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CRC Product News: Re-Invent the Wheel
General News at TeamCRC

Imitation is the Best Form of Flattery

Calandra Racing Concepts (CRC) is proud of it's place as a leader in engineering, design and technology in the R/C Model Car field. From our revolutionary designs with chassis, front suspensions and wheels to our uniquely engineered projects like Clik Trak and Fasttrak, CRC is always leading the way.

In engineering school, I learned a couple basic principles; if an idea or design works, build your idea around it and expand from there. Secondly, remember to blaze a new trail, be the first to leave footprints; innovate, create and maintain a passion to be a leader.

In the small world of 1:12th wheels, CRC was the first to offer the high roller 38 mm wheels that maximized wheel dimensions to the full extent of the rules. We took special care to make the wheel light and strong. All other manufactures soon followed with high roller designs of their own.

The Real Deal, Genuine CRC Pro Cuts

Today, I see in a press release that ATS Tires in Italy has taken the phrase "don't re-invent the wheel" to whole new level by making a close copy of the popular CRC High Roller 38 (HR38) 1:12th wheel.

I have seen this wheel up close and it is not identical in design to the current range of CRC wheels. Upon closer inspection, you will notice the CRC wheel has smooth flowing internal radius fillets on the ribs and spokes of the wheel. The ATS version has a sharp, rough, unfinished look. Their marketing claims of new materials producing superior results have yet to be proven on the track.

CRC tires mounted on genuine CRC wheels are Champions of the following recent major racing events;

2008 International Indoor Champioships in Las Vegas

2008 U.S. Indoor Champs in Cleveland

2008 Snowbirds in Orlando

2009 Euro Champs in Italy

2009 ROAR Nationals in Ohio

While I am flattered that ATS liked our design enough to pattern their wheel after ours, I must say that I certainly expected more from a large tire company like ATS. I expect a "copy wheel" from a small start-up company, but not a company the size of ATS . 

In an effort to insure our loyal CRC tire customers do not get caught up in this issue, I feel compelled to clear the air and end any possible confusion.

Frank Calandra Jr.

President - Calandra Racing Concepts


The ATS Pretender



Posted on Wednesday, April 01 @ 02:18:45 CDT by Frank
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