USVTA Class Rules and Specifications:

Welcome to the home for the newly created Vintage Trans-Am 1/10th scale R/C road racing class, based on 4wd touring cars. The class rules are developed to provide close racing with controlled chassis, battery, motor, tire and body specifications. The goal of the VTA class is to bring back awesome looking cars in a cost controlled racing format where the result is just plain fun. The speed of the specification package brings close and competitive racing for sportsman, intermediate and experienced hobbyist that rewards driver development.

With a decline in all R/C racing in recent years, racing needs a big shot of fun and excitement--and this is the perfect class. Far more reasonable speeds, low costs, realistic and exciting looking bodies, wheels and tires, less traction and wheel-to-wheel action drive this class. It IS the next big thing. It's appealing not only to spectators, but to new and old racers, alike. For a low initial cost, any prospective Trans-Am racer can get a car, a radio and be racing with very little time or effort. And the fact is that racers who have never raced before can be on the same level playing field as everyone else, and really enjoy doing so.

The basic rules were created by energetic and insightful racers in Wisconsin and Illinois, and have proven to be very effective and successful. All rules will evolve and adapt as the class warrants. New participating tracks are encouraged to grow the class and adapt ideas to the class, and share those ideas with the U.S. Vintage Trans-Am Series, yet stay true to the original ideas and rules. Hopefully, we can all make this a great class to grow with, and bring back the fun and entertainment to road racing.

It is highly suggested that all indoor carpet tracks use these rules exactly as they are written with no deviations. Please try to keep it consistent and fair for everyone who may attend your track from around the country.



Body Specifications:
Late '60s to early '70s American pony car Vintage Trans-Am bodies only.

Bolink part numbers:
BL2262 - '68 Chevrolet Camaro, also known as RJ Speed Part #BOL2262 and #1054
BL2263 - '65 Ford Mustang, also known as RJ Speed Part #BOL2263 and #1055

HPI part numbers:
17510 - 1970 Plymouth AAR Cuda
7494 - 1968 Chevrolet Camaro
17531 - 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z28
17508 - 1965 Ford Shelby GT-350
17519 - 1966 Ford Mustang GT
104926 - 1966 Ford Mustang GT Coupe
For the HPI and Bolink/RJ Speed Mustangs which are not provided with a spoiler:
A lexan spoiler of 16mm total height from trunk deck, and overall chord of 20mm is allowable. All other bodies must use the spoiler included with that specific body set as intended. Built in spoilers may not be enhanced.
17546 - 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302 (scale wing okay)

Parma part numbers:
10143 - 1969 Z28 Camaro
10141 - 1970 Boss Mustang
10113 - 1970 Cuda

Pegasus Hobbies part numbers:
PGH4001 - 1970 Camaro SS
PGH4002 - 1970 Cuda
PGH4003 - 1970 Mustang

Protoform part numbers:
1526 - J71
153530 - 1971 Pontiac Firebird Trans-Am

McAllister Racing part numbers:
286 - 1969 Mustang
295 - 1970 Pontiac Firebird Trans-Am VTA - 1/10th - 200mm

Body provided deck lid spoilers allowed (not wings). No additional skirts or raised/extended wings or air control surfaces allowed. Body must be trimmed at body trim lines. Front spoiler may be extended into body to provide durability. Full rear bumper required. It is highly preferred that bodies are detailed in race type livery in period-correct paint schemes. Fluorescent colors, wild graphics, chromes and non-period correct paint schemes are frowned upon. All cars must have a number on the hood, both doors and trunk lid. Wheel covers of any type are NOT allowed. All cars must include a driver figure consisting of at least a head and shoulders.



Driver Figure part numbers:
Any suitable 1/10 driver figure is legal-these are readily available examples.

HPI part numbers:
104815 - Inner body set for DT-1 truck body

Associated part numbers:
6180 - Driver unpainted - 1/10th

McAllister Racing part numbers:
423 - Stock interior and driver
419 - Sprint car driver



Tire & Wheel Specifications:
The only tires allowed are HPI tire part #4793 "front" and #4797 "rear", using stock tire inserts provided with tire and any HPI Vintage wheels designed to fit these tires. All other tires and/or part numbers are illegal. Wheels and tires designated as "front" must be used as front tires/wheels, "rear" wheels/tires must used as rears. Five or Eight spoke wheels available in various colors. 0mm offset front wheels and 6mm offset rear wheels are intended for 26mm width fronts and 31mm width rear tires. 8-spoke Vintage wheels from #3805 through #3814, 5-spoke Vintage wheels from #3815 through #3822 and Vintage stock car wheels from #3854 through #3860, Vintage Wheel CC Type #33472 and #33473, Vintage Wheel DTP Type #33474 and #33475 are all legal wheels.

