Survey Results - Rules / Motors
20 August 2012
The results are in. F1 racers around the country have had their say on the proposed national rule set and which motors should be allowed.
22 Racers from around the country responded to the RC Formula1 Rules / Motors Survey. Thank you all for taking the time! Here are the results.
Not all respondants answered all questions.
Of the three respondants that answered No the reasons given were:
- 1 x Has an F201 and running it as 2WD "makes it non-competitive"
- 2 x would like to see rubber tyres only. 1 of these wants "control rubber tyres"
RCformula1 Opinion: An 86% approval rating for the draft rules is extremely positive. They are a starting point and can be refined over time and tyres will be something re-examined down the track. However, we do not see control rubber tyres being used for club racing.
Questions 2-4 were background questions about frequency of racing and experience in RC racing generally and F1 in particular.
Question 5 will be reported at the end of this page.
13 respondants voted No being 65% of the 20 that answered this question.
From the 7 that voted Yes there was no consensus on which 2 motors to run together and opinions varied from silver can / 21.5 blinky, to 21.5 blinky / 17.5 blinky, to 21.5 blinky / open.
Of those who voted No there were multiple strong views which are paraphrased as follows: that the different car speeds running together would cause racing incidents, whereas a single motor class will increase the number of cars running together which was seen as a good thing.
RCformula1 Opinion: The survey answers have changed our view of this. Before the survey we were open to running two classes together as a pre-cursor to having two full fledged classes once numbers allow. However, the survey respondants have changed our view and we now believe a single motor class is the best way forward.
And last but not least Question 5 - Motors. Each respondant could vote for each motor type.
Explanation example: 17.5 boosted - the graph above shows that 7 people voted that they would be comfortable to run 17.5 boosted, of those 2 Strongly Agree that 17.5 boosted should be run, of those who stated they were not comfortable to run 17.5 boosted (which is 22 - 7 = 15) 6 stated they Strongly Disagreed that 17.5 boosted should be run.
RCformula1 Opinion: From the answers received we believe the following:
a. that 21.5 blinky is the most popular motor class with all of the 22 respondants stating they would be comfortable to run it and with 12 of those Strongly Agreeing that 21.5 blinky should be run and no Strong Disagreement
b. that 17.5 blinky is the second most popular motor class with 17 respondants stating they would be comfortable to run it and with 7 of those Strongly Agreeing that 17.5 blinky should be run and no Strong Disagreement
c. that silver can is the third most popular motor class
d. that 21.5 boosted has some support but 5 that Strongly Disagree with this class
e. that 17.5 boosted has some support but 6 that Strongly Disagree with this class
f. it is clear that anything faster than 17.5 blinky has limited support and as many people who Strongly Disagree with it as are comfortable to run it
25 August - after considering the survey results and feedback we have formulated a set of proposed motor / ESC rules for discussion here.
Here are the Survey Questions for reference.