Saturday, August 18, 2007

Worlds Fastest R/C car: 160 mph (7-30-2006)

Custom Works 2WD dirt-oval.
Custom Works 2WD dirt-oval car on top, electrified Nitro TC3 on the bottom.
Custom Works 2WD dirt-oval car.
The carnage of Nic Case's 160+ mph Custom Works dirt oval car.
134 mph electrified Nitro TC3.
Nic's first car, a 134 mph electrified Nitro TC3.

Download Video of 134.4 mph run.

From Pete V. of R/C CarAction:

"World's Fastest RC Car Challenge: Nic Case wins with 160mph run.

Nic showed up with two cars, a LiPo/brushless converted Nitro TC3 that went over 130mph, and a Custom Works 2WD dirt-oval car (also LiPo/BL) that made a run at 160mph, but not without controversy:

The controversy comes from the huge jump in speed. Nic's previous best was a 134.4 with his 4WD car. When he rolled out with his 2WD car, I didn't even know it was a different car (all I saw was a neon orange blur!). When the radar showed a clean 160mph pass, I thought, "no way he found an extra 25mph that easily." But it was, in fact, a whole new car that was a pound lighter than the 4WD car (and may have had more cells as well, I'm still writing the story). I wanted another run to confirm the car was capable of that kind of speed, but the car was broken beyond repair within the remaining time of the event.

Given the aerodynamic forces at play and the power required to go from 134mph to 160mph (the power requirement goes up exponentially, not in direct proportion to speed), I'm afraid that if there is an error we may have a record that will be unapproachable even by the guy who set it! And so, the OFFICIAL record will be set at 134.4. Full credit will be given for the UNofficial record of 160, and we'll tell the whole story in RC Car Action. Next year, we'll use a speed trap to eliminate any chance of radar error."

The basics of the set-up according to Nic are:

Neu 1509 2y Motor

EVO 20 3300 8s1p Lipo

Castle Creations HV-85

Geared 2:1 with 2.6 purple foam BSR tires

RCCA will be doing a detailed photo shoot that should come out in the November issue. I will gladly share the info.


*Update 8/28/06*

Nic posted these facts in this forum post:

------JUST TO BE CLEAR---- The Facts Are --------
1) Neither crash happened on the 134.4mph OR the 160.1mph run.
2) Each car was operational after their Fastest runs.
3) There was no mention of a “back-up” run in the 2006 rules.

I am sharing all the info about the equipment in my cars in the
November issue of RCCA. I’m happy to share on this site, as well.

Records were made to be broken…………………Who’s next?

Nic Case

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