Looking into getting into racing, 5u vs 1600?

Zac Reish

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In Barstow a 1600 pulls same lap times as 5u. In more wide-open terrain the 5u is a little faster on lap times, but honestly not by much. Prep costs are similar, initial purchase prices are not.
I don't see a 1600 staying with a 5 car anymore anywhere. maybe curt geer, rob mac, bud ward, or some of the other studly dudes but I'd be suprised. if i was dicing it up with a 1600 car through a whole race in barstow.
 

turbodon

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2019 Duel in the desert 1600 lap time 23:21, 5u lap time 23:56

2019 Transaxle challenge 1600 lap time 32:34, 5u lap time 32:03

2020 Duel in the desert 1600 lap time 17:57, 5u 16:34

2018 Duel in the desert 1600 lap time 21:47, 5u 23:12

These examples are from fastest car vs fastest car. If you were to compare a mid pack 1600 to mid pack 5u, 1600 is faster in Barstow. If you think I’m fluffin’ peep the MORE webpage under “Results”;)

My truck buddies all day the same thing “No way bro my 1400 truck eats 1600s all day long!” Then I send them the courtesy screenshots of the results when they’re posted:eek:
 

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I’ve raced both in Barstow, both a blast with their own unique challenges. The speed comparison isn’t really close. Lap times are one thing. Driving 105 over whoops vs 75 is another.

After prepping both in a garage, the 5 car makes the 1600 look like LEGO’s. Easier on parts and easier overall assembly. Trans bills, parts bills, all lower and Easy pill to swallow between races.

after driving a fast 5 car, driving the 1600 car is like driving a 2 stroke. Or swinging a lighter bat. Not sure what makes more sense
 

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One other thing to consider too, if your getting in this for the long haul and say 5u is your end goal but the cost to get a car right now isn’t in the cards then go 1600 fir now and when funds permit sell the 1600 and move up to 5u. 1600 will teach how to read terrain to keep traction, how important cornering is, and a lot of the fundamentals that make a desert racer fast. I still use most of everything I learned driving 1600 today in the 10 car.
 

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One other thing to consider too, if your getting in this for the long haul and say 5u is your end goal but the cost to get a car right now isn’t in the cards then go 1600 fir now and when funds permit sell the 1600 and move up to 5u. 1600 will teach how to read terrain to keep traction, how important cornering is, and a lot of the fundamentals that make a desert racer fast. I still use most of everything I learned driving 1600 today in the 10 car.
That's a great idea, I think the end game would either be a fast 1400 truck, or 10 car down the road.
 

Dezertpilot

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One other thing to consider too, if your getting in this for the long haul and say 5u is your end goal but the cost to get a car right now isn’t in the cards then go 1600 fir now and when funds permit sell the 1600 and move up to 5u. 1600 will teach how to read terrain to keep traction, how important cornering is, and a lot of the fundamentals that make a desert racer fast. I still use most of everything I learned driving 1600 today in the 10 car.
That's a great idea, I think the end game would either be a fast 1400 truck, or 10 car down the road.
 
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