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Vol 1, Issue
October 1, 2003
* How-To Drive Your RC Car 30% Faster
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HOW-TO DRIVE YOUR RC CAR
Hello. This week I share with you tips on
how you can drive
faster and do well in r/c racing. Hope you read my story and
pick up some useful tips.
I started driving rc cars when I was around 7 years old (1978).
Around 1982 I joined off-road races using my Tamiya Ford XLT
and Wild Willy (original model). In 1986 there were major races
that had around 400 entries, and racing lasted until midnight. I
usually finish in the top 7 of my class (which would have around
200 rc cars). So I felt good about my driving abilities.
In 1992 I visited a large, indoor, off-road rc track called "Queens
R/C Off-Roaders" located in Queens, N.Y. USA. It was there
that I improved my driving skills by around 30%!
Let me tell you how.
There I was driving against sponsored drivers or semi-professional
drivers. They were so fast that I would usually just place in the
C-main. Sometimes even the D-main.
Fortunately, I met and became friends with one of the fast drivers.
His name was Hardjono, and he was originally from Indonesia.
He was consistently winning races and was semi-sponsored.
I remember one advice he gave me that I still remember to this
day... "Drive Consistently,
Lap After Lap."
And because of that advise, I have managed to win some big
races in the Philippines because I drove consistently, even though
my lap times were about 1 second slower than the others. It was
just that I avoided making mistakes or crashes that would have
cost me 5 - 10 seconds per incident.
Also, driving consistently and error free will calm your nerves and
make you more relaxed when driving and racing.
Practicing Is Not the
When not racing, Hardjono and I would go to various rc tracks,
just to play. I remember we found one in Connecticut, inside a
school campus. It was a beautiful outdoor off-road track.
He was consistently beating me during our one-on-one racing,
so we switched cars.
And he still beat me!
Hardjono was simply a faster driver... but he also pointed out that
my rc car setup needed improvement. I also noticed that his rc
car had more power when I was driving it.
How did he drive faster? I noticed that when I was coasting
through corners (off the throttle), he was driving the same corners
at 1/2 or 3/4 on the throttle. So he was basically faster than me
during the corners. But you need a good car setup and driving
skill to do this.
He also had a smooth driving style, slowly accelerating, slowly
braking, but always trying to maintain speed through the corners
by keeping his finger on the throttle (1/2 to 3/4) rather than fully
lifting off the power.
Practicing One-on-One to
Improve Passing and Defending Skills
During our one-on-one driving sessions, our goal was for one
car to lead, the other to try and pass. We would do this for two
or three laps, then reverse the position of the rc cars. That way
we both managed to practice our passing skills, as well as how
to defend our position from cars behind us.
Doing this for months, I eventually managed to drive fast enough
to sometimes get lucky and get into the A-main. And I have to
thank my mentor, Hardjono, for showing me how. Practicing is
good, but it is not enough. You have to know what to do, then
practice. And hopefully, after reading this story, you now know
what do to.
Now time to go out, find a mentor, and practice with him... or her!
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