Grinding of tire tread is NOT permitted. Sanding of mold seam to remove seam is allowed. HPI Vintage Slicks and HPI Vintage Performance Tires are not allowed. Tire traction compounds are at the discretion of the track. No other altering, changing or softening of the tire is allowed. Tires may not be belted or changed to prevent "ballooning". All decisions of the race promoter or track owner are final. No "double stuffing" of foam inserts allowed—only single stock vintage tire inserts are allowed.



Chassis Specifications:
Four wheel drive touring car chassis only. Any era or brand 4WD chassis is allowed. An Excel spreadsheet gear ratio and final drive ratio calculator for most touring car chassis is available here.


Motor Specifications:
25.5 brushless with 2C LiPo: Novak SS25.5 Pro brushless motor (PN#3425V) Ballistic 25.5 (PN#3625V- stator only PN#S6625) Club (PN#3331) or Boss (PN#3626V) ONLY combined with any hard-cased 2C 7.4v LiPo pack up to and including 5000 mAh capacity. Novak motors are the ONLY motor allowed at this time. All house track rules regarding LiPo usage apply. Only physical motor timing advance is allowed, however Ballistic motors must not be advanced beyond the last line of the timing range sticker. 12.3 mm rotor diameter only (no "tuning" rotors are allowed, only stock Novak rotors allowed). Using ceramic bearings in the motor makes you a dork. No modifications or optional parts allowed on motor can, endbell, stator, or rotor, other than the Boss PN#5925 Ballistic 540 Vented Endbell/Bearing Racing Upgrade Kit (replacement). No cooling holes or other changes allowed to motor. Fans and external clip on heat sinks are allowed, but integral type heatsinks/fans including but not limited to those that require motor disassembly to mount are illegal.

All decisions of the race promoter or track owner are final.

Approved ESC's LIST AS OF June 2014:

Club Brushless ESC - PN#1852
EDGE 2S Brushless ESC - PN#1850 and PN#1851
Mongoose Micro Brushless/Brush ESC - PN#1718
GTB 2 Racing w/X-Drive - PN#1749
GTB 2 Racing w/X-Drive - Low Profile - PN#1748
GTB 2 Sportsman Racing Brushless ESC - PN#1708 and PN#1709
GTB series - PN#1710 and PN#1711
Havoc series - PN#1732, PN#1733 and PN#1735
Slyder series - PN#1712
XBR series (Discontinued) - PN#1720

A.I. Brushless Reverse Digital - PN#LRP80100 and LRP80150

Speed Passion:
Cirtix Stock Club Race ESC - PN#12280
Reventon Stock Club Race - PN#SP000048

Justock Club ESC - same ESC, but differing part numbers
Falcon Sekido - PN#
Hobbywing Justock Black - PN#81020001
Hobbywing Justock Blue - PN#81020000

Hobbywing XERUN Juststock Club - no timing ESC - sensored - PN#7014


Battery Specifications:
2 cell LiPo hard cased - 5000 mAh limit


Ride Height Specifications:
Minimum ride height is 5mm.


Weight Specifications:
Minimum 1550g in race-ready trim


Race Specifications:
[@] 5 minute qualifiers
[@] 8 minute mains
[@] Absolutely no IFMAR type starts. All heats and mains should be straight-up starts, with random sorts for each heat. Non random sorts should shuffle starting order for each heat.


Optional Main Variations:
[@] 12-20 car A-mains, depending on car counts.
[@] Invert qualifying order based on random hat pull (top 6-10 cars).
[@] "LeMans" type starts where all cars are lined up on an angle to the racing line in order.
[@] Run track in reverse rotation for mains.
[@] Rolling starts


If it's not in the rules, and does not encompass the spirit of slower and controlled racing with realistic looking cars, consider it illegal. This is called the "Spirit of VTA" Rule. The class is based on slower, equal playing field competition with less traction, minimal aerodynamic aids and mostly older carpet racing technology. The final objective is close, fair, wheel-to-wheel racing for all.

All decisions of the race promoter or track owner are final.