Sunday, June 7, 2009

Week TechVideo, 2009 #23 - LEGO TECHNIC Rally (LTR)

...as promised in the end of last week's post...

The same guys who already have two organized series of TECHNIC vehicle competitions (LTTT and LTIR), made a third one of a different kind. I would say, somehow a mix from the former two.

For those who don't know, here the former two Kostky competitions:

  • LTTT: Czech LEGO TECHNIC Truck Trial
  • LTIR: LEGO TECHNIC Indoor Racing


The new competition was a LEGO TECHNIC Rally (LTR), held for the first time in Praha, last 9th of May - RALLY KOPEC of its name.




Below you can see a very nice video production from the Rally original footage, by Sebastian, but it is not the only one available [1].




Once more, lots of attention was put on every planning detail. From the track definition and on site recognition...


The several tracks map on the left and location preview on the right.


To the production graphics and car labels...




And the racers themselves (true dust grabbers) ...




Which can perfectly mimic a real Tatra truck in the case below...



See more photos from the race and the cars, at Sebastian's BS folder.


An as usual here we get the final classification...


It looks this time, someone else took the trophy from Sebastian.
Congratulations to the winner and all other participants too.


... however, it seems these guys are already planning to make it again...





The 2nd 2009 LTR (Rally Ohrada) should be taking place, already next July ... if I correctly understood their Czech posts...

9 comments:

AVCampos said...

So nice! Although I feel sorry for those tyres...

One thing I noticed: there were both wirelessly-controlled vehicles and tethered ones in competition. Didn't the tethered competitors have a clear advantage because they didn't need the extra room and weight for the batteries and receiver?

Conchas said...

That I don't see much as an advantage that would make really a difference, if you look on different sized cars you have on competition.

But it may be an advantage against IR RC cars due to possible IR interference from SUN light exposure. Others in the same channel is more unlikely if everything is properly handled.
Latency could also be observed at some circumstances.

Shmade said...

Hi, it was up to each competitor to chose IR control or control over cable, RC control was not allowed. In the rules there was just few things, that each car had tu fulfil, e.g. minimal weight 700g. When I wrote the rules I wanted not tu put in it much restrictions to support creativity.

I was surprised, how cars dealed with some realy difficult terrain, the race was tough.
I hope you like it. :) More will come...

And just one small correction to the post, I was not organizer of Lego Technic Truck Trial (LTTT), the organizer is Peter also member of kostky.org

Shmade said...

I can't read... :)
In the post there is "guys", not just "guy", so everything is all right.

Conchas said...

Ya, right!

I meant Kostky members in general and no one in particular. ;)

AVCampos said...

Cool! In that case, I'm surprised no competitor chose to use treads instead or in addition to wheels... maybe those are too slow for rally, and Hailfire/Mobile Devastator wheels are too expensive and/or fragile for that kind of terrain.

It is interesting to think what people would come up with if they had to design a single vehicle for "triathlon": LTTT, LTIR and LTR. ;)

Santi said...

Man, that was amazing! I wish they did something closer to my home town (Barcelona) to participate!

Clayton Jr said...

Fantastic!! Loved that Tatra truck model!

I wish we could have an event like this here in Brazil someday...

JAMS said...

There was a clip in one of the videos of the black buggy hauling ass over the terrain. it looked awesome!

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