Debating weight for a road course track

redlinederby Saturday, 1/4/2020
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As I was putting together a car for the recent Super Cars race, it had me thinking about weight on a road course like Bootleg Run. Popular thought is a heavy car goes faster, and in a straight line downhill, that's probably true, but what about around the curves?

Weight will get you speed and momentum but won't the heavy cars have more trouble in the curves? I'd think a lighter car could handle them better, especially when there are several like on the Bootleg.

I'm gonna test a little bit with my entries...one will be at weight (60g) and the other less. I'll still add some extra weight to help it off the line but I'll be interested to see if the less weight helps it handle the lefts and rights more.

I'm sure science has a real answer, but what have you seen and experienced?


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LeagueofSpeed 1/4/20
Event coordinator

It's Bootleg Run...so who knows 

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Mattman213 1/4/20

I plan on sending in a little of both as I too have no clue what'll handle best on that exact track.  I can't replicate it at my house so I chose from what I have and will hope for the  best!

Matt

  • I feel with road courses it's less about weight and more about dealing with track joints and bounces and stuff. I dunno. Roll the dice. — redlinederby
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72_Chevy_C10 1/4/20
Event coordinator

I'm working on a truck for tge 2020 KotM race, and I just posted this...

youtu.be/Q8VpfxDMlnk

  • I've seen enough cars that I just feel like weight low in the middle of the car is a happy path. But yeah, open track is a whole different beast. — redlinederby
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LeagueofSpeed 1/4/20
Event coordinator

Once again...Bootleg Run has very little seams due to the 95% seamless run...it's just a different animal...nothing like the Boot 

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