What year was brushless first used at the World's?

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What year was brushless first used at the World's?

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As the title suggests I'm curious what year brushless motors were first seen at the worlds off road championships? I wasn't sure whether to post this in vintage or modern electronics so feel free to criticize. :D
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Re: What year was brushless first used at the World's?

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Not sure, but I remember brushless used in insane speed run cars in the mid 90's. brands like Aveox etc...
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Re: What year was brushless first used at the World's?

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It doesn't look as though brushless was used at the '07 offroad worlds. It was in '11.

Not sure about '09. It looks like there was some kind of boycott and no one really showed up. I'm having a hard time finding any kind of info about it. I would personally think that by '09 guys were running brushless.

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Not the Worlds but back in 05 we were running brushless @ OCRC in so cal at all races.......................
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The 2007 worlds in Japan I know Novak was there and LRP also plus various brands of motors.

Here is the oople link so you can have a geez.

Can't quite believe this is almost 13 years ago :shock:

www.oople.com/rc/photos/worldchampionships-2007/



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Re: What year was brushless first used at the World's?

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My minds a bit hazy on the subject but I remember brushless motors for R/C first showing up in the aircraft world, and were sensorless only. People of course tried putting them in land based vehicles but they weren't suited for it due to cogging, and other problems at low speeds on the ground. Thus they were only used for things like speed runs as proffesso mentioned. I don't recall any land based brushless products being mass produced for the general public until Novak came out with the Super Sport setup in 2003. With that being the case, I'd say they weren't used in racing anywhere until after that which should help to narrow it down some.

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Thanks guys, looking at that race report and photos off Oople forum linked above they were used at the 2007 worlds.
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Re: What year was brushless first used at the World's?

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I just realized I was looking at an article from 97, not 07. 😂

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