Originally Posted by Evoracer
The E4 was unique and had some truly unique qualities in handling that made it worth supporting TM.
So tell me why I should buy the new car vs. any number of others that are better supported and have at least equal performance ??
-The car looks similar to other, but they are all unique. I'm sure that everybody who has experience in RC car could understand than similar layout don't mean "same performance / same handling". The Flex of the E4RS II is more symetrical than any other car. The flex setting possibilities are also different, with the system of "no flex interference" I developped on the Nuremberg 2011 prototype for the flex point you could decide to use or not.
-The car is off course very different than the E4RS. The E4RS was for sure interesting for its very special layout. But it was +/- 100g heavier than the E4RS II, making it very difficult reach the minimum weight. It was also too hard... it is simply impossible to get the flex on a E4RS we created on the E4RS II, event with highly softer chassis / upper deck and totally revised bulkhead I had in 2011.
-In terms of performance... my lap record, after 18 months with E4RS and E4RS Prototype at my local track was 8'031 (13.5 / 0° fixed timing). Only 2 top drivers was under the 8 second barrier... so my lap record wasn't ridiculous. The week-end I got the new E4RS II, I made... (I'm searching on my "test book" !) 8'024 at the second run, 7'933 at the fourth... with "kit setup" + Kfactory prototype spool. The next week-end, with revised setup, I made 7'842 at the third run, and 7'821 at the sixth run... which is the track record for the 13.5 Stock category. So, yes the E4RS II is clearly more performing than E4RS... a lot more I expected.
-In terms of handling, the E4RS II is a lot more predictable than the E4RS. Even with a "bad setup", it is possible and easy to drive it, as the "possible setup" range is a lot wider than the E4RS. It's also easier to work on the car, especially on these points: motor access, transmission access (not only due to 2 belts vs 3, but also due to the absence of the *%ç&*% O-rings on the pulleys !), anti roll bar setup (it was very difficult to obtain perfectly symmetric bars on the E4). Adjustment are also more easy and had more possibilities (especially on steering system). Droop adjustment is a lot more consistent due to the modification of screw size and screw location... it never change during an entire day on the E4RS II... when I had to verify it after each run on E4RS.
This car is "the one" I waited for, and it's only the start of its life