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Old 12-10-2007, 10:00 PM   #16
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imo
i think there should be a rule 1 every 2 years.
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Old 12-10-2007, 10:08 PM   #17
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lol i still run a tc3, granted some people cant even tell its a tc3 when they look at it at first glance...

I like how associated holds onto a design for a while. Lets parts support and stuff ramp up enough to have everything covered. Try running a XXX-S or any similarly old models from another brand. I can still find parts almost anywhere i go for my tc3, so ive never felt the need to ditch it.


Though it will happen once i get the money...just dont know what to get now... :P
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Old 12-10-2007, 11:04 PM   #18
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man, fk04 foc FTW. only thing it needs is the easy access diff design. could do c hub or pillow balls, long or short arm.. batteries straight or 3x3 or 4x2 or 5x1 on either side. makes an excellent dirt oval latemodel.

might be ditching my 415 to free up some cash for pan cars.
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Old 12-12-2007, 06:07 AM   #19
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It doesn't really matter as long as they don't stop supporting the last ones. No, but really, I think they should as soon as they make significant improvements to the last one.
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Old 12-12-2007, 06:38 AM   #20
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It doesn't really matter as long as they don't stop supporting the last ones. No, but really, I think they should as soon as they make significant improvements to the last one.
I agree. It sucks when they come out with the new model and then parts start to get scarce for the older one. There kinda forcing you to upgrade that way and it's just not cool.
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It doesn't really matter as long as they don't stop supporting the last ones. No, but really, I think they should as soon as they make significant improvements to the last one.
I agree.
Most designers are in perpetual improvment mode and once they have exhausted
the capabilities of that design and need to revamp original concepts, a new chassis is born.
I feel some companies produce kits to accomodate what the market will bear, if we keep buying the newer mousetrap not necessarily the better one.

They dont put out millions a year for fun, this is buisness, The bottom line is the bottom line.
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Old 12-12-2007, 07:15 AM   #22
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The boss at one of the biggest sedan companies in the world told me that there is no limit to how frequently you can release a car. They have done studies and the number of racers looking for new cars is always greater then the number of guys that leave your brand becuase you come out with cars too often.

That said there are 2 reason to release a new sedan.

1. A genuine improvement that makes the car faster.

2. Sales are sagging and you need a sales surge.
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Old 12-12-2007, 07:58 AM   #23
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I think a better question should be how long should a company have to supply parts for older cars. I dont care if they come out with a new car every month. As long as if I decide not to upgrade I still have access to a parts supply.
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Old 12-12-2007, 08:21 AM   #24
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hey all: or8ital i agree 100% with ya keep parts comming for older cars for us racers that can't buy the latest and greatest car every few months.I think that companies determine how often to release a new car based on the growth and popularity of a given class as well as what other projects are taking up their time?Just my thoughts thanks
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Old 12-22-2007, 01:56 PM   #25
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corally does the best job at this the because the rdx has been around for a while they keep it updated then finally cae out with the phi. losi,and team ass. comes out with a car about every 3-4 years, but a few updates here and their if necessary would be nice. xray well i really dont see how you justify making a new car every year when all the others still run the same car, if you have the best car like you say a new car is really not needed just updates.
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Old 12-23-2007, 06:12 AM   #26
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When they aren't competitive in the major races and have done all the updates they can to make the car better. Then its time for a blank sheet of paper and a new design.
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When you release a new car every year, I think that you send mixed messages. First you are giving your loyal fans the very best that you have to offer. If the car and upgrades are available to the team guys, then make them available to the general public. On the other hand, you are admitting that you didn't get it right the first time and you need to change it again. Losi waited a long time to "get it right" and probably lost alot of sales. Associated rested for a lonnnnnng time and fell behind. With Xray, you know that a new kit will be out in another nine months, so why bother with the new one. Corally will offer you $300 in upgrades after the car hits the market. Which one is better? Only you and your wallet can answer that.
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