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Old 12-04-2009, 12:28 AM   #1
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Default Best performing body for Trans Am/vintage class?

Let me clarify also, our class allows newer bodies such as HPI Lexus, NSX, Corvette, 350ZX etc. Even though it started out as a Trans Am class, no one runs the vintage bodies. Gotta be 200 mm.

So which body that meets these specs produces the best lap times? (in your opinion) Our track is small and technical, 7.8 seconds is the lap record. 21.5 brushless only.

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ps: does that Mazdaspeed 6 that everyone talks about qualify?
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Let me clarify also, our class allows newer bodies such as HPI Lexus, NSX, Corvette, 350ZX etc. Even though it started out as a Trans Am class, no one runs the vintage bodies. Gotta be 200 mm.

So which body that meets these specs produces the best lap times? (in your opinion) Our track is small and technical, 7.8 seconds is the lap record. 21.5 brushless only.

Thanks!

ps: does that Mazdaspeed 6 that everyone talks about qualify?

I've won I few races with the VW New Beetle in 12th and touring. The secret is pink with flowers paint and an extra wing mounted on the rear deck.

In other words, run what you think looks good.
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I've won I few races with the VW New Beetle in 12th and touring. The secret is pink with flowers paint and an extra wing mounted on the rear deck.

In other words, run what you think looks good.
I agree with the jest of this post. If you care what body handles the best then you should be running another class.
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Ask on an RCGT thread. They would be better to ask.
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Gak and "snoopy", I appreciate the useless responses. This class is very competitive and I assure you somewhere around, um, 0% participate to "look good". For the record, there is no other class with any kind of numbers here locally.

Does anyone else have a constructive answer, I would appreciate it.

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With the small track and slower speeds the bodies have little affect. Choose what u like to look at most. The mazda 6 touring body would not be legal. Basically the body rules follow that of RCGT but you can always get clarification from Steve.

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With the small track and slower speeds the bodies have little affect. Choose what u like to look at most. The mazda 6 touring body would not be legal. Basically the body rules follow that of RCGT but you can always get clarification from Steve.

See u at the track.
Thanks Jared for the info. It seems you and a few others have gone to that squarish Lexus body (which you have to admit is far less asthetically pleasing than any of the sports car bodies) Given that you have been doing this for a while and were competitive on a national level in other classes, I have to think there's an aerodynamic advantage to these bodies.

The 2nd fastest guy locally (right behind Kirkwood) runs a squarish BMW couple body and said they can have a huge effect on handling. I just ordered the Elise and he said due to it's relatively small size it has little downforce and is basically terrible to run.
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Gak and "snoopy", I appreciate the useless responses. This class is very competitive and I assure you somewhere around, um, 0% participate to "look good". For the record, there is no other class with any kind of numbers here locally.

Does anyone else have a constructive answer, I would appreciate it.

Thanks.
No, I'm dead Fing serious:



My 84g touring body vs 124g RCGT NSX vs 154g Camaro VTA don't make a hell of a lot of difference to the lap times at the slow speeds in this class.
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Thanks Jared for the info. It seems you and a few others have gone to that squarish Lexus body (which you have to admit is far less asthetically pleasing than any of the sports car bodies) Given that you have been doing this for a while and were competitive on a national level in other classes, I have to think there's an aerodynamic advantage to these bodies.

The 2nd fastest guy locally (right behind Kirkwood) runs a squarish BMW couple body and said they can have a huge effect on handling. I just ordered the Elise and he said due to it's relatively small size it has little downforce and is basically terrible to run.
Wait a sec...he just said they have little effect and you said because he runs one that it must be giving an advantage...you ever think he runs it because he likes it? Sure to a lot of people the squarish bodies are ugly but to some they are not. If anything typically a squarish body will have a worse effect not better. If it did you'd see a lot more of those and a lot less Mazda 6's at national events. Take his advice and run what you like...it isn't going to make enough of a difference on handling.
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Gak and "snoopy", I appreciate the useless responses. This class is very competitive and I assure you somewhere around, um, 0% participate to "look good". For the record, there is no other class with any kind of numbers here locally.

Does anyone else have a constructive answer, I would appreciate it.

Thanks.
Locally is the ticket there champ. I think you failed pretty miserably in asking the question properly and now you are ticked at me because you didnt like the answer. You ask about the best body for VTA and yet you elaborate that you arent really running VTA. Then you finish with your little Mazda 6 comment which in its irony was the body that made thousands of racers sick of racing tc because all of the cars looked the same. The spirit of VTA in its initial concept was about slowing the class down to a pace that the aerodynamics didnt play so much of a part in the handling of the car. So excuse me if I think your question has no point to begin with.

For real help please refer to Robk's answer above and go to the RCGT thread.
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The HPI Elise or NSX would be good choices...they both did well at the HPI Challenge this year in Dayton. I ran a Saleen one year and liked it as well...
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Locally is the ticket there champ. I think you failed pretty miserably in asking the question properly and now you are ticked at me because you didnt like the answer. You ask about the best body for VTA and yet you elaborate that you arent really running VTA. Then you finish with your little Mazda 6 comment which in its irony was the body that made thousands of racers sick of racing tc because all of the cars looked the same. The spirit of VTA in its initial concept was about slowing the class down to a pace that the aerodynamics didnt play so much of a part in the handling of the car. So excuse me if I think your question has no point to begin with.

For real help please refer to Robk's answer above and go to the RCGT thread.
I agree, you started out with VTA went to RCGT and then plain old TC. Make up your mind.

If you are sticking to 200mm then try the Ford GT it may not be the best handling but sure is cool. The Lambo Countach is neat.
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I actually choose the body I'm running because it is really beefy. I like the fenders and my thought was it might hold up better against the wooden track barriers. Before that body I was using the HPI Civic simply because I own a 98 civic that I drive around daily.
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I agree, you started out with VTA went to RCGT and then plain old TC. Make up your mind.

If you are sticking to 200mm then try the Ford GT it may not be the best handling but sure is cool. The Lambo Countach is neat.
I love HPI's Lamborghini bodies, but it seems as though they no longer offer them. They are no longer listed on their website.
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SC430 is a great handling body.
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