Over the next few weeks, we’ll post a series of stories here on how to get started racing with us at Launceston R/C. These stories are not designed for the super-experienced among you, but for those first getting started. We can’t cover everything, but we hope to give you a few ideas on suitable cars for each of our racing classes.
We’ll start with a class that has generated a bit of conversation over the last few weeks as it has been introduced at our race meetings – the mixed 8th scale class. Click through for all a few ideas on how to get started in our super-sized Big Bangers class…..
8th scale EP buggies, truggies and monster trucks have emerged in the last few years as new motor and battery technology has allowed them to match and then exceed the performance of nitro engine powered vehicles over short race distances. You can build an EP 8th scale vehicle that is as fast as your budget is big.
Indoors at Rutherglen, massive horsepower isn’t necessary, and actually slows you down – so a more balanced approach bears fruit. If you like the idea of racing in our “Big Bangers” class, here are a few really good ready-to-run options to consider. The buggies will probably prove fastest, with truggies close by – while the monster trucks will turn slower lap times, but still be plenty of fun.
8th SCALE EP BUGGY
LRP S8-BXe: Piloted by Scott Guyatt over the last coupe of weeks this is a strong, robust 8th scale EP buggy packing everything you need to go fast. Includes LRP’s new SPX8 esc and Vector 8 motor, and radio gear ready to rumble. Note that the LRP electronics are designed specifically for 4s LiPo use and won’t handle more powerful 5s or 6s batteries. LRP offer their own range of LiPo batteries that work well. Available in Australia for under $700 ready to run (excluding batteries).
HPI Vorza Flux: The RTR buggy from HPI is a winner. Based on world championship winning D8 GP offroad buggy, this has the pedigree to go fast. Includes HPI’s own Flux power system, this is another excellent option for those wanting to get a taste of the Big Bangers class. Once again you bring your own battery pack, but HPI say their electronics will handle up to 6s LiPo. We have to say, that’s going to make the Vorza way quicker than our little indoor venue will handle….so maybe stick with 4s to get started (if all this 4s/5s/6s stuff means nothing to you, come down and chat with us about it). Available in Australia for under $800.
There are other 8th EP buggy options too. Caster Fusion, Losi 8-e 2.0, Team Associated RC8e, Kyosho Inferno VE just to name a few. Don’t be limited by us suggesting the LRP or HPI options above, they are just a couple of suggestions to get your imagination going.
8th SCALE EP TRUGGY
If you prefer the bigger, badder “truggy” style of chassis, there are some good options to consider as well, though not so readily in Ready-to-Run format. LRP have announced their S8 Tx-e will be released in May and available in Australia for less than $800 – but we haven’t seen how the electronics will handle the heavier truggy package. The Team Associated RC8T3 kit is one option to which you can add your own electronics package. For the moment the best electronics package seems to be Tekin’s R8 series, or the Castle Creations Mamba Monster Max packages. Motor spec will depend on what battery choices you run. Getting EP truggies going fast and reliably is slightly trickier than buggies, but we have a few members with plenty of experience. Come down for a visit and ask us about going EP Truggy racing.
8th SCALE EP MONSTER TRUCK
Your other “Big Banger” option is to go the monster truck route. Monster trucks won’t turn the same lap times as buggies or truggies, but that’s not always important.If MT is what you like, there are two clear favourites among a host of contenders:
Traxxas E-Revo is an outright monster. Big presence, big power, loads of fun. The original version feature’s Traxxas’ own 550 sized dual brushed motors and can be picked up quite cheaply (under $700 in Australia). The newly released version packs a Castle Creations Mamba Monster power system, handling up to 6s LiPo packs for some unbelievable grunt and topped off with Traxxas own 2.4ghz radio system for trouble free running. Available in Australia for a little over $1000, once again you’ll need to bring your own batteries to the party.
Meanwhile HPI offer the Savage Flux. Once again it’s brushless power plant can handle up to 6s LiPo for some ridiculous horsepower in a well put-together package. With plenty of nitro powered cousins in the Savage lineup, HPI have tonnes of option parts and are widely available in Australia at competitive pricing. Add a set of HPI’s on-road tyres for some extra grip at Rutherglen and anything is possible. Available for about $850 in Australia.
8th scale (Big Bangers!) racing is not for the feint-hearted. These are big, fast, powerful machines that will get your pulse racing. There are loads more options beyond what we’ve listed here, but these are all suitable for our race track. Buggy is perhaps the easiest, and quickest of the options, but if you’re a truggy or monster-truck fan, you are most welcome to come and race with us.
Launceston R/C….the home of miniature motor sport.