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Old 02-23-2010, 11:48 AM   #1
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Nitro - still worth it.

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I know back in the day when i first bought my nitro car ( Nitro Hawk) some 12-14 years ago it was all the big rage. Given they where a real pain to start and keep running but back then when the only other option was running Nicd batteries which would give you 8 mins run time and take 3 hours to charge.

Back then when you wanted speed and run time you ran Nitro... However these days with Brushless systems and Lip batteries and be being new back into the hobby it seems like nitro really does not have the benefits it use to.

I guess if your bashing or running endurance races maybe?

But top speeds are coming from Electrics, they are easier to keep clean tend to weight less and are much easier to start and keep started.. No tuning it because the weather changed.

Am i missing something or is Electric the way of the future? are their benifits to Nitro that i am missing?
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Old 02-23-2010, 03:37 PM   #2
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Nitro's sound and smell more better-er.
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Old 02-23-2010, 04:02 PM   #3
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I would say right now it is a dead heat. Brushless and lipo's have brought the electric's back up to fighting competition to the nitro's but everyone will have their own personal taste in the end. I prefer the electrics and will be running a electric truggy and buggy this year which is what has gotten me back into the hobby and into 1/8 for the first time. I don't see nitro ever going away but I think you will see the popularity drop a bit. Also with the electrics indoor tracks, specially in the 1/8 scale, might become more popular because there's no need for venting.
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Old 02-23-2010, 05:54 PM   #4
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electric 1/8 with a 4 cell lipo is just as heavy if not heavier than the nitro also
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Old 02-23-2010, 06:28 PM   #5
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Try doing a half an hour main. Ill take my 3 pit stops over a battery change any day of the week.
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Old 02-23-2010, 06:46 PM   #6
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These discussions (nitro vs electric) usually start out with identifying the strengths/weaknesses of each power plant, but, end up being a "religious war"...

They each have their strengths and weaknesses, one is not "better" than the other...It depends on which you prefer as a power plant and the maintenance that comes along with it. Another factor (if you are interested in racing) is the turnout for each class. At this point in RC history nitro has the largest turnout (most competition).

I have come up with a great solution...RUN BOTH!!!

Michael if you are interested in a test drive of either power plant you are welcome to wheel either of my buggies.
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Old 02-23-2010, 06:52 PM   #7
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Nitro all the way, for me its a fun way to race and is an actual scaled down vehicle, you dont see nascar running on batteries lol. I can see the appeal of the electrics for some especially if your not mechanically inclined tuning can be a headache but its part of the fun imo.
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i ran both at motorama and i had a blast with the electric buggy... no tuning just turn it on and go.. tons of power...sometimes too much
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Old 02-23-2010, 07:04 PM   #9
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my only concerns came before i spend more money

I bought the slash as at one time 1/10th scale was the way to go.. and thought it was much more popular than it really is. now i don't have plans of racing but i know how addicted i can get to things and i just never know. now i am reading how 1/10th scale stuff is being scaled back and not many places are running it.

I bought the Mantis ( 1/8th scale nitro truggy ) as it seems to be more popular and i liked the fact its slightly bigger... easier to see as i get older

Now, i am reading about people running electric 1/8 scale, now i like to run in the winter and year round which is proving difficult with my nitro truck.

I know i am going to end up buying something else sooner than i want too just wanted to make sure i buy what is popular, no one is running MT's anymore, no one seems to be running much 1/10th scale so just want to buy correctly.
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nothing like the smell of notro in the morning
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