Can an RTR be competitive at the track?

Nov 16, 2011 2 Comments by

Why yes it can be! Recently I’ve had the chance to borrow one of the Kyosho Ultima SC’s from SDRC Raceway ( that they use in the Learn-To-Drive program they have to teach kids about RC, and give it a go on their awesome track for a couple of race days. Some of the necessary steps I needed to take on my quest to a podium finish was to upgrade my RTR. All that is really needed is racing electronics (I experimented with Novak and LRP ESC’s and motors), and some serious racing tires (I tried AKA Rebar, Enduro and Wishbones, in the softest compound available). The easiest way to get yourself up and running is to see what the fast guys are running at your local track. Ask questions, and be patient with your progress. As you gain more racing experience, you will soon start to reap the rewards of your efforts! – Joel Navarro















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Joel Navarro fell in love with RC since the age of 11 with the Tamiya Grasshopper being his first RC car. Little did he know that the his favorite RC magazine back in 1987, RC Car Action, would be the magazine he works for now. Joel received his AA in photography and in addition to being a West Coast Editor for RC Car Action magazine, he is a professional wedding and portrait photographer in the Southern California and San Diego area. During the winter, Joel is also a snowboard instructor in Big Bear, Ca. Joel is active in the RC community and regularly races all over the SoCal area. His home tracks are SDRC Raceway, West Coast RC Raceway, OCRC Raceway, and parking lot racing in San Diego.

2 Responses to “Can an RTR be competitive at the track?”

  1. steve deli says:

    it would be nice if there was a rtr spec class where u run a rtr motor esc tuck/car you can change servo and radio only with a good set of long wear soft compound tires. it would be fair fun and low budget but racers tend to spend!!!

  2. Joel Navarro says:

    There used to be Steve, when the Slash first came out and when it was the only RTR SC truck. But since then, all the other companies also produced RTR SC trucks. Unfortunately the electronics and tires aren’t exactly the same. Some RTR’s come with brushed, some come with brushless motors. Some motors are equal to a 17.5 brushless motor, while some are equal to 13.5. The only solution would be to run a spec RTR Slash class, then a seperate RTR SC10 class…etc…, but I dont see that happening.

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