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What I saw when I visited the Pattaya Powerboat RC Track was a rosy front- a large complex with ample cleaning facilities and workshop area, and not forgetting the great, undulating track with one of the tallest jumps around. I thought it was possibly the best offroad rc track in the world. However, this field journalist from RC Car Action obviously did a better research and walkabout, and revealed a couple of areas that could have done with more planning.

2010 1/8-scale Off-road World Championships Days 1, 2, & 3 RC Car Action.

Nov 10, 2010 No Comments by RC Car Action
Timed practice and opening ceremonies
Its 8am here in Pattaya as everyone is walking the track to see the maintenance performed last night. What was assumed to be concrete patches on the track look like a mixture of sand and oil. Almost all of the off camber corners have a fresh coat of this concoction and the rest of the track looks like it has a new coat of oil. Most drivers are happy to see the ruts smoothed over but I see a lot of people scratching their heads wondering if this is going to last.
Race format update: Each driver will run two 10 minute practice heats. Each heat will have a 3 minute warmup. The best 3 consecutive  laps will combine to seed the driver for tomorrow’s qualifying events.
After the first 5 heats of practice, once again, Jared Tebo is setting the pace with a blistering 44.8 second lap.  Other notable heat winners from round 1 are Ryan Maifield, Travis Amezcua, and Cody King.  The track is holding up rather well so far but the corners are looking more like oil slicks than dirt.

Few choice tires: Proline M3 Snipers, Jconcepts Green Sub-Cultures
Every heat had a handful of cars limp off the track with broken camber links, a-arms, shock stand-offs and missing wheels.  It turns out that full speed triples and epic concrete capped doubles take its toll on these cars even with the world’s best drivers.
The oil was soaked into the track for round 2, traction picked up and lap times dropped. Lines around the track have essentially stayed the same with the exception of the 4 staggered bumps section. As soon as traction picked up many of the drivers started to double the inside set and it took off almost a second per lap.

Cavalieri struggled a bit in his first round of practice today. After making a few changes to his setup and switching to Proline Holeshots, it looks like he was back to his old ways and running up top. Maifield has been putting down fast laps all day long and definitely brought his A-game to the worlds this year. Tebo’s car looks absolutely dialed. His confidence is high being fan favorite and it doesn’t look like he is going to disappoint anyone quite yet. Drake didn’t set any laptime records but is Mr. Consistent and definitely deserves his higher seed. Top seed honors goes to Matt Castellano. He was putting down clean lap after clean lap with his Losi car.

Top overall times:
Matt Castellano
Jared Tebo
Ryan Maifield
Adam drake
Mike truhe
Jesse robbers
Ryan cavalieri

The track is looking fast and got a few much needed cement patches last night. The dirt doesn’t look like it got anymore oil but isnt super dry quite yet. Traction is really good and I would guess drivers will start going to harder compound tires for tomorrow as the track will most likely dry out. After the first 5 heats of round 1:

1 Ryan Maifield 14/10:37.89
2 Cody King 14/10:45.12
3 Renaud Savoya 13/10:04.36
4 Adam Drake 13/10:04.684
5 Robert Batlle 13/10:08.18
6 Jorn Neumann 13/10:08.20
7 Jared Tebo 13/10:08.80
8 Ryan Cavalieri 13/10:11.73
9 Matt Castellano 13/10:12.32
10 Miguel Matias 13/10:12.69
11 Taylor Peterson 13/10:12.86
12 Joseph Quagraine 13/10:13.17
13 Darren Bloomfield 13/10:16.1
14 Ty Tessmann 13/10:16.40
15 Mark Pavidis 13/10:16.70

Ryan Maifield is on fire setting the early TQ to beat. Fast lap braggin rights of round one go to Cody King putting down a blistering fast 43.77. The Kyosho cars of Tebo and King are looking fast around the track. King had one costly crash and Tebo made a few mistakes. Keep an eye on those cars to stay up top. Top seed, Matt Castellano ,made quite a few mistakes but still finished up with a respectable run. Renaud Savoya is the top European driver sitting in the 3rd qualifier.

