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Old 05-10-2013, 03:14 PM   #1
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My buddy and I want to start a local SPEC series. Pure drivers class with easy start up. The point is to provide a nice place to enter the hobby with some fun racing before the desire to modify and go faster kicks in. Initial thoughts:

Single manufacturer
RTR part numbers, no building needed
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Multiple bodies to choose from OEM
Durable as possible given entry level $$$ (between $200-$400 desired)

I am sure I could put something together for Tamiya, what other chassis should I be looking at in an effort to to have between 8-10 different racers?

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First question is "why"?

Look at VTA or USGT for your spec class. The only real difference is you are mandating a RTR.
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Take a look at this and see if it might be what you need:

http://www.rctech.net/forum/electric...pec-class.html

Breakout is now our most popular class for both onroad and oval.
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I agree with the break out. that way it doesnt really matter what you run, just dont run it too fast.
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First question is "why"?

Look at VTA or USGT for your spec class. The only real difference is you are mandating a RTR.
This won't be a sanctioned event at a local track. I have access to an area where we will be putting it on for ourselves as a starter 'league' for some local kids.
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Tamiya TT01. Most are RTR complete for around $200-250. Plenty of body style choices as well and built like tanks which will be good if being used by kids. Speeds are fast enough to be exciting but slow enough not to cause a lot of damage when crashed.
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Cheapest option: Kyosho Fazer

Better Option: Team Magic E4JR

Quality Option: Serpent S411 RTR

I would go with the Serpent if you all can afford it, it is a great car and one you can all take to a club anywhere to race and be compeditive. The Team Magic is not a bad car either and probably slightly better than the Kyosho.

You will still need to add 2x Lipos and charger to these, which will be another $100 all up from Hobbyking.
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Tamiya TT01. Most are RTR complete for around $200-250. Plenty of body style choices as well and built like tanks which will be good if being used by kids. Speeds are fast enough to be exciting but slow enough not to cause a lot of damage when crashed.
I second this. Run the stock motor/ESC, allow bearings and aluminum propshaft as the only upgrades.
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The RJ Speed Legends car would be a good choice and fit your criteria.
Single manufacturer: Yes, RJ Speed/BoLink
Single chassis
Multiple bodies: Yes, sedan and coupe styles
Durable: Yes, I run and it's pretty durable.

Our club uses the Duratrax Photon Speed 2 motor (Legends rule SPEC), a one cell LiPo, and BSR World GT tires (purple banded). We have about 8 drivers who normally run. We follow the Legends rules found on the RJ Speed website with the addition of tie rods instead of the wire steering linkages. The kits are easy to build and parts are available through tower hobbies pretty readily. A person could get started for under $400 which also meets your criteria.
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The Tamiya TT-01 is a great option for a spec class. Of course it isn't a "high end" chassis, but that is part of the reason why it is a good choice for a driver's class.

Some of the positives of the TT-01 is that most of the kits come with a brushed speed, a body, and wheels/tires. While not all of the kits come with the same motor, you can choose an inexpensive brushed motor for the class (Such as the Tamiya 540J "silvercan" motor). Another positive is the sealed drive line, which means less maintenance when running outside.

Check out Tamiya's racing website if you want additional information on rules. Here is a link to their spec/novice rules (only TT-01 kits are allowed) http://www.tamiyausa.com/tcs/tcs.php?article-id=541

As was said earlier, you can allow some basic upgrades (such as bearings). One other thing to spec out is an inexpensive battery. The basic speed controls that come with the TT-01 kits will work with a lipo battery. The newer brushed Tamiya speed controls even have a lipo cut-off.
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