Carpet Off Road open for business in Perth!

Carpet Off Road open for business in Perth!

Adding to Perth’s growing RC racing scene, the Perth Radio Electric Car Club (PRECC) has completed the final touches on their indoor carpet off road track in Morley, WA.

The PRECC club has been around for many years, running weekly club racing for EP On Road racers at their indoor facility, in recent times the club has moved around, finally settling into their current location at 26 Boag Place, Morley WA 6062 (behind the Bunnings warehouse).

Adding to their existing carpet on-road track, the club has now added EP Off Road to their roster, with a new track build behind the existing circuit, allowing both tracks to share the same drivers stand. To do this, the club has relocated their pit area to the back of the building. The track itself is quite small…well its very small to tell the truth, which adds a certain element of character to the new track. The measurements come in around 20m x 10m in size, made up of older on road carpet segments, and utilising a double-crossover, a clear perspex tunnel and a fantastic wall ride, the ladies and gentlemen behind the scenes have spared no effort to deliver a great new track to throw our cars around on.

I’ve had the opportunity to work with the committee in the last few weeks. Testing various tire options, minor layout changes and offering some advice on future plans, the track is very technical and crazy fast, delivering 14-16s lap times with a 2WD Modified buggy.

Due to the size and fast-paced nature of the track, the track is only open to 1/10 vehicles (No EP8!) but even then it will be a challenge for even the best drivers to turn a perfectly clean run by themselves, let alone with a full field of cars on the track! But fear not racers, the layout is easy to grasp initially, after a couple of battery packs you can expect to driver comfortably around the track on decent pace. The club have been looking to address the issue of size, at the moment the track is probably too small to run a full 10 cars at once, so they plan to start out racing with 8 car heats. They have expressed a long term idea for the addition of an upper-deck back straightaway; which will add a 6th lane and open up the track to allow 10 car heats.

The off road track is available for practice on Tuesday nights while they hold their regular on-road club racing, and the plan moving forward is to host weekly Saturday night off road racing, so as not to clash with the other EP Off Road tracks in Perth (West Coast Model RC and Belmont Radio Controlled Car Club) which both race weekly on Friday nights.

The official launch race night is next Saturday July 1, doors open at 3pm, racing from 6.30pm. Typical carpet tires seem to be working best (Schumacher mini pins & cut staggers 2WD / Wide Stagger rib 4WD works best for me so far) however its very fun to throw down your dirt car on an old set of pin tires and cut loose! The only other thing needed are some shock tower protectors (if your car has carbon towers), a few pieces of hacked up old wing, or the bottom of a coke bottle make great protectors that are easy to make and fit to your car!

Hit up the PRECC Facebook page to stay up to date with all the info.

See you at the track!



Another Aussie Business: Melbourne Hydrographix Depot

Sounds like some kind of swimming body paint, not even close.  Hydrodipping is a method of applying printed designs to three-dimensional surfaces and whilst it is known by many different names, the results are no less impressive on whatever it is applied to, especially radio controlled cars.

Based in Victoria, Melbourne Hydrographix Depot (you can find them on the web here or on facebook here ) can cater for all of your Hydrographics, commonly referred to as water transfer printing, needs.  It was in the applcations of RC cars that it caught my eye.

Have a look at some of these samples and talk with them about your next custom painted radio, body or chassis.

What 2wd Short Course Truck for racing in 2014?

In my mind the Short Course Truck has done a lot to invigorate electric 1:10 off road since it’s appearance in the form of the Traxxas Slash which brought the fun (and fender rubbing) back to a lot of RC Racers.  The Short Course Truck was also affordable, durable and brought a lot of new people into RC racing with it’s scale looks and handling.  Now another two generations down the line, what are the options out there at the moment if you want to buy a Short Course truck for racing in your local 2wd SCT category.

