Sunday, June 28, 2009

ISC Closed Course speed run scheduled

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. 12 th. 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:

Stock 2wd
Stock 4wd
Large Scale
Open Wheel

Here is some on-board racing of some non-insane speed run cars at the Major Taylor Velodrome:

Friday, June 19, 2009

Video: 103 mph Team Associated RC10B4

Kevin Simms has an insanely fast Team Associated RC10B4. He hit 103 mph. There is more info here.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Popular Science article on R/C speed run cars

Popular Science has a great article taking a look at a couple R/C speed run cars. Nic Case's 161 mph Mi3 is in there, including Gary O'Connor's 4 engine 93 mph car, Jack Cecil's 111 mph Traxxas 4-tec and Nick Maslowski's custom 97 mph RC10L4 called the "X2".

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Video: Practice ROSSA event

ROSSA held their practice speed event June 6-7th to test and tune for the big speed event on September 12-13th. Heres what Ziggy had to say:

Well I think we can call that a success!

Allan Waterfall broke the WORLD bike speed record with a recorded speed of 91.52mph with his IC powered bike. The bike didn't survive the slowdown but I don't think Allan was worried.

Kevin Simms got 102.99 mph with his Losi running 4 cells and a mamba max system. He was using rubber tyres on the rear and foams on the front. Well done Kevin! Send me your address and I'll post you your hat

I managed 87mph with the twin dragster before it gave up the ghost.

Then there was the rocket car...

The idea was just to give it a quick burn and see if everything was working. Myself and Tom filled it with N2O and pressured it up to 900psi. Tom lit the ignition and there was a short burst of throttle and the car moved forward quite rapid but the burn stopped. I thought we had put out the rocket so opened the throttle fully to see the liquid N2O coming out the back but nothing happened. Then there was a very large noise and the rocket jumped back into life and took off at the most incredible speed I have ever seen!!!!

I was so stunned. The car then veered to the right and I tried to straighten it out but it got out of control very quickly so I shut off the throttle. The car then skidded into the timing trap. The car covered about 100m in a little over a second and the whole show was over in about 2 1/2 seconds But MY GOD!! WHAT ACCELERATION!!

It was the most awesome thing I have seen and now I am addicted. The car works and has the potential for incredible top speeds so I wont be happy unless I can get this thing to 200+ and I would say that's just the start.

John has a short video and I'll upload it when he has posted it on his site


Monday, June 1, 2009

U.K. Speed Event September 12-13th

The Brits have announced their Speed Run event for this year. It will be September 12-13 2009 at the Long Marston Airfield, Warwickshire England.

Official ROSSA classes here.