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1. Are there different types of On-Road RC Cars?
Yes, there are a wide variety of scales, speeds, and styles of on-road cars available to race competively. We primarily focus on 1/10th scale touring cars, which are all wheel drive. Even within the realm of touring cars, there are a few classes which provide a different driving experience. TC stock is the most popular class, and provides moderate speeds and a highly competitive environment. Other, more beginner friendly TC classes are CTA and USGT, which are significantly slower than Stock, but also very popular and competitive.

Beyond touring cars, a few members also own 1/12th scale pan cars, F1, and World GT cars. These classes use rear wheel drive chassis and various motor configurations which provide a much different driving experience.

2. How fast do they go?
Speeds are very dependent on the class in question. Slower classes such as CTA typically have a top speed around 40 km/h, while touring stock brings that figure up to 60 km/h. Mod classes are open in both the motor type, and ESC timing regulations, and some of these cars easily approach 100 km/h. Another important thing to remember is that all of these cars can accelerate very quickly. Being electric means that 100% of the possible power and torque can be generated nearly instantly, and as a result most of these cars can reach their top speed in seconds.

3. Are the cars repairable?
Yes, every part is available for purchase seperately, and depending on the part broken can usually be replaced in a few minutes. Although these cars can typically take a lot of abuse, breaking parts is inevitable. Parts that typically are broken include steering blocks, c-hubs, and arms, so it's always great to have a few extras on hand. Breakage is greatly reduced as the driver's skill improves, and many racers rarely break anything.

4. What about the batteries? Are they dangerous?
Lithium Polymer (LiPo) batteries have become the standard, due to their superior power delivery and light weight. Advancements in LiPo technology have produced a far more stable and user friendly product than in the past, however proper handling and care is still required. LiPo chemistry is very different than traditional NiMH packs, and as such need to be treated differently. As long as you follow the instructions and precautions described by the batteries and charger, your LiPo's will perform safely and efficiently for years. For racing, the higher the C rating the better (>= 50 is recommended), while 5000-6000mAh is typically all you need for capacity.

5. What are the electronics?
The electronics can seem daunting to a beginner, but they are quite simple once you understand how every element works together.
  • Electronic Speed Control (ESC): This device controls the throttle and braking of the model, as well as a power distribution center for the other electronics on board. ESCs can range in price anywhere from $30 - $250.
  • Radio/Transmitter: This is the unit the driver holds and uses to control the car, and is arguably the most important piece of electronic gear. A good transmitter is both fast, and comfortable to the driver. Radio systems can range in price anywhere from $70 - $700, and usually include a reciever. There are many different brands and models of radio system available, and if you're not sure what to get, it may be best to come by the club and ask to hold a few different models to see which you like the feel of best. Most radios can be bound to several different recievers, which makes choosing one you like very important.
  • Receiver: As the name implies, this device receives the inputs from the driver's transmitter, and essentially controls all other electronics on the model. It is linked directly to the steering servo and ESC, and also receives power from it's connection to the ESC. Although many modern radio systems offer telemetry, ROAR rules dictate it is not to be used, so there is no need to choose a more expensive receiver based on this feature.
  • Steering Servo: This device actuates the cars steering. The servo simply plugs into the receiver. Prices for servos typical to on-road racing range from $40-$200, though it is recommended to stay away from cheaper models, as these units may be prone to glitching, and generally do not have a very smooth steering feel. A recommended minimum price is $60. Servos suitable for on-road cars are also available in standard and low profile footprints. Standard size servos are generally less expensive, however the decreased size and weight of a low profile unit can make your installation much more simple and competitive.
  • Motor: The motor provides power to the wheels, and is controlled by the ESC. Brushless motors have become the standard for competive RC racing, both on and off road. There are many brands, types, and sizes of motor available, but we are concerned with 540 size motors. Different classes require different turns of motor, so check the class rules you are interested in. Also, a motor must be ROAR approved. For a full list visit the ROAR Approved Motor List Please note that this list includes motors for every class, both on and off-road.
  • Transponder:The transponder is a small device used solely by the automatic timing system to register your car's lap times. They simply plug into any free channel on the receiver, and can be mounted anywhere on the chassis. Unfortunately, these devices are both expensive ($100), and necessary to race. Other members may have one they are willing to lend a new or prospective racer for the day, but all members should eventually buy their own. We use a MyLaps timing system, compatible transponders are the Mylaps RC4 and RC4 Hybrid.

6. What type of tires are required?
Tires depend on the class, all of the classes we currently run use rubber tires. For more information on the specifics, check the classes page.

7. What types of car bodies can I use?
Bodies depend on the class you are interested in, for more information, check the classes page.

8. What kinds of tools do I need?
A good set of metric hex/allan drivers (0.5, 1.5, 2.0, 2.5, 3.0) as well as metric nut drivers (5mm, 5.5mm, 7mm) is generally all you require. However there are many other tools and gadgets that can make working on your car much easier and faster. Check out the Getting Started page for more tools designed to make your life easier.