Losi XXX-SCT Takes First Win

Oct 12, 2010 No Comments by

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The team took the brand new Losi XXX-SCT to the JBRL Finals at Hot Rod Hobbies for its racing debut this past weekend. Product Manager Keith Whisler, and team drivers Ryan Dunford, Casper Nielsen, and I all had early samples of the XXX-SCT RTR. The track was the typical high-bite blue groove that Hot Rod has become famous for and the weather was perfect setting up a great weekend of racing!

The 8-minute A-main event was setup well, and a large crowd gathered around the track to see how the XXX-SCT would stack up in racing conditions; it did not disappoint! Root’s truck was able to get an early lead and check out, driving away from the field with fast lap after fast lap. The real action went on a little further back in the field. Coming from 9th and 10th on the grid, Ryan and Casper started to carve their way through the field, making nice clean passes and showing the precise handling of the XXX-SCT. Ryan made it all way up to 3rd and was chasing down second place, but ran out of time. Casper would finish a strong 6th. Upfront, the XXX-SCT was awesome, and Root was able to take the win by nearly a full lap!

The XXX-SCT showed it will be very competitive at the race track debuting with 3 trucks in the main, the TQ, two trucks on the podium, and most importantly, the win. Look for many more victories to come!

Keith Whisler is one of Losi’s product managers who headed up the Losi Triple-X SCT. Whisler has been a racer for many years, so his knowledge over the years helped him with this project. We spent a few minutes catching up with Whisler about Losi’s all-new Triple-X SCT short course truck, which has created quite a buzz.
RC Car Action: We just got word that Losi had a successful debut with the new XXX-SCT, how did the first race go?
Keith Whisler: [It went] excellent; I couldn’t of written a better script. We TQ’ed the Intermediate (10.5-turn) class. We put three out of our four trucks in the A-Main. We ended up winning the first time out with our truck which was really exciting.
RCCA: What changes, if any, did the Losi racers make to their trucks before racing?
KW: We only made a couple of  changes. We chose the correct tires for a blue-groove surface. We also swapped out the electronics with brushless equipment for the 10.5-turn class. We changed the shock pistons and shock fluid, but that’s it. We wanted to run the truck basically as a ready-to-run and see how it would do.
RCCA: The XXX-SCT is a natural for the 2WD short course class, but will Losi field of team for some of the big short course races?
KW: Yes, all of our drivers are going to start racing the XXX-SCT trucks. The goal is that all of our top electric racers will race these trucks at all of the big races that feature a short course class. The class is starting to get serious, but I think the pros are having a lot of fun with them.
RCCA: As the project manager for the XXX-SCT what were some of your main responsibilities with the truck?
KW: Basically, I was responsible for quarterbacking the whole thing. We have an engineer in house that I worked closely with. I conducted testing and worked with all the vendors and was the middleman between the vendors and our engineer.
RCCA: Some might think it’s easy to stretch a XXX-T chassis to create the XXX-SCT, but what were some of the challenges of creating this truck?
KW: The main challenge was that we have the widest stadium truck in the XXX-T CR. So we had to change the chassis and we also wanted to make the truck so the racers could utilize as many of the parts from their XXX-T platform as possible. We had a ton of success with our stadium truck platform, so it was important to make sure our racers could use towers, and many of the hop-ups they have in their toolboxes.
RCCA: The XXX-SCT is available as an RTR and as a Bind-N-Drive; does Losi have any plans to release a no-compromise race kit?
KW: We have definitely heard that the public is interested in that. At this time we definitely have it in the back of our minds. We can’t guarantee we’ll go that route. The class changes so quickly it’s really hard to say right now.
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