BEHIND THE WHEEL
I headed to my backyard track to get some laps in with the TLR 22SCT 3.0, and after driving the TLR 22T 3.0 stadium truck out there for the previous issue of RC Car Action, I expected the stock setup of my short-course truck to be similar. So, like the 22T, I thought for sure that the 22SCT would have a stiff feel and be a little overly responsive, but I was completely wrong. The SCT had more of a neutral feel, meaning that it wasn’t darty or lazy when driving around my track. I’m used to driving rear-motor short-course trucks, and since the weight of the motor is more inboard, I didn’t expect a ton of traction. That went out the window after the first lap, as the 22SCT had pretty good grab straight off the bench. When it came to steering, I felt that the truck was a little sluggish in the turns and could use a little more, especially in the tighter sections of the track. While driving down the straight, the front end had a light feel, which didn’t really affect how it ran. Since TLR has been shipping its vehicles with a setup geared more toward indoor tracks, I was prepared to make changes to get my 22SCT dialed in on my track. I moved the rear hubs in to get more weight over the rear tires and moved the bottom of the front shocks in one hole to improve the steering feel. Back on the track, rear traction felt much better and the steering was perfect. I reviewed the 2.0 version of the 22SCT and have it dialed in to my driving style, so I thought it would be cool to run it back to back with the 3.0 to see just how perceptible the difference in performance was. Both trucks received a 2S shorty Lipo and Pro-line Blockade tires, and I used the same Spektrum radio to control them. I drove the 22SCT 2.0 first. The 2.0 has great rear traction and good steering, as I remember from my time with it on the track. After multiple laps, I shut that truck off and turned on the 3.0 version. I was blown away at the difference in performance. The rear traction with the new truck wasn’t as good as the rear motor 2.0 version, but that’s to be expected when you don’t have as much weight over the rear tires. The 3.0, however, felt much better in all other areas, which completely made up for the lack of rear traction. It has less of a push and feels more positive when turning, the jumps are more level, and it feels “heavy” on the track. I don’t meant that the truck has more weight, but it’s more planted—almost as if it has a bunch of weights stacked in it.