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What is the right Castle Sensored 1406 motor and Max Power for your vehicle?

During the initial track-tests of the Castle 1406 Sensored motors,  Castle engineers quickly realized that these motors were much faster and provided more torque than was expected by a typical racer. Repeated testing showed that decreasing the ‘max power setting’ resulted in a ‘feel’ that closely matched existing ROAR-style 2-pole motors used in modified racing. Further lab testing using a dynamometer (dyno) compared several standard 2-pole, ROAR-style motors under load to the new Sensored 1406 series motors. This data was then verified by a professional racer to ensure the ‘feel’ was correct. These tests produced the following chart to help you pick the right Castle Sensored 1406 motor and max power for your vehicle.

ROAR-style 2-pole motors produce different speeds for a given turn-count depending on the manufacturer and series. This testing averaged data from several top manufacturers’ motors with the same gearing to create a baseline. Modification to the suggested max power below or to the gearing may be necessary to fit your personal preference.

1406-sensored-motor-turn-count

Adjusting the ‘Max Power’ percentage allowed by the ESC, as shown in the table, will result in a setup with around the same top-speed as the desired ROAR-style 2-pole motor. You will experience the ‘feel’ you are used to while still enjoying the efficiency and performance you expect from a Castle motor. For higher efficiencies and lower motor temperatures, choose the lowest Castle 1406 Sensored Kv that fits your application. More information about the efficiency advantage of Castle Sensored 1406 motors please check here: http://support.castlecreations.com/1406-sensored-motor-competitive-testing

This is not a motor timing adjustment or a boost mode, this is simply the ESC limiting the maximum amount of throttle to the motor. In other words, if you want our 1406-4600Kv to feel like a 9.5T motor, this would be the same as limiting yourself to only pulling the trigger three-quarters of the way (74% to be exact). For even greater flexibility, you can set an input on your transmitter to adjust max power, allowing you to essentially ‘motor-up’ or ‘motor-down’ mid-race without having to change your motor.

To limit the max power percentage, use one of the following methods:

  1. Use the AUX wire with your Castle X-Series Controller, and assign the ‘Auxiliary Wire Mode’ to ‘Max Throttle Adjustment’ in Castle Link.
  2. Use Castle Link to set the ‘Max Forward Power’ setting in the ‘Power’ tab.

 

The 2017 Castle Creations Off-Road Jam

The 2017 Castle Creations Off-Road Jam was held this past weekend at Fastlane Raceway in Kansas City, MO and was organized by T5 Race Announcing.   The race was a great success, we enjoyed seeing old and new friends, had an opportunity to showcase our new 1:10 scale ESC and sensored motors and even cheer on our very own Taylor James who took 2nd  in the 4WD Mod Buggy class!

There is no doubt the 2017 race season is officially kicked off.  Make sure to subscribe to the Castle Creations YouTube channel for more in depth footage of this event and more!

 

For the official recap of the race, check out Red RC Networks Report here: http://www.redrc.net/2017/01/2017-castle-creations-off-road-jam-report/#more-126240

 

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It’s official: Nic Case built the fastest r/c car in the world!

Congratulations to Team Castle Racer, Nic Case, who has been officially recognized by Guinness World Records as the designer, owner and driver of the fastest, battery-powered remote-controlled car in the world!

Nic Case GWR 202mphCase made the run back in late October, documenting his efforts in accordance with Guinness World Record guidelines. He then had to submit his documentation and await Guinness’ validation of his data and his accomplishment. (not that any of us doubted him, but this is what it takes to make it “official”.)

Here is a link to Nic’s record that is now on the Guinness World Records website.

All of us at Castle Creations are proud to have been a part of Nic and his entire team and their relentless pursuit to become the first R/C car to surpass 200 MPH and the effort it took to be recognized as a world record holder. Thank you Nic for believing in and trusting Castle products to help get you there.

And, just because it’s so darn cool, here is the world-record setting video of the spectacular 202.02 MPH run in his custom-built R/C Bullet!