RTS Chassis originated in 1988 in Terry’s parents’ garage, and in 2001 expanded our current location. We now operate in a 9000 square foot facility, which includes a 1200 square foot showroom for customer convenience. Terry singlehandedly started this business, and we now employ nine full-time and one part-time professionals to better serve your needs.
Terry Schaeffer, owner and operator of RTS Chassis, is also an accomplished race driver. Terry raced 1/4 midgets for 10 years. He then spent the next several years on the pit crews of the Joe Harz sprinter and Toby Tobias,Jr. modified. In 1985 he decided it was time for him to return to driving and he began his career in micro sprints. The first RTS Chassis was built and the rest is history. Like sprint cars, the initial RTS car was built with four bar torsion suspension. This was a revolutionary advancement at the time, and he ignored the opposition (a trait we admire in Terry). Terry is also a certified machinist and a certified welder. He is considered to be one of the top car builders in the United States.
The bottom rail of an RTS chassis is constructed of 1-1/8'' x .083 4130 tubing. The cage is 11/4'' x .083 4130 tubing for the 250 division. Our 600 is also constructed of 11/4'' x .083 4130 and the bottom rail is 11/4'' x .065 4130. The 1000 cage is 13/8''x .083 4130. All the materials used by RTS are made in the USA, they always have been and always will be. All the tubing is bent on a CNC bender. All our frames are TIG welded for added stability. The major difference between RTS cars and many other cars is that RTS cars are built with thicker walled tubing. This makes them slightly heavier, but we view this as an advantage for safety. The overall weight of an RTS 250 race ready chassis is 390-410 lbs. and an RTS 600 race ready chassis is 600-625 lbs. The 2011 600 race ready is now 25 lbs. lighter than previous models.
Our record helps support our ideas. In 2010, RTS Chassis drivers accumulated an astounding 533 feature wins and 21 track championships all over the United States and Australia!
We have a CNC Lathe & CNC Mill Broaching machine in-house. This enables us to manufacture and design all of our own axle spacers, birdcages, torsion arms and stops, engine plates, guide plates, and anything else you can think of. We make our own torsion bars in-house; they are noted for their long life. We make our torsion stops and arms from 2024 material for added strength. Our spindles and hubs are made from forged aluminum. This will ensure the highest level of quality that you have come to know and expect from RTS chassis’ in-house parts. Our splined rear axles are the strongest on the market. We were the first to design the double bearing birdcages for the 250’s and 600’s. The double bearing helps free up the rear axle. These are just a few of our accomplishments.
In 2008 we celebrated our 20th year of service in the micro sprint community. Our proven product and the support of our tremendous customers have enabled us to be a leader in the micro sprint community.
For 2011 we have made modifications to the rear torsion rack, which can be easily changed on your current car. We are also now offering a lightweight frame to help cut down on the weight of the frames. None of this will sacrifice the strength of the car which we are known for.