R/C Tech Forums

Go Back   R/C Tech Forums > General Forums > Electric On-Road

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 05-24-2007, 04:37 PM   #1
Tech Fanatic
 
Nexus Racing's Avatar
R/C Tech Elite Subscriber
 
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 848
Default Agree or Disagree? - "club racing is now cheaper than it has ever been"

It seems that the majority of tracks are allowing brushless and lipo, more than decent premounted rubber tire sets are available for $32, a pair of electric foams costs as low as $13. There are even finally very decent $200-$250 car kits available again that can be hopped up to full race-spec (much like when we bought TC3's and then added option parts as desired). Going even deeper, the cars are much more durable, the CVD's don't look worn out after 2 runs, the aluminum diffs have blades that protect them from wear, etc.

One can certainly argue that the up-front costs are similar, but I have noticed that the weekly costs have been super low.
Ever since brushless and lipo has been allowed around here, there have been an odd number of happy faces .

Is this the cheapest that electric on-road club racing has ever been? Is electric on-road ripe for growing?
__________________
NEXUSRACING.com

Last edited by Nexus Racing; 05-24-2007 at 05:01 PM.
Nexus Racing is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-24-2007, 05:58 PM   #2
Tech Lord
 
syndr0me's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: 5280 Raceway
Posts: 13,140
Trader Rating: 32 (100%+)
Default

It definitely seems that way. Not only cheaper, but easier to maintain for those of us with busy lives, thanks to the reduced maintenance. Other manufacturers seems to have mostly caught up with the idea of a "luxury" touring car, without the cost.

Not only is it cheaper, but it's much harder to be out bought.
syndr0me is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-24-2007, 06:21 PM   #3
Tech Elite
 
tallyrc's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: palm city, fl
Posts: 2,594
Trader Rating: 12 (100%+)
Default

arun that you? maybe where lipo is legal, but i'm still not sure there is really a class that a casual racer can get into and have good fun without getting blown off tracks by even local hotshots.. this is a track issue more than car issue, but the lack of a true spec class i think is still a big financial problem for the hobby.. most tracks only have stock and the difference between the haves and have-nots is a problem for joe newbie.. once your in, costs are ok, but cheap doesn't come to mind... when i started racing touring (95 ish..) my yokomo yr-4 sport was state of the art at $120. you slaped in a stock motor right out of the package, ran stick packs (cause that is what it took) and the tires lasted a season... of coarse the track was set up with old fire hose so you never broke anything... getting a tear in my eye just thinking bout the good old days...
__________________
WWW.STORMERHOBBIES.COM helping keep pan cars alive!

Turns out not where, but who your with that really matters... DMB
tallyrc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-24-2007, 06:25 PM   #4
Tech Addict
 
KE4PJO's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Columbia,Tn.
Posts: 642
Default

Nope, it isn't cheaper. Most of us just got smarter.
__________________
"If at first you don't succeed, sky diving is not for you" Unknown
"A bad day racing is still better than a good day at work" Me
KE4PJO is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-24-2007, 07:00 PM   #5
Tech Lord
 
syndr0me's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: 5280 Raceway
Posts: 13,140
Trader Rating: 32 (100%+)
Default

There are a lot of tempting options out there, many of the expensive, and many of them unnecessary. Unfortunately, it takes a lot of experience to know what you need and what you don't, inevitably with some mistakes made along the way. And the advice out there isn't always the best, or most cost effective. It's still a rough trail for people starting out. It's getting better for experienced racers.
syndr0me is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-24-2007, 08:03 PM   #6
Tech Champion
 
AdrianM's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: Tampa, FL
Posts: 5,914
Trader Rating: 4 (100%+)
Default

A well prepared budjet racer can beat a big money racer any day.

Making sure you car is clean, menchanically perfect and setup properly costs nothing.

Turning lots of laps in practice even on beat up tires costs almost nothing.

Pick a car, stick with it and learn how it works. Just try stuff to get a feel for that changes it generates.

These three factors can make you faster with old batteries and motors than a guy whos setup is wrong and car is a hoopty no matter how much money in equipment he has.
__________________
Adrian Martinez
What I run: Schumacher Mi5/Associated RC10R5.1/Associated RC12R5.2/Futaba/HobbyWing/Team EA Motorsports/BSR Racing
Where I run: Florida Indoor R/C Complex/Thunder Racing/Florida On Road State Series
AdrianM is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-24-2007, 08:35 PM   #7
Tech Adept
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 213
Default

I'm starting out 1/10 and it's quite a hit to the wallet. Even though I have done other RC, I needed to buy:

1. a Cyclone $250
2. a body $25
3. wheels and tires $40
4. tools ($40)
5. a charger (replace my destroyed one)
6. a battery (I have only stick packs, $50)
7. a receiver ($50)
8. a servo ($50)
9. a setup board, droop gauge $50
10. a stock motor $30

That's a great deal of money.
Yub, yub, cmdr! is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-24-2007, 08:46 PM   #8
Tech Master
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 1,135
Trader Rating: 35 (100%+)
Send a message via AIM to Sean R
Default

