Team Associated’s Area 51 is proud to announce the release of the Factory Team TC5. The TC5 is Area-51â€™s answer to the most competitive onroad touring car field in history. Starting with a blank sheet of paper, many decades of race winning experience and new ideas, the designers built the TC5 from the ground up producing an entirely new platform. The result is the TC5, an electric touring car that offers the performance and durability to stand up to the highest demands of touring car racing.
The TC5 starts with a full ball bearing, dual belt-drive system that transfers all the power from the motor smoothly and efficiently. With todayâ€™s motors and batteries delivering more power than ever before, the belt-drive system gives the TC5 a very predictable throttle response and feel, making it easier to drive fast and carry more speed through the corners.
The newly designed composite ball differentials are super light for reduced rotational mass. Reducing the weight of the diffs lets the TC5 accelerate harder out of the corners. The new diffs are also quick and easy to maintain, and are strong featuring blue aluminum outdrive-saver rings. Hardened-steel CVAs with cross-pin retaining clips and blue aluminum clamping wheel hexes offer reliable service getting all the power to the wheels.
The TC5 has also received an updated, fully adjustable and more durable suspension package. The rugged new A-arms pivot on 3mm inner hinge-pins and 2.5mm outer hinge pins, making it easier than ever to drive away from some of the most severe mishaps. Fully adjustable roll-centers and hinge-pin angles (anti & pro-squat) help you to squeeze every last ounce of handling potential out of the TC5. The steering is handled by a mono-bellcrank with adjustable Ackerman for more precision and less play. An integrated adjustable servo-saver releases only when you need it to and not before. Front and rear anti-roll bars are included.
A VCS2 shock package is included and features hard anodized threaded shock bodies and are very quick and easy to rebuild thanks to the silicone shock bladders. Weight-bias is a very important part of tuning any race car and to accommodate this, the stiff 3mm carbon fiber shock towers are indexed with center-holes to assist in balancing the TC5 side-to-side.
The TC5â€™s 2.5mm carbon fiber chassis and top plate together with the blue aluminum bulkheads makes for a very rigid chassis assembly. This chassis rigidity gives the TC5 a broad sweet-spot making it easier than ever to get dialed in for high grip carpet racing or for low traction parking lot racing and all the conditions in between.
Team Associated’s Area 51 has produced a touring car that racers have been talking about for many months and now the time has come to set the record straight. Team AE is the winningest race team in the business and the Factory TC5 will show everyone how we got there.
^ Belt drive with adjustable differential heights and belt tension
^ Blue titanium turnbuckles
^ Blue aluminum clamping wheel hexes
^ VCS2 shock package
^ Hard anodized threaded shock bodies
^ Front & rear anti-roll bars
Genuine Kimbrough 48 pitch spur-gear included
3mm inner hinge-pins and 2.5mm outer hinge pins
Blue aluminum bulkheads and motor-mount
Indexed balancing holes in shock towers
^ Adjustable roll-centers and hinge-pin angle
^ Mono-bellcrank and adjustable servo-saver
^ Light weight and durable high-impact bumper
^ Composite differentials with blue aluminum outdrive saver rings
^ 3mm woven carbon fiber shock towers
^ Rigid 2.5mm woven carbon fiber chassis and top plate
^ 20 Precision ball-bearings^ Woven carbon fiber battery strap included
^ Blue aluminum thumbscrews included
^ Hardened steel CVAs with cross-pin retaining clips
^ Rear hubs with vertical ball studs
^ Durable front and rear A-arms