I'm brand new to the forums and to drones in general. I've done lots of reading, but no actual building yet. I'd like to experiment with ArduRover with a goal being entrance into the Sparkfun AVC (I work in Boulder, so I'm close and I went as a spectator last year).
I'm particularly interested in entering the Micro class which stipulates that the car must be no larger than 10"x6"x4". I've done some research and the only decent RC car I can find that manages that size is the Team Associated RC18R (http://www.teamassociated.com/cars_and_trucks/RC18R/RTR/). Other 1/18 scales are too wide (the trucks and buggies), and smaller scales seem problematic (or they're simply too cheap and have fully integrated components).
Any feedback you have about this platform would be much appreciated. Being new, I don't want to invest fully only to discover a simple thing that makes it incompatible.
The first thing that pops into my mind is the low-profile of the ride. It looks like most rovers out there are built on larger, high-clearance platforms. I imagine the RC18R will be more bouncy and cause more noise in the sensor data, but hopefully that's something that can be worked through.
Anyway, like I said, any feedback would be awesome. I certainly don't expect to have a functioning rover in time for the 2013 AVC (full-time job, wife, 2 kids...), but I'd like to start making some progress towards the AVC goal.