Anyone who has been in the RC racing scene for any length of time will tell you that racing classes come and racing classes go. Your favorite class can be the best thing since sliced bread one week and old news the next. The same could be said about RC touring car racing. Its roots trace back to the 90s where groups of RC car enthusiasts would gather in parking lots to pit their touring cars against one another. Then as popularity grew, out came all of the high end race parts, carbon fiber chassis, super sticky tires and expensive electronics. The next thing you knew it was taking a good portion of your kid’s college tuition just to get a competitive setup going. Unfortunately once a race class gets to that point, everyone except the most hard core fans bail out and that is where we are left today, with a ton of touring cars sitting on shelves unused. But what if I told you there is a new RC racing class that will let you make use of your good old touring car while remaining affordable? Meet Vintage Trans Am (VTA) RC car racing!
The idea is simple. Take that touring car chassis, slap on a new body, add in a 25.5 motor and spec tires, and you’ve got a VTA race car. But where does the “vintage” come into play? Well the organizers wanted something to distinguish this spec class from ordinary RC touring cars so they chose to run scale American muscle car bodies. The result is class that offers close racing at a price anyone can afford and most importantly it brought fun factor back to touring car racing! Check out the VTA rules below and then join in on the fun to see what it’s all about. If you’d like to read more about the VTA class check out the USVTA website.
Vintage Trans Am (VTA) RC Racing Rules
Bodies and Wings:
All cars must run late 60s and early 70s American muscle car VTA bodies only. Body provided deck lid spoilers are allowed, wings are not. No additional skirts or raised/extended wings or air control surfaces allowed. Body must be trimmed at body trim lines. Front spoiler may be extended into body to provide durability. Full rear bumper required. It is highly preferred that bodies are detailed in race type livery in period-correct paint schemes. Fluorescent colors, wild graphics, chromes and non-period correct paint schemes are frowned upon. All cars must have a number on the hood, both doors and trunk lid. Wheel covers of any type are NOT allowed. All cars must include a driver figure consisting of at least a head and shoulders. For the HPI Mustangs which do not have a spoiler, a lexan spoiler of 16mm total height from trunk deck, and overall chord of 20mm is allowable. All other bodies must use the spoiler included with that specific body set as intended. Built in spoilers may not be enhanced.
- BL2262 – Bolink 68 Chevrolet Camaro
- BOL2262 – RJ Speed 68 Chevy Camaro
- BL2263 – Bolink 65 Ford Mustang
- BOL2263 – RJ Speed 65 Ford Mustang
- 17510 – HPI 1970 Plymouth AAR ‘Cuda
- 7494 – HPI 1968 Chevrolet Camaro
- 17531 – HPI 1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO Z28
- 17508 – HPI 1965 Ford Shelby GT-350
- 17519 – HPI 1966 Ford Mustang GT
- 104926 – HPI 1966 Ford Mustang GT Coupe
- 17546 – HPI 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302
- 105106 – HPI 1970 Dodge Challenger
- 10143 – Parma 1969 Z28 Camaro
- 10141 -Parma 1970 Boss Mustang
- 10113 – Parma 1970 ‘Cuda
- PGH4001 – Pegasus Hobbies 1970 Camaro SS
- PGH4002 – Pegasus Hobbies 1970 ‘Cuda
- PGH4003 – Pegasus Hobbies 1970 Mustang
- 1526 – Protoform J71 VTA body
- 286 – McAllister 1969 Mustang body
- 295 – McAllister 1970 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am
Tires and Wheels:
The only tires allowed are HPI tire part #4793 front and #4797 rear, using stock tire inserts provided with tire and any HPI Vintage wheels designed to fit these tires. All other tires and/or part numbers are illegal. Wheels and tires designated for the front must be used as front tires/wheels, rear wheels/tires must used as rears. Five or eight spoke wheels available in various colors. 0mm offset front wheels and 6mm offset rear wheels are intended for 26mm width fronts and 31mm width rear tires. 8-spoke Vintage wheels from #3805 through #3814, 5-spoke Vintage wheels from #3815 through #3822 and Vintage stock car wheels from #3854 through #3860, Vintage Wheel CC Type #33472 and #33473, Vintage Wheel DTP Type #33474 and #33475 are all legal wheels.
Grinding of tire tread is NOT permitted. Sanding of mold seam to remove seam is allowed. HPI Vintage Slicks and HPI Vintage Performance Tires are not allowed. Tire traction compounds are at the discretion of the track. No other altering, changing or softening of the tire is allowed. Tires may not be belted or changed to prevent “ballooning”. All decisions of the race promoter or track owner are final. No “double stuffing” of foam inserts allowed—only single stock vintage tire inserts are allowed. Update: It appears that HPI has quit producing their VTA tires so Protoform has stepped up and created a Vintage Trans Am tire of their own!
Four Wheel Drive touring car chassis only. Any era or brand 4wd chassis is allowed.
25.5 brushless with 2C LiPo: Novak SS25.5 Pro brushless motor (3425V) or Ballistic 25.5 (3625V) Club (3331) ONLY combined with any hard-cased 2C 7.4v LiPo pack up to and 5000 mAh capacity. Novak motors are the ONLY motor allowed at this time. All house track rules regarding LiPo usage apply. Only physical motor timing advance is allowed, however Ballistic motors must not be advanced beyond the last line of the timing range sticker. 12.3 mm rotor diameter only (no “tuning” rotors are allowed, only stock Novak rotors allowed). Using ceramic bearings in the motor makes you a dork. No modifications or optional parts allowed on motor can, endbell, stator, or rotor. No cooling holes or other changes allowed to motor. Fans and external clip on heatsinks are allowed, but integral type heatsinks/fans including but not limited to those that require motor disassembly to mount are illegal.
- 1852 – Novak Club Brushless ESC
- 1850/1851 – Novak EDGE 2S Brushless ESC
- 1718 – Novak Mongoose Micro Brushless/Brush ESC
- 1749 – Novak GTB 2 Racing w/X-Drive
- 1748 – Novak GTB 2 Racing w/X-Drive- Low Profile
- 1708/1709 – Novak GTB 2 Sportsman Racing Brushless ESC
- 1710/1711 – Novak GTB
- 1732/1733/1735 – Novak Havoc
- 1712 – Novak Slyder
- 1720 – Novak XBR
- LRP80100/LRP80150 – LRP AI Brushless Reverse
- 12280 – Speed Passion Cirtix Stock Club Race ESC part number:
- SP000048 – Speed Passion Reventon Stock Club Race part number:
- 81020000/81020001 – HobbyWing Justock Club ESC
- 7014 – Hobbywing XERUN Juststock Club No timing ESC
2 cell LiPo hard cased, 5000 mAh limit
Minimum ride height is 5mm
Minimum 1550g in race-ready trim
- 5 minute qualifiers
- 8 minute mains
- Absolutely NO IFMAR-type starts. All heats and mains should be straight-up starts, with random sorts for each heat. Non random sorts should shuffle starting order for each heat.
Optional Main Variations:
- 12-20 car A-mains, depending on car counts.
- Invert qualifying order based on random hat pull (top 6-10 cars).
- “LeMans” type starts where all cars are lined up on an angle to the racing line in order.
- Run track in reverse rotation for mains.
- Rolling starts
If it’s not in the rules, and does not encompass the spirit of slower, controlled racing with realistic looking cars, consider it illegal. This is called the “Spirit of VTA” Rule. The class is based on slower, equal playing field competition with less traction, minimal aerodynamic aids and mostly older carpet racing technology. The final objective is close, fair, wheel-to-wheel racing for all.
VTA Racing Video:
Vintage Trans Am Pictures