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The Slash is still the original Short Course Truck, and it is still available almost unaltered from when it was first released back in 2008 as a RTR.  In racing terms, the slash died off when the 2nd generation of lower centre of gravity short course trucks appeared.  That said, I have seen many a beginner racing a slash, and in some cases very successfully, partially through the Traxxas Low CG chassis version that was released recently, and the Proline Low CG conversion kit that has now resulted in the Pro-2 truck. Today there are no less than 6 different versions of the Slash available varying from the original through to Robbie Gordon editions, Ford F150 SVT Raptor versions, and the latest version with an On Board Sound generator to sound like the real thing! Interestingly there is no version which comes with the Low CG chassis as seen in the Traxxas Rally, but it is an option for around $40 USD.  The Slash is still tough as nails, and always looks great, but as a racer has been dynamically eclipsed in most forms.

Team Associated

Associated were the 2nd cab off the rank in the Short Course Truck market releasing the SC10 in 2009.  Based on the popular RC10T4 it had a much lower CG and was if you like the style of the 2nd generation of Short Course Trucks to hit the market.  Whilst still durable, it was more competitive and race oriented due to it’s close relationship with the T4. Today you can still buys a SC10 RTR or you can get the SC10RS (Race Spec) with some upgrades, or the SC10.2 is available as a kit.  Now the kits are always something that racers like because they can build up their car, add upgrades and electronics of their liking to them.  Ironically few RTR versions of SCT’s actually meet the motor and esc requirements for the AARCMCC sanctioned SCT class as most are sensorless.  Associated also hit the mark with the SC10 for another reason, they came with a plethora of good looking bodies, in many cases modeled off the real thing in one of the various Truck Racing Classes from TORC, CORR or Baja. Like all trucks of the time, it is still rear motor configuration only, but on most tracks that still works just fine.

HPI Racing

HPI came to the short course party in late 2009, and like the SC10, it too was based on a Stadium Truck, in this instance the bulletproof E-Firestorm.  The Blitz was a RTR with scale Maxxis Trepador tyres, a 15t brushed motor and NiMH battery with wall charger. This was the Short Course that I wanted as I had an E-Firestorm at the time.  However I never actually bought one because as a racing vehicle it was soon overshadowed by the Blitz ESE Kit released in 2010.  The ESE stood for Erik Shauver Edition , the designer of this racing special variant of the ESE.  Visually it stood in stark contrast the the black plastics of the Blitz because it used stiffer White and Grey plastics in virtually every single part of the vehicle.  This was a blessing in terms of handling, but a curse in terms of durability.  Personally I have snapped two ESE Chassis, but the 3rd one is still going strong, as is the whole vehicle some 4 years of racing later, although it is for sale at the moment, but more on that later.  This was the first all white kit I had seen since the very early Associated Kits, and something that is still fairly unusual, probably because it always ends up looking dirty! Today the only variant of the blitz still on sale is the Blitz Flux RTR, a brushless version of the standard kit with new electronics, radio and tyres. THe Blitz still is available in a rear motor mount only configuration.


The Ultima SC hit the tracks in 2010 based on a lengthened RB5 Buggy, and it was a good platform, albeit one that I didn’t see much of personally.  There was also a kit version with the upgrades you would expect in the form of the Ultima SC-R as well.  However the Ultima SC6 released early this year was the truck that really brought Kyosho back to the rest of the pack. The offspring of the RB6 Buggy and RT6 Stadium Truck, it very much looks like a stretched alloy chassis that is in the RT6 with all of the Short Course parts that you expect to see.  As well as the alloy chassis, there is mid or rear motor configurations making it a true 3rd generation truck. Great shocks and a competitive platform well and truly makes the SC6 a top of the line competitive SCT.

Losi & TLR

Losi started in the SCT game with their Strike in 2010, and from the little I saw of it, it wasn’t particularly popular, at least not at my club. However things greatly improved for Losi when their new racing arm, TLR, released the 22SCT based on their popular TLR22 Buggy in 2012.  This was a quantum leap forward in vehicle dynamics, bringing a narrow alloy chassis and a re configurable motor position that allowed for the traditional rear mounted motor, or a mid mounted configuration for high traction surfaces that were becoming popular at the time.  In essence defining the layout of the 3rd generation of Short Course Trucks. Today the same revolutionary platform is still available in an updates form of the 22SCT 2.0 boasting a range of updates and improvements, and is still one of the top choices for racers around the globe. The added benefit of the 22SCT using the buggy platform is that you have some parts commonality between the 22 Buggy, 22SCT Short Course and 22T Stadium truck if you race a few classes.

