World Gt, Petite Le Mans Edition (Novak 10.5, Orion 3800)
I tested the Parma DB9 body on the World GT car at Mikes-HobbyShop.com new asphalt. I mounted the J Concepts illusion wing
that I like (the big one) on the cars built in pylons. I left extra material below the cut line on the front dam so I could use large tires and still have inner fender top clearance on bump and a low dam height.
I mounted my now standard for outdoor pan cars diffuser made from the HPI molded black plastic GT wing
. Just a little trimming and then strapping tape. I put the tape 1/4 inch up on the bumper or leading edge, I cut the part hanging down into 1/2 inch srips. The wing is a form fit after trimming. I fold the 1/2 inch ears back to grab the bumper. I redo this with some nice black battery stapping tape on top. The diffuser is now very secure and needs no other bracing.
First run. I had too much steering. The rear end was horribly loose on the chicane. Back to the pits. I raised the front of the body to reduce the diffuser effectiveness just a tad. I raised the wing up on 3/8 inch black plastic pylons from the HPI Black plastic wing kit
to provide more rear downforce (I use one of these wings for my wide pan diffuser). This assorted wing mount kit
is also available separately for about $5.00. I put the car on the track. It was perfect. I ran against a 4.5 powered touring car and it bettered it just a little. The World Gt car was better in the sweeper and the curve just after the sweeper and just about the same everywhere else than the TC. I could gain a couple of feet each lap. Ready for another race.
JJS Pro 10 and Customized CRC Gen X 10 wide Pan
The pic shows my JJS pro ten which is the fastest car in my stable, and also the fastest I have seen run at Mikes-HobbyShop this year on the new asphalt. This includes 1/8 scale four wheel drive Nitros. Today there was only medium traction. I had such good luck with spec fronts on the World GT car, that I put them on the front of the wide pan on the new asphalt for the first time. The car was transformed. Now it cornered as good as it is wickedly fast on the straight. Before I was kind of floating around the corners. Now I was gripping hard and cornering as if there was good traction, even though there was only medium traction at hand. Here is a new pic of the car. A recent addition which I like is a CRC O-ring
and RBig Foot Battery Hold Downs (Aluminum Hourglass Standoff mounts)
. I wish I had added this O-ring two years ago. Here are some good features I would like in a wide pan and a comment whether they are achieved or not in this model. Note the chassis is a CRC Pantoura. The model just previous to the Gen-X-10.
Good forward traction in dusty conditions, Check
Dual A-arm dampened front end for precise steering and no blowovers, check.
Supple 3-link rear end with individual vertical shocks for each wheel for a mechanincally planted rear in the corners, check
A LiPo battery position that can be moved left or right in the car to achieve balance without ballast. Check. I have two longitundinal rails that can be screwed down in various positions.
Easy battery in and out. No screws. No easier can be found than this O-ring method. It worked well today. No big crashes though. You can take an extra turn around the post to make it tighter. Done. The rear of the battery is secured by a foam strip under the rear crossplate.
A duct cooled speed control and motor. check. No fan needed.
A battery that will go 5 minutes without bloating up in Houston, check. The thunderpower 40C 5300 mA-h pack is doing great.
A speed control that won't thermal with a 3.5 in Houston on new asphalt. Not found yet. Next on the block and in hand the Tekin R8. Note the car worked wonderfully well with a 4.0 today in the heat. It just does not have that acceleration with a 4.0 that makes spectators gasp and giggle on the straight with a 3.5.
A rugged bumper that is diffuser friendly, I have to custom cut this one from an RPM molded bumper.
A diffuser friendly body. This Peugeout 905 b HD is perfect.
The prototype is complete tested and wickedly fast. Allmost all of these features will be available in a CRC wide pan soon.
Maybe someone will make all of these features availabe in a wide pan, or maybe it will be a future Stranahan-Rc.com product. The chassis might look something like the second pic. I would probably not use NiMH slots but you would need some big lightening holes for sufficient chassis flex.
Note click on that first pic again for a bigger scrollable view. Thir pic, Parma DB9 showing front tape strip. Wing is before raising 3/8th inch.