When Will NASCAR Really Go RC?

Jan 15, 2011 4 Comments by

RC oval racing has been around for decades, but because the cars used for RC oval racing are pan cars that can only be used on smooth and clean paved surfaces or carpet, the segment has never really taken off. It isn’t because NASCAR fans aren’t do’ers or real gearheads. I’ve heard that argument and it’s, well, silly. NASCAR is huge and the fanbase contains every sort of person you could imagine–no different than the NFL or NBA. The reason oval isn’t huge in RC is because of the cars, not the people. If a company were to offer a true 1/10-scale car (11 inch wheelbase) with a realistic chassis and some decent ground clearance, people would buy them and buy a lot of them. Imagine taking the body off and seeing a partial tub chassis with a plastic roll cage. Imagine racing side by side with your buddies on any old parking lot. If we stick with pan cars, oval racing will never really grow and we certainly will never get to get someof the thousands and thousands of NASCAR fans to give RC a shot.

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About Matt:I think it’s safe to say I’ve done a little bit of everything in RC. That said, I predominately race off-road and my current passion is short course. One of my all-time favorite classes is oval carpet racing. Besides racing, I can often be found working on one of my many never-complete projects, and it seems I have an ever growing collection of rock crawlers—specifically scale crawlers. Matt’s 5 Hot Topics: Short course, Racing, Scale Builds, Crawling and the General RC Hobby

4 Responses to “When Will NASCAR Really Go RC?”

  1. stratosrally says:

    I remember the RC10 DS as being a pretty tough RWD onroad vehicle. There was a Nitro version as well.
    Resurrecting those would cost Team Associated very little. The fact that many hopups are available for the RC10 drivetrain makes it a great choice as a basic inexpensive street basher that could be tweaked to suit performance increases.
    Alternatively I’d personally love to see a RWD onroad chassis that had some scale elements and extreme durability, maybe even the motor in the front with shaft drive.
    Lets not forget the HPI Super chassis, first out as a Nitro and later rleased as an electric.
    Repackage, reissue, and market properly – maybe they won’t be discontinued so quickly as they were the first time. Remember, Losi had a shortcourse conversion long before the Slash ever came out.
    The cliche “build it and they will come ” isn’t valid. The buying public is hard to reach and very fickle.

    • Matthew Higgins says:

      I’m actually looking for a good Associated Dual Sport right now. Losi not only had a full fender off-road body but it offered an oval body for a 190mm touring car. HPI also has 200mm oval bodies.

      “Build it and they will come” certainly isn’t true, but it does have to be built to be sold. Even more importantly, it has to be built right. I believe the key is to have a car be run on any old parking lot or street and one that looks somewhat real even when the body comes off. Most importantly is marketing.

      • Matthew Higgins says:

        Just got my hands on an Associated DS. Now I’m search for a couple of bodies for it. Maybe one stock car and one old school coupe

  2. Eric Miller says:

    I definitely agree with you guys. A simple 2WD buggy chassis would make a great platform for just about any surface. Sure, it would need some modifications, but I really believe it would work and would likely require little by way of new design. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a press release come from Traxxas. I mean, a project like this is right up their alley (though many other manufacturers are plenty capable of leading the charge). This type of vehicle could certainly do for on road what the Slash did off road…and that’s a very, very good thing.

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