So I had this thought over the 2017 holiday break and assumed it’s not a new one – it has probably even be tried before.
My thought was to create a scaled RC (radio control) version of a SCORE off road race for 1/10, 1/8 and 1/5 off road vehicles. The catch is the tracks are one mile loops (minimum) and the races run 25 to 50 laps to create a 1/10 scale 250 or 500 mile race. All vehicles would need to be equipped with FPVs (first person view) cameras and be ready with additional drivers, pit/chase crews, parts, etc. If a vehicle were to break, get stuck, flip over, etc, the chase crews would have to go to the location of the vehicle to render service. Course marshals would not be able to aid the vehicles.
The course would want to have slow technical sections as well as long flat out sections.
Obviously there would be a ton of things that are required to make this happen, but it would sure be a challenge worth aiming for.
This is what I typed up off the top of my head.
1/10, 1/8 & 1/5 Scale Off Road Race
- All vehicles must be equipped with at least one FPV (first person view) camera.
- Camera range must be minimum one (1) mile.
- All drivers must use the onboard FPV camera(s) to control the vehicles. Both goggles and/or monitors are acceptable forms of viewing the camera feed.
- Vehicle classes will be based on SCORE classification and broken down by scale and fuel type, ie: gas or electric
- Course length will depend on location, but will be no less than one (1) mile in length.
- Each vehicle will complete required number of laps until race distance is achieved.
- Event length will be determined by the organizer, but will typically be 1/10 of a SCORE off road event.
- Number of drivers per vehicle is unlimited, but no one driver can operate the vehicle more than 50% of the race.
- Pit crews will be staged at two designated locations on the track.
- Chase crews must stay at the two designated locations until a call goes out to flip or repair a vehicle on the course.
- Vehicles may be repaired on course or taken back to the previous pit to be repaired. Fueling/battery swap during the repair is permitted.
- Vehicle times will be tracked by GPS transponders.
- Vehicles will be released at start/finish line with a minimum of 1 minute separation.