Where to get started racing in this hobby ? Spec Buggy ?

Something I’ve been thinking about for the past couple of years is a Spec 2WD Buggy Offroad class.

First got wind of this concept from a successful program at a local on-road track in New York (360v2). They run a spec hand-out motor for 1/12th and TC and its changed the game for those Entry/Low-Mid Tier drivers.

A local Turf track (Cruizin w/ RC’s) launched a similar program with a Spec buggy class with handout motor.

The class would be a bridge between the somewhat generic and often uncontrolled Sportsman class and a Mod/Stock class.

Yesterday a prospective racer asked me ‘How do I get started ? What do I buy?’

Pretty easy to talk about the purchasing decisions; but what class to start in ?

  • Stock Buggy is a Pro class and unless he wants to spend much $$$ he’ll just get smoked until he commits, financially
  • Mod Buggy, whilst better financial sense; he’ll get smoked
  • 2WD Short Course Or Stadium Truck, the class is not consistent; sometimes it runs, often it doesn’t (locally).
  • 4WD Short Course is an easy start but it does not foster good driving skills or a positive overall racing experience due to the degree of rough driving that unfortunately appears to be the norm.
  • Sportsman is the natural starter; but the class barely runs and you can end up racing against any vehicle, like a Pro4, and getting literally destroyed on the track.

So this brings me back to the Spec 2WD Buggy Class. I’ve done some limited research and I’ve come up with a starting point for ‘rules’:

  • Motor must be Reedy 17.5 Fixed Timing Motor (Part #293) – Cost $50.
    • (NOTE: This pricing is just above cost and is intended to promote the class and help racers – Please purchase from your LHS).
  • Gear box and drive train must be completely stock as comes out of the package.
  • Fixed Gearing per manufacturer – goal is the most Torque/RPM without excess heat.
    • AE 32/69
    • TLR 30/69
    • Xray 33/69 or 34/72
  • Vehicle Minimum weight must be no lower than 1500 grams minimum weight
  • Speed control must be in Blinky Mode .
  • Batteries can be charged up to MAX 8amps charge rate, to a MAX of 8.40v.
  • NO sponsored drivers (Chassis/Electronics/Batteries).

This would be a class about racing and peer Tech’ing. It would be obvious when someone is cheating and their doing lap-times WAY higher than the next guy.

What would the racer experience ?

The idea is the car will not be fast. It may barely do any Doubles , let alone Triples; but it will stay ‘rubber side down’. The cars should overall be the same speed, week in, week out. All they have to do is race each other and not worry about who has the fastest motor etc.

It should promote close racing with vehicles that are all roughly the same.

How does this affect a track ?

Sure it will potentially dilute the existing Stock and Mod 2WD classes but overall the entry count should remain the SAME (which is revenue). Those Mod and Stock drivers will have less cars in their heats but is that really a problem ? Those guys are just lap traffic, right ? (sounds harsh, but its a double edged sword – Fast guys complain about slow guys getting in their way – slow guys complain about being beat or yelled at to ‘move over’).

How would this class be promoted ?

I’d like to promote this as a 46RC Community Class, use the 46RC brand to keep the Spec Buggy ‘class’ in the public domain, with the goal that multiple tracks could adopt it and racers could travel near and far for easy, controlled competitive racing.

 

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