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Old 10-09-2013, 05:13 PM   #1
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Looking at getting a road car to run when I am not running off road. Wanted to see what would be the best platform to go with for fun racing and the ability to run the car at various locations in So-Cal. Have been looking at pan cars and F1 but I am completely lost when it comes to racing classes and such. Any help would be great!
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there is not such a thing as a "best car". look around at what other people are running and look for what catches your fancy.
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Most cars are so similar you can pretty much pick your favorite color and go from there.
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Old 10-09-2013, 06:29 PM   #4
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Check out the OFNA H4e.
High quality car at a great price!
You can see the car racing at TQ in Chino CVRC in San Diego.

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http://www.rctech.net/forum/electric...g-car-kit.html
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If I were to ask you what is the best car for offroad you would probably say there are a number of high quality cars. Go to the tracks you are planning on racing at and get a good quality common car. You'll get set-up advice and can share parts.... You will also need to see what class you want to run. This is best done by watching and asking questions at your local track....
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figuring out where you can race would help first. then go from there. I race parking lots.
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Check out the OFNA H4e.
High quality car at a great price!
You can see the car racing at TQ in Chino CVRC in San Diego.

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http://www.rctech.net/forum/electric...g-car-kit.html
+1 This or Spec-R Pro Spec, or just about any chassis that tkes your fancy. If i had not just bought 2 Spec-R's i would have bought Hobao/Onfa H4E's as i am a Hobao fan boy and the chassis is sweet looking.
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Old 10-09-2013, 07:26 PM   #8
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Hi Guys,

Thanks for the feedback. Think I asked the question wrong, I understand there is no "best" car, was thinking more of what class is good to get into rather than what specific car within that class. I called a couple of tracks but they did not give me much info. Sadly, the track I use to run both on road and off road at is no longer open so all of the info that I did have is no longer relevant.

I will look into the cars listed to get started.
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At TQ RC, the most popular classes are sedan and F1.

WGT and 12 scale pan car have also seen an increase in attendance lately.
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btw, if you do get into sedan, +1 on the Ofna H4e.
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Sedan is a fun class. Try 17.5 stock or 21.5 vta if you are just starting out. Both are easy and cheap to get into.

As far as all the sedans from spec r and ofna. I would rather just get a nice used t4 or maybe even a t3 or a used 417/416. You will get better parts support and will probably have more open knowledge about how to get the car to perform at its peak.

I'm definitely not saying there is anything wrong with the more budget oriented tc's. They just wouldn't be my first choice.
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My vote would be with a Tamiya! You have the Tamiya America track, you can participate in the TCS nationals to possibly win a trip to Japan, also you do have good team support being in Socal. If you are on a budget the TB04PRO is a good option. If you want to get the best quality I would hang on until the 418 gets released here in the next couple of months. I believe December is when it is arriving.

As far as class 17.5 sedan is always a sure bet if you are just getting into it. 13.5 is the next step up and plenty of people in Socal run this class.

F1 is also not bad since there is the UF1 series that jumps between multiple tracks. I participate in the UF1 series when I can and it's always a great time and has a high level of drivers that do it and is very unique.

Feel free to PM me if you have any questions about Tamiya stuff and I am more than happy to help you out!
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My vote would be with a Tamiya! You have the Tamiya America track, you can participate in the TCS nationals to possibly win a trip to Japan, also you do have good team support being in Socal. If you are on a budget the TB04PRO is a good option. If you want to get the best quality I would hang on until the 418 gets released here in the next couple of months. I believe December is when it is arriving.

As far as class 17.5 sedan is always a sure bet if you are just getting into it. 13.5 is the next step up and plenty of people in Socal run this class.

F1 is also not bad since there is the UF1 series that jumps between multiple tracks. I participate in the UF1 series when I can and it's always a great time and has a high level of drivers that do it and is very unique.

Feel free to PM me if you have any questions about Tamiya stuff and I am more than happy to help you out!
Yes tamiya is the bomb.

I really like how even their ta/tb series can actually be tuned to perform really well on a track. I really enjoy my ta05's.

If you have the funds though go for one of their trf cars. I just am not a hard core on-road racer so I wouldn't get the benefit out of dropping so much on a trf.
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Thanks a lot for all the info and being willing to help, very cool! Would love a Tamiya but to be honest I kind of get lost when I go to the Tamiya site! Would love to be able to go to their track though, nice extra perk. In reality, I will most likely eventually get a pan car, f1 and sedan its just figuring out where to start. Think the F1 might be calling my name, love the scale look.
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If you haven't figured this out already... Don't buy from the tamiya site directly unless it's a discounted item or car, or you can absolutely not find the car/part elsewhere. They charge full msrp, you could literally drop a small fortune on that website.
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