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Old 05-21-2018, 11:24 AM
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Originally Posted by tony gray View Post
For anyone interested, there is talk of maybe allowing the new 3 Racing MG Mini to run down in Aus. Probably of zero interest in the US where most clubs are stuck with TCS rules, but it may be a portent of things to come.
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Been down that path before. Ends up killing the class because it turns into a "chassis of the month" contest: racing is worse; costs go up; nobody is happy.
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Old 05-21-2018, 02:59 PM
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I’d guess sticking to specific fwd chassis, fixed gearing and spec motor would keep things under control. You’ll still have people wanting to buy more expensive crap, but if you set up common sense rules, it could work.

Wait, now I think of it it, nope. Never gonna happen, except maybe down under. How do you guys keep a lid on things?
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Old 05-21-2018, 03:31 PM
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Easy (sort of). The rules are kept simple, but very specific.
My personal view on the MG Mini joining in (which may/may not reflect the feeling of the rules committee) is that the class (yes even down here) has stagnated somewhat, and even dropped back in numbers.
More of the same is not going to help things. Sometimes you have to be brave and try something new.
The car is no quicker, but at the price point is SUBSTANTIALLY cheaper and as such has the potential to attract a whole lot of people who wouldn't otherwise consider Mini. How can that be bad.

Just out of interest, I dug up our original ruleset from 2008, not a whole lot has changed.

Eligible Chassis

Tamiya M01/2 or M03 series "Front Wheel Drive" chassis only, assembled as per Instruction Manual, and no chassis/powertrain modifications allowed. With the exception of the included/optional differential which may be modified to give a locked/spool action.

Wheels/Tyres

Any commercially available rubber mini-sized tyre, in any combination and/or compound, with any insert, and standard offset mini-sized wheels.

Bodies

Bodyshells are open, with the following restrictions - No Modern (Post 1980) Touring Sedans and/or 12th scale type Wedge/Can-am Sports bodies.

Motor & Transmission

20, 18 OR 16 Tooth pinions only

Tamiya Black Can Sport-Tuned motors 53068 (23,000 rpm max), or 13T/3000KV Hobbywing OEM/rebranded COMPLETE SYSTEM with max 25 or 35 amp ESC and engraved /etched can. No modifications are permitted to motors.

Chassis

A minimum weight limit of 1330gms (with transponder) will apply. ESC, bearings and Tamiya Hot-ups only permitted, with the following exceptions Official Tamiya optional ALLOY Hot-up components may be replaced with an equivalent aftermarket part. e.g. Front/Rear Uprights, Heatsink motor mount, servo mounts, shocks.

Batteries

Any approved 6 cell Nicad and/or NiMH stick pack. Any 2 cell, Hard-cased approved 7.4 Lipo packs as listed on the ROAR website (http://www.roarracing.com/approvals/lipobattery.php)

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Old 05-21-2018, 04:17 PM
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I have been working on my V2 R as of lately in between my TC chaos and it's been a blast. Fresh lightweight Miata lid painted up in search of more speed on the black carpet. Should be a tenth or two off my old swift (less cg, less weight, better aero). The spool helps rip through the tight in field sections and makes for a Tc feel A few teammates are starting to bring them out for practise sessions (Mini is no longer raced in our area) and it's gaining some momentum again
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Old 05-21-2018, 04:18 PM
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Scale60 and airbiscuit like this.
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Old 05-21-2018, 04:41 PM
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Originally Posted by tony gray View Post
My personal view on the MG Mini joining in (which may/may not reflect the feeling of the rules committee) is that the class (yes even down here) has stagnated somewhat, and even dropped back in numbers.
More of the same is not going to help things. Sometimes you have to be brave and try something new.
I think the hobby as a whole has stagnated, it's not specific to the mini class. At a club level it's pretty quiet but at the bigger events, mini is usually one of the bigger classes when it's allowed to run.
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