Shawn Ire­land’s Team As­so­ci­ated RC10L

RC Car Action - - BUILT FOR SPEED -

Back in the ’80s, cars were run­ning on large ovals that were built for bi­cy­cle rac­ing, and speed runs were a part of many events. Shawn Ire­land was one of the guys who dom­i­nated these types of events, and here’s one of his cars from circa 1988. Shawn says that he called this car a “pan­cake car” be­cause it was so low to the ground. Av­er­age speed over three laps de­ter­mined the win­ner of the speed runs, which worked out to about 75mph for Shawn’s ma­chine. Peak speeds were higher though—over 100mph.

Yep, there are 14 Ni-cd bat­ter­ies in that car, and they add not only se­ri­ous power to the car but also weight to the chas­sis. These cells are slightly smaller than the stan­dard sub-c bat­ter­ies be­ing used in the day. These cells had a re­duced ca­pac­ity, which was not a prob­lem for the short runs that the car made; the im­por­tant thing is that they saved some weight.

Shawn’s car started life as a stan­dard Team As­so­ci­ated RC10L, which was a 1/10-scale pan car. Here you get a good idea of why Shawn calls it a “pan­cake car.”

Yes, that’s a brushed elec­tric mo­tor un­der that wing, and it has been off­set slightly to the left to im­prove the car’s weight bal­ance.

Foam tires were where it was at for rac­ing, but for speed runs, rub­ber capped tires were used. A Kevlar belt in­side kept it from ex­pand­ing and ex­plod­ing dur­ing speed runs. Check out the thin strip of lead tape used to bal­ance the tire to keep the car as smooth as pos­si­ble.

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