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Old 09-05-2012, 09:21 PM   #1
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Hello. What are my options as far as F1 electric cars?

I know of the FW104, 3 Racing Sakura, and HPI F10. Any more I should consider?

My intentions are to buy 3 kits for my 2 brothers and myself. We will drive on open track days and will not be competing.

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i have an FGX .. great car .. i personally think it's the closest thing to an F1 car available .. inexpensive to buy but needs motor/ESC, lo-pro servo, tyres, receiver, battery and some patience to build .. fairly soon they (3Racing) will be releasing the IFS (independent front suspension) system for the FGX ... if you already have a transmitter and tools it shouldn't cost more than $250 per car (which is roughly the cost of a bare bones F104 kit) ..

i recommend though that over time you invest in some Exotek hop-ups .. and if still available the McKune carbon fibre upper deck to replace the sometimes fragile 3Racing upper deck, it works fine with the stock chassis ....
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Hello. What are my options as far as F1 electric cars?

I know of the FW104, 3 Racing Sakura, and HPI F10. Any more I should consider?

My intentions are to buy 3 kits for my 2 brothers and myself. We will drive on open track days and will not be competing.

Thanks.
Cheapest route, and a good car to boot, 3Racing Sakura FGX. If your not competing it wont need many if any hop ups. Just read the FGX thread for any tips and insights for the car. Its a cool car.
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Hello. What are my options as far as F1 electric cars?

I know of the FW104, 3 Racing Sakura, and HPI F10. Any more I should consider?

My intentions are to buy 3 kits for my 2 brothers and myself. We will drive on open track days and will not be competing.

Thanks.
Seeing that you are in Union City, home of the World Famous NorCal Hobbies
Might be a good idea to show up at Norcal for an F1 race day, to see what the locals have to say about what works best, and what the hobby shop carries parts for there

btw
Almost no one runs HPI F1 these days, not even Team HPI drivers
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Old 09-06-2012, 11:07 AM   #5
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Yes, just come down to NorCal Hobbies in Union City. Most of us are running Tamiya vehicles.

We just finished the first round of our F1 series, RC FIAhttp://www.rcfia.com, with 3 rounds to go in Northern California.

Most of us are running Tamiya cars, specifically a variant of the F104. Cars as of the last race:

F104 (I think we had every single variant racing Pro, W, WGP, X1, ver. 2)
F104 Exotek F1R
T.O.P. Rebel F1 w/ F104 front suspension
3 Racing Sakura FGX

The top 3 consisted of two F104 variants (one was a ver. 2) and a T.O.P Rebel F1 car. 1st place was claimed by the winner of the F1 class at TCS in 20ll, 2nd was claimed by the 3rd place winner of the F1 class at TCS this year. That said, up to about the half-way point of the race, 2nd place was held by one of the track owners with a standard F104 Pro with a split chassis and silvercan motor, so even though there are lots of talente drivers and multiple chassis variants, it says a lot about just how little the chassis/motor/esc comes into play compared to knowing how to setup your particular car and driving the crap out of it--4th place was just a standard F104 Pro with a seasoned driver.
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Thanks all. This is excellent information. Probably the thing to do is drop by Norcal Hobbies and see if one of you guys will let me drive one

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Thanks all. This is excellent information. Probably the thing to do is drop by Norcal Hobbies and see if one of you guys will let me drive one

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I have an F104X1, F104W GP, and an F1R. You're welcome to drive them to see which one you like. My brother-in-law has an FGX - I can ask him if he would be open you trying it out for a couple of laps or so. NorCal is our local track as well.
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