Well I'm knackered but happy
Weather was good, a little cold at the start of the day because of a wind but it got warmer after lunch. Track was dry all day and didn't get too hot for my CS 22's, the only decent slicks I have at the moment, need to buy some Cs 27's for the outdoor season, the 22's gave me plenty grip, any hotter though and I would of been in trouble.
I ran kit setup all day, although the shock collars were adjusted for ride height. I didn't need to change a thing elsewhere, the car was great
We started running just free practise and then had three timed runs in the afternoon. I started using my Green Machine 3 just to get used to the track and the one way on tarmac, found I needed to gear up a lot. Went to try my 15 turn Orion Chrome but it didn't want to go, looked like a major case of sticky brushes and I couldn't be bothered sorting it so I put my Matrix 27turn stock motor in. The Cuda seems great for keeping motors cool, even without a heatsink, I ended up running 74/27 and the motor was still within reasonable temperatures, but I didn't go for a larger pinion because I wanted to keep my infield speed.
I was able to keep up with most cars in the infield, even though there were people using 12turn mods and those who weren't were using 14-19 turn motors, I was only really loosing out on a little bit of punch out of some corners and at the end of the straight the fast mods were rocketing towards me, although they soon had to slow down for the fast sweeper, whic I could take at full speed with the front one way. My last run was my best, after a couple of mistakes on the first lap I had a very solid run, taking good lines every lap and getting 16 laps by the end of 5mins, just 2 laps down on the fastest guys of the day and beating a friend using his new Losi and a 16turn motor :P
I can really see this car working beautifully in the 19T spec class, with the free drive train and good motor cooling I'm sure it'll be one of the fastest, although at a nice controlable pace
I did notice some grease around the pin inside one of the drive hex's when I removed the wheel, it seems to have come from the bearing as I don't even have any grease like it
Will run the Lab tomorrow night so I can get a chance to strip down the cuda before I run it again, it had a couple of trips across the grass early on
the diff cases did their job nicely though.
The car got some good interest from a range of drivers, some of the sponsered drivers liked it a lot, gave one guy SpeedTech's web address
he was thinking of getting an X-Ray but he's changing his mind a lot
should have a pic of my shell for you later