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barker 02-12-2008 06:25 PM

need a new rc car but which
hi i am new to this forum as you can see :nod: i am fairly new to rc cars i have a tl-01 at the minute but i took it club racing last week and it didnt go half as fast as the other cars as i had stock tamiya motor and they had 27t but i am looking to go back with a new competitive chassis but i am on a fairly tight budget of anything up to 130 i am maybe thinking of somthing a couple of models behind the latest but not far off its performace the ones i have been looking around for are
schmacer mission 1,2,3
tc 3,4
yokomo bd
xray t1
is there any i have missed that are good but still on the cheap side

kn7671 02-12-2008 07:44 PM

Are you racing rubber or foam at your local track?

If cost of concern, and you don't mind a used car, look for a XRay '007, Schumacher Mi3, or Corally RDX Phi. All of these cars are leaders on the track with ample support.

If you want new and competitive, the Associated TC5 seems to be picking up a little steam on setup support, plus the parts are cheaper than most.

barker 02-12-2008 07:53 PM

i am planning on racing standard for a year and that means i have to race on rubbers are losi xxx-s still competitive

Xtant3150c 02-13-2008 01:34 AM

How do you think your TL-01 would have performed if you had a 27t stock motor instead of the Silver can? Do you think it would have been more competitive if it had equal power/speed? If so how about getting a 27t stock motor first and see how things go?

But if you want a better chassis (and almost anything else will be better ;) hehe) then all the cars you listed will be a big improvement over the TL-01.

Giving you a more adjustable and efficient racer. Look at the cars the other racers are running and ask them questions about them.

Kirby Masterman 02-13-2008 03:33 AM

Well the Schumacher Mi3 is probaly the easiest car to work on and make go fast. If you do go Mi3 I can garentee you will have so much fun playing around with all the different simple changes that you can do.

Like changing the top deck to flexi standed stiff or '08
or changing the dif heights with two screws..
It really is the easiest car to work on.

if you really start getting into the hobby and start touring around the country and then around the world you would probaly want a Hot Bodies because no matter where you go there will be somebody to help you out.

Otherwise, run what the majority is running at your club because then you will be able to help each other out when you have problems, or get what evere you local hobby shop (LHS) sell because you can always drop buy and ask for a part and some advice.

good luck finding a car that suits you ;)

MrUnlimited 02-13-2008 04:29 AM

I would choose the Yokomo BD or TC5. TC5 is probably one of the cheapest competitve cars with carbon/alloy parts ever made and they are fast too! The Yokomo has been around for a while has been proven that it is competitive.

tc3team 02-13-2008 04:58 AM

If you're only racing at club level consider the Tamiya TA05. Very capable car and very upgradable if you've got the money.

Mine went from this:


to this:


Has the Version 1 3racing graphite chassis on it with trf shocks. Ive had a few people ask me what car it is lol :)

racingboy14 02-13-2008 05:50 AM

Losi type r all the way! It has great part support and setups avaliable :nod:

kn7671 02-13-2008 06:37 AM

Originally Posted by racingboy14 (Post 4173471)
Losi type r all the way! It has great part support and setups avaliable :nod:

Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't Losi just stop sponsoring On-Road racing and telling their drivers to take a hike?

If I were the person looking for a new car, I would want something that is supported by some local racers, and the the company still has an interest in supporting...

Losi has already stopped production on some add-on parts for the Type-R.

barker 02-13-2008 06:47 AM

thanks for all your help they seem to be racing the x-ray t2's and the schumacer mission i see a schumacer mission on ebay with peak charger and spares 105 fully running is this good ?

barker 02-13-2008 06:48 AM






SANYO 3300 BATTERY (RRP 45.00)





VOLVO V40 BODY (35.00)


joe of loath 02-13-2008 09:35 AM

Originally Posted by barker (Post 4173579)
thanks for all your help they seem to be racing the x-ray t2's and the schumacer mission i see a schumacer mission on ebay with peak charger and spares 105 fully running is this good ?

that's suspiciously cheap.... check the guy's seller rating. and i notice the sign ;) where are you in the UK?

barker 02-13-2008 09:43 AM

yeh i from the uk i noticed not many are from the uk on here

daveaustin5 02-13-2008 10:23 AM

Most of the suggestions on this thread are ridiculous! Where is he going to get an MI3 or TC5 for 130?!? Both retail at around 270.

Barker; what do you want for your budget? Most of the competitive cars come as a bare chassis with no electrics. So you'd have to continue to use your speed controller, radio and motor from your Tamiya. No matter what car you stick them in, you're not going to go much faster.

I'd avoid the Schumacher Mission. As a new starter you're going to be crashing it quite a bit. Getting spare parts for the mission (it's a very old chassis) will be hard. If you want a decent car for a good price, try and pick up a decent 2nd hand TC4. You can pick them up on ebay for around 60 for the team or 80 for the factory team. That would leave you with a bit of change to update your electronics. You can also get parts easily from Apex models.

To be honest, I'd stick with the Tamiya for a couple of months until you get used to racing. It's a decent car to learn with.

party_wagon 02-13-2008 11:03 AM

If your car is running slower then the other cars then it is not the car, but the batteries & motor. Since you are running a stock motor just like everyone else that most likely isn't the problem either. So, your problem most likely lies w/ the batteries. Some batteries will deliver more power then others. I would wait to purchase a new car or any upgrades for that matter & get yourself a good lipo & charger. This will be an investment that will make your car much faster & it will be one that you can cary on to your next car. If there is still more speed to be desired I would purchase a larger pinion gear. You should be able to easily find a lipo & charger in this price range. These packs are popular in the u.s.
you will want the 7.4 volt one.
You will also want to purchase a low voltage device of some sort.
this would make a good charger.
Then you should be able to find a power suply for a fair price.
w/ the tl-01 you will probly have to do a little chasis hacking to make the pack fit since the tl-01 isn't made for a standard stick pack. A good cheap car would be a hotbodies cyclone s, they sale for about $140usd. Since your budget is really only enough for the batteries, charger, & power suply I would just save your left over money & then you can put it towards a new chasis. A new chasis will not improve the speed of your car though. It will improve the cars handling once you get a fast motor/battery combo.

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