Team Durango

Team Durango is a very young RC manufacturer, starting with a 4wd Buggy of their own design in 2009 and branching out into many different classes after that.  Today they have fantastic 2wd and 4wd platforms in 1:10, as well as Buggy and Truggy platforms in 1:8 scale.  2011 saw the release of Durango’s DEX210 2wd Buggy, but it was not until 2012 that the DEST210 Stadium Truck and DESC210 Short Course Truck were released on the same platform.  Like the Losi, the Durango features a variable configuration that allows mid and centre motor placement which in my mind places it as another 3rd generation SCT.  However unlike the Buggy which has a narrow alloy chassis, the Stadium Truck and SCT feature a composite chassis.  To all accounts the platform is a good one, and I’ve got a DEX210 Buggy myself now. The DEX210 is on the upgraded V2 version now, and I hear that the V2 SCT is on the way soon as well, but for now the original DESC210 is still for sale, and for a rather good price, which is why I am finally saying goodbye to my Blitz ESE (or trying to) in order to get a DESC210 to become my Short Course race truck.


A late comer to the Short Course game, Serpent only released their Short Course Truck earlier this year in the shape of the Spyder SCT SRX-2 RM (I know, long name).  Based on the buggy with almost as long a name, it has some interesting design features such as lexan inserts on the side nerf bars to try and stop some of the parachute effect that Short Course Trucks are famous for when jumping. Like the Durango it uses a composite chassis although rumor has it the buggy is having some issues with breaking chassis. It looks like Serpent is going to go the route of different models for Mid and Rear motor mounts, but unlike the buggy, there has been no sighting of a mid mount version yet, but I think that is only a matter of time before it appears.  A Kit or RTR version of the Spyder SCT is currently available.

Other Players in the SCT Marketplace

There are many other Short Course Trucks in the marketplace from players such as ECX, ARRMA and Helion, and I am not for a minute saying that they can’t cope with the rigors of a race track, it’s just that they are not designed as racers, and the design and upgrades available for them reflect that, as well as the strength of the materials used.  A bashing vehicle tends to have softer more flexible parts which will take a hit readily, but a race vehicle tends to trade durability for composure and handling on the circuit through stiffer or lighter materials.

Short Course Trucks have not found favour with every manufacturer either.  Tamiya have no SCT offering, which is interesting as some of their early trucks could certainly be pointed to as the source of SCT, but in truth it’s popularity was fuelled by the Traxxas Slash despite it not being the first to the party by some years. To date there is no SCT from Schumacher for example, although photos of prototypes have appeared in recent times.  Xray is another major racing brand that still does not offer a SCT.  I suspect to some of these manufacturers still see Short Course racing as a fad that won’t last, and for a long time that is how it was considered by many in the industry I think.  However SCT has brought a lot of new people o the RC Racing scene and many have stayed and loved it.  I know the close racing and low level of repairs is what attracted me to it initially, as well as strong numbers at my local club.

It is also interesting to note that many people who started in Short Course Trucks are also stepping up into the Stadium Truck class which is helping to fuel a re emergence of interest in that class to levels not seen for a decade.

2nd Hand Trucks

I have said it before, and i’ll say it again, don’t discount looking at a 2nd hand truck.  You do not have to have the world’s best Short Course Truck to race and have fun.  In fact nowhere is this more true than in the short course class. This is especially true of the offerings from Losi, Team Durango and Kyosho where their 3rd generation trucks have had upgrades to new versions, sparking some very good deals to be had out there.

Will SCT Last?  I don’t know, nobody does, but for the time being it is a popular and fun class that looks more realistic than any other being raced.  If you haven’t had a try, beg borrow or, well borrow not steal, and give it a go, you might just like it!

Why Ask Ray Munday for Help?

So who is Ray Munday and why should you be asking him for help with your race RC Car?

You see Ray  wants to make sure as many people as possible are aware that they can talk to the factory drivers and ask questions, not just wait them to write about what they are interested in in magazines, forums or blogs.

Why Ray?

