Racing Basics

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Motor sport comes in many different shapes and sizes, but it always involves fast vehicles, skilful drivers and a healthy dose of competition. So it is in radio-controlled model touring car racing, a smaller scale alternative to the real thing, but a format where speeds remain excessive, cornering is performed on the limit, crashes are often spectacular, and each driver experiences an adrenalin buzz that sends them scurrying back to the track for more.

1/10 scale electric powered touring cars are the most popular radio-control race class in the World. The scale looking, four-wheel drive cars can be built from kits in just a few hours or bought 'ready to run' and are powered by small electric motors and six rechargeable cells. They are quiet, reliable and fast.

Radio-controlled touring car racing is a great hobby for any age and is an activity in which the whole family can become involved. With different tyres, suspension settings and aerodynamics, racers quickly learn valuable technical skills. Artistic talents can be applied to great effect to create unique colour schemes for the bodyshells. Racing the cars requires concentration and finesse, with each movement made by the driver on the controller resulting in an immediate and precise response from the car. And just like full-size motor sport, the more you practice, the better you will get.

In Britain, 1/10 scale electric touring car racing is promoted by the British Radio Car Association (BRCA) (

Rugby Radio Controlled Car Club is affiliated to the BRCA.

If you haven't experienced the excitement of racing electric-powered radio-controlled touring cars before, give it a try. It is one of the most affordable and rewarding forms of motor sport around, one that is safe, quiet and accessible to all, regardless of age or ability. And above all, it is enormous fun.


Race Timing

AMBrc Handout Transponder must be mounted in an inboard position, preferably in the windscreen and must not be mounted forward of the front shock tower. This requires a hole slightly larger than 7mm in your car windscreen. Large washers and clips for mounting the transponder are available on request from the club at a small cost.

Personal transponders (PTs) are able to be used, please have the number ready at booking in.



1/12 scale Mardave or equivalent running either 4cell NiMh 'silver can' or 1S LiPo brushless. Diffs are allowed.

1/10 scale 4WD electric touring cars to BRCA 27T 'Stock' Touring Regulations (i.e. no modified motors) or brushless 13.5T are allowed as per here. Minimum Weight = 1350g (without handout transponder, but with personal transponder if fitted) Minimum Ride Height = 5mm. All touring cars must be fitted with a foam bumper to protect cars and marshals.

Tamiya FWD Mini 'silver can' or Saturn 20T, 6cell NiMh or 2S LiPo.



Foams, slick or 'flat' treaded rubber (i.e. no 'mini pins' or other spiked style tyre, no 'rally blocks' or similar protruding treads)

Any change to the above will be notified by the Committee.

The Committee may add new tyres with no notice being required. A minimum of one month's notice will be given of withdrawal of a previously authorised tyre.

See also scrutineering.


Tyre Additive

Low odour type preferably in 'sealed' type applicators, if additive is used a 'pit towel' or similar should be used to save from dirtying the Hall's tables.



Generally Motors should comply with BRCA 27T Sealed Stock, Rebuildable Stock, or Brushless 13.5Turn 'Spec.' Motor requirements.
See the approved BRCA list at as a guide.

No modifications are allowed (e.g. no ball races, unless brushless as these are ball raced as standard)

"Modified Motors" are not permitted.



Cars will be driven by a maximum of six NiMh/NiCad cells having a total nominal voltage of 7.2v or in the case of LiPo batteries be 2 cells in series with a nominal voltage of 7.4v IN HARD CASE CONFIGURATION ONLY!

You are not permitted to change batteries during a race.



Bodyshells should generally be BRCA approved (subject to the discretion of the Committee).

See the approved BRCA lists at as a guide.


Radio Equipment

Only 27Mhz AM, 40Mhz AM, 40Mhz FM, and 2.4Ghz are permitted. (If not any of these frequencies the equipment may well be illegal for surface model use in the UK so will most definatly not be permitted)

A choice of at least 2 crystals is highly advised (if appropriate)

Your transmitter must be turned off when you are not racing. Keep transmitter aerials held up to avoid injury to other drivers and marshals and to maximise the signal.

Racers must use frequencies that they have been specified when booking in and as designated for their heat and final. If you are having trouble with interference, the race director will attempt to resolve the problem. All racers must inform the race director if they wish to change frequencies.

Everyone thinks that as soon as their car doesn't do what they think it should that some fiend has switched on their transmitter in the pits. VIRTUALLY ALL RADIO INTERFERENCE COMES FROM YOUR OWN EQUIPMENT -- yes, whatever you may believe, the fault probably arises in your gear.