I am pretty new to 12th scale carpet racing. My previous 12th experience was always on asphalt. Ive had my AE 12R5.2 on the local carpet track for 3 test days so far.
I got a chance to drive a local racer's Rebel 12 this weekend. While there were a couple small setup issues, such as a noticeable chassis tweak and slightly chunked tires... the car felt pretty brilliant in the low speed stuff. It was a bit unstable at high speed, but I think that could have easily been rectified with a few setup changes.
I had been turning consistent low 10s lap times with my 12R5.2. Fastest was a 10 flat, with consistent 10.1-10.2s. The fellow with the Rebel 12 was turning 10.8s. When I got the chance to drive the car, I was able to get down to 10.5s... but felt like the car had much more in it. We looked over the car and I made a few setup and rollout suggestions.
The fellow(whom I believe is a bit too humble about his driving ability) sent me a note this morning letting me know that the changes got him down to a 10 flat lap with consistent low 10s. I figured the car had speed like that in it... but the fact that he was easily able to get down there with just a few changes really impressed me.
Im now eyeing a Rebel 12
I really enjoyed driving the car. I wanted to ask a few questions of Top drivers here:
1) Obviously the Rebel 12 is competitive in Stock and Super Stock, as seen by Hanulec and Fairtrace's performance @ the IIC. But do you feel you are giving anything up to the inline cars?
2) The car is a little over a year old now. Am I getting on the bandwagon too late? Is there an updated version(inline or not) of the car planned?
3) Do you guys generally run reactive caster? Am I noticing a trend of people running less RC these days... how does the Rebel 12 work with 0* RC?
4) Has anyone done back to back testing with the 12R5.2 or SpeedMerchant inline cars and the Rebel 12? If so, how did the performance compare?
5) Does the Rebel 12 now come with the updated V2 front arms? What else should I buy straight from the get go? Obviously the threaded/non-clip front axles... anything else?
Thanks for your input