Day 2 in Pattaya was not off to a good start for many of the drivers.
The scene outside the Zign Hotel was a mob of drivers and mechanics waiting for the already late shuttle to transport them to the track. What was supposed to be a 25 minute ride turned into an 1:25 scenic drive since the driver made a few wrong turns. Many of the racers arrived a matter of minutes before their races and scrambled to grab their cars in a rush to the staging areas.

Track conditions started off well oiled but quickly deteriorated to dry and rutted. Pot holes and ruts became more and more prevalent throughout the day. Faces of jumps became rough and it showed as cars were flying in every which direction and car chassis were wearing thin. Saying this track is difficult is definitely an understatement.  The giant double in the back right corner of the track was always a spectacle to watch.

Jared Tebo threw done some unsurprisingly fast laps throughout practice and looks great going around the track. Frenchman Jarome Aigion set the fastest pace in today’s practice but many drivers are still trying out different tires an setups and not running the entire ten minute runs. Ryan Maifield, Atsushi Hara, Reno Savoya and Ryan Cavalieri were also throwing down some blistering fast laps in practice.

After watching many rounds of practice today, I must say that this is truly anyone’s championship. The only prediction that I’m going to make now is the winner isn’t going to be the fastest around the track. They will be the one who crashes the least and car stays in one piece. The track is absolutely brutal on both the drivers and the cars!

Tomorrow has another 2 rounds of practice in store for us. These will be timed rounds and determine seeding for the qualifiers.  The track will be getting some much-needed maintenance tonight. Once the racing starts tomorrow, the track will have to remain as-is for the rest of racing. This is getting good…

On the agenda today: registration, tech inspection, setup pits and walk the track.

There are two different pit areas. Tables setup outdoors underneath easy-ups or the air-conditioned storage containers adjacent to the track. The  weather in Pattaya is in the high 80’s and very humid. The teams setting up shop in the climate controlled containers definitely had the upper hand.


All of the drivers were required to check in and have their cars go through technical inspection. The IFMAR officials would test the overall dimensions of the car and wing in a custom-built stainless steel box, then it would be off to the next official to check the weight and fuel tank capacity. The last inspection would be to make sure all of the parts on the car follow under IFMAR guidelines and the pipe, manifold and chassis would be marked with paint or engravings after they passed. Once the drivers completed this task it was off to prep the car for tomorrows practice runs.

The track layout remains the same as the warm ups with a few exceptions. Most noticeably the dirt has been coated with a layer of oil. Many of the drivers were relieved to see this as tire wear should be greatly reduced. One other noticeable feature of the track that has been changed is the absence of carpet. All of the carpeted jumps have now been capped with a layer of concrete. After walking around the track with some of the Team Associated drivers, I had a feeling chassis wear may be more of an issue than tire wear. When speaking with Team Associated’s Richard Saxton and Kyosho’s Lanis Thern (both whom did not attend the warm up), Lanis said “I just hope I don’t break on my first lap.” Im sure this will be a thought going through many of the driver’s minds as they fly over many of the new concrete capped jumps.

>After making my rounds in the pits, I noticed a few new products being brought out today for the first time. Ryan Maifield and JR Mitch both are sporting the new JConcepts “Punisher” modular wing. I must say, this is a pretty cool new and innovative part. The center of the wing is a flat, lower down-force style wing with removable sides. They had three different choices of sides, one standard side, a vented side and one set that was bent in towards the center of the car on the bottom half.  Also creeping its way around Ryan Maifield’s pit was two new sets of Jconcepts tires, the “IFMAR 3D” and “Hybrid.” Proline had a new version the Revolver out dubbed “Revolver 2.0” which had slightly more squared pins and looks like the spacing has been changed up a bit. All of which look like they can be very promising on the hard packed, fast track here in Thailand.

