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Old 09-06-2017, 09:08 AM
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Hi everyone!
I am looking to start doing a little electric on road touring car racing. I have done a bit of homework on the race classes from RAOR racing, reedy, and IFMAR, but still seem to be lost on what class I should start chasing.

I found the 17.5 turn stock TC class that looked the easiest to start with, given that I believe it is mostly driver skill related.

MY question is: Is the stock 17.5 TC class a good class to start heading toward?

Some background on me and my goals with this.

Goal: Compete in club or some newbie reedy/ roar races. Really trying to see if I like this kind of racing, and if not at least at the end of the day I have a neat car.

Plan: Build or buy a modest 17.5 stock TC spec car to practice and race with.
World like to try and remain as light on the cash as possible, plan on buying and putting together a car with mostly used parts. (I understand this is not a cheap hobby)

Location: Austin, Texas

Any advice on the classes or what car to start with would be great. Could not find to much on how to start with this on the google machine.

P.S. Please forgive my noobie mistakes first post not sure if this belongs in this forum or not.

Thanks!
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Old 09-06-2017, 09:22 AM
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Hello and welcome to the hobby! The best thing to do is look at where you would run locally and see what they run in terms of classes. 17.5 is the best to get started in however it has gotten really fast and they are now looking at moving to 21.5 Stock TC. Also look at what parts they stock that should be the car you look at especially if its in your budget. I love to fix my car that day not have to wait to order parts or have to carry my own mini hobby shop! Best of luck to you
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Old 09-06-2017, 09:25 AM
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Check to see what classes are run. On road popularity is varied from area to area. One place might have full house for multiple classes. Another in same area might only have two classes.

Cost. Doesn't take much to bust the $1,000 mark with TC. I'd suggest considering looking for used before jumping on new kit.
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If you are into lower cost, spec everything except chassis, super competitive and low pressure racing then look no farther than USVTA especially if you don't mind the older muscle car bodies. There is not a better bang for the buck than VTA.
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Thanks for all the quick responses.

I will most likely be travailing a lot to race events which is why I am trying to follow a ROAR standard.

If I understand correctly most of the classes changes have to do with motor size or modifying.

Also what are considered lower end chassis? should I be looking for older model chassis like a T4 2015 and not the current T4 2017 or are the completely different chassis to look into?
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You could use same chassis in any class.

Low end chassis would be like SpecR, Sakura, BT-4. I'm using a BT-4. It's not chassis that's got me running behind the XRays. It's lack of racing experience. The fast guys would be faster then me with my car.

Remember there are other cost in racing.
Race fees. I pay $20 for 2 classes. Same classes at indoor would cost my $40 each race.
Tires. Depending on surface will determine how often to replace. It's about 3 -4 days( 4 heats per race day). Around $30+ a set
Transponder. One time cost, around $85. Can share between vehicles but most usually end up with one per car
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Check out N-Control, awesome track in your area. Most popular class is 25.5 TC, that's what the locals run there. You can always swap out to 17.5 whenever you like, same everything except for motor. The ROAR nats will be there in November.

https://www.facebook.com/ncontrolrc/

The basic:

1/10 onroad roller kit
Tires (most tracks have spec tires, buy it there)
Servo
ESC, blinky mode
ROAR legal motor
T2 body
Rado with RX
Hardcase 2s Lipo
Transponder - Mylaps or AMB (required if you're racing) some tracks have their own system, check first
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+1 on everything b20 said. For a transponder make sure it's the 2 wire, 3 wire will not work. Track is awesome and so are the folks that race there, super friendly and willing to help.

I came back to racing after a 20 year break. Been racing 12th scale at n-control since July. After football season I'll be back with the 12th and a TC in 25.5
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I tried on road. Bought a gently used TC and quickly realized I was in over my head. No offense to the on road crowd, but if you think off road is nerdy with setups and such, wait till you try on road. It took me 3 days and sold the car off and bought a tamya mini and enjoyed that much more. They are tougher and MUCH easier to set up. TC cars are really ......dainty
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Originally Posted by buster8787 View Post
I tried on road. Bought a gently used TC and quickly realized I was in over my head. No offense to the on road crowd, but if you think off road is nerdy with setups and such, wait till you try on road. It took me 3 days and sold the car off and bought a tamya mini and enjoyed that much more. They are tougher and MUCH easier to set up. TC cars are really ......dainty
Your words all got backward lol. No offense to OFFROAD crowd, but onroad is much more DIFFICULT should be right lol.
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