... until you start throwing away receipts and hiding it!
Sean R is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-24-2007, 08:55 PM   #9
Tech Addict
 
Iceracer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Canada
Posts: 656
Trader Rating: 1 (100%+)
Default

If its cheaper than its ever been, its still too damn expensive. Foam tires on carpet, you can't be competitive with no name stick packs, you need a decent charger, power supply, discharger, equalizer, 2-4 good packs of cells that last only a season, a tire lathe or access to, tires wear or chunk in only a couple of weeks, comm lathe, entry fees. Its no kids sport. I'd say minimum $1500 investment to be half ass equipped, and that's no tire or comm lathe or setup board and tools. End result, few takers.
Iceracer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-24-2007, 09:01 PM   #10
Tech Fanatic
 
Ghetto's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: The Ghetto
Posts: 958
Talking

Lets face it . this hobby ain't cheap at any level
__________________
RDSquared, 5Nines, Ghetto racing, Webb Designes,Evil Monkey Motorsports,Old is good VTA ,Johns Moblie Racway,MRH racing,Old school.Also if you have a curfew or something else you should be doing ,don't make your problems MINE.And forget Terris famous cookies,
Ghetto is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-24-2007, 09:26 PM   #11
Tech Champion
 
TimPotter's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: Boynton Beach Fl > Randoph NJ
Posts: 7,481
Trader Rating: 14 (100%+)
Send a message via AIM to TimPotter
Default

Arun,

At the club level... running rubber tires.. yeah it can be pretty respectable.
__________________
Clean Title & Escrow|p3|TRF|Tamiya|SerpentAmerica|FSEARA|Team Butter|RC 3|Munno |RCTECH #29|EAMotorsports|BMI|Novak|SpeedPassion|RadioPost
TimPotter is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-24-2007, 09:44 PM   #12
Tech Rookie
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 11
Default

Its deff not cheap but if your smart about it you can get into it and stay in it. I am only 16 and managed to sell and save to get a used xray t1 and spectrum dx2 for only 300$ duratrax ice for $80 and i'm building my own pack for about 100$ when i can get the money right now i run my stick packs to try and dial my car as much as i can before i get a real pack. I mean you don't have to be older to get into the hobby myself i just wanted it bad enough
vault is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-24-2007, 10:03 PM   #13
Tech Elite
 
wallyedmonds's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Brampton ont canada
Posts: 3,662
Default

um its not cheaper than the old days,ill tell you that
battery's $25
car $125.00
radio $120.00
mod motor $70.00
stock motor $25-$35
racing 5 bucks but then it went up to 10.00

so you see it was cheaper back then
ok the $ was different then too but if i was 15 years old today i would not be doing rc.
wallyedmonds is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-24-2007, 10:28 PM   #14
Tech Fanatic
 
Nexus Racing's Avatar
R/C Tech Elite Subscriber
 
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 848
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Ghetto
Lets face it . this hobby ain't cheap at any level
Taking it a step further...racing isn't cheap at any level. I don't expect RC racing to ever really be cheap.

I think electric on-road club racing has a lot of appeal right now, and the week-to-week costs are definitely lower. Anyone remember when the race entry fee was the consistently the lowest expense of each race day?

It's hard to tell whether this appeal will actually materialize into any real growth; there's a lot of bickering going on right now...
__________________
NEXUSRACING.com
Nexus Racing is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-24-2007, 10:39 PM   #15
Tech Rookie
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 11
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Nexus Racing
Taking it a step further...racing isn't cheap at any level. I don't expect RC racing to ever really be cheap.
I deff agree with you on that one but you have to remember its not like were driving real cars and trying to support that ?!! The thing that gets me is that I still found that it is easy maybe even easier than ever because I can use the internet to buy used equipment to get out their and race with quality stuff ofcourse once you get in you can always save and get that brand new kit. It could be a whole lot worse than it is now.

The bottom line is it may not be cheaper on your young or older wallets but it is easier thanks to the internet and wider spread of knowledge about hobby r/c racing
vault is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
STUFF FOR SALE """"LQQK """" EZRC R/C Items: For Sale/Trade 1 03-13-2007 07:20 PM
"""NEW""" Collari .21 3 port buggy motor lc21-b3 goneRVing R/C Items: For Sale/Trade 7 12-20-2006 06:25 PM
STUFF FOR SALE """"LQQK """" EZRC R/C Items: For Sale/Trade 11 10-22-2006 09:49 PM
""" XRAY FK05 """ excellent cond/super clean/stock evostyle R/C Items: For Sale/Trade 9 06-29-2006 10:04 PM
ALEX RACING DESIGN Club Enthuse 4 "CE-4" Full Loaded rccplayer R/C Items: For Sale/Trade 6 10-12-2003 05:36 PM



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -7. It is currently 05:11 AM.


We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
Powered By: vBulletin v3.9.2.1
Privacy Policy | Terms of Use | Advertise Content © 2001-2011 RCTech.net