Touring cars have been using lipo battery packs for around 3 years now, mostly without incident.
In fact the BRCA electric board have published some basic principles governing the use of lipo packs. These principles have been incorporated into the regulations and can be seen here.
The US governing body for RC racing is ROAR who also have a conservative attitude towards the use of lipo batteries. The US rules govering the use of lipos are even stricter than those of the BRCA and go as far as excluding the use of warmers. The rules for lipo use under ROAR can be found here. (Rule 126.96.36.199)
These regulations have been rigorously enforced at most circuit events I have attended over the last couple of seasons. Most people understand why and are, for safety's sake, happy to oblige.
OK if you are still awake you are no doubt thinking . . . "What is he banging on about?"
I'm getting to it!
In the US 1/8 electric buggy racing is becoming increasingly popular and what happens over there eventually happens over here, albeit more expensively!
I have been attending a few 1/8 rally-x events over the last few months and electric buggies are definitely growing in popularity, which is great. I think it's a brilliant way to get people interested in the off road scene without the added complication of those noisy, smelly gas engines that I love so much.
Here's the thing. I don't think I have seen one electric buggy using a hard case lipo. 99% of the time this is no problem but as for the other 1% ?!
I don't know who this was but I'd guess it ruined his day.
(Get in touch if this is your car)
A quote from ROAR:
"ROAR believes the first and most effective step towards Lipo safety
is an informed and fully educated user."
The only other thing we need to do is make these leccy buggies a bit noisier so the marshalls can hear them whilst on their roof in the bushes. Perhaps we can use a peg and a cigarette packet like we did on our bicycles when we were nippers?
Feel free to discuss your thoughts in this thread.