I caught up with Jared Tebo while walking the track and asked him what his thoughts were with being favored to win from the online crowd. After a slight chuckle, replied, “It doesn’t get to me. I’m here to have fun. I can tell you this though, I’m going to give it my best shot.” Jared also mentioned how well his car worked during practice and seems pretty confident in himself for the race to come.
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Radio Controlled cars definitely bring lots of weekend fun and enjoyment. However, buying your first RC car can be quite tricky business. Generally speaking, no one wills to spend too heavily on something they are not sure of. Back in my day, I recall countless hours I spent glazing over catalogues and popular RC car magazines like RC Car Action and RC Driver.

Entry Level RC Electric Buggy

Entry Level RC Electric Buggy

If your consideration is largely price-influenced, the good news is that nowadays, through economies of scale, the prices of Nitro RC cars have come down so low that you can even purchase a Ready-to-Run Nitro RC Car for just US$159.99 – that’s barely more than the cheapest Hobby-Grade RTR Electric RC Car! So then, if was no longer a matter of cost, here are some points you may want to think about to help guide you to your decision:

Entry Level Nitro RC Road Car

Entry Level Nitro RC Road Car

Speed – If speed is important to you, a low-end Nitro RC car would definitely outrun an Electric RC car of similar price which comes with a 550-motor at best. But for a taller budget, i.e. US$300 or more, today’s Electric cars come with “Brushless Motors” that when mated with a powerful Lithium Polymer Battery, can rival or even out-do a Nitro car of the same class.

RC Engine Maintenance | RC Air Filter Maintenance

RC Engine Maintenance | RC Air Filter Maintenance

Ease of Maintenance – Nitro RC Cars require systematic engine break-in procedures, regular air filter and engine maintenance – just like a real car. Due to their averagely higher speed, you will also break more parts in unfortunate crashes, which require time and additional money to replace. Electric Cars on the other hand, are Charge, Plug & Play. Higher end ones may require you to do some form of motor break-in as well. Both require you to do routine suspension maintenance and dirt-removal.

Running Time – With an Electric Car, each battery lasts between 10-25 minutes. Your total running time is limited to the number of battery packs you have. Keep in mind though, that a single battery pack takes 1-8 hours to charge, depending on the specifications of the battery charger you have. Most RC enthusiasts purchase third-party batteries and chargers that offer faster charging, better running time, better performance, and functions that support charging of multiple battery packs simultaneously – of course these options do not come cheap. With a Nitro Car, each tankful of fuel lasts 15-30 minutes, depending on tank size, terrain, and your driving style. Your running time would be limited to the amount of fuel you have on tap.

Electric RC Lipo Battery Charger

Electric RC Lipo Battery Charger

Cost of Operation – In addition to a Nitro Car RTR, you will usually need to purchase a glow-starter, batteries for the radio transmitter, air filter oil, simple toolkit and of course, glow fuel. If you are planning on buying your Nitro Car RTR online, you will also need to find a local supplier for glow fuel first, as glow fuel is banned from air-freight. All these could add on a good US$50 to your order – a considerable added expense, still excluding first-timer part-breakage-replacements, if you are planning to get a low-end Nitro Car. Whereas, an Electric Car RTR usually includes a battery and charger. You will only need to purchase batteries for your radio transmitter, and a toolkit and you are all set. In the long term, you are likely to look for better performance, and Electric Cars require a different charger for each battery type, i.e. NiCd, NiMH, LIPO. If you are using brushless motors with LIPOs, you will suffer as much part-replacement costs as a Nitro Car. Hence, it’s usually said that Nitro Cars are costlier upfront, but cheaper in the long run, and Electric Cars the opposite.

Sound & Accoustics – Nothing beats an Nitro-engine-powered RC. Brushless Motors may come close. If you are out for sound and on-looker appeal, you are sure to attract attention with your Nitro RC Car. Electric Cars are generally not noise makers – but that’s a plus if you’d like to have some fun while others are sleep.

About the author: Julian Wong, aged 26, married and self-employed actively trades stocks and forex, and runs several internet marketing programs. His favorite outdoor past-time is off-road RC cars, and he is a proud owner of a Kyosho Inferno and a HPI Savage X 4.6 – both running on Nitro. If you are interested in RC modification, RC videos, and RC racing, or want to be informed of coupon promotions and RC special deals online, do check out his RC blog at https://hpisavagex46.wordpress.com.