West Coast Model RC

Offroad - Onroad - Big Rigs


“Perth’s Premier RC Venue”

What Do I Need To Know About Racing?


Different classes are available to suit all skill levels and budgets. Motors, batteries and electronics are able to be swapped between the different chassis types so many people run more than one class. Cross entry between motor classes is not allowed – this keeps the entry level classes for newer drivers. The only restriction is that it must be electric powered 1/10th scale offroad vehicle with maximum battery size of 8.4v 2s Li-Po. 7.2v Ni-Mh Ni-Cd batteries are also acceptable.

Novice Class

This class is designed for new entrants or those still getting used to controlling their cars in a racing environment. The equipment used in this class varies greatly and could be any 1/10th scale RC car, truck or buggy on the market. There is no restriction on what sort of motor or speed controller in this class as it is designed to let everyone have a go even if they have bought a vehicle outside the standard Chassis Types listed below.

Stock Class

A controlled motor class with medium level power. Everyone has about the same speed, so winning comes down to driver skill and vehicle setup. Acceptable motors are 17.5 turn brushless and only electronic speed controllers which appear on the approved list may be used (which have no timing advance or zero turbo/boost setting).

Modified Class

This class is all about power! Motors are open, so drivers strap in as much power as possible. The ultimate in r/c competition, but not for the faint hearted!

Chassis Types

2 Wheel Drive Buggy (2WD)

These are the simplest and cheapest to maintain, and are ideal for learning how to drive. You need to be careful with the power as traction is limited. 2wd Stock and 2wd Modified are the designated classes to test your skill level. 2wd buggy is probably the class requiring the highest skill level of all and 2wd stock is a great place to learn.

4 Wheel Drive Buggy (4WD)

These are the fastest machines on the track with the most traction, but have greater maintenance and complexity. 4wd Modified is a spectacular class reaching speeds of over 60kph on the track. That’s over 600kph in scale! Most drivers are using 9.5T to 6.5T motors depending on conditions.

Stadium Truck

These are slightly larger than the 2wd buggies, making them easier to drive and handle the bumps better. They have larger wheels and tyres, and pickup style bodies. The motor for these machines is limited to any approved 10.5T motor and a speed control capable of ‘blinky’ mode (no boost).

2wd Short Course (CORR) Truck

These are slightly larger than the other cars and have enclosed wheels with a scale looking short course truck body. Having the wheels enclosed enabled the cars to run much closer as they don’t trip over each other like the open wheel classes. The motor for this class is limited to any nationally approved 10.5T brushless motor.

4wd Short Course (CORR) Truck

Just like the 2wd Short Course trucks, the 4wd trucks have the same body style and advantages, however, instead of limiting the motor class, it remains open to any 540 or 550 size brushless motor. 4wd Short Course is usually high power action with lots of drifting and big air.


Tyres are the most important performance aid in RC racing. If you get the wrong tyres it can make the experience less enjoyable. If you get the right tyres it can give you a much better idea if you are able to control the car or if the car is controlling you. As a new racer in offroad, you want a racing tyre with a small pin pattern which will grip the surface and also dig through the loose edges of the track you might find as a new racer.


You will generally need:

Car + radio + motor + speed controller (RTR vehicles generally include this all in the one package)

2 or more batteries plus a fast battery charger

Basic tools

There are plenty of experienced people at the track who will be able to help guide you with vehicle setup, maintenance etc. Your local hobby shop is a great place to start looking for your equipment, and don’t forget the after sales service can be quite valuable to a new racer.

Race Format

Races are scored electronically using a transponder, either owned by the club or the racer can purchase a personal transponder. Races are usually held over 5-6 minutes duration, and each race day has a series of qualifying races followed by the finals.