The Next Big Thing Is Here

Oct 21, 2011 11 Comments by

The hottest segment in RC is short course, right? Well, I guess it’s hard to argue that, but we might just be on the verge of something new being the biggest racing class. I’m talking about 2WD electric buggy.

Back in the era of the Tamiya Hornet and ol’ gold tub Team Associated RC10, I got started racing this class–and I loved it. But it’s been years since really gave it a serious effort. No reason why comes to mind other than I went with the crowd. I raced 2WD buggy, then touring cars, then gas truck, then 1/8-scale buggies, and lately it’s been all about short course. There were a few adventures with monster truck racing and a whole lot of left-turn only oval racing.

Now, 2WD buggies are back and I may just go along with the crowd again. How do I know they’re back? They’re every where and everyone is offering one. In my office right now I have the ready-to-run Losi 22, the Durango DEX210, a Tamiya DN01 and an Electrix (now ECX) Boost. Add in the Arrma Raider that was originally unnoticed behind me and you start to see why I think 2WD buggies might just be back and bigger than ever.

So, what do you think? Is 2WD buggy back and is it going to be the big class of 2012?

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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

11 Responses to “The Next Big Thing Is Here”

  1. Eric Miller says:

    Yeah that totally makes sense. After all, most of us old school guys cut our teeth on 2WD buggies (Tamiya Frog for me). I’m wondering if there will be an evolution of the class coming soon. Wtih the exception of the Losi XXX-SCB (and maybe 1 or 2 others), most of the 2WD buggy platform has been around for quite some time. Of course, we could alsways stick with the mantra of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. Either way, buggies are quick, simple and very tossable (throw affordable in there too!).

    • Bob S. says:

      I agree, & I think until someone proves the Associated B4 platform is obsolete, most of them will likely stay close to that basic design(though the mid-motor buggies are getting more popular). So I’d say it’s still evolution over revolution(& I know I LOVE my Tamiya TRF201)…;)

  2. crazyjr says:

    I agree and hopefully it brings back the stadium truck

  3. James Mikoliczyk says:

    I think so. 2wd buggies have always seemed to be popular and many a racer cut their teeth racing that class. With all the new cars on the market, or close to being so, it’s an exciting time for 2wd buggies.

    At my local indoor track the SC class is still a popular class, but many have a 2wd buggy to run as well and more are looking to pick one up. That tells me that the intrest in the class is getting bigger. That’s a good thing.

    What I also find interesting is that not only are the 2wd buggies becoming more popular, but the 4wd buggies are as well.

    Will the 2wd buggy class be the “Big” class in 2012? I don’t know for sure, but from what I am seeing locally and a few other places it sure looks to be heading in that direction.

  4. Dan T. says:

    Well history does repeat itself….. I sincerely believe that the driving force behind the comeback will be the realistic looking
    new Losi XXX~SCB………..nuff said!

  5. sono says:

    i think people are getting burned out on sct…so they look to other forms of racing …like st an buggy…

  6. Ray says:

    At my local track 2wd buggy is definitely picking up. It was split 50\50 2wd buggy and SC all summer and the end of Sept beginning of October it started to change. Last time I raced a couple of weeks ago, we had enough entries for 3 mains of Buggy and only 7 2wd SC entries. I think it’s simple design and ease of use, plus the new Losi 22 and a couple other new 2wd coming out have all raised the interest. As for the XXX-SCB we had 2 people race them a couple of weeks when they first came out and haven’t seen them since. Doesn’t look like they are catching on here in the Northeast.

  7. Doug B says:

    the buggy turnout in columbus has always been pretty good, but is climbing, and we have several drivers that have made the switch from sct to buggy recently. Glad to see it.

  8. Giannis says:

    4wd is picking up here in greece. The recession forced 1:8 buggy drivers to the electric scene and 2wd is too much for them. 4wd is close to what they are used to drive.

  9. Rolando says:

    I just hope this means that the cycle of popularity goes back to stadium trucks. My RC10GT is collecting much dust and I would love to use it again.

  10. Phil says:

    2wd buggy and Stadium Trucks all the way! While the SC trucks have more of that scale look, buggies and Stadium trucks are classics, and fun to drive! Losi just needs to unleash the 22T in a big fashion, and AE needs to step up with something like a B5/T5 setup to keep the evolution going! So yes, buggies are on the rise again and will never die!

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