Getting Started

How to get started...

The best advice that we can give anyone is to come down and to have a look for yourself, see what brands are used mostly at the track, ask questions and see if you catch the bug!

When racing its always important to have a BRCA race licence. You can join and become a member by clicking this link... BRCA - Membership

For additional information head over to the brca website where each item is explained in further detail... BRCA - Getting Started Guide

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What class should i race?
This is a entirely your choice... 
 
Buggy
Buggies are the most popular choice amongst the racing scene. They are 4 wheel drive, with fully adjustable settings to alter the car to the way you like to drive. Agility and performance are key to a sucessful car.
These are avaliable in both nitro and electric versions. 
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Truggy
Truggies are basically a larger version of a buggy. Still 4 wheel drive, just slightly longer and wider. Truggies are easier to drive and ride the bumps easier but usually arent as fast as a buggy to the extra weight. 
These are avaliable in both nitro and electric versions. 
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Nitro or Electric?
Do you like the noise and the smell or the peace and quiet... 
 
Nitro
All platforms within 1/8th nitro off road are powered by a 0.21 (3.5cc) nitro engine. The fuel that is used is a premixed formula and has a 25% nitro content. Race engines are usually started utilising a starterbox rather than a pull start.
The engines then use centrifugal clutch and clutchbell which will transfer the power through the drivetrain of the car. 
There are many brands of engines on the market to suit all budgets but the best advice would be, get the best brand new engine you can afford!
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Electric
Electric motors are much simpler than tuning a nitro engine. The motor uses a speed controller as its 'brains' which will control the throttle/brake. Motors have different kv ratings (how much power they produce). The common KV ratings within off road racing is 1900kv or 2100kv. The motors usually are powered by a 4s (14.8v) hardcase lipo battery. 
Again the same as nitro there are many brands on the market to suit all budgets but the best advice would be, get the best brand new engine you can afford!
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Transmitters 

Again this is all down to your personal preference and what feels confortable for you...
There are a vast amount of price ranges on the market and many manafacturers out there including Futaba, Sanwa, Spektrum etc.
 
Wheel Transmitter
Wheel transmitters are upon the most common ones now as they are normally included with a 'RTR' car. The design of these allows for a more natural hand positioning compared with the stick transmitters.
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Stick Transmitter
Stick transmitters aren't as common compared to the wheel transmitters. The design of a stick transmitter allows for a more logical thinking process of what each stick does, forwards, brake, left and right. 
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Tyres
Tyres are upon the most important part of racing...
All of the money you spend on your cars, engines, and go faster hop up options, its the tyres that make you go round the track!
 
Dirt Tyres
Dirt tyres are usually a block type tread pattern. There are hundereds of types of dirt tyres out there, varying in tread patterns and compound.
A larger block tyre usually is an 'safer' tyre for a beginner meaning its versitile more suited to all weather and track conditions.
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Astro Tyres
Astro tyres are usually a pin type tread pattern. There are several makes out there on the market. Schumacher are upon the market leaders of the astroturf tyres and again they vary in tread patterns and compound.
The most common for use in the wet would be a 'Spiral' and in the dry would be a 'Mini Pin'. 
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Servos & Transponders
Tyres are upon the most important part of racing...
All of the money you spend on your cars, engines, and go faster hop up options, its the tyres that make you go round the track!
 
Servos
Servos are upon one of the key factors in any car. They operate the steering and also the throttle & brake. The ideal torque of a servo is 15kg+. Servos are linked to the cars reciever which in turn 'talks' with the transmitter. They are powered usually by a 6v ni-hm reciever pack or a 7.4 lipo. 
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Transponder
Transponders are small devices that are installed into your car, powered from your reciever, that records your lap times to the clubs timing software. These are usually approx the size of a 20p piece. There are 2 main brands which are used throughout the country, AMB and MRT. Its always worth checking with the event organisers as for which timing system they use. 
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