Official World Record Attempt
19 March 2013
RC Formula1 have received permission from Guinness World Records® to attempt to set a new world record for the longest distance in an RC car on a single battery.
Success - check out the new world record here
Melbourne, Australia – David Stevens of RC Formula1 will attempt to break the current Guinness World Records® record for the ‘Greatest distance by a Radio Controlled (RC) model car on one set of batteries’. The current record of 23.726 km was set in 2009 in France and was achieved at a very slow speed over more than 24 hours.
“We will be taking a faster and more exciting route to the world record distance,” says Stevens. “We aim to beat the current world record in under one hour using MaxAmps battery technology and LRP electronics.”
Where: TFTR RC race track, Templestowe Reserve, Porter St, Templestowe, Victoria 3106, Australia (www.tftr.org.au)
When: Sunday 20 April at 10am until approximately 11.25am
Below: World Record Attempt Car - thanks to F1 Paintlab for the fantastic body & paint job. Photos - JMD Digital Imaging
The battery is the single most important component. From our research MaxAmps have the highest capacity 2S Lipo batteries commercially available and we are very pleased to have MaxAmps support and enthusiasm. “MaxAmps.com is excited to be working with RCformula1.com.au for this World Record Attempt! If anyone can pull it off, it will be David. With his experience in F1, he is definitely capable of beating the current record,” said Austin Else CEO MaxAmps.com.
Tamiya F104 v2 F1 chassis. The F1 car is perfect for this world record attempt as it is lighter than most 1:10 scale vehicles and it is rear wheel drive which draws less power than a 4WD car. Our thanks to Metro Hobbies for supplying the car.
“With the work and preparation that goes into a world record attempt we couldn’t afford to have equipment failure on the day, so quality and reliability are key. Most electric races run for 6 minutes and therefore a 1 hour plus record attempt requires performance under extreme conditions. That’s why we chose LRP for their reliable Electronic Speed Controller (ESC) and motor”, said Stevens.
Special thanks to Metro Hobbies, our local hobby store, whose support was critical for this official world record attempt. They ship worldwide from their online store www.metrohobbies.com.au
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21 March 2013 update:
- RC Soup have published a story including interview which reveals more details
- MaxAmps Facebook post
- Metro Hobbies Facebook post
6 April update:
- World Record Attempt Car - photos of the car and details on how we fitted a 10,900mah battery into an F1 car
- Track Survey - BT Surveys have completed their survey of the TFTR race track. We'll be using the outside oval which is 102.365m if you hug the curbs all the way round. Obviously I won't be keeping it that tight as it will be too easy to make an error with more than an hour of driving to do. But Guinness World Records require the record to be based on the minimum distance possible rather than what is actually travelled. So the world record will hopefully be equaled after 232 laps. Everything after that is good news Thanks again to BT Surveys who gave freely of their time and expertise to support this world record attempt. If you need a good surveyor in Melbourne then contact Brian and his team. Here is the track survey
10 April update:
12 April update:
17 April update:
- Record attempt preview appears in Racing Lines magazine #200 page 73
- New attempt date set - Sat 20 April at 10am
- Area 52 article