Can an RTR be competitive at the track?

With a few upgrades and patience, you can easily obtain podium greatness at your track! :)

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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Updated: July 20, 2015 — 4:34 PM


  1. 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.

  2. 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!!!

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