Okay, I finally got a good feel for the EVOIII today at the tamiya track, and this is my impression of it so far:
The car transitions left to right really good, it transistions quicker than my 414M2. I think this is mainly because the roll center on the car is higher box stock form. I've yet to try the 414M2 with the raised roll center yet. I checked out David Jun's car today and he raised the roll center even more on his EVOIII. Another thing I noticed is that out of the box, the EVOIII's got more turn in. It can go into the turn sharp and hard while remaining very stable. I'm fighting a bit of a mid corner push right now though, but it rolls into the corner extremely well. I was also able to hug the sweeper tighter and didn't have to lift as much with the EVOIII.
First run, my fastest lap was a 16.02 and by the end of the day, I was able to bring it down to 15.64. I went with basically the box stock setup with 45wt oil all around. I had the gearing figured all wrong for the whole day thinking the internal ratio was a 2.4 (and it is actually a 2.6) I think I could've shaved another .2-.3 off easy with the right gear ratio.
Lastly, I mentioned to Jun about the clicking problem that most of everyone seem to be having (and after 6 packs today with mod. motor, I still had the click) and he said to make sure the ring pinion gear is pressed down all the way (that's all he suggested). However, all day long the car was very smooth, and very quiet on the track. I'm going to tear down my car tomorrow, rebuild it and make sure the ring pinion gear is seated properly and see if the "click" goes away.
I'll be out at a parking lot track next weekend, I'll let you guys know how the EVOIII work in a parking lot racing condition
So far, I wouldn't say the EVOIII is better than the 414M2, but for the first run, it already feels just as good.
Speed Tech R/C