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Old 07-27-2012, 01:50 PM   #1
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I've always wondered why Associated gave up on 1/8 cars. I saw a race report from the 1989 worlds where AE finished with 2 of the top 3 cars. Did the Euro cars just get too good? Not enough USA market??
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Not enough market. AE is in to selling quantity, 100 units isn't going to convince them to invest in such a product. They can develop a buggy for half the costs and sell thousands of them or a pan-car for next to nothing in costs.
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Regardless, if they were to explore that route again, i'd definitely like to have one.

I think there needs to be a US Manufacturer in 1:8 onroad. And with their knowledge in old school 1:8th on road and now the technology in TC, I think they could be very successful and help increase the 1:8 onroad scene in the states.
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Look at HPI, one Proceed against 1000 if not 10.000 Nitro RS4 models, which one will (and did) live on?
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They wont even make a new nitro TC which is a much bigger market in the states. Plus, AE hasn't been a US manufacturer in many years. They are just another arm of Thunder Tiger now.
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I've always wondered why Associated gave up on 1/8 cars. I saw a race report from the 1989 worlds where AE finished with 2 of the top 3 cars. Did the Euro cars just get too good? Not enough USA market??
Even though both the owners at the time were 1/8th scale enthusiasts , the cold hard business decision was that they would never see a return on investment from the large sum it would have taken to tool up a new car.
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Old 07-30-2012, 07:39 AM   #7
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They will never make another 1/8 on road because like everyone said there is not enough market in the whole world. The main cost associated with any new car is the molds for the plastic parts. These molds are very expensive, and these are critical to the manufacturing of any car. Machining parts from aluminum is cheap compared to the cost involved in the molds. But one has to remember that the molds are a one shot deal so if the molds are not properly done the plastic material wont disperse correctly and the parts from it will be useless or very weak. This is the major consern with any new car design.
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My opinion for what it is worth is that Associated should re - release a slightly updated RC300 BD in RTR for so as a spec class could be created.

Just a dream !
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My opinion for what it is worth is that Associated should re - release a slightly updated RC300 BD in RTR for so as a spec class could be created.

Just a dream !
But a damn good dream !
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+1 Spec 1/8th
If Ae would go with aluminum bulk heads it would be much cheaper than a mold & like a lot of manufacturers they can outsource it to an OEM to make it for them all they have to do is come up the design
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If Ae would go with aluminum bulk heads it would be much cheaper than a mold & like a lot of manufacturers they can outsource it to an OEM to make it for them all they have to do is come up the design
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My opinion for what it is worth is that Associated should re - release a slightly updated RC300 BD in RTR for so as a spec class could be created.

Just a dream !
I'd buy one! I loved my old pan cars.
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all though the initial investment is big for plastic mold injection, the return on investment is quick. Thats one reason why just about everything is molded plastic verses machined plastics.
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