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Old 12-09-2018, 09:59 AM
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I am trying to get me 10 year old son into RC car racing. We decided on touring car. The dominate class in our area is 17.5 blinky, with very slight interest in usgt. We have raced four times and 17.5 is clearly too much for him until he gets more practice. So I need some suggestions on getting the car more manageable(yes I know, practice, practice, practice, but until then..)

Should I buy a 25.5/21.5 motor and still have him race in 17.5 class?
Should I lower his throttle endpoints and stick with the 17.5?
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I have him practicing on VRC but he doesn't quite have the passion for that as much as he does Fortnite, and our local track is only open for practice on Saturdays, and it is tough to get out there every Saturday. He busted today, before the race started and was pretty down in the dumps about it.



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Just turn down the throttle endpoint if you've already got the 17.5 motor in there.

To turn it in to a game... start with a really low setting like 35% and turn it up by 5% once he does 3 laps without crashing in a row. Turn down by 5% when he crashes.
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I suggest start by turning the throttle down a bit. Cheaper then buying another motor. Now if USGT is a possibility, then buying a motor might be good idea. Pavement or carpet?
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I will start with turning the throttle down. Good idea.

It's a large paved track.

I talked with him about doing usgt, but he wants to stick with touring car for now, might have to do with the body I painted him....
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You can also turn down the punch setting in the esc to give a smoother drive.
Possibly increase esc drag brake to 10 - 20 % to help.
Set up car to be smooth and less reactive (e.g. long camber links, wider width, softer springs, full traction compound rear/ half only front, etc)
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You can also try using either a bigger spur gear or smaller pinion gear to slow it down
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Practicing isn’t easy for most of us. Ours only setup the day of racing. Awhile yes it’s not the same as running under track conditions, I’ve found that any practice helps. Still same goal. Consistency of lap times. For past few years this is my practice

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You can also try using either a bigger spur gear or smaller pinion gear to slow it down
Actually, can I suggest the other way around, and limit the endpoints? This will kill the acceleration and limit the top speed.
When I first learned to drive, the biggest problem was not really the maximum speed of the thing, but the sheer rate of acceleration. My reflexes couldn't keep up with how fast the car gained speed! I geared up in a desperate attempt to keep track of the damn thing. This bought me just enough time to realise how fast I was going before the speed truly kicked in and I blasted off into outer space. I learned to drive on a 12T 3300kv sensorless brushless.
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