Yokomo is planning on marketing a special RC 1/10 just for drifting, I think it comes with special manufactured tyres from hard plastic but it will have adjustable traction by means of adding or taking off grippy bands to the grooves in the wheel. Should be out sometime this yr.
Thing is with Drifting... its so SLOW around the track.
the novelty will die out in the end....they producing there own line
off cars, when you can make the tyres youself and put on any old car!!
look at what they did in the vid, ordaniary plastic pipe, put over a
rim, on all 4 wheels, more challenging to drive, and slow??.....they
look pretty quick considering they use plastic...just look at that
white one where it got sent into the wall....it took off pretty
im going to make some and report back once i have....
im not going out to buy a $400 car just because it has special wheels..no way..
Rubbish that its quick... on a track of that tiny size, a good lap would be around the 8-10sec time. They take forever, going sideways.
Unless you have access to a lathe, cutting PVC tube into the exact sizes is harder than it looks. Using just a hacksaw will give you unbalanced rings, which will cause severe vibrations. (There are many guys out there wondering if Yokomo will sell their 'ring' tyres separately.)
If you just want to just try it out, just wrap any of your rubber/foam tyres with many layers of PVC electrical tape or masking tape or gaffer tape, does the same job; it'll last long enough for most ppl to get bored with it.
Or if you have enough power in your ride, just use Tamiya kit slicks & kit radials. They're as hard as they come, perfect for parking lot bashing.
Only trouble with RC drifting is... you don't have a handbrake. So the only drifting you'll be doing is "inertia drift"... go too fast into a corner, flick the tail out.
In real life you wouldn't drift in a 4WD, only RWD. RWD gives you throttle control to adjust your attitude mid-corner, but RWD in RC makes for a very twitchy uncontrollable car especially with no-grip tyres.
Well, if you've got a way to cut them neatly & equally and they're well balanced, do make me a set too will you?
Hard to drive? No, not really, not if you're reflexes are up to it. Maybe if you're reaching old fogie age then maybe that will become harder, but if you're of the Nintendo generation then it shouldn't be an issue... yet.
Nothing harder than a Hornet or GH2 at full power on gripless tyres, hey?
wouldnt be the same..think about it, with the tubing you have a bigger
area compared to the rims......the rims will be running on the outside,
much more wheel spin and less traction, and steering mate!
Even if the only junk wheels available have the tyre mounting ribs, then just do donuts on a rough surface until they are worn off
I might have a go with tape around the tyres of my 1/8 nitro buggy - could be interesting Just remember to wrap the tape in the same direction as rotation, otherwise it will peel the tape off instantly.
Wouldn't be needed I think... my ancient Inferno already has more than enough power to pull 4-wheel drifts on any dirt square, and the 1 time I ran it on tarmac that was the end of all the spikes on the tyres.
With most buggies, you can also screw up the brake balance; set the front brake to max and have no brake for the back, you can better initiate drifts like that.
I only really run my buggy on tarmac at the moment, with treaded rubber road tyres and even in the wet it's extremely hard to lose traction through power. Dirt would be another thing, but it's too damn hard to clean after running on dirt so I couldn't be bothered
Now the brake balance thing is an interesting idea. If I was to set it so that at idle there was a tiny bit of front break being applied, then simply getting off the accelerator while cornering should induce a big slide
But generally speaking, IC cars are harder for fine throttle control compared to electrics. Electrics have instant AND proportional response.
Nitro engine carbies are designed for on/off throttle considering that is how they are usually used... usually don't bother with mid-end. Then there is also the clutch to consider- this might not grab fully until there is enough revs, which might be 30-40% throttle.
Buggies also have 3 diffs. I've put an LSD for the Inferno middle diff that I can screw down hard to remove all diff action, but you'll be better locking the other 2 yet. Not too many balldiffs for 1/8 buggy, most adjust their gear diffs with stiff oils. (Guess you could use epoxy glue instead of silicone oil...)
Trying to balance grip vs overcoming traction is hard enough, don't have to make it harder than that even. In real world that's like driving a car with (1) a slipping clutch and (2) a hairline throttle. I have before, and its hard enough just to drive it smoothly -bunnyhopppp!- let alone do silly things with it.
Hey everyone i am new to these forums and would like to say hi, one of my freinds recently showed me this video and i think its rather intresting, they would have ot have great controll to be able to do it. I myself have done a bit of drifting i own a 180sx and have gone to a few drift/lesson days heaps of fun. So naturally i am quite intrested in setting up a car capable of drifting, if somone finds a good way to mount the pvp pipe and cut it please share thanks