Monday, December 15, 2008

Fast R/C cars on U.K. "Gadget Show"

The presenters from the UK "Gadget Show", Suzi and Jason, try to break the Guinness World record for longest R/C car jump and fastest r/c car in the world. If you click on the picture above it will take you to the full 16m14s video. The 3 Parts below are the 16 minute video split up into Part 1 (worlds longest rc jump attempt), Part 2 (worlds fastest rc car attempt), Part 3 (worlds fastest rc car attempt 2):
Part 1 (worlds longest rc jump attempt)
Part 2 (worlds fastest rc car attempt)
Part 3 (worlds fastest rc car attempt 2)

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Video-ISC 2008 Rockingham compilation

Here is a video of the action from the 2008 ISC competition in Rockingham N.C. It includes video from the pits and Nic Case's fastest R/C car in the world. Check out this awesome video.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Video: Gizmo's Twin engine Dragster

Gizmo's beast was seen tearing up the scale quarter mile setup at Houston Motorsport Park this past weekend. Check out the amazing dual engine and quad wheel setup. Simply amazing.

Video: Paul's RC10R5 - 100+mph?

Is this the fastest Associated RC10R5? Details on the car are murky, no info is given as to what equipment is being run or how many cells are being used.

Video: Brian's Brushless GTP - 97mph?

Is this the fastest brushless OFNA Ultra GTP? You decide.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Ryu James's Schumacher Mi3-3 speed

Using the same base car as Nic Case's heavily modified fastest r/c car in the world, Ryu James has built up a nice brushless 3 speed Shumacher Mi-3 for some speed runs. This is what he says about the car:

so here is my schumacher 3 speed i finished. i put the gps on it and it did 74mph. not bad. not the 100mph i was hoping for but just a gearing issue. but this is plenty fast and drivable. but it has no grip. it slides all over and went thru a pair of tires after 2 batteries. i ordered some foams. we'll see how they do. now i am finishing the RC8T and then its on to my 1/5 scale on road. been slowly starting on that one.
the schumacher is kinda ugly right now. just wanted to get it done to see how it ran. now i am going to clean it up with tons of carbon fiber, titanium, and aluminum. i will post more pics later.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Video: home made R/C turbine funny car

"Kenazzo" from Malta has been working on his homemade turbine funny car. He posted the first videos of it running under the turbines power. This thing could be the fastest R/C car around.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

More pictures on the set of "The Gadget Show"

Nic Case's record breaking 161 mph Schumacher Mi3 over in the U.K.

Gadget Show presenter Suzi Perry taking the wheel of a car

More pics here

Gary O's "Problem Child II"

This is what Gary says about his car:

About 3/4 of the way through building Problem Child it became obvious that it wasn't the most efficient way to build a speed car. It quickly became very large, very heavy and despite my attempts at simplicity, very complicated.

I hadn't even finished PC before PCII was coagulating in my mind. It seems that a twin engine car would accelerate more quickly, would be lighter, smaller and would likely be faster at top end.

I went through a half dozen designs, each having some design flaw that I just didn't like. I wanted to keep 4wd since it seems for more stable than rwd and puts the power down better than fwd.

Then. a couple days ago, after completing my mail-order correspondence classes and graduating Magna cum 'Loudy' from the Nick Mazlowski School of Backwards R/C Cars, the solution came to me....spin PC around and run it in reverse! Seriously! That Nick's a genious!

Spinning the engines around allows the exhaust to exit towards the rear of the car, narrowing the body and allowing it to taper at the rear. Using the two rear engines (now front) will give stability at speed and allow the use of Mac's pipes inside the body.

The steering will be at the front (sorry Nick, I'm not that crazy!) and the rear diff will be mounted ala Associated 10L. A second drive shaft will allow the rear diff to go up and down.

The cool thing is, I'll be able to use almost all of the drive train technology I developed with PC along with many pick up points.