Well Ray is a sponsored driver, he is sponsored by JConcepts, Novak and Team Associated off-road electric products in Australia.  You will often see articles written by Ray in Racing Lines about vehicles, or setups that work in different areas. However what more is there to know about Ray?  Well have a read below to see what Ray had to say about himself.

My Background: I have been racing electric off-road since 1992 and am the Australian factory driver for Associated / Reedy, JConcepts and Team Novak. I race 1/10 electric off road only (2wd, 4wd and SCT) and am based in Melbourne.

Outside R/C racing: I am a professional mechanical engineer working in full-size off-road vehicle development (for Toyota) and have previously worked in F1, WRC and Dakar.

The help thread was started as a way to assist people to get the most out of their cars and equipment in Australian conditions. A lot of the setups online are for high grip, smooth, perfect tracks – not like most in Australia. I’m happy to field questions on all topics in rc, and not just on the brands I am sponsored by.

The thread that Ray refers to is the Ask Ray Munday thread on the gigantic RCTech forums, specifically linked below.

The thread itself is certainly worth a read with reviews, insights, hints and tips on so many facets of RC Off Road racing. These include setups, reviews of cars, reviews of tyres, driving tips and all sorts of hints and help offered to people over the years.

So instead of reading about it in Racing Lines, be a part of it and get your questions answered!

What 4wd Buggy to race for 2014

I have written a couple of “What to Buy” type articles before, and with the release of the B44.3 I thought I would add a what 4wd Buggy to the list! We won’t separate into RTR or Kits because there are very few competition level 4wd buggies that are available as RTR’s. Mid mount or rear mount motors, well there are variations to positioning, but in 4wd they are all mid mounted. I may have missed out some, but I think I have most of the major models in the 4wd game at the moment.

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Team Losi / TLR

TLR had a bit of a gap in their lineup until recently when the 22-4 was added to their range.  A development of the older XX-4 (not the XXX-4 that replaced that) it is unusual in that it sports a triple belt drive system rather than the driveshaft arrangement found more commonly in other 4wd Buggies.  Featuring an alloy chassis that is the current trend in buggy chassis it follows the norms there, but the forward motor, triple belt drive system certainly makes it look a bit different under the hood.  Ball Differentials at each end to provide drive and a cab forward body finish off what is an impressive package.  TLR even throw in two sets of wheels for the 22-4! Battery wise, it is Saddle packs here, although you can accommodate a few different sized packs.

Team Associated

The newest player on the 4wd block, although with a revised rather than all new car, is the Associated B44.3.  The B44 platform has been no slouch, and the .3 iteration adds some important updates.  An Alloy chassis being one notable feature update for this model along with a floating motor and servo mounts. Weight distribution is also a key flexibility with the ability to run a Front motor, rear saddle battery pack configuration, or flip it all around to with a rear motor configuration with a shorty pack on the opposite side. Gear differentials are a new feature to cater for the current generation of high grip, and/or indoor tracks, however the previous generation ball differentials are compatible.


The new ZX-6 Buggy is the natural choice for a Buggy form Kyosho which comes as a kit as with the B44.3 and 22-4 above, however there is a 2nd choice from Koysho.  That 2nd choice comes in the Ready to Run Dirt Hog Buggy which is a fraction of the price of the ZX-6 Kit.  Yes, it is nowhere near as competitive as it’s big brother, but as a vehicle for somebody wanting to try out 4wd Buggy for a smaller slice of your hard earned dollars, or a younger driver getting in to the hobby.  Based on the Fazer platform it comes with a 2.4ghz radio, slipper clutch, 27t brushed motor and ESC, NiMH battery and charger.

Let’s talk about big brother now, the ZX-6.  Like the B44.3 the ZX-6 has a configuration that can be altered from a shorty battery on the right or left, through to a saddle pack layout, although the ZX-6 has a few more configurations available than the B44.3.  Alloy chassis is the name of the game here as well, and the shocks are the quality we have come to expect from the ZX line of Kyosho vehicles.  Ball differentials at both ends and an aggressive cab forward body finish off what is always a high quality product.


For the most part Traxxas is a Basher brand, not racing.  This is illustrated by them not having a 1:10 4wd Buggy in their lineup.  So if you are a Traxxas Fan, move along, nothing to see here.


