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Old 09-14-2006, 11:18 PM   #1
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Default Bodyshell...Does It even Matter???

Well I've heard everyone that they are so worried on what type of bodyshell they use for racing.

Technical track use this kind of bodyshell, high speed track use that kind of bodyshell.

Well I was just wondering, could I just use any kind of bodyshell I want maybe those realistic ones like a Subaru Impreza bodyshell for instance???

Would it really effect my racing???
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if you are bashing, no it doesn't matter but if you are serious on racing it does

Although, our bodyshell are small physics and aerodynamics still apply

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So basically racing with a 2 door bodyshell instead of Protoform Dodge Stratus would really make a difference???
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At a certain level of driving skills yes the body can make a major difference on the track in lap times. If you are asking the question, then you are not at that level yet.
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I do know that bodyshells like Protoform Mazda6 and Dodge Stratus is design aerodynamically for racing.

But I'm just bored seeing the same type of bodyshells used in tournaments.

It would be nice to see races where everyone is using some kind of touring sedan bodyshell like Toyota Altezza or Subaru Impreza.
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I do know that bodyshells like Protoform Mazda6 and Dodge Stratus is design aerodynamically for racing.

But I'm just bored seeing the same type of bodyshells used in tournaments.

It would be nice to see races where everyone is using some kind of touring sedan bodyshell like Toyota Altezza or Subaru Impreza.
Buy a Tamiya and attend the TCS races. That's exactly what you just described.

The ROAR races are all professionals and will run whatever works best for lap times as that's all that matters.
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I do know that bodyshells like Protoform Mazda6 and Dodge Stratus is design aerodynamically for racing.

But I'm just bored seeing the same type of bodyshells used in tournaments.

It would be nice to see races where everyone is using some kind of touring sedan bodyshell like Toyota Altezza or Subaru Impreza.

Get any body shell you like and bash...Top level racers can feel the difference in a switch in body shells.

Join the Tamiya TCS, and you'll also find out that many top TCS racers will only race a certain common body shell that provide the best downforce.

As for you,just take a WRX body shell and later try a Mazda 6 and feel the difference...
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Old 09-15-2006, 03:13 AM   #8
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The good thing about the old HPI impreza shell was if you cut the sideplates for the wing long enough you could have a 3 tier wing on it Imagine the rear end grip on that!
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i say if your bored with the status quo, then go for what you want. this is also suppose to be fun, i had a buddy used to come to the off road track with his truck to low, crazy ass wings he made and just had a blast running it. he didn't care about winning, just having fun. so i say go get yourself that WRX and have fun.
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I wish they would allow for more exciting bodies at ROAR races. It would be cool seeing a Ferrari or Porshe or something instead of a Dodge.
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I'm strictly a club racer, but even at this level I choose to use what works best on the track and gets me the best lap times. I used to swear by the stratus but since I tried the Mazda 6, I have changed all the shells from 150mm to 200mm to Mazda.

I think the bodystyles largely depend on the organization rules you race under. We race under IFMAR rules so that kind of dictates the pace.

From time to time we do have novice drivers show up with every other body, this is fine if they are not racing. I feel at the end of the day its still a hobby and I would not be participating if it wasn't fun.

Go for it man, get a WRX and keep a spare Mazda 6 for racing.

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At a certain level of driving skills yes the body can make a major difference on the track in lap times. If you are asking the question, then you are not at that level yet.

I agree. I didn't notcie the difference for a long time. And I am still at the point were it's still hard to notice how it effects my car. All I can tell is that I seem to drive better with a G6 body for what ever reason. I am sure that is because the body works the best with my setup and my driving. But if I was to change to an Alfa I don't know how to tell exactly why I am not as fast.
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There is also a issue in durability with some of the "realistic" model bodies.. the sharp, detailed features (especially the front end) look great, but can end up being a weak point in impacts.. I've had my Skyline Xanavi for a couple years now for TCS, and the front end has pretty well been reconstructed with Goop, and weighs 50g more than any other body I have.. heheh.. I keep that one for practice.. even my F430 is cracking exactly at the detailed mould lines in the front..

On the other hand, I've had Stratus 2 and Blitz B5 bodies, and they have taken some major impacts, but beyond the cracking front wheel wells (common with any car) they're still whole and intact.

The smooth front ends can flex with anything, unlike the detailed ones.
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Why would anybody want to race a stratus? My friends mom drives a stratus. haha

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I wish they would allow for more exciting bodies at ROAR races. It would be cool seeing a Ferrari or Porshe or something instead of a Dodge.
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I agree totally agree you about racing unrealistic bodys. For TC racing Tamiya TCS racing is the way to go. I have a nismo z and an r34 for TCS racing. Its just that after spending time to make the body look nice it gets beat up while racing.

RC drifting has very realistic bodies and the speeds are more realistic in the turns. my r34 lasted over 1 years of drifting.

Furthermore we have just formed a rc rally forum. Our goal is to keep the cars having realistic looking rally only bodies, realistic performing suspension, race course and timing software. Our inhouse nerds have developed software to time 4 rally cars thru 3 sections and print out of average section times. no huge air jumps many technical turns and multi level terrain is also our goal.

first race will be this December in the Southern California area.

here is the link, check it out!

http://drccentral.com/yabb/YaBB.pl


there are more realistic rc racing out there but I don't know how nerdy you want to go.

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