Well, I have no CAD skills (skipped that class at the Nick Mazlowski School of Backwards R/C Cars) but I can solder a wicked brazing rod or two and that's what I've done to get an idea of how things will come together....

Here is PC and PCII. Note the noses and tails are reversed

Ziggy's "Black Knight" rocket hybrid

Ziggy said this about his car:

After building and running a number of IC cars at speed I have deceided to deviate slightly and try to build a non wheel driven car. I was lucky enough to be contacted by Ben Jarvis, one of the few guys in the UK that understands hybrid rocket technology and has the capacity and know how to put together a power system for the car. With his know how of hybrid rocket systems and my understanding of RC technology with regards to speed cars our team has a good chance of building a vehicle capable of 200mph. This car will be called "Black Knight"

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

RC Speed Run in Quincy IL.

Big Squid is reporting that Tim Mohr and Mike Ogle setup a speed run event in Quincy, IL not too long ago. Check out the story and more pictures here.

Pics from the U.K. "Gadget Show" filming

Chris's car after a long jump attemp
Take a look at that huge ramp!

The U.K. "Gadget Show" filmed some speedy and high flying cars this week. There was a high speed contest and a long jump contest. A new Guiness World record was set for a nitro car of 85mph. The longest jump was 148 feet. Chris, who attended the event, had this to say:

It was a great day, unfortunatley Nic couldn't run as the ESC packed in and his spares hadn't arrived in time Sad
the long jump was 148ft it landed great but bounce and rolled once landing back on its wheels but that didn't count Huh?
the presenter Jason drove my twin and managed 85mph wich was enough for the GWR to recognise it as a new record. to be fair to jason he did pretty well for a novice and we got what we wanted another land speed record recognised by guiness.
It was an interesting day with a few problems but a great atmosphere, were going back friday to try set a long jump record but as the rules are so strict its not going to be easy.
the hybrid rocket car was spectacular to watch especially in the dark.
thats about it guys


The show is expected to be aired on Monday December 15th at 8:00pm on Channel Five.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Britain's Bloodhound car could reach 1,000mph

1,000 mph bloodhound

This news is a couple days old, but its the coolest thing I've seen in a while. The Brits are looking to extend their land speed record to 1000 mph according to this article. This isnt r/c related, but a lot of guys that are doing this high speed r/c stuff are influenced heavily from full size cars. Nic Case's record breaking Schumacher streamliner is based on a full size JCB diesel streamliner. So you can easily see the influence that full size cars have on the r/c racing community.

350 mph JCB DieselMax
Nic Case's 160 mph streamliner
Ron Ayres and carbon fibre model of Dieselmax - Bonneville salt flats

Submit your speed run

This is a form to submit your speed run to be entered into a database for unofficial speed records. This is in beta testing as an ISC website is being setup.

A table of the records can be found here

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

R/C speed cars on the U.K. Gadget Show

Chris has just announced that the popular U.K. "Gadget Show" will be covering a R/C high speed event. This is the first time that a R/C speed contest will be covered for T.V. The event will feature 2 main R/C categories, speed and jumping. Officials from Guinness Book of Records will be there to monitor and record any new records that could be set on that day. The show will be broadcast late December or early January 2009. The event will also feature a very, very fast driver from the U.S.

According to Chris:

Ziggy and myself have been in talks with the Gadget show to get an event broadcast here in the UK, filming will done next week and we have a special guest who we all know, coming over from the US with a certain very very very fast car (guess who Grin). The event will feature 2 main r/c catagories speed and jumping. We will have the officials from Guiness Book of Records there to monitor and record any new records that we hope to set on the day. The show will be broadcast late December or early january 2009.
Included in the speed challenge there will be electric, rocket and nitro cars, the jumping will be to set the worlds longest r/c jump.
This is hopefully going to get the word out very quickly about speed racing and links from their website to our's will be provided (and hopefully broadcast on TV).
This really could be the boost we need at the moment to help get the word out about ROSSA and speed racing.


