Sorry for posting this topic Alan. I thought that it would bring attention to what appeared to be a cool new car based on the G jet concept. Yes wizzard you well know what a g jet is to have jumped on the bandwagon. You spend a fair amount of time on the net to know what is going on. It is no big deal if you want to jump in on the action. Guys from all over the country are talking about the G jet. It is going to be the next big thing in this hobby, and the hobby needs a shot in the arm to get things going again. Kudos to BSRT and any other manufacturer that cares about the success of HO.
PS Alan, the wizz is taking shots at your comments on his site. I guess you made the ''D'' list.
Show me any current slot car manufacturer that doesn't flat out imitate one thing or another from other vendors, contemporary or legacy. Heck, most HO manufacturers seem totally unable of even naming a product that doesn't tap into some aspect of the nostagic precedent that Aurora established 40+ years ago. "Thunder" this and "Jet" that to downright verbatim cloning of legacy products from reincarnated company names.
Seeing WHP come out with a brass weight traction car that emulates the nothing-really-new-about-it BSRT GJet (the requisite "Jet" in the name) is no cause for concern. I think it's a great idea and a boon to racers who want some variety when racing in magnetic flux reduced classes of racing. The fact that the WHP car takes standard off the shelf arms from my current stockpile of Tyco/Wiz arms is a significant benefit to me over competing designs. How many of us have extensive inventories of 9 ohm inline arms laying around in their spare parts bins? How many of us have a serious 12V race program underway? I hope that the other vendors like Slottech follow suit and produce a brass weight traction car that uses more of the parts we already have. The more the merrier. Bring 'em on.
This hobby/sport is all about US, the collectors and racers. I want every manufacturer out there to be busting their butt to make US happy because that's all that matters. I don't take up sides with any manufacturer. If any one of them makes a product that intrigues me I'll buy it. I can't think of ANY good reason for me to align myself, politically, economically, or emotionally with any manufacturer. After all, it's all about US. Let the manufacturers fight it out based on the merit of their products. WE will decide who the winners are and reward them with our business. If you think that buying a particular manufacturer's product makes you a member of a special or elite fraternity then you've totally missed the boat. The only fraternity that matters is US, our fellow racers, the clubs we race with, the series we participate in, the friendships we build around the track. Everything else is a big fat waste of time.
Finally, I don't see there being a lot of totally new ground to be explored in this hobby/sport. It's primarily rooted in tradition and nostalgia and exists in a very niche domain that is fueled by our continued, decades-old infatuation with little electric race cars. We all have a history with this hobby/sport and feeding it with new products, whether retro inspired or complemetary of other retro inspired products is about the best thing we can hope for at this point. I relish the prospect of a return to a "brass wars" in the current best of breed chassis form factors. This could all play out in a very positive and exciting way for US, so let's not make any stupid mistakes and snuff out the potential with stuff that doesn't matter.
The Thunder Storm is a Wizzard Storm with the traction magnets removed and a 5 pc brass weight set added. The car can be had with a pre-painted Lexan Cobra body. Pictures of the car are available in the New Products section of the Wizzard BB. Anyone that is interested should go there and take a peek. As far as linking to pictures on the net, under copyright law that would usually be considered to be "fair use". It would not be fair use to make coffee mugs or tee shirts using copyrighted material. As a courtesy one should identify the source of any pictures that you post that are not actually yours.
Cruised by the WHP board and there it was. Brass weights and all. The only problem is that with a 6 ohm motor power will be down to 10V or so to keep it from wheelspinning all the way down down the straight. On 18V the car should be a real handful. The G-Jet is a absolute beast on 18V and I can believe that the T-storm will be just as uncontrolable.
As far as I know anyone can view the Wizzard BB. Some people that the managment have deemed troublemakers are banned from posting there. Modern HO cars are really overpowered, they are a motor on wheels with giant magnets to hold them down. If people are looking for something that they can slide around a little and don't want to run T-jets, then G-Jets and Thunder Storms might be the way to go. If you have to turn down the voltage a little, that shouldn't be a big deal. We turn down the voltage when we run 1/32nd cars without magnets. With us it is more important to have fun than it is to set a new land speed record.