ORIGINAL: Adam Bailey
For those of you that are worried about the belt holding up in the new Manic think about this...
Nic Case holds the R/C speed record using a highly modified Schumacher MI3.5 touring car. But this car used 2 of the front grey belts (Part # U3012) which are 3mm stock belts, as a matter a fact those grey belts are normally used in stock racing only, the black belts are used for mod racing.
So I'm going to bet that the belt on the Manic is going to hold up just fine if the thinner softer belts for the touring car and handle 161MPH
Something else to ponder on this, Nic Cases car was an 8HP electric vehicle, and the Manic is nowhere near that powerful
.......................Horsepower is not the issue here it is dirt and tiny pebbles getting caught inbetween the belts and the pulleys causing them to wear out quickly. Offroad surface is not as clean as a onroad surface. Mr. Case runs on smooth clean perpared surfaces.
The MI3.5's and MI4's that run on asphalt also get dirt in them, you are correct on the different surfaces, but then look at the Cat SX, same belts in an off road vehicle and they have no issues holding up, mine are raced once a week and I have all the original belts on them. for the record we run on a muddy, very dirty track, not blue groove