New World Record Set!
20 April 2013
A new World Record for greatest distance on a single battery was set today using an F1 car in Melbourne, Australia.
Our record attempt today, at the TFTR RC track in Melbourne Australia, took 1 hour 18 minutes and was extremely successful.
The Guinness World Records® record for the ‘Greatest distance by a Radio Controlled (RC) model car on one set of batteries’ was previously 23.726 km set in 2009 in France.
We are very pleased to report that our record attempt car, driven by David Stevens, achieved 38.284 km. Beating the old record by 14.558 km or 61%!!
You can see the certificate from Guinness recognising the new record at the end of this article.
The car did not miss a beat all day and performed perfectly.
We achieved 374 complete oval laps of the TFTR track (each lap having a minimum distance of 102.365m to produce the 38.284 km result).
The only issue we experienced was a sudden gust of wind toppling the tripod with both primary and secondary video cameras which took 10 minutes to sort out. Life is a learning experience and next time we'll have two tripods and weight them down with sandbags!
Thanks to our independent witnesses: Tony Gray and David Cretney who kept watch from the top of the track, and Tony Parreiro who kept watch from race control and announced progress over the PA system. Thanks also to our volunteers Will Haines, Rob Barcikoswki, Sam Lau and Tim Donoghue who assisted with venue setup, additional camera work, and marshalling.
Special thanks to Aaron Stevens for photography and cinematography.
Thanks to the TFTR Club and Committee for hosting the attempt.
To the fans who have posted and emailed so many messages of support and encouragement we sincerely thank you.
And of course thanks to all of our sponsors who made the attempt possible. If you want one of these batteries go to MaxAmps.com. If you want one of these brilliant cars or electronics go to Metro Hobbies online store or their bricks and mortar hobbyshop. For a fantastic paint job see F1 Paintlabs.
To join the discussion about this new world record visit the World Record Attempt forum on RC Tech.
Post Attempt News Stories
- rcMart posts our world record in their blog
- RC Soup story
- Sackeville RC story
- MaxAmps.com story
- Manningham City Council Newsletter
- Racing Lines Magazine (June and July 2013)
- RC Driver (August 2013 issue) - shown below
- LRP Newsletter