“Always store your race tires in bags to keep them from drying out and cracking.
“Always keep your pit clean and organized.
“Always keep your travel bag [Jake uses an Ogio] organized so that you can
find things in a pinch and everything is
where it should be.
“Take time and make sure your tires are broken in correctly and sauced con
sistently and correctly before going out on
“Always have a good baseline setup that’s neutral and you’re comfortable
driving when going to a new track or race.
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Home track: SCVRC Raceway, Santa
is 13.5T 4Wd Buggy The Ne W hoT
off-road spec class?
Four-wheel-drive buggies have been around for a while, but with durability issues in the
past and the big power associated with modified brushless motors, the class is just too
fast and technical for the average racer. On the other hand, 2 WD buggies face similar
issues but have addressed them by having a Stock Spec class with 17.5T motors. This
compromise gives ample power to test a driver’s skill but is still reasonable enough for the
average driver to have a good time without making the speeds and control out of reach.
Love it or hate it, stock 2WD Buggy racing is, by far, the most participated-in class in North
America, and at just about any club or big race, it’s where you’ll see the most entries. But
most racers like to have a secondary class to participate in, and in the past, that’s been
stadium truck or short course. These
days, those truck classes struggle
to maintain a following, and most are
searching for an alternative. What
they’ve found is the 13.5T Spec 4 WD
Buggy class. It’s been around for a
while, but now, with buggy designs
becoming more user-friendly and
sharing shorty-pack LiPo batteries,
many suspension components, and
rear tires with their 2WD siblings,
many drivers are getting involved. In
fact, at the recent 1st Annual Desert
Classic and then at the 2017 April
Fools Classic, the 13.5T 4 WD Spec
Buggy was the second-largest class,
approaching the numbers seen in
2WD Stock Buggy (at the 2017 April Fools Classic, 2WD Buggy had seven heats, while 13. 5
4WD buggy had six heats).
With this in mind, the industry is taking notice and responding with aftermarket tuning
options and hop-ups. Companies like TLR and Team Associated are among the leaders
in the class, and with other options by XRAY, SWorkz, Yokomo, Kyosho, and now Tekno
developing a buggy, the industry is poised to be competitive and give racers plenty of
options. The tuning companies like MIP, Schelle Racing Innovations, RPM, JConcepts, Pro-Line, Exotek, and others are now scrambling to keep up with the demand and are pushing
to turn out products specifically designed for use in the class. Aluminum driveshafts,
plastic gears for the gear diffs, lightened slipper assemblies, ceramic bearings, fans
for cooling, wings, and a host of other products are being released, which shows the
commitment to the class.
Jake Mayo has been showing gobs of talent and has taken on
the role of Team Associated factory driver.
The TLR 22-4 2.0 is another lethal 4 WD buggy often used
in the class.
The release of the new B64
platform is helping give the 13. 5
4 WD Spec Buggy class a boost.