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Old 09-26-2006, 11:10 AM   #1
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I just wanted to congratulate Dale Epp and Protoform on their wins in Vegas. I was at the ROAR truck nats and going back and forth between mains on Sunday. I don't have any solid numbers, but every time I heard a driver intro, I heard DNA 1 as the body. (and Mazda 6 for rubber tire)

No one knows how much passion Dale has for this sport and what went into the design of this body… Enjoy Dale, you deserve it!


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TQ and win in Foam Stock Sedan
TQ and win in Foam 19 turn Seda
TQ and Win in Foam Mod.

I would say Dale has a winner on his hands here

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I cant wait to try it out. Ive heard it is working well outdoors as well.
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I also just tried it over the weekend(with stock rubber on carpet), & it felt good to me, too(no big difference over the Mazda6, but the carpet is a bit green right now since we just reworked the layout of the track, when grip comes back up again we'll see if it feels any different then)......
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Old 09-26-2006, 02:39 PM   #5
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after the way the body worked at the IIC...it seems to really excel when the bite is questionable....funky style...but it looked very well balanced.
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Old 09-26-2006, 08:57 PM   #6
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I saw enough fast cars at the IIC with the DNA1 body to convince me to try one.

Results pending the reopening of our Stockton carpet track.
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Old 09-26-2006, 11:26 PM   #7
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I have yet to drive my car with the DNA body but, I sure am glad I bought it after reading all the praise for it on the forums. Hope you guys don't mind me sharing a pic of it:

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That looks a lot different than I would have thought. It's more squared off in the front.
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Old 09-27-2006, 06:21 AM   #9
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I ran one for the first time this past weekend and it was awesome. I've been running the Parma Alfa (carpet foam) for the last year. The DNA1 gave me just as much steering and was more stable. I will say that the body looked pretty ugly unpainted and in the mold, but after it was painted and cut out, it looks pretty sweet.
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Old 09-28-2006, 06:44 AM   #10
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How about results for the Mazda 6?
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Old 09-28-2006, 07:18 AM   #11
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This body is butter... (not Butter... )

After borrowing a friends (who shall remain nameless ), my first impressions were:

* Better front end feel on corner entry than anything else.
* Same initial entry steering as Mazda 6, but more like the G6 mid corner (faster apex speed)
* More stability in the rear on-power, but still allows for great rotation with a proven loose rear setup

Just a guess, but looking at the front end angles I'd say that having the lower skirt sloped, rather than square-flared like the Mazda 6, gives the front end steering where needed. It probably contributes to the improved front end feel as the car starts to roll as well. And the reduced angle and squaring of the hood's leading edge keeps it free deep in the corners.

I've only used the standard cut-out rear wing, but will be testing a few different cut variations of it soon.

There are a lot of other small details I noticed, but don't understand what they do.

My very own DNA1 is painted, *broken in* from a few packs, and ready to race!

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Old 09-28-2006, 07:56 AM   #12
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just thougt id post mine not bashed yet
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Old 09-28-2006, 09:26 AM   #13
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Default DNA1 Body

Thanks for all the kind and honest words regarding the DNA1 body. The qualifying and a-main results from the IIC Race in Vegas were very gratifying - to say the least. Wow ..... manufacturers usually only dream about debuting a product with a clean sweep: 3 TQ's and 3 Wins - especially in a race environment as ultra competitive as the Vegas IIC. I'm pinching myself.

The finalized body configuration was the result of some very valuable help and testing feedback from Paul Lemieux and Martin Crisp. Much appreciated guys.

A big thankyou goes out to all the racers at the IIC who used PROTOform racebodies. Special congradulations to all the TQ and A main winners. 8 out of 10 racers in the Mod Foam A-main used the DNA1 body.

Paul Lemieux - 2 TQ's in both Mod classes - podium finish in Mod Rubber (DNA1 and Mazda 6)
Mike Blackstock - for pulling out the big win in Mod Foam (DNA1)
Bobby Flack - TQ and Win in 19Turm Foam (DNA1)
Travis Schreven - TQ and Win in Stock Foam (DNA1)

Atsushi Hara - Win in Mod Rubber (Mazda 6)
Weylin Rose - TQ and Win in 19Turn Rubber (Mazda 6)
Jason Ertrachter - TQ and Win (Mazda 6)

Mike Dumas - TQ and win 1/12th Mod (Speed 12)
Jeff Cuffs - 1/12th Stock (Speed 12B)

I'm still not sure of what body Atsushi Hara used in winning the Mod Rubber A-main. (I was unable to attend the event personally)

Sincerely - Dale Epp - PROTOform

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Old 09-28-2006, 09:30 AM   #14
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A big congrats Dale!!
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I did a back to back run in Vegas with the Parma Alpha and the DNA1. I ran 2 minutes with the DNA, pulled in for a change, and ran 2 minutes with the Alpha. They both yielded about the same lap times. But the DNA was much more stable. The Alpha felt a little more sketchy and hard to drive. It felt faster on the track than the DNA but the lap times don't lie. I got the same lap times and felt much more comfortable driving the DNA body. Dale has done it again.

Anyone try this thing on asphalt?
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