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    Question Desert style races?

    Horses haven't hit the track yet, BUT, lets not beat around the cholla cactus (nasty desert bush). Now that you guys (TRAXXAS) have built the proper desert truck, how about getting some desert races going? Texas to the Cali, land of the desert. Is this something that TRAXXAS is considering??? If so, and you are looking for input, contact me, seriously, I'd be more than happy to be a part of that. Simply need a venue, all the other logistical "bugs" are pretty much worked out.

    So when the general public gets these, which of you forum peeps/new owners would plan on racing it? Starting with something like this: Three classes: UDR Spec meaning you run 4s and the stock electronics, stock gearing, UDR Spec 6 being just that, stock electronics and 6s, stock gearing, finally UDR Unlimited, a run what you brung, staying electric, truly unlimited class. Modify your UDR however you desire, while still keeping it a desert truck

    Any desert racers in the crowd???

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    You could get a off-road track to setup more like a TORC racing series track. Then run a 4s only class. Just think you could have a mini Crandon track to run these on.
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    Think bigger, way bigger, along the lines of the Mint 400, Barstow to Vegas, San Felipe 250, Baja 500 and 1000. Use SCORE and BITD as format design templates. Simply label them the Ultimate Desert Racing Series....... Hurry up and copyright that one TRAXXAS, before someone else does.

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    That would be cool but in terms of a driver/stand position most 1/8 tracks can push the limit on vision.
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    FPV, just like the video....

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    there looks like we are going to have a class of them on our outdoor track this year. there seems to be really good interest in them already. we are looking at doing some form of stock racing. for example only letting people swap out factory radio equipment and servo or something similar.

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    Thats awesome. These trucks are meant to fly through extremely rough terrain, not a short course environment. Scale baby head sized rocks, ruts, rolling jumps. Just like the promo video that is out. Be sure to post video of your events.

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    Mac Fab in may we are going to El Mirage dry lake, for the Land Speed Racing, put on by the American Timing Association (i think) anyways we camp out there and party. there are lots of ATV/Dirt bike areas. Sand, gravel, dirt.

    Lots of little tracks and gullys. i plan to beat that truck up out there.

    If you wanna head up for a day of desert bashing let me know. don't have to camp.

    I don't care for organized racing too much. just for fun for me. lol
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    Where is El Mirage dry lake located?
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    Shall we try this thread again? How many peeps have them and where are you located?

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    So Cal - San Bernardino Area
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    where am I located

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    So Cal - San Bernardino Area
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    My brother and I each have one. We are in So Cal foothill area 57/210 fwy.


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    Quote Originally Posted by MAC FAB View Post
    Horses haven't hit the track yet, BUT, lets not beat around the cholla cactus (nasty desert bush). Now that you guys (TRAXXAS) have built the proper desert truck, how about getting some desert races going? Texas to the Cali, land of the desert. Is this something that TRAXXAS is considering??? If so, and you are looking for input, contact me, seriously, I'd be more than happy to be a part of that. Simply need a venue, all the other logistical "bugs" are pretty much worked out.

    So when the general public gets these, which of you forum peeps/new owners would plan on racing it? Starting with something like this: Three classes: UDR Spec meaning you run 4s and the stock electronics, stock gearing, UDR Spec 6 being just that, stock electronics and 6s, stock gearing, finally UDR Unlimited, a run what you brung, staying electric, truly unlimited class. Modify your UDR however you desire, while still keeping it a desert truck

    Any desert racers in the crowd???
    It would be cool if Traxxas would do some kind of race.....but they didn't even do their TORC series this year! Even some kind of short course racing would be cool to see....

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    It would be cool if there was a scale aspect to the racing too. Maybe super-detailing contest for both static and race bodies. There could be extra points given for scale detailing that stays put during the racing without breaking off. I'm talking both functional scale details (scale looking arms, rods, links, etc) and non-functional (jacks, lights, fire extinguishers, straps, etc)

    One of the things I like most about my UDR is how scale it looks. Given its nice large size, all sorts of super scale possibilities open up to make it a excellent replica of the full size machines. It is already worth of being presented on a shelf, but it could be made to be stunning.

    For racing, FPV would be awesome, and it seems the equipment is all there to do it thanks to the drone racing crowd. As long as there are enough spotters along a long straight course, it should work. That, and excellent radio repeaters to make usr the range/signal quality is there. Again, drone racing has a lot of this already figured out.

    I would race. Might even travel some distance to give it a try. I'd love to drive cross country with a camper trailer.

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    MACFAB, where in SoCal do you live?

    I'm in North County San Diego, and we have a rad outdoor track here that is VERY "deserty." It's a free track maintained by guys who like to spend their weekends drinking beer and smashing RC cars. Lots of deep, coarse sand, fine dirt and hardback dirt. Berms, some jumps (that I mostly avoid) and lots of rutted out bumpy terrain.

    I've never been to a full size desert race (yet) but from what I've seen in videos, this track seems like laps of straight desert terrain. I was telling my son today that this track tests your ability to build a durable, and well performing truck that can stand up to real abuse. I don't mean abuse from jumping houses, but from the harsh terrain. We were out there today and sure enough, my son's Yeti Jr. succumbed to the harshness of the track. To add to the harshness, there's no electrical power or water available. What you bring is all you've got.

    Anyway, it's at Jesmond Dene park in Escondido. I'd definitely be down for a 100 lap (or something) race that tests endurance, driving skill and vehicle durability/performance.

    I've been trying for a few years to build a truck that rails this track. I've tried 10th scale cars but they're on the small size for the bumps out here. Too light and not enough suspension travel. I've converted an 1/8 scale buggy into a desert racer, but it wasn't designed for harsh desert conditions so it always had something go wrong. Traxxas nailed my track with the UDR. It's a blast out here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tcmglx View Post
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    Digging up bones here, but ben1272, those are some great suggestions, however, it easily becomes a crawler comp where the guy with all the scale widget points wins because of that, not rig/driver talent. Have it look the part, perhaps take the U4RC approach in appearance over performance. Can't believe I just wrote that. And yes, Fallen, a lot of desert racing is in sections where you can hit 100++ mph, with ruts, whoops, off camber stuff, rocks. on your toes or you are on your roof or worse. Terrain that will break your truck, as the Yeti Jr. will attest, the hare usually doesn't win the race, nor does the slow tortoise. Post some pics and or videos of the place. If you can only hit about 30 mph in the open sections because its rough, even on 6s, you probably have a winning location.

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    I think there could be a fiar balance made between points for scale and points for performance and driving capability. I guess what I was getting at is that scale-like solutions to RC trucks is fun and challenging to implement at the small size. So between looking scale and acting scale, there should be some points given in addition to driving scale and performing scale-like.

    I would be thrilled just to be racing the UDR period. My local RC establishment does not cater to these larger scales at all, but plenty of catering to the smaller scales. I get it, the big trucks require a lot of area and room for speed!

    Wish I were in socal on occasion!

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