RC12R5.1 Factory Team

RC12R5.1 Factory Team

The Factory Team 12R5.1 is the latest evolutionary step in Associated's twenty-five years of 1:12 scale racing history. New for the RC12R5.1 is the wide three-point rear pod that has been optimized for fitting brushless motors as well as heat dissipation. The 12R5.1 is built on a 2.5mm woven carbon fiber chassis that utilizes a pivot-ball link rear suspension that allows for independent adjustments for chassis roll, bump, and alignment.

Having the ability to make these chassis adjustments independently gives the 12R5.1 greater potential for the best possible handling on any track surface. While testing, the pivot-ball link chassis has proven to be more durable in high-speed impacts and excels in bumpy track conditions.

The 12R5.1 features shocks with a through-shaft design providing equalized damping throughout the full stroke of the shock in both directions without any unwanted rebound. The center shock tower has four mounting positions that split the spring rates for even finer adjustments. The center shock also controls the chassis droop and can be adjusted on the car with a turnbuckle wrench, making it easier and quicker to get dialed in.

The 12R5.1's "Active Strut" front end has been optimized, featuring symmetric components with adjustable caster and track width, as well as a front axle with wheel nut. Factory Team blue aluminum servo mounts position the servo flat on the chassis for a lower center of gravity and include Ackermann adjustment spacers. The foam front bumper helps protect body and chassis during impacts.

The 12R5.1 comes ready for brushless with a new optimized wide rear pod. The rear pod features a woven carbon fiber top plate and Factory Team blue aluminum machined motor mount, left side bulkhead and motor mount standoff. The woven carbon fiber top plate attaches to the motor mount and left side bulkhead at three points, and uses an integrated standoff, making the rear pod more rigid. Front-to-rear chassis balance is optimized at the center of the battery, allowing an easy transition to 3.7V LiPo batteries.

Magazine Review
When they redesigned their 1/12 line, AE was thinking of the future. The 12R5.1 is optimized to accept a 1-cell LiPo and be well balanced without needing weights. The Active Strut front end allows almost endless tuning possibilities--everything from adjustable caster and camber to track width. The front threaded axles have wheel nuts--big change from the old days of fiddling with an e-clip! The 12R5.1 pan car is versatile. If the pivot-ball link suspension is not right for you or the track you race on, you can buy a T-plate conversion and have the best of both worlds.--RC Driver, March 2010


  • Wide rear pod allows easy installation of brushless motors and features Factory Team blue aluminum machined motor mount, left side bulkhead, and standoff
  • Accepts single-cell LiPo battery packs without changing the front-to-rear weight bias
  • Factory Team shocks feature a through-shaft design, making for equal damping with no rebound in both directions
  • Active strut front end features symmetric components with adjustable caster and track width, as well as a new front axle with wheel nut
  • Woven carbon fiber center shock tower allows for incremental adjustments of rear spring rate
  • Factory Team pivot ball-link chassis allows for independent adjustment for roll, bump, and alignment
RC12R5.1 Factory Team

NOTE: This vehicle has been discontinued.