Great that you're thinking of going pro Lee, is he building you a BSRT or a Wizzard?
Banging a set of HC neos in a stock storm extreme with the approved arm has been a revelation.
Anything you want to know about the brush barrell cars just ask me/Clive/Andy P.
If you are having a BSRT built you would do well to go back and look at thhe pro mod spec thread and see what Jon Cryer was using last. I guess deans advice hints at what the Martech G3's he and Craig have use.
One other thing, US builders often underestimate what we can get away with magnet wise, thinking understandably that the current limit will have us cooking arms every 3 mins. However in the UK we run a different type of track layout and BIG hubs and tyres so my arm was only 70deg after each heat on my way to pole last time out.
Luckily several people have spent several hundred pounds each finding that out so you don't have to
Good advice from all.
At one time it seemed like only BSRT chassis could be fastest but thanks to the perseverance of Andy Player the Wizzard Storm Extreme is now up amongst it, so much so that Marc and I have jumped that way.
While I'm sure Andys' car is better tweaked than mine the car that went so well at Worthing was not much more than an out of the packet Storm Extreme with the approved Wizzard SP05 3ohm arm, a change of brushes and springs, Harden Creek neo tractions and lower tyres. Total cost probably change from $60 and I'm hoping the only 'expendable' part, the arm, will last at least 3 meetings ($12).
Yes there are more tweaks to be had but minor ones and admittedly Andy was probably not having his best day at WHO but I was genuinely impressed with my cars pace considering how little I'd done to it, and they are a dream to work on.
"There are only two things to worry about in ProMod: running hot and running slow" Both have a lot to do with tyre height!
Hopefully you'll give it a go at Yelling, even if it's only few practice laps!
Although this discussion took a detour to the Kesgrave thread, here's my 5 cents worth:
If you want a class that is 75% utter frustration and 25% complete exhilaration, come to Pro-Mod.
If you make it to year two (and, looking at the stats, most don't) it might even out to only 50% frustration, but maybe not
The crucial thing is how much you're prepared to learn (and spend) in that first year. Ask whether 2 or 3 half-decent races during the year are sufficient to overcome the frustration of burned armatures, dead cars and last place finishes. One race you might think you've cracked it, then it's disaster again at the next two or three races.
It may be strange for me to say, but the learning process was as enjoyable for me as eventually winning races. And the wins were sweeter because of the hard work, blood, sweat and tears. Not everyone is like that.
Buying a ready-to-race chassis is a tough one. If it's built in the States, it will need significant refining for our big tracks. The best 'customer' runners in Pro-Mod have definitely been Craig (Martech G3) and Jimbo (Jon Cryer G3). I think the problem for both was when something went wrong they weren't confident of what to do to fix it.
Running in Pro requires some knowledge of keeping the car running, an ability to problem-solve and a massive amount of patience. An interest in car building also helps.
It is a long-term project that you need to be up for. Other racers will give you tips and advice, but you'll need to do the work.
When you're ready, start with a Storm Extreme, change the armature and traction magnets, add a lexan shell and take it from there. Initial cost = £45 including shipping. Add £15 for some spares, £25 for tools and another £15 every couple of months to develop the car over the first year.
Hy Montoya. The reason i asked about traction magnets, Was because i,d seen some HO drag videos. And the development? cars were jumping straight out of the slot when the button was punched. Those little beauts certainly shift. I just assumed they wern,t running magnets because of the high speed and et,s they were turning. john
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