1/12-scale pan cars are extremely fast and modified takes a level of skill that only a few drivers in the world possess. Gone are the days where drivers have to manage their batteries to make the full eight-minute runs. Today’s brushless motors and LiPo battery technology put out so much power and have so much capacity, that speeds have gotten so fast that the field of drivers continues to shrink. In an attempt to get more participation, IFMAR announced some new rules including the introduction of a 13.5 Spec class with Blinky mode at the next World Championships. They also decided to do away with 1S and switch to 2S LiPo packs. Some have speculated that IFMAR was getting pressure from some speed control manufacturers who didn’t want to have to offer speed controls with boosters inside for 1S and by having higher voltage the electronics would run cooler. Not sure if they really thought it through, but even with 13.5 and 2S, the speeds surpass that of 1S modified. Factory modified drivers like Team Destiny’s Josh Cyrul and Team Associated’s Keven Hebert, both got a chance to witness and test a 5.5T modified, 2S LiPo car following the recent U.S. Indoor Championships (also known as the Cleveland Indoor Championships), and they were astonished at the speeds and couldn’t even get the car to go down the straight without the car flipping due to aerodynamics. It didn’t take long for the drivers to be outspoken critics of the rule. Is this really a good decision by IFMAR? The drivers are saying no.
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