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Word of Wheels #2: New SCT from TLR?

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The first edition of “The Word of Wheels” created quite a buzz around the web after we chose to investigate the rumor of Ryan Maifield leaving Team Associated and sharing our thoughts, opinions, and findings. I actually learned a new vocabulary word or two reading some of the viewer opinions, comments, and viewer names for myself after publishing such a “gossip and drama filled” article. I considered changing my nickname from “Wheels” to one of my more popular names from the viewer comments, but something about “The Word of F#$!iNG BULL%#@!” doesn’t quite roll off the tongue so well.

As I have sat down to put together my next edition of “The Word of Wheels” column, I decided why not continue stirring the pot this week as well. Without a doubt over the past several years one of the fastest growing classes in all of R/C has been short course truck racing.

What started as Traxxas Slash racing for fun, has turned into the best drivers on the planet doing battle in modified 2wd and 4wd short course truck classes for local, regional, and national championship titles. One major player in the short course truck racing game has been Team Losi Racing (TLR).

TLR/Losi first joined the short course race with their XXX-SCT 2wd. As time passed, racers demanded more out of their short course truck, and TLR introduced the 22SCT in 2012 (based off of the original 22 platform). Since 2012, a lot has changed for the 22 Series of vehicles at TLR including the introduction of the new 22 2.0 buggy, the introduction of the new 22-4 4wd buggy, and the discontinuation of the 22T stadium truck, however, nothing has been taking place on the in the 2wd short course department…or has it?

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It has come to our attention that the 22SCT has in fact been recently discontinued. Does this mean TLR will be stepping out of the 2wd short course truck class? We think not.

We have reason to believe there could in fact be a NEW 2wd short course truck in the works instead.

When TLR discontinued the 22T stadium truck due to a “lack of demand”, they also discontinued their top level drivers racing in the stadium truck classes. Despite the discontinuation of the 22SCT, it would appear as though TLR is putting more effort towards 2wd short course than ever before. Example being the fact that TLR has sent world class driver Dustin Evans across the country racing 2wd Mod SCT at each and every Short Course Showdown event thus far for 2014 (something we didn’t even see at the release of the 22SCT).

If the truck was discontinued with no plans of something new to replace it, why would a company spend the time or money to send a driver across the country to racing and representing an extinct animal?

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Our next level of suspicion comes from the most recent published setup sheets for the existing 22SCT from top drivers and developers such as Frank Root. Looking at his latest 2014 22SCT setup sheet you will find his truck is littered with a mish-mash of parts from the new 22 2.0 buggy, the late 22T stadium truck, and various other TLR option parts sold separately.

The most recent setups include different a-arms, different hubs, different steering rack, different spindles, different drivetrain, and the list goes on. Instead of frustrating customers with having to Frankenstein build a 2014 team equivalent 22SCT, wouldn’t it make sense they release a new and improved truck all in one box?

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TLR first introduced the 22 2wd buggy in late 2010. As with any new car, the company spent some quality time (roughly 2 years) working to improve the buggy, fix the “flaws”, and eventually release a new 22 2.0 edition thanks to high demand.

The TEN-SCTE saw a similar transformation as several years after its original release, a 2.0 version became available in 2013, once again in high demand. It’s no secret that 2wd short course and TLR fans have been asking for a new 22SCT for quite some time. It’s been roughly 2 years since the release of the 22SCT. The demand is there, and the timing is right for something new.

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Last, but not least, TLR is known for their “surprise releases”. Almost all new TLR vehicles have been released with little to no warning, surprising fans as they debut at major events around the world.

In the coming months there is a list of major 1/10 offroad events here in America including the Hot Rod Shootout, ROAR 1/10 Offroad Nationals, and of course the Reedy Truck Race of Champions. Any one of these events would provide a perfect “surprise release” for a new truck.

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So in a nutshell…TLR has discontinued their 22SCT, BUT the team is actively pursuing the 2wd short course class at events nationwide, team setups use misc. parts to essentially create a new 22SCT truck, timing and demand is right on schedule, and the summer season is packed with perfect places and events for something new to be unveiled.

What do YOU think? Is this the end of 2wd short course racing for TLR, OR is there truly something new in the works? We’ll let you decide!

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