Now that april is near the temperatures hopefully will be acceptable to play outside in Germany soon.
After I made sure my F201 will make a beautiful shelfqueen, I painted another body and bought a second set of wings (unfortunately only the Williams front wing was available which on second sight seems to be the better racewing) and a set of wide foam tires (these are wider than for the gas powered touring cars and therefore fit better to the size of the chassis).
As the car is nearly 12 years old I was worried if the actual electronics would fit. The very small Nosram Pearl v2 esc and Sanwa receiver fit very good in the little space between spur and rear axle. Also the LRP X20 found its place without problem. Next I thought about the overall balance and was surprised. With all settings equal the car was nearly perfectly balanced
Just a little tweak was necessary to make it perfect:
To protect the chassis from scratches I made a stencil and cut two layers of white vinyl (didn't have black). You see the white "outline" on the next picture?
Then the battery compartment was my next concern. In the early 2000s stickpacks where the state of the art for non-competition Tamiya cars. Now our LiPos are lighter, but have a rectangular shape. This often prevents it to fit in these kind of cars. Unfortunately this is the problem here. I mean this F201 has a cf-chassis and therefore I am lucky, but the body mounts are on the battery mounts...
So I removed the battery mounts and tried to put a shorty into the slot. It slid nicely between lower and upper chassis plate and then got stuck at the drive shaft and spur gear bulkhead
Two options came into my mind:
1. Run a 1s LiPo for 1/12 cars (like a very low shorty) and
2. buy one of these LiPos in stickpack shape.
The first option would be no fun. A 1s 1/10 scale 4wd car. Even with a 3.5t this would be lame outdoors. The second option would be the solution, but then a third path opened up. LRP announced on the toy fair LCG (low center of gravity) LiPos. These are lower than the stuff we drive right now. So this was very interesting for me. I checked the size and they have the dimensions of 1s LiPos for 1/12 pancars (93x47x18.5mm). This played into my cards. I was in need for new batteries for my F1R2 anyway
Unfortunately the LRP batteries are not out yet. Then I stumbled over alternatives from IP and MuchMore. I bought the MuchMore and they are so tiny!
On the pictures they look huge
They fit with a lot of air to all sides. Too much air and they still collide with the original body mounts...
It is up to my skills again to update the car! I did some measurments and drawed LiPo braces that will also integrate the body mounts. With removing one screw I can remove or insert the small battery. Very strange is the position of the holes in the chassis plate. No symmetry at all... The pictures show how it should look in the end.
Unfortunately my cf leftovers were to small. I had to order a new plate and will show the outcome later