The much hyped, and long delayed D413 is the still hard to get Buggy from HPI/HB. It’s layout is a little different to the norm with it’s designer, Torrance Deguzman focusing on strength first to give the driver confidence to push on.  It has a very similar layout to it’s predecessor, the Hot bodies D4 and D4 WCE with a Carbon Fibre chassis, but very different front bulkheads/shock towers, with a triangular arrangement with front and rear arms bracing the arrangement.  Gear differentials x3 (front, centre & rear) are another defining feature.  This is something normally reserved for the big 1:8 buggies, but has been packed into the small D413 platform.  Another unusual feature is monocoque suspension arms with adjustable stiffness plates.  A Saddle Pack or Shorty configuration are also battery placement options along with Front or Rear motor placement options.  Whilst one of the more unusually configured buggies, it has proved itself at the 2013 Roar Nationals at the hands of Ty Tessmann where he took the win in the D413.


Xray are no strangers to off road racing with their luxury, and very competitive, 8th scale buggies, and now they have a fighter in the 10th scale ring in the form of the XB4, with the XB4 2014 being the latest version of the Buggy.  A key feature of the XB4 is the composite chassis frame with separate front and rear chassis plates allowing the entire rear suspension to be mounted in the standard position, or directly to the aluminium chassis with some optional parts. The front and read differentials are bevel gear types for lifespan and reliability, however optional ball differentials are available.  Saddle pack batters are the only battery configuration option here.


The CAT series of 4wd Buggies from Schumacher are legendary in their home country of England, and the latest version, the CAT K1 Aero is no exception. Sporting a Carbon Fibre chassis, nut guards on the shock towers to protect them from damage, gear differentials front and rear, twin efficient belt transmission and awesome black anodised parts, it is a car that looks as good as it performs.  Not the cheapest car with all the carbon fibre, but one that can perform on any world stage.


Bolstered by the addition of Atsushi Hara to their ranks of racers they have suddenly shot into the limelight.  It’s not that they are new, they just had a much lower profile in the west until recently.  In 1:10 their platform is the S104 EK1 which is a little hard to find much information about from their website, and to be honest, i’ve not seen anybody in Australia racing one, but it’s an option none the less.  I have seen a Kit and RTR version in different places which is unusual for a competition 4wd buggy.  It comes with two different bodies as well, one for salle pack configuration and a different one for shorty battery packs. Alloy chassis and shaft driven it’s layout is fairly conventional with maybe the exception of the 14mm wheel hexes.

Team Durango

Now onto it’s fourth version, the DEX410 V4 is an affordable car that is well engineered and proven itself on a range of race tracks around the world.  Stronger gear differentials and a narrow alloy chassis are features of the Buggy. The saddle pack battery configuration is a little different with the rear driveshaft running over the top of the batteries, and removed in order to change them.  The car comes with an almost bewildering range of adjustments, which means it can be made to work well on any circuit.


Yokomo also has a player in the 4wd game with their B-Max 4 III.  I’m afraid to say I know little about this platform, although I have seen a few people racing them.  Shaft driven, Gear differentials, Saddle Pack battery configuration and an alloy chassis all look top notch quality, and up to date in terms of their design.  It is just a manufacturer that we don’t hear a lot about.


A big name in RC Cars, but one that you don’t often see on the tracks with their TRF503 4wd Buggy.  Perhaps it is the price, nearly double some of its competitors, or maybe it is the …… no, really it;s the price that puts it out of reach for the average racer and for that much more over some fantastic other buggies in this sector that cost less, it’s hard to justify.

The Best things seem to come from Bicycles – Bezerk RC

It seems that so many things seem to have started with bicycles, Look at the wright brothers, who started out working on bikes, and so the story of Bezerk RC also starts with bikes.

Paul Sims has been fabricating most of his life, from cars, and motorbikes through to working for his fathers business, Greenspeed, an Australian manufacturer of recumbent bicycles (laying back rather than sitting on top).  Paul worked at Greenspeed for some time from fabrication, to R&D, production, outsourcing and whatever was needed. Just like any family business, he still finds himself working there most days fabricating for the business, as well as his own company, Bezerk Cycles, that has been operating for some time, mostly generating work from word of mouth.

