Hi john how are you? I used to own one of these cars not long ago but decided to get rid of it. IMO this ride is the worst American made TC on the market. I rank it dead last (with the TC3 being #1, TC4 #2, XXX-S #3, street weapon #4 , never ran the TYPE-R but seen it perform). Mind you this is not anything written in stone...just personal experience.
When i say worst i'm accually saying that this car is hard to set-up on different venues...mainly the not-so-"ideal" lots i been racing on these last couple of months. Tell me...why is this car so horrible everywhere but on carpet?!? That's where it seems at home! I got so fed up with this car outdoors that i put it on the chopping block and brought the old Pro3 out from HPI! Why? i have not idea...maybe because of the flex/grip this car has for low bite asphault. The XS-Pro is too stiff. plus it's got those teeny tiny carbon a-arms. why couldn't losi make these things out of something softer? THAT would have helped a little!
Reading thru this colum i learned a few tricks here and there and decided to try some things on a different path. When i recieved the car (used..pre-assembled w/ Todd Hodge.com stickers on the chassis. maybe it was HIS old car?) i could tell right away it was a carpet car. maybe even mod (128 64p spur gear). it sported 6 degree castor blocks with the .035 spacer on the rear block for "kickdown", stock pistons, 25lb springs all round, 1 degree O/S hubs w/ 0 degree rear pin support & 1 degree front, short "regular" arms in the rear..BK arms up front, lowest roll centre all around. think that's it fars i remember.
i threw different asphalt set-ups at it from the Numan to some custom stuff i lucked up and found online. nothing! i felt like the top plates were too thick for outdoors so i plane-sanded them both down to 2 mm. stock they were nearly three (2.87 to 2.44mm VERY inconsistant). this helped but still off. next i tried the flex a-arm trick by dremeling material away from the rear a-arms(mostly the center). this helped. but it still spun out easily(with 2 degree pivot pin and 1 degree hub). after 4 weeks of exhausting practice and trail and error i finally decided to let it go...
when i set the car up to sell as a RTR, i put some 2000 mah ni-cd batteries with it as starters then test drove it one final time to make sure the potential buyer knows it works. I COULD NOT BELEIVE HOW DAILED THIS CAR WAS!!! Call me crazy but the car was on rails!!! maybe it was the extra wieght down the center that did it. who knows! i now have a car i know i can race with!
but alas i have all li-po's now and i'm not going back to nickels so i have to let the car go. at first glance i thought the car was thaBOMB!!! but after getting it home and trying to tune it i find it more of a headache than ANY tourer i've ever owned! Not trying to bash or anything but losi should have recruited more on-road support for this car rather than "convert" a team of offroaders. not to take away anybody's talent from the dirt but let's face it...... Francis was no Baker, Hodge was no Leimeux(sp), and Kinwald was no Hara. If losi would have had the necessary talent and support for on-road as they did for offroad, this car would have made the A-final at EVERY Ifmar world event. much like their dirt vehicles.
too repeat what i said earlier this is not a flame... just saying it's a shame to see such a well designed & thoughtout car fade away to nothing. but then again, was there TOO much thought put into it? or (over the long run) not enough?
I'm pete ....thanx for your time.