10-02-2001, 03:43 PM
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: Lisbon, Portugal
I donīt have a Corally but I have a RC12L3. The basic setup should be very similar in terms of tire compounds and angles
The first thing you should know (if you are new to 1/12) is that these little beasts have an incredible steering.
Try to run 0 toe or a little toe in. Toe out will cause a very nervous car and very dificult to drive.
Camber should be around -1š and front tires in a harder compound than the front. I use purple (Jaco) on the front and Grey (Jaco) on the rear.
If the rear gets a little loose untighten the diff a little bit in order to keep the car planted.
Be soft on the trigger. A nervous finger will make slower laps and worse driving. It also helps a lot in duration, so I guess that they can't be driven like 4wd sedans.
On carpet I use adictive (Zip Grip Free) only on the back, but if the track is very twisty I use it in the inner half of the front tires.
Any motor will make these cars look like bullets. I run 27x1 with ratios around 5 and I'm difficult to catch even to the guys with hot motors. The torque of a 27 coming out of a curve makes all the diference.
Try to use the freewheel effect when coming to a curve. The transferred weight to the front will give lots of steering, then coming out of the curve, just hit the trigger. Use brakes very lightly. Remember that only the rear wheels brake. Easy does it...
For asphalt I would use Low Wear tires (the same I use now for carpet) and a looser diff. The grip is surely lower than carpet and if you don't want the car to spin like mad, that's the way to go.
Is this setup sucessful? It must be, because I won all the races around here, sometimes with 7 or 8 laps more than the guys behind.
To be honest, this setup it was copied from a winning setup on one Triple Crown race (John Cyrul) I guess.
Another thing - Concentration is a must. They are small and fast. If the race is 8 minutes long, don't get distracted. One small distraction and off you go.