2009 saw a friend give his son a promotional RC truck which reignited an interest in the hobby for Paul who had always wanted one himself, and so Paul ended up at Knox Off Road where he still races today, in fact he tells me that he currently holds the title of the club President, so he isn’t leaving any time soon.   Naturally Paul’s mind ventured int fabricating hand made parts for these cars, from electric conversions to custom parts and mid mount conversions for buggies and trucks.

Initially borrowing a friend’s mill to fabricate parts occasionally, a friend who raced with Paul at the BRCCC suggested that he “start a facebook page”, and suddenly a global market for Bezerk RC appeared and as the number of inquiries from around the world increased it suddenly appeared that it could be a viable business by itself. So that dreaded trip to the bank manager was made, funds procured and Paul set about making his own Mill.  Yes, not one to take the easy way, Paul scratch built his own CNC Mill. It took a few weeks, what I expect was an incredibly steep learning curve for new software and equipment, and Paul was up and running with his own equipment.

Paul told me that, The supply of carbon was always the hardest to find. My current supplier is providing material that many customers and reviewers have had nothing but good things to say about.  Bezerk parts have gone to most places around the world, the Internet of course makes that happen. He prototypes for other peoples companies and outsource work if required.


Custom work has always been the focus of the work at Bezerk, whether it be replacing a hard, or impossible to find part, to parts with minor changes to suit a users needs, right up to completely custom parts and chassis.  Making a dream into reality as Paul puts it.  Requests come in every form from fully fledged cad drawings to sketches on pieces of paper.

From your regular club driver or basher to drivers of other teams, the list of Bezerk customers, and parts, is growing daily. Parts start from around $10 for a pair of BD7 battery hooks for example up to $90 for any onroad chassis. Looking through not only the price list on the facebook page, but the photos and information about projects that Paul has undertaken is certainly a glowing reference of his fabrication skills and the imagination of his customers.

From concept to reality. Bezerk RC’s first 12th scale, based on an xray platform, narrowed up chassis, relocated shock pickup and carbon side springs with set screw tweak adjust.

To find out more about Bezerk RC, or to have a look at the work that they have done, check out their facebook page at and tell them Aussie RC sent you 😉

What to Buy – Rally Cars

Hello to all on my first blog post for Aussie RC News!

For those of you that know me, you know that I love Rally, in both it’s full size and small scale versions.  Even to the extent of keeping up with what is happening with the fairly active Colorado RC Rally Championship.

Given the recent release of a Rally car from Team Associated, I thought we would have a stroll through the RC Rally cars that are available on the market today, or soon in some cases.

Today I am going to focus on three similar vehicles mostly, the Losi TEN Rally X, the Team Associated ProRally and the Traxxas Rally.  Why?  Because all there are a similar size, 4wd Short Course truck based, Ready to Run vehicles. These are a good compromise between looks ,handling, durability, capability and price. Let’s start with some numbers, prices I have pulled from Amain Hobbies and are a guide only.

Traxxas Rally Losi TEN-Rally X Associated ProRally
Length 552 mm 540 mm 535 mm
Wheelbase 324 mm 334 mm 324 mm
Width 297 mm 296 mm 296 mm
Based on LCG Slash 4×4 Ten-SCTE ProLite 4×4
Waterproof Yes Yes Resistant
Motor 3500 KV 3900 KV 3500 KV
Tech  – AVC  –
Price  $410  $520  $380

Traxxas Rally

Of these three focus vehicles the Traxxas Rally was the first to the party with the first release of the official Low Center of Gravity (LCG) Chassis for the slash 4×4 platform.  Fitted with a low hatch type body and rally tyres the Rally expanded on an already popular shaft driven 4×4  platform for Traxxas. By all accounts it has certainly hit the spot with regards to durability and price although there has been some criticism of its BFGoodrich replica tyres and handling, but it was never a dedicated rally platform to start with so you shouldn’t expecting handling like the rally cars on television. Some criticism has also been leveled at the car for it’s lack of resemblance in shape and livery to a real vehicle, but I don’t think that is enough to not want to buy it.

