-2006, 04:49 PM   #2
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my bet goes to 4wd, especially mod.
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Old 12-15-2006, 04:53 PM   #3
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2wd slower by about 1sec every 20 second
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Old 12-15-2006, 04:53 PM   #4
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Definitely the 4 wheel drive. I have raced both and their's not much comparision.
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Depends on the track really. If its tight with heavy acceleration out of the corners then the 4wheel will blow a 2wheel away, about .5 - 1 second per lap. If its more open and sweeping it will be closer, like .2 - .5 seconds per lap.
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Kenji,
Are you talking about Leisure Hours?

If so I'll be there next saturday and you can take my 4whl for a spin if you like.

AS for times, last year on most layouts there I was anywhere from 1.5-2.0 seconds faster with the 4whl over my 2whl.

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Old 12-15-2006, 06:33 PM   #7
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thanks Dayton...yes I was talking about Leisure.

If you are there I'll take you up on the test drive.
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The 4wd will always have the advantage of traction over the 2wd. So it will always be faster.
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I was thinking there's a weight difference with the 2WD being much lighter, thus possibly faster around the track.
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Old 12-16-2006, 08:38 AM   #10
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Weight is not a factor in mod class because you can run any turn motor you want. In a 4wd you could run a 5.5 brushless motor and have no problems controlling it unlike a 2wd buggy. In a a more limited class like 19T or stock lighter weight would be an advantage.
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there is no comparison.


4wd is much faster. depending on the track, about 1-3 seconds per lap. I have ran 4wd stock and it was still about 1 sec faster per lap. They not only have better acceleration, but also hold much better corner speed.
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4wd buggy will be since you have more traction.
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Yep 4WD without a doubt.

The tighter the track, the greater the advantage 4WD has.
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Here are the top finishers from our very tight indoor off road high grip track:
2wd (19 Turn) = 24 Laps 5:08.656
4wd (Open) = 27 Laps 5:07.938
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