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Old 12-27-2021, 03:59 PM
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This is the first time that I'm posting in years. I am debating on getting back into racing and I'm at a loss... I really only have experience with 1/10th on-road nitro cars and it appears that most of the major manufacturers lean more towards 1/8th electric off-road RC these days.

I'm not opposed to electric, but is there any particular manufacturer that I should be looking at for an off-road carpet/outdoor vehicle? All of my previous cars were HPI RS4 2 (which I still have in multiple states of disarray).
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Tekno RC is probably your best bet for 1/8-scale off-road racing.

You can always drive your nitro cars for fun, y'know. You don't have to race them.
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There is also 1/8 nitro on-road racing. Serpent makes cars for this size of racing. Check out for the following link...https://www.serpent.com/xcart/cart.p...category_id=26
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Originally Posted by fyrstormer View Post
Tekno RC is probably your best bet for 1/8-scale off-road racing.

You can always drive your nitro cars for fun, y'know. You don't have to race them.
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There is also 1/8 nitro on-road racing. Serpent makes cars for this size of racing. Check out for the following link...
Thanks for the replies and input. I ended up picking up a 1/8 Arrma Infraction tonight with few extra Lipo batteries and charger.
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Originally Posted by BMoscato View Post
Thanks for the replies and input. I ended up picking up a 1/8 Arrma Infraction tonight with few extra Lipo batteries and charger.
Seems to me that Arrma has opened up a new market for on-road "bashing" based on 1/8 and larger scale platforms. Where previously just about anything on-road seemed to be more racing-oriented. It is interesting to see how the hobby evolves over time.
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Seems to me that Arrma has opened up a new market for on-road "bashing" based on 1/8 and larger scale platforms. Where previously just about anything on-road seemed to be more racing-oriented. It is interesting to see how the hobby evolves over time.
Agreed, it's a cool little truck and it will be interesting to see if this opens up a new sport. That said, I ran the truck for a little while this morning and it's definitely lacking in speed... I'm assuming that this is due to motor and/or gearing. I've seen a few threads where people have converted to a brushless motor.

Also, out of the box (prior to running the truck on any surface other than a stand) the right front tire/rim has an odd wobble at all speeds.
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Originally Posted by BMoscato View Post
Agreed, it's a cool little truck and it will be interesting to see if this opens up a new sport. That said, I ran the truck for a little while this morning and it's definitely lacking in speed... I'm assuming that this is due to motor and/or gearing. I've seen a few threads where people have converted to a brushless motor.

Also, out of the box (prior to running the truck on any surface other than a stand) the right front tire/rim has an odd wobble at all speeds.
The Infraction is a 6s truck. Or did you buy the roller.

Itís designed for high speed
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The Infraction is a 6s truck. Or did you buy the roller.

Itís designed for high speed
I bought the Infraction Mega which is the 1/8th scale brushed motor version.
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Originally Posted by Billy Kelly View Post
The Infraction is a 6s truck. Or did you buy the roller.

It’s designed for high speed
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I bought the Infraction Mega which is the 1/8th scale brushed motor version.
The original Infraction is a 1/7 scale 6S capable brushless truck.

In the past few months, Armma released a smaller 1/8 scale Infraction which currently only comes with a brushed system. If you want a faster brushless RTR on the same platform as the 1/8 Infraction, Arrma also recently released the Vendetta which is 3S capable out of the box. You could check out the motor/esc combo that comes with the Vendetta and upgrade your Infraction with the same, similar, or maybe more powerful 4S system.
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Originally Posted by DARKWAV View Post
The original Infraction is a 1/7 scale 6S capable brushless truck.

In the past few months, Armma released a smaller 1/8 scale Infraction which currently only comes with a brushed system. If you want a faster brushless RTR on the same platform as the 1/8 Infraction, Arrma also recently released the Vendetta which is 3S capable out of the box. You could check out the motor/esc combo that comes with the Vendetta and upgrade your Infraction with the same, similar, or maybe more powerful 4S system.
Thanks you, that was the plan I was looking to start with... Use the 3S electronics from the Vendetta (Spektrum BLX100 ESC and Firma 3200Kv motor) since they are a direct swap. Possibly going to upgrade to the metal differentials.

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Originally Posted by Billy Kelly View Post
The Infraction is a 6s truck. Or did you buy the roller.

It’s designed for high speed
Eh...it's a "truck" insofar as it has a truck-shaped body on top. The suspension clearance is nowhere near what I would consider to be a RC truck. Even Arrma calls the Infraction a "car" in some places, such as the Google search result for that model.
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Yeah, "street truck" would be a better way to describe it so yo know you are getting an on-road setup with a truck body.
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Originally Posted by fyrstormer View Post
Tekno RC is probably your best bet for 1/8-scale off-road racing.

You can always drive your nitro cars for fun, y'know. You don't have to race them.
I'm actually sorry that I didn't go this route originally... I like their SC truck. Now, do I stay in the Arrma arena or go with a Tekno is the question?
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Arrma is better than they used to be, but Tekno is still much higher quality. If I were going to beat the hell out of a RC on a track full of jumps, I'd go with a Tekno. You will recoup the initial expense eventually by not having to buy replacement parts nearly as often.
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Man, I thought this was gonna be another pros & cons thread to a never ending debate. It sure does seem that nitro RCs dwindle every year.

Congratulations. You took the bait. You're back in the groove again. Didn't take long at all to start thinking about upgrading a brushed RTR, or move on to a kit where you can choose what gear you want to install. Everybody has their preferences which way they want to go in the hobby.
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