Here are my key takeouts.
1- Big Bores are a must
. I still think the suspension cinematics are not "right" on this car, a B4 or C4 and C4.1 with stock small bores was plush, this isn't. This could also come from the arms mount / bullkhead which are made of nylon and could be too elastic, compared to the modern graphite-loaded, stiff-as-hell (as losi called their plastics bitd) plastics. The "smaller" arms aren't probably helping either. The way the front tower flexes back and forth is (honestly) appalling.
2- When looking at the car, it's much narrower than its modern counterparts at the front, and wider at the rear
. This means a darty front end, and possibly explains the permanent "roll" I think i could feel/see all day long.
3- The steering is wobbly, all the time
. There is slop everywhere, but also the trigonometrics of the steering make the whole assembly "floaty" when loaded. This is striking visually with the inside front wheel moving all over the place when the outside wheel is loaded. Not sure how to remedy this, but again, using B4 c-hubs, SC10 spindles, custom arms, on a 10T bulkhead is probably not what the AE engineers had in mind
4- Still, overall, the car was not totally off-pace
. I would have loved to put it in the A, but I don't think this was possible, even with a better driver. The other cars do everything right - jumping (landing, especially), steering, they are both agressive and stable, on- and off-throttle. The OIN B1M still has a bit of a mind of his own, which the driver has to cope with. Then again the modern cars are 30yrs younger
5- I am not sure where my transmission problems come from
. I am leaning towards the cheap motor I'm using, maybe the shaft is off-spec, maybe the bearing is blown, I don't know... I have a hard time thinking the motor plate is flexing, but you never know
I will triple check everything for the next race, and use another 8.5T with a "normal" price tag that time
6- Accessibility on that MM setup is a PITA
. Maintenance is a PITA. But then again, that's the case of most MM cars, it's inherent to the design, the motor is in the middle (duh) of everything. But still, this is worse, because this setup is afterthought (for instance you can't access the slipper locknut with the shock mounted, unless using pliers). BUT BUT BUT, that kit is worth every penny, because...
7- ... I had the abso-freaking-lutely COOLEST CAR
ever at the track that day
Last time it was cool, but still a bit of a joke. This time it was just as cool with the body on, but with the body off it drew crowds, and on the track people couldn't believe it. Mr. EOS came to chat (in English, as he was only german-speaker and my german is crap) to enquire what it was, had a look, asked questions. All my racing buddies stopped by at some point or another to try to understand what the heck it was that I was running that day and why it ran so much better than last time, and heck, semi-competitively, even. I had people literally coming to shake my hand and congratulate me at the end of the day for having raced with it and not been ridiculous. Honestly, I think this is how the Beatles felt as they drew crowds at their heyday in the 60's (except there are no promiscuous girls at the racetrack, unfortunately) - I was a rock star
And for this alone, this car is fantastic
Voila... this is the end of Race #2. Race #3 is in March, till I need to fix that steering wobbliness (how?!?), I bought a whole set of tires to be better off right away, I need to buy a pallet of spurs, I will have to check if I can lengthen the camber links to free up the suspension a bit (protect track width under compression), I need to change the motor, etc... I have a few more ideas to try.
Stay tuned for next time
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