By Aaron Waldron
RedRC and multiple outlets have reported that IFMAR Electric Chairman Frank Mostrey has issued a statement rescinding the proposal that would've outfitted 1/12-scale pan cars with 2S LiPo packs for the 2018 World Championships.
A video featuring multi-time U.S. champion Josh Cyrul struggling to control a car built to the supposed specs blew up on social media last week, sparking conversation about the danger the new regulations could have on competition as well as spectators. While Mostrey's statement cited the videos as fueling the decision inside sources have said that the blocs, particularly EFRA, had begun trying to roll back the ruling as early as last month.
RedRC shared the following statement from IFMAR on its Facebook page:
All four blocks of IFMAR voted and decided unanimously to withdraw the rule governing the use of 2S batteries for 1/12th classes that was due to be implemented as from 2018.
Yours in the sport,
Chairman IFMAR electric classes"
Josh Cyrul responded to the news on Facebook with the following:
"A lot of people giving me credit for this one but it was in the works with several other people around the world working to get this rule changed. However, Ken Miller is the man to thank who kept pushing me to try his car at the Champs. I think there would have been a lot more resistance to getting this rule changed if not for him, Dave Johnson, Keven Hebert, Craig Stuart, James Reilly and Greg Anthony. The videos they helped me put up gave the actual testing proof to get things headed the right direction.
My only regret of all this is losing the opportunity we had in Las Vegas to sit down with Scotty, the mfgs of the RC industry and a huge group of drivers to come up with a game plan to fix other rules to improve 1/12 racing.
Last, the job isn't done yet!! We still have weight, battery case size and aero testing to work on. I'll get to that ASAP and hopefully it will help bring us back some of the incredible 1/12 races we used to have that made it one of the premier classes to race in RC."