Happy New Year, and I'm sorry my 1st post is *long*.
My local RC club (which is primarily for 1/10 electric tourers) has recently started running a mini class. I've always been an off-road basher, not raced at all, and never really fancied a touring car, but I decided that a 'mini' might be a good starting point to get into club racing.
The class rules are:
Car : Any Tamiya M-Chassis
Bodyshell : Any Commercially available M Chassis Specific Bodyshell
Motor : Standard Silver Can, Sport Tuned, 17.5 Brushless or Ezrun 3000kv
Tyres : Any Commercially available M Chassis Specific tyre (non-smelling additive allowed)
Batteries: NiCad, Ni-MH or Li-Po Allowed
Weight Limit: 1250g
I've been reading as much as I can about M03's on rc-mini.net & various forums, trying to find what the most worthwhile hopups are, and what best starting setup is. So, I've ordered an M-03L Mini Cooper-S (I wanted an M-03M Suzuki, but I couldn't find anywhere in the UK that had stock just after xmas), and a 'few' hopups to either fit straight away, or later if I feel the need. The kit is yet to arrive, but I've already got waiting for it:
Sport tuned motor
Super Mini CVA shocks + tuned spring set
20T hardened pinion
Suzuki Swift white wheels (I just like the look better than the standard Mini wheels)
2 pairs of 60D Super-Grip tyres (with regular + hard tyre sponges)
TA03 Ball Diff + hardened output shafts
Anti-Roll Bar set
Hi-Torque servo saver (ali servo horn to come if I can get one)
Universal driveshafts (3Racing ones, had difficulty getting the Tamiya's)
2x Yeah Racing 3200 LiPo's (with a Novak Smart-Stop LiPo cutoff, and plenty of weights to add if needed)
The track is indoors on carpet, so I thought my starting setup would be - hard tyre sponges on the front, regular on the back (any need to double-stuff the fronts with 1 hard + 1 regular, or glue the front tyre sidewalls?). Hard springs front, medium/soft on the rear. Tightly set ball-diff, but can change to gear if needed. I won't fit the rollbar set straight away, I'd like to see how the car handles without it first.
Any advice for someone new to the mini world, and racing tips so I don't roll it at every corner?