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Old 05-18-2009, 06:25 AM
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Does anyone run their 1/8 Electric Buggy or Truggy on 11.1v or is the minimum really 14.4?
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Old 05-18-2009, 06:47 AM
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I run 3S on my 808 with a MMM 2200Kv combo, it's as fast as the nitros, with an 8000mah pack i can get more than 20 minutes easily. I've run a Neu 1515 2.5D(1700Kv) before and it was nice too, and previously a Feigao 9L(2700Kv) that was ultra fast but temps were too high.

I'll be running a Tekin RX8 with the 2050Kv motor when i find one.
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Originally Posted by NotEZ2Beat View Post
Does anyone run their 1/8 Electric Buggy or Truggy on 11.1v or is the minimum really 14.4?
rc action mag tested a truggy on 3s not enough speed n power.3s may wrk on 1/8 buggy but definitely not on a truggy, too heavy.
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Originally Posted by NotEZ2Beat View Post
Does anyone run their 1/8 Electric Buggy or Truggy on 11.1v or is the minimum really 14.4?
Depends on the track. With smaller tracks, you can get away with 3s. It also depends on the quality of the batteries. You basically need very high c ratings or a lot of mah. I did a number of races last year on 3s with a Neu 1512 1.5d (3300kv). Motor and ESC were fine, but it was hell on the batteries. I puffed a 3s 25c 6000mah pack, but a 3s 8000 MaxAmps pack took it pretty well.

Bottomline, it works, but really isn't recommended. You are running less efficient overall. You are better off matching a lower kv motor to a higher voltage.
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Originally Posted by Edumakated View Post
Depends on the track. With smaller tracks, you can get away with 3s. It also depends on the quality of the batteries. You basically need very high c ratings or a lot of mah. I did a number of races last year on 3s with a Neu 1512 1.5d (3300kv). Motor and ESC were fine, but it was hell on the batteries. I puffed a 3s 25c 6000mah pack, but a 3s 8000 MaxAmps pack took it pretty well.

Bottomline, it works, but really isn't recommended. You are running less efficient overall. You are better off matching a lower kv motor to a higher voltage.

The race winners at OCRC in SoCal have even been running 2S when the layout is suited for it.
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2S? then you can go maybe 25km/h.
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The race winners at OCRC in SoCal have even been running 2S when the layout is suited for it.
Yup, but that is an itty bitty indoor track. Big difference when you put the car on a track with a 175-200 foot straight in 90 degree weather and have to run a 15 minute main.

3s works, but it is a smaller track setup for sure.
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Originally Posted by Rick Hohwart View Post
The race winners at OCRC in SoCal have even been running 2S when the layout is suited for it.


Why not just go back to 1/10 4wd on that track if your gonna run 1/10 equipment.
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Originally Posted by UK.hardcore View Post
2S? then you can go maybe 25km/h.
It is more like 30MPH according the radar testing. But on a 1/10 track, you don't need a lot of power and most drivers will go faster with less.

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Yup, but that is an itty bitty indoor track. Big difference when you put the car on a track with a 175-200 foot straight in 90 degree weather and have to run a 15 minute main.

3s works, but it is a smaller track setup for sure.
It is all track specific. It will be interesting to see where this racing segment goes. The JBRL runs a nitro and electric series in SoCal and they offer a 1/8 electric class at each one. Personally, I think that the 1/8 electric cars are more suited for the nitro tracks at nitro events. But I think that as far as racing programs go, they are more suited for electric evetns.

I was told that Revelation Raceway will hold a ROAR electric only national type event on Thanksgiving weekend. Should be interesting!

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Why not just go back to 1/10 4wd on that track if your gonna run 1/10 equipment.
1/8 cars are durable, require pretty low maintenance, and are not overly expensive compared to 1/10 cars.
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Originally Posted by Rick Hohwart View Post
The race winners at OCRC in SoCal have even been running 2S when the layout is suited for it.
I am sure this requires high quality, hi C rating batteries. 35 to 40C?
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Originally Posted by Rick Hohwart View Post
The race winners at OCRC in SoCal have even been running 2S when the layout is suited for it.
Originally Posted by Edumakated View Post
Yup, but that is an itty bitty indoor track. Big difference when you put the car on a track with a 175-200 foot straight in 90 degree weather and have to run a 15 minute main.

3s works, but it is a smaller track setup for sure.
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2s isnt feasible on a "real" 1/8 track.


I agree, the 1/8 electrics should be running at events where other 1/8 cars are running. It doenst make sense to put them on the same tracks as the 1/10 stuff. Even partic time gts complicated when trying to mix 1/10 and 1/8 electric. The 1/10 dont want to be around the bigger cars because they dont want to get broken by them.
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Thanks for all of the great replies. I guess I should go 4s (14.4) just to be sure. Better to have juice to spare than be in a situation where I need it and don't have it.

This site is great and I have been asking tons of questions and getting great information in the responses. Out of curiosity, is 1/8 Electric a good place to be for a new driver just beginning to race? Is that scale easier or harder to learn to race than 1/10?

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Depends on your experience outside of racing.

If all you know now is 1/10th maybe that is better to start racing.

if you start racing with cars you aren't familiar with yet it can get very difficult.
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Originally Posted by UK.hardcore View Post
Depends on your experience outside of racing.

If all you know now is 1/10th maybe that is better to start racing.

if you start racing with cars you aren't familiar with yet it can get very difficult.
Good thought. I have always owned 1/10th but 1/8th seems to be more popular in my area, which is why I asked.
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Originally Posted by NotEZ2Beat View Post
Good thought. I have always owned 1/10th but 1/8th seems to be more popular in my area, which is why I asked.
Depends on your local track in my opinion. If you race at a large outdoor track, a 1/8th may be easier to drive even if you have never driven one before. The simple reason being that the track is too big for 1/10th stuff and larger wheel base of the 1/8th will make the track seem easier to drive on. It may be very frustrating to drive a 1.10th on a track designed for 1/8 because you may break a lot of parts.
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