i've been watching with anticipation for this development. alex is usually pretty innovative. preliminary comments, which nobody asked for.,
- sealed drive
- vertical ballstuds at chassis
- precise/durable aluminum bulkheads
- hingepin style suspension, which is more adjustable (i actually liked the balls since you don't ever have to shim them for play)
- gay bumper (the mounting posts almost rub the shocks as it's not nearly extended enough).
- wide... extra wide chassis. (maybe the sanctioning bodies have planned a secret rule change that calls for a 7mm minimum ride height)
- chassis could have been moulded, or at least the rails could have been fastened to it without screws so as to minimize tweak caused by shear.
- questionable ackermann alignment. the tie rods are way angled and it will get worse through the steering throw as the knuckle travels forward. perhaps the belt version will lift the rack over the arms and translate it forward as well since the shaft will be... gone.
- two piece diff cases. they could have been one piece (cast maybe) and the bearings could have slid in from the top/bottom using plastic inserts to hold them in place while the bulks seal to the chassis. again to minimize the surfaces that could shear against each other. picture it... the input shafts slide out of the top and the diffs slide out of the bottom.
- where do the sway bars mount to the chassis?
- centershaft drive should use plasic blades on 'em, as the pins will eat aluminum for breakfast and you will be left with a nice divot and tons of backlash over time.
it's early, we'll see how it goes... and the secrets we can't see may be uncovered.
early one to ten? - three point five!