I haven’t updated this blog in a long time but I will start by trying to contribute to this blog weekly. I m still racing, but everything has changed in both environment and the class of racing. I am racing now in Austin, TX running in the 1/10 nitro touring class. This is an exciting time for me as I have always dreamed of racing nitro on a regular basis. In my 15 years of experience racing R/C cars, I’ve never competed in the nitro class so I’m learning things like fuel, engine tuning, and foam tires from some of the best nitro racers in the country. Texas has always had one of the strongest nitro touring car followings and although it has shrank dramatically due to the ever-increasing performance and reducing costs of electric applications. I still feel there is a home for nitro racing and always will be unless the emissions laws get out of hand. The smell of the nitromethane burning as its expelled by a motor literally screaming around the track. The power delivery of the nitro motor is much like a high-powered sports bike – modest power in the lower RPMs but almost uncontrollable thrust as it nears redline. At nearly every race I’m approached by the general public and they always gravitate first towards the nitro cars. Perhaps it’s more familiar since we use combustion engines on a daily basis or the crowd appeal of noisy gas motors but they always get the attention. I was the same way back at Toys for Boys Raceway in Atlanta, Georgia. Nitro on road racing takes me back and reminds me of that feeling I first got watching cars ripping across a track.
For the next few months, I will be documenting my journey in the R/C nitro on onroad scene. I’ve found the more you complicate something, the more things to go wrong so I starting with a modest used Serpent 733 car complete with engine and electronics that I snagged for $300 on rctech.net.