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RC Car Action - January 2013

T E S T D R I V E ready

T E S T D R I V E ready to rip! TEAM ASSOCIATED READY-TO-RUN RC8.2E RTR | ELECTRIC | OFF-ROAD WORDS & PHOTOS LITO REYES WE UNDERSTAND THAT SOME OF YOU RACERS out there have an aversion to building kits, be it due to lack of time, space, confidence, or patience. But that doesn’t mean you should be punished with a brand-new car that isn’t race ready. Plenty of players exist in the popular 1/8-scale RTR electric buggy space—only many of them are more “pretender” than “contender,” at least when it comes to being race ready. Enter Team Associated’s new entry to the class: the RC8.2e Race-Spec; just the fact that the folks at Associated put “Race Spec” in the name shows how confident they are in this version of their successful RC8.2e platform. Equipped with the geometry of its Factory Team brother, big-can brushless power, and a 2.4GHz radio setup, this car certainly looks the part. Let’s take a closer look at this ready-to-run vehicle and see if it is really ready to race. 42 MORE FROM THIS ISSUE AT RCCARACTION.COM

PERFORMANCE To put the RC8.2e Race Spec through its paces, I headed to my regular test location, Hot Rod Hobbies, in Saugus, CA. As I usually do, I first ran the car right out of the box with no changes to the stock setup. Getting a feel for the buggy, I couldn’t help comparing it to the last Associated 1/8 electric buggy I was intimately familiar with: the old RC8eFT. Despite the fact that this 8.2e wasn’t a Factory Team model, it drove very similarly. The RTR RC8.2e had a very safe, neutral setup, which means that it pushed a bit more than I like in on-power sweepers, but dove into corners with authority, was very controllable over jumps, and all-in-all had no surprises—any intermediate racer could look really good with this car right out of the box. Back at the pit table, I put the buggy on the setup fixture to check the camber settings: -2.25 F, -2.0 R. This wasn’t quite the -1.0/-2.0 it said to use in the manual, but it explained the on-power push—the front outer wheel was riding on the inside edge of the tire at full lock. I set the front and rear to an even -1.5 to loosen up the feel overall. With that simple change, I was able to increase my corner speed enough for the other guys at the track (that had been watching my earlier session) to take notice. A quick change to a stickier tire compound, and then guys started to ask about it. The only outward visual clues that this wasn’t the Factory Team version were the shocks and the shock towers; otherwise, most of the practicing racers there at my test session would have guessed it was the high-line model. The RC8.2e Race Spec has all the characteristics needed in a full race buggy—design, power, and most importantly, performance. TEST GEAR ■ REEDY WOLFPACK 3700MAH 35C 14.8V LIPO PACK JANUARY 2013 43

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