I have posted few pages recently about engines but believe it or not, I still can’t decide which engine to buy for my RC8 buggy. Last year, I ran a Novarossi 21 Plus 4 engine, this was a good engine with exceptional run time but this year I’m looking for something different. The “buzz” is to have an engine with the best runtime, it is common to have 10+ minutes per tank. Runtime is great when racing but I don’t plan to race much this season so runtime is not on the top of my list. In fact, I’m more looking for an engine that will hold its tune, will last more than 6 gallon if well treated, be enough powerful to race against more expensive engines and finally, the engine should be under the 200$.
So far, I have focused on those engines. They are listed in preference order:
Dynamite Mach 2 .21 SG:
- It is only 130$
- It may not be a killer engine but it should be able to keep with the pace on a short track
- I had Dynamite engines in the past and they were OK engines.
- 6-port design, seems a good mix between torque and RPM
Dynamite Platinum .21XP 9-Port:
- The 180$ price tag is OK for me
- It is a 9 port engine, it may have a lot of RPM…
- I only heard good comments on this mill
- Three needles carburetor… Not sure it is a plus or a minus on a nitro engine
Go Technology GX-5R .21:
- It is 15$ more expensive than what I have budgeted but I can afford it
- 5-port gives a good mix of torque and RPM
- I heard good things about those engines (The one with the orange cooling head)
- The specs are nice
- Comes with an extra connecting rod
OFNA Jammin JPX.21:
- I saw this engine running in a truggy and I was impressed
- 30$ over my budget
- Specs are great
- Only heard good words on this engine
Team Orion Alpha .21:
- The price is in my budget…200$
- Ryan Cavalieri is fast with a Team Orion engine, why not me?
- 3-port design gives better milleage and more torque which is great for buggy
As you can see, I limit my choices to only few engines. There are more brands and models available but I focus only on the engines listed above. So far, my vote seems to go for Dynamite Mach 2 .21 SG which is the cheaper of my list. Don’t know why. Maybe because I still convinced that we can have fun and success (Don’t confuse with wins) with a cheaper engine. Maybe because it doesn’t break the bank or maybe because It can always be a good spare engine if I don’t like it. I still have few weeks in front of me before I order my new engine. I’ll keep you informed on my final selection and yes I’ll review it!