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Encyclopedia > Associated Electrics
A Nitro TC-3.
A Nitro TC-3.

Associated Electrics, Incorporated of Costa Mesa, California is one of the world's leading manufacturers of radio controlled cars, trucks and accessories. Also known as Team Associated. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2272x1704, 1392 KB) Summary An Associated Electrics Nitro TC-3. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2272x1704, 1392 KB) Summary An Associated Electrics Nitro TC-3. ... Official website: http://ci. ... Kyosho Inferno 1/8-scale buggy A radio controlled car is a powered model car driven from a distance by a hand-held radio transmitter which sends its control information to the cars onboard radio receiver. ...

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Early history

The company was founded in 1964 by Roger Curtis and Lee Yurada, aircraft workers at the Douglas Aircraft plant in nearby Long Beach. Slot cars were at the height of their popularity in Southern California at the time, so Curtis and Yurada decided to open a slot car track as a side business. Their experience in fabricating aircraft parts soon led them into producing slot car parts and accessories. So successful was the venture that it turned into a full-time business which they named Associated Electrics. The new company specialized in the manufacturing of a full line of slot car parts, chassis and accessories. 1964 (MCMLXIV) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1964 calendar). ... The Douglas Aircraft Company was founded by Donald Wills Douglas in July 1921. ... Nickname: The International City (on flag), Friendly City (in Latin on citys seal), or the LBC Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates: Country United States State California County Los Angeles County Mayor Bob Foster Area    - City 170. ... This does not cite its references or sources. ...


The business had grown by 1969 and was located in a small building in Paramount. Personal issues arose between Curtis and Yurada, leading Curtis to approach early R/C racer Gene Husting in hopes that Husting would buy Yurada's share of Associated. The popularity of slot cars was on the wane, but Husting was certain that radio control would flourish as the technology grew. Almost as if in anticipation of the fact, Associated had just introduced a 1:8-scale gas-powered racer, the RC1. Husting agreed to the buyout. Still very much a small business, Associated had a grand total of only six employees: Husting, Curtis, Husting's wife Midge, and three others. Paramount is a city located in Los Angeles County, California, United States. ...


Radio control takes off

In 1971, Associated moved to Santa Ana, California where they began production of the Husting-designed RC100. The first IFMAR race at Pomona's Thorp Raceway (later to become the Ranch Pit Stop, temporary home of Team Losi) saw the first five places swept by the RC100. The prestige of sweeping such a prestigious race was not overlooked by the world's top R/C drivers. Before long, the RC100 was winning races all over the world. Location of Santa Ana within Orange County, California. ... IFMAR (International Federation of Model Auto Racing) is the world governing body of professional radio contolled racing. ... Location in the County of Los Angeles Country United States State California County Los Angeles County, California Mayor Norma Torres Area    - City 22. ... Slightly modified XXX-T RTR. Without body Slightly modified XXX-NT, built from a kit. ...


Associated would double in size thanks to Roger's next design, the 1:12-scale RC12 electric onroad racer. Simpler and far less expensive than the RC100, the RC12 is credited for much of the hobby's growth as a sport. The next generation RC12i would, like the RC100 before it, win an IFMAR first, namely the first ever IFMAR 1:12 Electric World Championship.


The growth of electric racing

As electric racing continued to grow, 1980 would see one of Associated's most important partnerships come to fruition when electrical engineer and avid R/C racer Mike Reedy joined Associated. Reedy's development of Yokomo-based motors and carefully matched battery packs led Associated's dominance of electric racing. Reedy-powered cars are credited with 23 IFMAR World Championships to date, the most of any R/C motor manufacturer.


The RC10

Early model RC10 buggy.
Early model RC10 buggy.

Roger Curtis's 1984 design of a serious 1:10-scale electric off road car not only led to explosive growth within the company, but within the world of R/C racing as well. This new vehicle was the now-famous RC10 buggy. Built on a 4140 aircraft alloy chassis, the new car was, unlike its Japanese counterparts of the time, a serious offroad racing machine. Another 1-2-3 IFMAR sweep would follow in 1985 at the first ever 1:10 Offroad IFMAR World Championships. The RC10, possibly more than any R/C vehicle before or since, is credited with making the single biggest impact on radio control racing. The success of the RC10 forced Associated to move to their current facility in Costa Mesa in 1987. The Associated Electrics RC10 series is quite possibly the most famous and successful in the history of hobbyist radio-controlled car racing. ... Image File history File links RC10. ... Image File history File links RC10. ... IFMAR (International Federation of Model Auto Racing) is the world governing body of professional radio contolled racing. ...


That same year, professional racer Cliff Lett joined Associated to head the research and development department. This department, comprised of Lett, Curtis and Husting's son, Curtis, were responsible for the RC10 cars that won the IFMAR World Championships in 1989 in Australia, and in 1991 in Detroit. The success of the RC10 coupled with other cars of the time, namely the RC12LW, the RC10L, RC10LSS and the RC10T kept kits back ordered for five years and prompted the necessity of a second building in Costa Mesa.


