Do Schumacher make a 1/12th – you bet they do, however not your normal, all the same, 1/12th pan car type. In Britain they run indoor a lot of the year and they run oval stock cars, 1/12th with sedan or GT type bodies and a bumper at both ends and reasonably well protected all round – it’s a contact sport. The cars are built for that class specifically and come in a single cell or 2 cell/6 nimh guise with no diff and a non-independant front end as well.
I have run one of these around Logan a bit and it goes pretty well. I opted for the option diff in mine ($50) for the road course as opposed to oval and it works well – same as a normal pan car diff in operation but not the same wheel attachment etc.
There is also a independant front suspension set up available and whilst I didn’t feel the need I just thought it might ride the Logan bumps a bit better and at about $30 thought I’d give it a try (fitted but not tested yet). Allows more rake and camber adjustment if you want that.
Also in the speed secrets box there is a nice one piece, 1 cell LIPO strap to replace the standard velcro – no performance advantage but looks nice at $17 .
The Supa Stox uses a different (smaller and narrower ) wheel tyre combo than a normal 1/12th, these come preglued and pretrued as a Contact brand in the usual compounds – I tried 50 front and 37 rear and they seemed fine on Logan. There are also rears in 32,35,37 and 40 shore, and fronts in 42,45,47,50 and some dual compounds. The single compounds are around $12 – $14 a pair. They are also available as donuts if you like punishment.
I have done the surgery and fitted a 1/12th pan car body, it’s quite difficult to get it low enough and on mine I cut the rear wheel arches a bit big forgetting that the car has a small diameter wheel, might have to paint another one if I ever get serious about 1/12th.
No problem here in complying with the Eurostock rules, the car is made for 1 cell LIPO so thats ok and a normal type motor pod so no problem fitting up the 10.5 brushless motor. I have a Thunder Power in mine.
One of the problems of 1 cell operation is getting a ESC that will do one cell without extra equipment being needed. We sell the Core Pace 45 which automatically switches from 1 cell to 2 cell depending on which car you want to use it in, perfect for me as I only want to run this car once in a blue moon and usually the ESC will find a home in my F1. An approved blinky mode ESC it sells for $100 including the program card. Fits nicely into my SupaStox and I guess you could risk running without the fan in 1 cell cars if space was tight.
I’m not sure what the gearing is required to be competitive in the class for speed. The car runs a 70t 48p spur and there is plenty of motor movement adjustment so I don’t envisage that being a problem, I’m hearing that maybe 70mmpr is required and if that is correct then we won’t have a problem.
So – does it work, will it be competitive on a road course, I’m not too sure yet, it certainly feels ok and I think the handling will be there, the speed ? well it might be a bit heavier than a regular pan car but that might be a good thing as far as traction is concerned and making the narrower tyres work. We’ll see, I think the 1/12th scale circus is coming to Logan on 22nd Feb so I’ll have the chance to find out then.