The USA GT12 Spec was created to open a fun, fair, and budget friendly racing class. Similar to the BRCA GT12 rules but based on the equipment commonly available in the USA.
The 2s standard is easier to support in the US, the speed control batteries, motors, chargers easily translate to other US classes like F1, buggies, etc.
The lower torque of a 25.5 motor with 2s is drive-able and fast but with a shorty low profile battery easily fits in most available 1/12 chassis.
The choice of sports car bodies looks cool and keeps the cars at a reasonable speed with great handling. Mostly because they look realistic and scale is cooler!
The goal is to be a fun class along varying levels of driver skill. With the abundance of older 1/12 cars out there the barrier to entry should be low.
Fun, running as an experimental class at 702 RC Raceway in the spring of 2020 bystanders are and racers are smiling. The cars look good, the racing is competitive and the cars don't need endless wrenching.
In the spirit of classes like VTA and Euro Truck we aim to create a fun class that isn't too restrictive but still makes racing affordable and fun (and FASTER than VTA and Euro).
What about the old 1/12 standard?
This isn't meant to kill the class, destroy the man, rage against the machine etc...
We fully support LMP 1/12, many of us would love to race both. But 1 cell equipment just isn't as common and makes getting started harder. The bodies aren't that scale looking and often not that durable. As seen in the BRCA, both classes can live along side each other easily allowing racers with skill and interest to move up if desired.
Anyone attending a national or regional event that is LMP 1/12 can easily change the speed control, motor, and battery for those events if this class doesn't exist.
Why not the BRCA GT12 rules?
Chassis availability. The rules for the BRCA require a solid 1 piece chassis plate with a floating pod. There aren't a lot of them available here. There are decades of 1/12 chassis around that will work. While the concept is great, Schumacher has shown that a GT12 chassis can keep up with traditional designs or win a world championship. Hats off to them, Andy Murray has designed a great car but it seems to have eliminated the need for the chassis spec.
What if I don't like this GT nonsense?
Don't participate. If your club needs to run both classes together, 702 has done this and found more people switching to the "dark side" of GT. With some driver courtesy both classes can have fun and be competitive.
Right now Mike Strasser along with John Brown are running the show.
We'd love to have some industry experts and fellow enthusiasts join in the effort.