Well, I thought that I would bring this Motonica thread out of the dungeon.
I have since raced my Motonica twice at our club track in Colorado Springs. All I can say is that I finally found the perfect car for me! This car has brought back my confidence in racing. I LOVE THIS CAR!!!! I would have to say that with only the 2nd time I took this car to the track, this has been the fastest and most consistant I have EVER ran. I have definately achieved my fastest lap times with this vehicle.
Somebody asked about it's durability earlier...All I can say is WOW!! You would have to have a very very serious crash to break ANYTHING on this car to where you would need to pull it off of the track.
You know how I was saying I was racing my best ever with this car, well it was so predictable that I was confident enough to take some of the apex's VERY CLOSE. Once or twice, too close and hit a board just catching the corner by an inch or so. Anyway, with the speed and momentum I was carrying through these corners and hitting a board 2 times in a 25 minute main, I was positive that I would of had to pull the car off the track. Not only did nothing break or bend, but it still tracked perfectly straight. It didn't even tweak the steering. Do durability is for sure an A+.
In MY opinion, this car is SUPERIOR to anything that I have driven. I don't honestly know much about the Kyosho Evolva, but I know a little about the Mugen MRX4-R. The guys that love their Mugen would love this car. It's bold for me to say, but if your fast with the MRX4 then you will probably be faster with the Motonica. The Motonica and Mugen actually have a few similarities and compatability. For one is the clutch. The Motonica has the same offset and clutch design as the Mugen, however it only uses 3 pins on the flywheel compared to the 4 on the MRX4. The spur gears are identical other then the Motonica symbol on their gears. So this makes it nice for parts. Pinions and clutch bells are the same. I think that the front bumpers are interchangable as well. I also believe that the rear belt is the same size. The Motonica does not come with CVD's or front universals, However I put a set of the Mugen ones on my Motonica with no issues. So those are the same. Since the Motonica can use the Mugen/Kyosho wheels, you can use all the same axles and quick release parts for the Motonica. I'm not 100% sure, but believe that the rear dogbones are the same length as MRX4-R, I know the fronts work.
Another thing that I found as I was messing around with parts was since the wheel axles are the same, I weighed the Stock Motonica axle (F & R) and compared them to the weight of the "Lightened" Carlson MRX4-R axles and to my surprise, they weighed EXACTLY the same. I think it was like 10 grams each. Why mention this? Because the Motonica proves to have a purebread race car right out of the box. I know that all the big names are race worthy right out of the box. But it appears that the Motonica uses the highest quality materials you can get. No it doesn't have titanium out of the box, or aluminum this and that out of the box. But bottom line is that they are not needed. OK, I know I'm just rambleing now...sorry. I still have a lot to learn about the car and by NO means am I dissing any other car. Honestly they are all awesome, because they all win races. However, I will have to say that I never thought that one car would be better for an individual then another. For me this is not the case. I have NEVER felt a car so comfortable and easy to drive as I have found the Motonica to be in my off and on 10+ years of racing.
So is this car worth the price tag? We all know that the Motonica is a bit on the expensive side. After learning first hand about the durability and not worrying about finishing a long main because of breaking, YES!
I would recommend this car to EVERYONE!! Without hesitation. The only slight downside to this car right now in the US is the parts support. However Brad at www.rcprocenter.com
does carry the more important parts for it. He is the only dealer I am aware of in the US and is an EXCELLENT person to deal with. He will get you what you need in a hurry. He went out of his way to overnight parts for me the first time I used him. He returns EVERY email within that day if not within an hour or two. He is trully exceptional! So with Brad around, I am trully not concerned about parts support.
Although I got my car from Brooklyn Hobbies, they don't seem very interested in supporting the car.
Sorry for the long post everyone. I tend to do that. I just wanted everyone to get a pretty good idea of what the car is about since there hasn't been much said here on the forum. Thanks for taking your time to read my rambleing.