A big CONGRATULATIONS goes out to Tim Smith and Grand Motorsports for hitting some serious speeds recently at the International RC Speed Challenge in California. Tim established two new world speed records for the ISC 2wd modified and stock classes with his Grand Motorsports Dragsters! Tim’s yellow GMS dragster hit 101.61mph with a Speed Passion 4.5 motor and 7.4v MaxAmps LiPo’s becoming the first 2cell car over 100mph! Tim’s other modified GMS dragster with front wheel setup hit 126.50mph with a Tekin RX8 ESC and Neu motor to become the fastest two-wheel drive RC vehicle! Awesome!
The 2nd closed course event for the ISC was held this weekend at the Major Taylor Velodrome in Indiana this past weekend. The reports are just being posted:
From Mike Ogle:
Just got back from Indianapolis this evening, here’s a recap of what went down.
Shawn Palmer set the mark in Open Wheel with a 4WD Schumacher CAT 4wd buggy on foams, 50.57 mph. Also bumped up his own 4WD Stock record to 68.83.
Local racer Tony Fox reset 2WD stock to 80.41, fast lap being a 9.27 seconds.
Steve Cutshaw dusts off his old oval car setup, 6-NiMH cells, D5 brushed motor, enters it into Electric MOD (!!!) and goes 76.38 to claim the new record.
Nic Case bests his own Electric OPEN 83.76 record from Encino with an 84.90 in an incredible thrash session of blowing up and changing tires and showcasing some exceptional high-speed car handling skills.
The Indy host club was as nice a group of people as you could ever meet, Mr. Gerry Pullum went above and beyond to make sure everyone came away with something… a door prize, a plaque, a trophy, or just a big smile.
Really fun weekend, excellent weather, we had a blast… more details to follow…
Get Ready for Ultimate Speed Run! The Biggest, most highly publicized Radio Controlled Speed Run ever! Come compete for World Records in 12 separate ISC classes. This Straight-line Event will be 2 days of exciting action. It will be held at the Auto Club Dragway Nov 14th & 15th, 2009. All Info will be available very soon & entries will be limited to 60 (Entries will officially open July 25th) acting quickly is advised. Make your plans now, this is the Ultimate Speed Run. Bring It!
It has just been announced that there will be an Insane Speed Run this year during the September Velodrome Nationals at the Major Taylor Velodrome in Indiana. There will be a designated practice for Insane Speed Run on Friday Sept. 11th and the Insane Speed Run will be run immediately following the 3rd Qualifier on Saturday Sept. 12th. Here are the rules for the Insane Speed Run. The International R/C Speed Challenge will have their officials on site to make sure all cars and timing are legal to qualify for ISC Closed Course World records. This Insane Speed Run will be for Electric Classes only as the Major Taylor Velodrome does not allow gas cars to run on the track.
The classes will be:
Open – Modified – Stock 2wd – Stock 4wd – Large Scale – Mini – Open Wheel – Motorcycle
Popular Science has a spectacular story on a couple of R/C speed demons. This includes Nic Case’s 161 mph Schumacher Mi3, Gary O’Connor’s 4 Engine 93 mph monster, Jack Cecil’s 111 mph Traxxas 4-tec and Nick Maslowski’s 97 mph modified RC10L4 dubbed the “X2″. Check it out here.
My name is Nick and I have been involved in R/C cars for 20 years now. I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago. I’m a die-hard electric off-road fan. From 1989-1999 I raced 1/10 electric off-road with the occasional nitro. From 1999-2003 I attended college and didn’t have time for r/c cars so I could concentrate on school. As soon as I graduated, I was back into racing. I’m not much of a basher. I am more of a racer. My background in engineering drives me to make unique and interesting designs. I designed my “X2” speed run car completely on CAD and then built it using an RC10L4 as the backbone. For the past 3 years have been working on speed run cars. I have 4 cars that I am currently working on to try and hit some insane speeds. The 1/8 brushless off-road class is also something I will be getting into. The brushless revolution has finally come to R/C cars and it’s a welcome change that our community needed. I’ll be posting here at Big Squid bringing you news on the latest r/c products and news from the world of rc speed run cars.
Just got some word from the Insane Speed Run that happened last week at the Encino Velodrome. Sounds like it was a good time.
Speed enthusiasts from as far away as Florida, Alabama and even Japan piloted their RC cars around the steeply banked concrete oval at speeds of 60, 70, and even 80+mph! The excitement of seeing an RC blur carving through the corners at illegal highway speeds was only topped by the rush felt by the drivers themselves. Through the night, records were set and high speed carnage was suffered, and both to the roar of the crowd.
New Closed Course World Speed Records: Record Holder - ISC Class - Speed
Nic Case Electric Open 83.76mph
Richard Tompkins 2wd Stock 68.16mph
Frank Killiam Large Scale 61.60mph
Shawn Palmer 4wd Stock 60.68mph
Gary O’Connor Nitro Small Block 56.76mph
Tim Smith Electric Modified 56.42mph
TJ Kendall Mini 51.24mph
Shawn Palmer Nitro Big Block 41.29mph
Dwayne Lawler Motorcycle 34.41mph
Congrats to everyone who made it out there and participated. For more information you can check out the www.rc-isc.com web site.
We just got word about a new RC Speed run happening April 25th 2009. If you have the need for speed, this is going to be the place to be! The event already has a few great sponsors and friends like Castle, Schumacher and Grand Motor Sports. For all the official information you can head to http://www.rc-isc.com for all the details. The event will probably be a real blast, would love to be able to attend! Anyone out this way looking to check it out? Drop us a line or post up in the forums!
For those unfamiliar with velodrome rc speed runs, we posted a video in our rc videos section a while back, here it is again for those that missed it!
WOW! This is by far the longest and highest RC car jump video I have ever seen! (And I have seen a LOT!) Mike Ogle sent me this footage that he took in 1996/97 at the Dominguez Hill velodrome. There was a RC car speed run event there. I would guess he hit that jump at about 80mph! WOW. Right click and do a SAVE AS on the video link here for it to work the best. Right Click Here for Video.
Have a similar video to share? Drop me a line!
In late October, a bunch of RC Speed fanatics got together in Quincy Illinois to put down some street burning times. Everyone seems to be after the Worlds Fastest RC Car title these days, and these guys wanted to get in some practice. The host was Pro Driver Tim Mohr, and good friend Mike Ogle of Grand Motorsports fame was kind enough to send me some pictures. I don’t believe any major records were broken, but I was told it was a good time, and everyone enjoyed dialing in their ultra fast vehicles.
Enjoy the pictures!
Ok, this has been long over due, and I finally have it started! I am currently working on a new version of the Videos page! Everything from RC Drag Racing, RC Monster Trucks, RC Cars, RC Drifting and Bashing to contest drawings is being collected into one place!
It’s going to take a few days to get all the videos together.. they have been really spread out. After that, I’m going to try and get them in some sort of order, and work on better descriptions. Wish me luck! lol
For now, head over to the NEW RC Videos section and take a look! There are probably a few you have missed.
Aww Yea! If there is one thing that will always bring new people to the world of RC, it’s speed! Think you have the fastest RC vehicle on the planet? Time to prove it! October 4th at the Rockingham Dragway in NC! You can get all the details you need here: International R/C Speed Challenge, along with a forum to talk about it: Here!
Big Squid RC is a sponsor this year, and we will be handing out some cash money for the winners, with a twist! To get the cash, your vehicle has to have a Big Squid RC sticker on it! Easy right? Check the forum for more details!