Recommended Minimum Skill Level: Intermediate; Some race experience with adequate driving ability.
This version of the Mini Class is exactly the same as the standard Mini class with the exception of the motor rules; the use of brushless motor technology is in place. Brushless motors by themselves cost more than brushed motors, but the speed variance between them is much smaller, therefore eliminating the “know-how game” of tweaking the kit supplied motor to get more performance out of it. The use of 17.5 turn brushless motors is designed to keep speeds similar to the kit supplied 540 brushed motor, as well as removing the voodoo and strict RPM rules enforcement seen in the regular Mini class.
Note: The Mini-Pro class is an experimental class for the 2012 season. The purpose of the experiment is to gauge interest now that "zero" timing electronic speed controllers are becoming very affordable and cost effective in the long run. Pay special attention to the ESC and Motor Rules in the Mini Pro Rules section as ESC's and motors are limited to specific models.
The M-chassis cars typically used for the Mini class are; M-03, M-05, M-06
About the M-chassis platform:
The Tamiya M-chassis has been around since the mid 1990’s. It has evolved throughout the years while keeping the spirit of its simple design. The cars have simple FWD and RWD transmissions with the same maximum final drive ratio: (6.0 final drive with 20T pinion). All mini platforms have independent suspension, which helps tackle bumpy circuits.