This will be an excellent opportunity to get the word out about high speed R/C. I cant wait.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Fastest RC cars records updated

I have updated the official and unofficial records list. The list can also be found here. If you can see any errors let me know so corrections can be made.

You can also submit your own speed (here) to be listed on the unofficial records.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Nic Case's 161 mph record breaking Shumacher at iHobby

Big Squid has a picture of Nic Case's record breaking 161.76 mph Shumacher streamliner at the iHobby show in Chicago.

Submit your speed record

Here is a list of the fastest rc cars on record. I have included official records (speeds recorded at organized speed competitions) and unofficial records. Unofficial records can be posted by anyone who has video of their run with a radar reading of their speed. Unofficial "classes" can be created and modified at any time. This way anyone with an R/C car can submit their speed no matter what type of car it is. Only Official Records have specific classes with rules that need to be met to get listed as an official speed. You can submit your speed run videos in the forum here.Some of the listings are incorrect and need to be updated. I will update and correct these in the future.

Team Novak driver Tim Smith breaks record at International R/C Speed Challenge

Team Novak driver Tim Smith clocked an 84.54 mph run in Scale Electric at the International Speed Contest at Rockingham dragstrip October 4th. Tim drove a Novak/MaxAmps/Grand MotorSports electric vehicle with a GTB Programmable Brushless/Brush ESC, a Velociti 3.5R Racing Brushless Motor and a production-oriented 2-cell Li-Po.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Awesome video from the IMDRA World Finals

IMDRA World Finals Sunday Eliminations

IMDRA World Finals Friday Qualifying

Here is some great video from the 2008 IMDRA drag racing World Finals in San Antonio. This event was the same weekend as the International R/C Speed challenge in North Carolina. Many people had to choose which event to attend. The infamous Jim Schauer attended the IMDRA World Finals in San Antonio at the Litespeed racetrack.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Another video of Nic Case's 161.76 mph run

New video footage from the run
Previous video

Nic had this to say about the run:

Shawn Palmer @ Schumacher ----- Supported me from he beginning!
Nick Maslowski for loaning me key equipment
Steve Rodgers @ Flight Power for great batteries & the help in he pits & retrieving the car
The People at Castle ------ great electronic equipment
Josh Tyler & Lou ----- for all the help during testing !
Steve Neu ------ building a great motor
All the people at RC4WD ----- for machining some great wheels !
Greg H & Freeman T --- for the support
Rob Donelson --- Brainstormer
Matt Shumaker --- Brainstormer
John Trino Brainstormer
Shawn Palmer--- Brainstormer
Frank Amestoy--- Brainstormer
Josh Reese— Brainstormer
Mike Ogle— Brainstormer
Brad Williams— Brainstormer
Bill Chaterlea --- Brainstormer
Robert Crysel Brainstormer-- & machining help
Ray Lathrop---- Brainstormer
Tony Lovering--- Brainstormer
Billy Weeks & Steve Earwood --- For having the event at such a great facility!

What a Rush!
Nic Case

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Video: Coverage that the ISC needs

Speed TV's Wind Tunnel and Dave Despain have a report on the 2008 IFMAR 1/8th Off-Road World Championship that was held in Charlotte N.C. September 14-21st 2008. This is the type of coverage that the ISC needs.
Results from the event:

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Video: Shawn Palmer's Monster truck

Video: Rocket car at the 2008 R/C Speed Challenge U.S. round

This was pretty cool to watch. Its a rocket car that travels along a wire laid down on the track. The engine is ignited and the wire guides the car. The designer has claimed almost 200 mph with this car on previous runs. He had some issues with the guide wire during this run. This was exiting to see.

Video: Derek's streamliner

Derek's car is a modified Tamiya TAO5. Max speed from these runs is about 85 mph, I believe.

Video: Nic Case's 155 mph pass

Nic Case made 2 passes at the 2008 R/C Speed Challenge. The first pass was at 155 mph and the second was 161 mph. This is video of the first pass. Thanks to Derek for the video. More video and information on the results will be posted soon.