Two of R/C's best-kept speed secrets revealed
The questions...and answers...below!
The questions below pop up on blogs and forums every once in a while. And the funny thing is that while the questions are pretty straightforward, almost no one knows the answers. The questions: 1) What's the fastest ready-to-run electric hydro out there? and; 2) how fast does it go?
We'll give you the answer to the second question: it's "65 miles per hour." And if that doesn't give you the answer to the first question, maybe these hints will help:
The mark was set by a production boat, using the same brushless motor/ESC combo provided with the product;
It was set using LiPo packs;
The speed was clocked at a NAMBA-sanctioned event in California;
The mark was set in 2008, the same year the boat was introduced; and
The driver's nickname is "Snowman."
Give up? The answer is: the AquaCraft UL-1 Superior Hydroplane. Team Futaba member Brian "Snowman" Buaas set the mark in 2008, at the NAMBA FE SAW (Fast Electric Straightaway) Trials held at Legg Lake, California. Brian, a long-time FE enthusiast, has made it into the NAMBA record books no fewer than nine times over the past years. And while the 65 mph UL-1 run isn't an "official" record, Brian has to feel good knowing that he set it using a motor that he had helped design just for the UL-1.
He was competing with a production version that had been shipped directly from the company. On his first pass, Brian pushed the UL-1 to 59 mph, as shown in this short video clip:
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