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Old 10-07-2010, 07:43 PM   #1
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In your opinion, which class would be better for someone who is brand new to this hobby mini cooper or Vta?
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well what classes are popular at your local track? thats a bigger factor in how you start your hobby. welcome aboard as well.

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well what classes are popular at your local track? thats a bigger factor in how you start your hobby. welcome aboard as well.

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seems like The Track has both classes running...
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I race both and while they have similar speed, I find the a four wheel drive touring car much easier to drive than the Mini Cooper. Easier to set up as well.

We have a new TT-01 class at our track. It is even better than either of these two for the novice because they are slower and they are very simple. It also happens to be the most popular class at the moment. Lots of fun and very close racing. We run 10 minute heats and after 10 minutes, the top three cars were within a few seconds of each other.
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I started my hobby in january and was faced with the same situation. I think Mini,VTA and tt01 are great classes to get you feet wet. I must say I think Mini Cooper would be my choice only because it seems to be more popular in my area. This is inportantant because your going to need alot of help with setup from your local track racers. Ask around your track...Ask the fast guys I'm sure they wont steer you wrong. Good luck and welcome!
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Depends on the track and the classes offered, but...

I'd say VTA. You can then move up to something faster if you wish like RCGT or 17.5 Sportsman with your touring car.

Mini cooper is kind of limited to where you can progress.

Once again, that advice is dependent on your track.
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Mini Mania!!!

As simple as squeezing trigger!!
Setup-less, maintenance free, low cost, lonnnng run time.

You do need to bring some eye drop though, eyes will be dry/tired from long run times...
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I'd say either is a good start and the Track is one of the few places that has a mini turnout.

The VTA is good because it is a class you can find at most tracks and there are many people to help with your set ups.

BTW would you be interested in a Corally RDX roller with lots of spare parts set up for VTA?

I'm only going to be racing 1/12 and WGT so I don't need the VTA anymore.
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it really depends. You don't want to show up with a mini and be the only one with a mini. that happened to me once. I got thrown into rcgt. Not fun. So ask whats the most popular class.
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it really depends. You don't want to show up with a mini and be the only one with a mini. that happened to me once. I got thrown into rcgt. Not fun. So ask whats the most popular class.
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seems like The Track has both classes running...
Mini would be a good starting point, they're easy to drive. And there are good odds that people will be running the M03 and M05 chassis. Getting help on any problems shouldn't be too hard.
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Mini would be a good starting point, they're easy to drive. And there are good odds that people will be running the M03 and M05 chassis. Getting help on any problems shouldn't be too hard.

Would you say that starting in the mini class would be less expensive than VTA?
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Would you say that starting in the mini class would be less expensive than VTA?
If they are running the stock 450 brushed silver can, then yes. Mini will be way cheaper. But if they allow brushless motors, then things can get a bit pricey. I would imagine a venu that runs VTA is trying to keep things fair, fun and cheap for the drivers. You should ask what is allowed in either class before you make your final choice.
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If they are running the stock 450 brushed silver can, then yes. Mini will be way cheaper. But if they allow brushless motors, then things can get a bit pricey. I would imagine a venu that runs VTA is trying to keep things fair, fun and cheap for the drivers. You should ask what is allowed in either class before you make your final choice.


Thank you for your advice. For sure I will stop by at the Track to see what's allowed and based on that I will make my final choice.
I might be mistaken but I think they require brushless 25.5T for they VTA class..
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Mini! All you need is a mini kit, oil shocks and the right tires.

With T/A (depending on your car) you have lots more in the set up. It may take you a few outings to find the set up thats right for you. By that time you may be really frustrated. Where I race they run 21.5 open esc. Its hard on tires.

If you have a good Mini following, you will have fun. Talk with them, get the "choice" tire combo and shock set up and your golden. Then you can focus on driving.
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