Everything starts somewhere. For Tekno RC, it started in a garage. After decades of tinkering with and driving RC cars, there was an opportunity to make something better. That something was a wing mount and throttle servo mount for the Traxxas Revo. Those parts were followed up with a slew of other products for the Revo before we happened upon the incredible power of brushless motors and LiPo batteries in late 2006. We developed the Brushless Conversion Kit for the Revo (TKR4001) and decided 1/8th Scale Electric was the future. Was it the future of the RC industry? Who knew, who cared? But we knew it was the future for Tekno RC.
A year or so later our V3 Brushless Kits were tearing up tracks in southern California. In 2009 we got a few pro drivers to race for us and the results were pretty good. Dirt Nitro Challenge, Silver State, 2009 ROAR Champs, 2010 ROAR Nats, and many other races produced impressive wins and podium finishes. As the class caught on, we lost most of our drivers to their respective factory rides. In most cases, they were told specifically not to run Tekno RC products. To put it bluntly, we got the shaft :). We weren’t goin’ out like that and we were determined to keep winning races. The writing was on the wall and it was time to make a 100% Tekno RC platform instead of compromising with another company’s car.
The idea to design and manufacture a whole car wasn’t new. Tekno RC owner Daniel Lewis had dreamed of making his own RC car since he was a child in the early 80’s. Almost three decades later, things started lining up to make it a reality and the thought of producing an entire car became an everyday discussion topic around the office. We had driven and developed chassis for all of the major platforms out there. We knew what was working and what wasn’t working. We had produced many different parts used by world champions. We knew what kind of car we wanted to build. We got really serious in mid-2010 and the design effort was fully initiated.
So where do we start? We’ll discuss the bulkheads and diffs in the next article.