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Old 11-23-2008, 04:57 PM   #1
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Hey Everyone,
I want to start in off-road electric racing, and am trying to decide upon a car to start out with. There are 3 I'm looking at at the moment. These are:

Traxxas E-Revo
Traxxas Rustler VXL Brushless
HPI E-Firestorm Flux

Any advice on these three (or another suggestion if I'm completely in the wrong direction) would be greatly appreciated, like for example, is it better to have 4WD? If it makes any difference I would probably be racing at Meakin Park (Kingston, QLD).

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Old 11-23-2008, 05:07 PM   #2
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Wrong direction, look at the xxx-t cr or t4. The e revo is a electric monster truck and there arent too many tracks that have a class for that.
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It's been said many times on here before, and it's good advice: Go to the track you want to race at, and see what others race.

It is a million times better to have someone there with the same car as you, that has made all of the set-up mistakes before, and can help you NOT make them
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Old 11-23-2008, 06:30 PM   #5
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jr007 has a great point. i have made that mistake in the past and now have a savage sitting in my garage with no track to drive it in... meanwhile my t4 gets driven on track regularly
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It's been said many times on here before, and it's good advice: Go to the track you want to race at, and see what others race.

It is a million times better to have someone there with the same car as you, that has made all of the set-up mistakes before, and can help you NOT make them
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Stadium truck is usually the most popular class at most tracks. Either AE or Losi, it's a personal preference. Both are good trucks.
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It's been said many times on here before, and it's good advice: Go to the track you want to race at, and see what others race.

It is a million times better to have someone there with the same car as you, that has made all of the set-up mistakes before, and can help you NOT make them
^^ that, that, and that!

Go to the local tracks that you plan to race on and find out a) what classes are popular over time, and b) what the class rules are. I'd suggest stock truck for a first time, if that class is popular in your area (it usually is).

Do not buy anything until you do this - you may just waste your money on something that you can't race there!

Outside of that, I suggest stock truck for a number of reasons:

- It's relatively cheap.
- It's relatively durable. Trucks tend to be more stable than buggies and stock class' lower speeds means less chance of breakage.. you will wreck a lot when learning.
- The rules are pretty consistant from area to area. So if you happen to be out of town and want to visit another track, chances are you will be able to show up and race what you have.

In stock truck, my opinions are either the Losi XXX-T or a Associated T4. I prefer the T4 but you can't go wrong with either. Check what your local hobby stores (or the track's store if there is one) carries in parts too. Being able to go and quickly buy a part after breaking is going to keep you racing without frustration. Having to mail order every small part you lose or break is not fun..

None of the options you mentioned would be good choices in my opinion. The E-Revo is a blast but that class is almost dead in most areas. The Rustler is not really a race-designed truck.. I have one and it's fun, but to make it competitive you will spend so much time and money.. just don't go down that road. Also the VXL and Flux brushless systems are not great racing choices as they have a lot of low end torque that will be hard to control on the track. They would also put you in the modified class which is probably not the best choice for a beginner.
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Sorry it's taken me so long to reply, I had somehow not become subscribed so it hadn't told me that people had replied. I took your advice and asked a few people that race down at the track... They told me that they'd love to race 1/10 electric but they don't have enough people interested... At the moment they only race 1/8 nitro... They told me if I can get 4 people together they'd put on a race for us, so we'll see... One of my mates has been trying to start a 1/10 class also, and he's bought a HPI, and i've got a few of my mates interested in buying HPI's so thats what i'm going to go with, and hopefully we can start our own class at the local track... Thanks again for all your replies and I'll let you know how it goes
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if they only race 1/8 scale nitro, you best bet may be to either join in 1/8 scale nitro, or, see if they would let you run a 1/8 scale electric conversion with certain limitations (not counting for points, you must pit, etc. Make sure you state these up front that you are willing to do this).

You may be happier going with a vehicle that can fit the classes that already have turnout. Hoping that others join in while you vehicle just sits can suck if you are not in the mind set for it.

Club level races have been open to letting me run my 1/8 scale electric, and by stating I don't need to count for points, put me always, last, etc. since its not legal I think helps too. And I get to run and have a good time. Electric 1/8 also is posed to really have a growth this coming year.
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