Provetti on the paradox

Provetti on the paradox

We asked Trinity’s president, Ernie Provetti, about this innovative new motor.

R/C Car Action: The Midnight 2 Motor has been very successful. Why would you gamble with the Paradox?

Ernie Prove;tti: Trinity has set and wants to continue to set the trends in R/C. We want to hold on to our leadership position. People have so many outside family costs, and R/C products are introduced every week, and their prices continuously rise. We feel people should be able to enjoy their hobby and be able to afford it. Stock racing is supposed to be the entry-level class, but over the years, it has become one of the most expensive classes to compete in. We hope the Paradox will change this!

RCCA: How do you think the Paradox will do this?

EP: Well, the current ROAR stock motor rules were written roughly 25 years ago. ROAR did a great job, but times change. We’ve had a lot of requests on our website for a rebuildable stock motor. Customers say they’re tired of buying 10 to 12 motors to find that “killer” one; and that “killer” motor eventually wears out-either the commutator or the bushings-and the whole crazy process starts again. With the Paradox, customers can just buy the part they need; they’ll be in tune with the product they invested in.

RCCA: How would you respond to those who might say a rebuildable motor encourages cheating at races?

EP: Ironically, we feel the Paradox will limit cheating. Under the current ROAR rules [for closed-endbell motors], a track owner or tech inspector only has the “ROAR” stamp on the motor can to inspect-nothing else. With the Paradox, you have the armature tag and a longer armature shaft with a distinguishing bevel at the end. Also, it’s easy to open and check it, and cheaters will be less inclined to try to get away with something if they know it can easily be found out! Most track owners don’t tear down stock motors. Some don’t know how, and for those who do, it takes too long. If it turns out a motor is legal and the track owner has “destroyed” it, he has to give its owner a new motor [$40]. It does not take long to disassemble the Paradox, and you don’t have to tear down the armature because of the special shaft and tag. Even if you did, you’d only have to give the customer a new armature-not a whole motor.

RCCA: How will the Paradox reduce the cost of stock racing?

EP: Well, to start with, you can buy a replacement armature for a list price of $12.99-anywhere from $10.50 to $9 street price. You can also buy separate motor cans, Oilite bushings, etc. The big key is that the Paradox will run no quicker than a Midnight 2, so it does not make the current stock motors obsolete. The Paradox should be allowed to race with other ROAR-legal motors. Buy a Paradox when you want and then save money-we believe-on buying parts instead of complete motors. Look at it this way: if a shock broke on your car, would you want to buy a totally new car? Sounds stupid, doesn’t it? So why do you have to buy a new motor if your bushings wear out?

RCCA: What are ROAR’s and NORRCA’s rear, tions to the Paradox?

EP: Well, NORRCA openly embraces the idea and has for a long time been asking for a rebuildable motor; ROAR does not seem to be too excited about the Paradox. ROAR president Phil Hurd has said that the motor will not be legal, but we have received very positive feedback from several of the other executive committee members, so we will have to wait and see.

RCCA: Do you have anything you’d like to say to ROAR?

EP: I would just hope they accept the idea and keep an open mind. Trinity and ROAR should make the concerns of racers the basis of all our decisions. We have built a motor to the exact ROAR specifications and have made it cheaper and easier to use. I think this deserves at least some consideration.

RCCA: Many say they worry about added costs”-specifically, epoxy-balanced armatures, matched magnets, etc. How would you answer these concerns?

EP: As I have said, we built this motor to ROAR rules and specifications. In my opinion, ROAR and NORRCA can easily stop those added costs by legalizing this motor and changing the current ROAR rules to include it-which is what we genuinely intended for it. ROAR doesn’t allow welded commutators, epoxy-balancing, etc. Why would they allow them with the Paradox? Trinity will very soon offer a small booklet for hobby shop owners and track owners that talks about how to check the Paradox and what is legal and what is not. It will be available very soon!

RCCA: Who came up with the idea behind the Paradox?

EP: Actually, the “Tech Talk” readers on our website. They proposed the idea over a year ago and gave us a lot of great ideas and pro’s and cons. From there, Tony P and Mike Wood at Trinity spent countless hours designing the Paradox with our motor company in Japan. I think they came up with a concept that is even more revolutionary than the Midnight 2. I just hope that this motor will help change the way stock racing is regarded in this country and around the world.

RCCA: What can we expect from Trinity in the future?

EP: We will probably start a rebuildable street spec motor project and also try to enlist more manufacturers to join this class. We will try to stay focused on cost-controlled options for our customers and do what we can to bring out more exciting products at affordable prices.

RCCA: Thank you for your time, and good luck with the Paradox!

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