I am quite partial to the Traxxas Rally in green.

Losi TEN-Rally X

Whilst the Traxxas Rally isn’t exactly an older vehicle, the Losi TEN-Rally X is a fairly new release and was one of Losi’s first models to be released with Active Vehicle Control from Spektrum.  Similar in appearance to it’s 1:24 micro scale cousin, it is a much larger package with a bigger punch.  Shaft driven and in the conventional layout of most 4×4 short course trucks, it is fitted with rally inspired tyres and a hot hatch style rally body. However the addition of the AVC to this vehicle appears to contribute to it’s price, almost a clear $100 more than the offerings from Traxxas and Team Associated.

Looks great in action.

Team Associated ProRally

Released less than a week ago this rally beast is based on the Prolite 4×4 short course truck from Team Associated.  The associated has a much more realistic looking hatch body with a Rockstar sponsored livery that makes it look spot on like a real rally car. A good price point which appears to be under $400 USD this vehicle is listed as having water resistant components, whereas the other two vehicles here are listed as being waterproof.  How waterproof any are in real life I can’t ascertain from here, but as more real world reviews appear that will reveal itself.

Looks more like the real thing, and a good price.

Other Rally Options

Now these three are far from your only options when it comes to rally cars, there is everything available form 1:24 rally cars up to the gigantic 1:5 Rally Car (both form Losi actually).

The HPI WR8 Flux available currently in the Ken Block 2013 GRC (Global Rallycross) livery is one that comes to mind.  Marketed as a 1:8 scale vehicle it has a similar wheelbase to the above three vehicles, but is actually a much smaller vehicle than these supposedly 1:10 scale vehicles from Traxxas, Losi and Associated.  The big difference is the WR8 is much narrower and is not only a licensed body shape with a real livery, but is nearer to a more accurate model in it’s scale.  At $480 USD it is a great looking vehicle for the money, and very durable and powerful, but a bit of an orphan when it comes to wheels, tyres and bodies with it being almost a unique size and scale outside of HPI.

The Tamiya XV-01 is another that I really wanted to include, mainly because this is my personal rally ride at the moment.  With a range of realistic bodies available because it is the standard 1:10 size of most touring and drift cars. For scale realism, this is the car that ticks the boxes.  This belt driven vehicle has protection for not only the belts from dirt and debris, but for the electronics of the radio and ESC as well.  The motor is front mounted giving this vehicle an amazing scale handling characteristic.  However where it falls down is it’s small scale.  You really need to find some scale terrain to drive it on.  On blue metal, it suffers and gets rocks jammed in the steering, on a 1:10 off road course the obstacles are simply too large.  Whilst I have loved it, I have found fewer off road places to drive it than I expected.  Don’t let that put you off, if you have the right kind of terrain, it is an absolute BLAST to drive.

Rally cars can not be spoken of without looking at the Rally Legends models.  Whilst not the most technically complex or advanced vehicles, they more than make up for this in incredible scale looks.  With licensed bodies and liveries of famous rally cars such as the Lancia Stratos, Fiat 131 Abarth, Lancia Delta S4, Lancia 037, Ford Escort and Iveco Tracker Dakar Truck. and

In the LARGE scale, you have the monstrous, $2000 Losi Mini WRC car, complete with AVC, 29cc petrol engine with EFI, 800 cc fuel tank, remote operated start and a licensed Mini Body.  Great looks and would sound great, but out of the budget of many drivers.

Slightly smaller is the Kyosho DRX VE, marketed as a 1:8 and 1:9, but more like a 1:7 scale vehicle.  Realistically it is a similar size to the three short course converted vehicles featured in this article, but the electric and nitro versions of this model have been on the market for some time.  With a few licensed bodies available the DRX VE is more like a converted 8th scale buggy than short course truck in it’s layout, size and configuration fitted with tenth scale electronics.  At around $400 USD it is a big model capable of covering a broad range of terrain.  There are some weak points of the DRX design, however while the model price is good, bodies can be very expensive to replace. However all in all it is acknowledged to be a good rc car.

There are a lot of other rally cars of varying scales available, but I thought I would cover the more popular ones today rather than every one on the market!