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F1 RC Car Tips

Answering questions such as "what is the best F1 rc car", "what are the best tires" and more. In F1 racing it is about 1) tires, 2) electronics and 3) chassis setup.

What is the Best F1 RC Car?

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The best radio controlled Formula One car would depend on the following:

  1. Driver skill level.
  2. Track size, surface, layout and grip level.
  3. Motor power.

Best F1 RC Car Based on Driver Skill

If you are a beginner, the best F1 rc car would be:

  1. Easy to drive. Understeer tendency.
  2. Have lots of mechanical rear grip.

Given those, I would recommend the Sakura FGX (though painful to assemble) and the Tamiya F103 (or any 200mm wide car). The FGX has a lot of rear mechanical grip and the 200mm cars with wide rear tires are fairly easy to drive.

If you are an intermediate to advance drivers with good skills:

  1. A strong steering car. Neutral to oversteer tendency.

Any of the F1 cars would be fast at the hands of a good driver. It would boil down to driving style and the car best suited to the style.

Best F1 RC Car Based on Track Size, Layout and Grip

Low grip, bumpy, lots of corners - The Sakura FGX would have good advantage due to the independent rear suspension able to absorb bumps and mechanical grip to provide traction.

Medium grip, mix of corners and straights - Might be evenly matched between the Sakura FGX, Tamiya F103, Tamiya F104 and other direct drive F1s.

High grip, long straights - Drivetrain efficiency and lightweight is important for speed. Here the direct drive cars would be best. Tamiya F103, F104, 3Racing F109, Cross, TOP Rebel F1, etc.

Motor Power

Low power, stock racing - Here drivetrain efficiency and lightweight is important. The direct drive cars would have an advantage.

High power, modified racing - Lots of rear grip is needed to handle the power. Here the Sakura FGX might have an advantage.

What are the Best Tires?

From our local experience at a local indoor asphalt track.

Foam Tires

F103 - The expensive double star tires. Or the old "kit" tires. Least effective is the HBR tires. Alway get soft rear and hard front compound.

Rubber Tires

Tamiya F104 - Pit Shimizu 571 front and 572/575 rear. Tamiya soft rear and medium or hard front.

Tamiya F103 - Ride Type A, Pit Shimizu, Tamiya Type B, Tamiya Type A.

3Racing F109 - Ride Type A, Pit Shimizu, Tamiya Type B, Tamiya Type A.

3Racing Sakura FGX - Pit Shimizu 565 rear and 561 front.

HPI F10 - Pit Shimizu 565 rear and 561 front.


Electronics for Speed

Smoothness is important in 1/10 F1 racing. Here is what you need to go faster.

  1. Better radio controller to improve your "connectivity" with your car and help drive with control and confidence. For example a Sanwa MT4 will be much better than a Futaba 3PRKA.
  2. Good electronic speed control. For brushed motors the Novak GTX, Keyence Rapid Pro, KO Propo VFS-1 and LRP Quantum 3.
  3. Good batteries. Lipos are lightweight and provide excellent power.
  4. While a high torque servo would be good (e.g. Futaba 9550), a normal cheap servo would most often suffice and might even be best for beginners. Slower the servo, the less twitchy the car would feel. When using a high speed servo, I often would reduce the servo speed by 50% on the transmitter. Basically making it as slow as a stock servo.



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