MyRCBox.com: The Team Associated SC8 is the first 1/8 Short Course truck to hit the market. Where did the idea of a Short Course replica truck come from?
Team Associated:It came from the love of racing in the dirt. In southern California short course racing is really picking up steam, and why not join in.
MyRCBox.com: Do you think the new SC8 will be the beginning of a new race class in a near future?
Team Associated:This is our hope. We have been contacted by many shops and tracks asking questions on rules and regulations for such a class.
MyRCBox.com: The new SC8 looks really realistic; in fact they are licensed bodies. Is this the beginning of a new partnership between Team Associated and Red Bull, Lucas Oil, KMC Wheels and Bully Dog?
Team Associated:Yes, we have partnered with all the above companies to make this project happen. There are also many more like, BFGoodrich, Skyjacker, Currie Enterprises, and so on.
MyRCBox.com: The SC8 is based on the new RC8T. What are the major differences between the SC8 and the RC8T?
Team Associated: Actually the SC8 is based on the RC8. It is an RC8 with a RC8T chassis and center drive train. We have also made new shock towers and body mounts to hold the removable cage.
MyRCBox.com: What parts of the design were the most challenging?
Team Associated:The realistic bumpers and roll cage were the toughest parts to design.
MyRCBox.com: How does the SC8 handle on race track compared to a buggy or a truggy?
Team Associated:Since we only have a couple pre-production vehicles on hand we have not had much time to test but, the testing we have done shows signs of bringing the racer back to the days when RC was fun. The cool part about a closed wheel race truck is that you can “bang doors” and really race hard without the fear of getting tangled with another truck.
MyRCBox.com: I have read on the web that the SC8 was huge. How big is the SC8?
Team Associated:The truck is 24 and ¼ inches bumper to bumper and is 12 inches wide from outside of tire to outside of tire.
MyRCBox.com: Are the tire/wheel specific to the SC8 or any truggy wheel/tire will fit the SC8?
Team Associated:The wheel and tires are specific to the SC8. The tire has the same outside diameter as a standard buggy tire.
MyRCBox.com: Any plan for a Factory Team version?
Team Associated:I think we will wait and see how this goes from here.
MyRCBox.com: Any idea when the first SC8 will be on the hobby shops shelves? What is the expected street price?
Team Associated:SC8’s should be in hobby shops by the middle of November and the street price will be right around $699us.
MyRCBox.com: And for the last question… The Team Associated SC8 includes the XP3D radio, S2008 servos, 3mm shock towers and AE .28 engine with the Pro-Start system. Is this what the RC8T will look like?
Team Associated:HAHA….It might be a little early to show that hand.
All details are awesome, the functional mud flaps, roll-cage and the wheel/tires combo are very realistic. I’m sure the Team Associated SC8 will be a hit; a new race class is born!
For more information, check Team Associated’s website