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Circle Track Madness – Let’s Chat about the Losi NASCAR

Hey everyone! Last week I wound up getting busy and missed my usual Monster Truck Madness post, so I’m posting twice this week to make up for it! I wanted to change subjects for this extra post to talk a little circle track racing- in particular the Losi 1/12 NASCAR RTR that made massive waves upon its announcement last week!

While monster truck racing will always be my favorite thing in the r/c-verse, my second fave is oval racing. It is SO MUCH FUN, but it’s been a few years since I’ve done it.

I enjoy oval racing because of how tight the racing is, and I LOVE getting into the groove when you start hitting your corner marks and turning fast laps. I also love the bumping and banging that takes place.

About 10 years ago I got huge into dirt oval racing. I started with a Losi 1/18 Late Model (they’ve long been discontinued) and worked my way up to 1/10 Custom Works late models and Traxxas Slash modified dirt cars. It was a freakin’ blast. I stopped doing it because I got heavy into scale trail trucks and monster trucks, and I only had so much free time for r/c…. so the oval cars got the axe. But I’ve been wanting to get back into it.

The release of the 1/12 Losi NASCAR is what I hope will do just that.

First things first, yeah, I understand dirt oval isn’t the same as carpet or asphalt racing. That’s cool. Carpet and/or asphalt oval racing is something I’ve always wanted to try, and even if it’s not the same, it’s a close cousin and I’ve taken some hot laps on the carpet and freakin’ loved it. Oh yeah, I’m also a huge NASCAR fan.

Let’s talk about the scale of the Losi- I think 1/12 is perfect. That’s large enough to where the vehicles have some size to run them on typical pavement/parking lots outside, but small enough to where a racing surface wouldn’t need to take up as much room as if they were 1/10 or 1/8 scale.

I think AWD was the right call too, because while I would dig a RWD car for scale reasons, AWD is MUCH easier to handle, especially for noobs. And I think this release is going to draw in a lot of NASCAR loving noobs, which is a fantastic thing.

You know what I’d LOVE to see? Give us some vintage Winston Cup era bodies. How cool would it be to be racing with a bunch of classic looking stock cars? UGH, please, please, please!

The cars are slated to release in September, so we have a bit of time before they arrive. I’m hoping that when they do, we will start to see some racing leagues form up out there, be it at a local r/c track or maybe just in parking lots.

Regardless, I plan to grab one as soon as they are available. Worst case, it’ll be cool to have one on my shelf for display. Methinks (and hopes) that it’ll get a lot of use though!

Until next time, keep it on all 4’s!

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Posted by in Losi on Friday, May 3rd, 2024 at 6:06 pm