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Old 05-21-2006, 10:34 PM   #1
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Ok, Just to get the formal stuff out of the way, Im new to electric, I just got rid of my NTC3 in lieu of an electric. I bought a fairly low end model, but I really like it. Its a Tamiya TT-01 chassis. I move it about with Futaba gear. Now dont flame me, cuz Im just learning this electric biz without shocking the living [email protected] outta myself. But my buddy runs a Nitro, a HPI RS4. He made the remark that electric is dumb and that he is just gonna smoke me around and around. Well his car is stock. I have the suspension figured out, but what I need to know, is what motor, esc, gear combo would make him eat his lunch? Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated. Thanx

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Probably gonna need a bit more info.

Which RS4? There's been like 719 iterations
Nitro RS4 / RS4 2 / Racer / Racer 2 / RS4 3 / Evo / SS / 18SS Super Nitro

Single-speed? or 2-speed?
What gearing?
Big-block converted?

Here in SoFla, we run SERIOUS RS4's. .21 racing on-road engines, single-speed with 26T/37T gearing, 80mm tall tires. They routinely clock in the high-80's to low-90's on a Bushnell radar gun.
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Most likely gonna get beat by a nitro in a drag race. If you really wanted to beat him, you can, but it'll cost you. You'd have to pretty much make a car soley for going fast in a straight line. Try this instead, get some cones and what not and a fairly simple track and race him on that. A good 19T should be enough to keep up with a nitro on a course.
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if its a drag race type thing i have no idea, but if its on a road course like track, if your a good driver, you can probably beat him with putting a decent 19 turn motor in. but when you set up the track try to make it have tight corners, thats where the electric will beat the gas.

not shure of gearing, it all depends on the track and how you drive the corners.
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Old 05-22-2006, 12:25 AM   #5
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novak gtb w/4.5 geared right should (with correct tire choice) rip on a nitro, especially if a rolling start is used. ona track layout a real good stock, or 19t with smooth driving will be all over most nitro cars, the straight only last for so long ! !
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yup!! good stock with rubber tires nice setup good driving skills .... you can beat those on turns......... or for much better way that he can eat his own shorts.... go for a 10 turn motor with a no speed limit esc ......but it will cost you..... it will definitly go super fast in our track...and nitro racers here dont run those hpi stuff...they run mugen , serpent and the new kyosho...beat that
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You say you now have a TT01? It's a good car but not made for racing with a 19T. There are gear limitations and the drivetrain will not handle the power. It can be done if you have the money and driving skills.....but.......I would do it with another electric car.
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If you're wanting to beat a nitro car, I would first upgrade the chassis you're running. You can get quite a good deal on some high end cars on here. Then drop in a 5.5R or 4.5R and put a little C-YA sticker on the back of your car, cause that's all he's going to see... We have several guys running the 5.5R and the Reedy/LRP NEO 1 4* and we motor right past the nitro cars on a straight that's in the neighborhood of 150'. The infield of the track is pretty tight, so the nitro cars don't have a chance..

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