Gene Husting helped develop cars for Associated until 2000, when he retired. He is responsible for the lineup up to the RC10B3, RC10T3, TC3 and GT RTRs. Five years after his retirement, the company branched off into an entirely new line of offroad racers with the introduction the 1:18-scale electric RC18T and RC18MT miniature trucks. In 2006, with 20 IFMAR victories in all [1], Team Associated is the world's "winningest" R/C car manufacturer. Reedy motors, a division of Associated, has powered 23 IFMAR World Champions. The Associated RC18T The Associated RC18T is a 1/18th-scale, ready-to-run electric stadium truck made by Associated Electrics of Costa Mesa, California. ...


R&D manager and world-class driver Lett holds the R/C land speed record of more than 111 mph (179 km/h) with a heavily modified Associated RC10L3 touring car at Irwindale Speedway on January 13, 2001. Irwindale Speedway is located in Irwindale, California. ...


A modified RC10 with an off-the-shelf Parma International 1963 Chevrolet Corvette body was used in the famous chase scene in the 1988 motion picture, The Dead Pool. In it, Clint Eastwood as "Dirty Harry" Callahan is being pursued through the streets of San Francisco, California by a highly explosive bomb disguised as an R/C car. The "bomb" was actually driven by IFMAR world-champion race driver Jay Halsey. The car was in fact an electric; the sounds of a nitro-powered engine were added in post-production. The Chevrolet Corvette is a sports car that has been manufactured by Chevrolet since 1953. ... The Dead Pool (1988) is the fifth and latest film in the Dirty Harry series. ... Clinton Eastwood, Jr. ... Dirty Harry is a 1971 film directed by Don Siegel, the first of the series. ... Nickname: The City by the Bay; Fog City Location of the City and County of San Francisco, California Coordinates: Country United States of America State California City-County San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom Area    - City 122 km²  (47 sq mi)  - Land 121. ...


New Ownership

In 2005, an announcement was made that Associated Electrics would be purchased by Thunder Tiger, a Taiwanese R/C model manufacturer. [2] Thunder Tiger expressed hope that the buyout of Associated would make it the fourth largest R/C model merchant in the world, following the big three (in order) Tamiya, Kyosho, and Futaba/OS. [3] Thunder Tiger is a Taiwanese manufacturer of radio controlled model airplanes, helicopters, cars, boats and model engines including jet turbines. ... Tamiya Corporation is a Japanese manufacturer of plastic model kits, radio controlled electric and nitro-powered car models, battery- and solar-powered educational models, and sailboat models. ... Kyosho is a company that produces a variety of radio-controlled model cars, planes, helicopters, military kits and parts. ... Futaba are manufacturers of popular radio control devices including transmitters, receivers, servos, electronics and model aircraft. ...


Off shoots & Conversions

Team Associated cars have inspired small company's conversions. Several off-road buggies have been developed from the TC3 chassis, most notably the TC3 'o', the Durango range, and recently (and most successfully) JConcepts with their BJ4 and Worlds-winning BJ4 'Worlds'.


All these cars are based around the TC3's solid transmission, which uses 2 bevel geared diffs, with a prop shaft connecting them. On the BJ4, JConcpets used AE diff cases and diffs, and modified the shaft to include a slipper unit. Since then, JConcepts have updated the BJ4 to the Worlds-winning 'Worlds' edition. Another company worthy of mention is Atomic Carbon, through whom a conversion of the BJ4 Worlds has sprung, and is currently in development. The car goes by the name 'slim4' taking a BJ4 worlds kit, and modifying the layout slightly, giving it a molded carbon fiber chassis, and updating several other parts. This car is to be Driven by ex-Losi, and now CML/AE/Atomic Carbon driver Chris Doughty, next year, in the UK nationals. The Slim 4 features a body designed to cool the internals of the car.


Atomic Carbon also has a prototype 'Slim2' in development, this uses the Slim 4 chassis as a base, to create a two-wheel-drive vehicle.


Another company aspiring to create a AE hybrid car is TeamYRD. Standing for Team Yorkshire Racing Developments, they are in the process of creating several prototypes for testing and trials at the infamous Batley Outdoor and Indoor tracks. The car is hoping to be debuted February -March 2007, with a few drivers taking these cars to national level.


In the on-road scene, the Associated RC12 series of cars have long been a base for other manufacturers. The unique front suspension from the RC12L3 (and updated on the RC12L4) has become industry standard and is now featured on the majority of competitive 1:12 scale racing chassis.


External links

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Associated Electrics - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (905 words)
Associated Electrics, Incorporated of Costa Mesa, California is one of the world's leading manufacturers of radio controlled cars, trucks and accessories.
This department, comprised of Lett, Curtis and Husting's son, Curtis, were responsible for the upgraded RC10 which won the IFMAR Worlds in 1989 in Australia and again in Detroit in 1991.
In 2005, an announcement was made that Associated Electrics would be purchased by Thunder Tiger, a Taiwanese R/C model manufacturer.
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