In a perfect world I'd have the driving skill of Marc Rheinard
and I'd have two personal test tracks - an indoor carpet track and an indoor paved track (I live in Canada where it's already snowing) I'd also fly in Paul Lemieux and we'd test test test. Ah yes - how perfect and fun
that would be.
However, here's the way it really is. I don't drive rc cars, and there are no tracks in my area that represent "real world" racing conditions. So - I ship out bodies to sponsored racers hoping that I can get some feedback in a reasonable amount of time. When the feedback eventually gets back to me I try to evaluate what I'm hearing. Sometimes it's all good, sometimes its all bad, and sometimes its a bit contradictory - in which case I can only conclude that I still need more
information, and that any final conclusion just might take a while.
With the R9-R body however, the racer feedback has been too mixed for my liking. Too often I heard that rear bite was a problem, and I always heard that it turned extremely hard. There may be a perfect track or "racing situation" for these body traits, however I want PROTOfom bodies to be as "friendly" and effective as possible, in a wider range of circunstances.
So - having said that I want you to know that approx 3 weeks ago I made a small change to the nose of the R9-R to give the body a more balanced feel. I'm reluctant to make changes to a body for fear of being flamed by the disgruntled racers who bought the original versions, and shop owners feeling "stuck" with the old ones. There's no perfect solution. (I've only changed one
other touring car mold in the 12 years I've done them - and it was re-sumitted to ROAR as well)
In this situation I knew for sure that The R9-R was a sure-fire winner with a ton of potential - it just needed a bit of tweaking. The change that I made was quite simple, I shortened the front spitter (forward extending lip at the front) by 3mm. This change is not
shown in the tree photos posted here. The name of the body remains R9-R. It's not a "2.0" of version "B" or any of that stuff - this small change does not warrant that kinda stuff.
The body will be submitted to ROAR for re-approval.
I appologize to anyone who feels slighted having purchased R9-R bodies from the earlier production runs. The one you have still performs very well I'm told - and lets face it, bodies are not a hi-dollar one-time purchase that last for a whole season.
Have a great Thanksgiving Holiday! We certainly have a lot to be thankfull for!
Dale - Protoform
BTW - awsome paintwork is by Roly in FL.