Welcome to day three of RC Car Action’s coverage of the 2011 IFMAR 1/10-Scale Electric Off-Road World’s in Vaasa Finland. Today will feature the final round of qualifying and immediately head into the final rounds of racing in order to crown a 2wd World Champion. As I mentioned in my pre-worlds write-up in the magazine, This is a battle that’s been four years in the making. Many drivers feel that the 2009 Worlds in South Africa simply didn’t count due to the lack of entries. This year however is a much different scenario. There’s a full list of drivers, dedicated mechanics, loads of new products in the pits being tested, and the pits are buzzing with drivers getting ready for each round. This is a proper Worlds. Right now the man on top is Team Associated’s Ryan Cavalieri, not to mention USA has 7 out of the top 10 spots. Not to shabby. Q5 results will be up shortly and I’ll be posting shortly.
TLR’s Todd Hodge getting ready to drop off team driver Dustin Evans 22 before Q4. Stop watch in hand and ready to go.
The biggest trend in all the 2wd buggies on the track… Longer wheelbases. Many of the team engineers felt that a longer wheelbase would help to make the cars more predictable at higher speeds. It looks as if that’s paying off. All of the top USA drivers are using longer wheelbase cars.
8.40V, is the regulated max voltage by IFMAR specs. Anything higher and your told to drain some voltage out of your pack. Many of the drivers who do not own charger with adjustable final charge voltage are actually charging their packs to full capacity and then discharging them by 200-300mah in order to bring them to spec. Tech note, since the drivers are only using a total of 900-1000mah in a 5min qualifier, lowering the voltage actually helps them maintain a more constant voltage curve throughout their qualifier.