I had the pleasure, yes, the pleasure of racing my Yokomo R12C3 for the second time on carpet.
The RC12C3's first outing was at the warmup race for the All Japan Nationals. It handled really well considering it was it's first time on carpet
.. The R12C3 managed to come out with an 11th place finish out of 60+ drivers, not bad, not bad.. However, the top drivers were running best lap times that were 0.300 faster than me.
The second outing was at http://www.kumin.ne.jp/k-sta/
if you ever get the chance is a beautiful racing facility in Kumamoto, Japan.
The traction level at this circuit was quite high, and the layout was technical. A few local fast guys were in attendance which gave me a bench mark for lap times. Now, when I say local fast guys, I mean faaaaassst. Hell ass fast! There was one guy in particular who was out pacing the local sponsored modified drivers.
And he was running a 21.5 ..... WTF! I never got the chance to see what he was running, but the chassis was a CRC and would only suspect he's running a Team Powers Actinium motor.
I was dumbfounded and couldn't believe the pace and speed this guy was running at. His motor was screaming, and I mean SCREAMING down the straightway. He was carving and hitting the apex of the corners like nobodies business. The funny thing is, he wasn't even sponsored.
His best lap time was 9.890 and running consistent 10.1 second laps. But the story behind this guy is that he's a pro-mini z driver. If you can drive a Kyosho mini-z you'll be an epic 1/12 driver. By the way, mini-z car are pretty awesome and handle really well especially for their size.
I, on the other hand had to figure out how to be fast. My starting setup was clocking in around 11.600 laps... Hell ass slow... I made a few changes to bring the car up to speed or close to the locals, which meant I had a lot of work to do. I started with side springs, I went from Yokomo black to purples, then changed the damper tube lube from 10,000 to 7,000. I found the track had enough traction to drop down to 7,000. Changing side springs have the car the grip I needed and the tube lube gave me the steering I needed in the corners.This brought the lap times down to a consistent 10.800. Next change was the center damper angle, I took one of 2 mm spacers out from the motor pod. The lap times were coming down, down to about 10.600 laps. Next, I found the front end was absorbing some of the speed on the sweeper entering the straight. I decided switched out the front yellow springs for yokomo red and that made all the difference. I managed to bring my laps down to consistent 10.400's and managed to pull a bast lap of a 10.364. Besides the 9.890 driver
, I was only 0.100 a lap slower than the "other" slower-fast guys.
The tires of choice for most are
I was running Yokomo CRT Mediums front and rear.
Can you spot the difference?