At the risk of coming across as pompous, I know a little something about racing these “GT” cars and not only have I already raced the IGT2 car, have won with it at “The Fort” last weekend.
The engine was not yet fully broken-in, (only 3 tanks) before the first qualifier, so I tried not to lean it out during the day or for the 30 minute main.
My initial thoughts on the slightly longer car before driving it were that it might not be able to have the same turning radius as the IGT1, but the car proved me totally wrong.
The new chassis layout is very fun to drive and offers very nice steering, without any sign of rear traction loss with -2 degree rear toe-in block installed. The IGT2 seems easier to drive fast to me.
I also did some set-up changes that are very similar to my IGT1; the car set-up that worked well for me may be posted in the near future to help any IGT2 owners with a possible starting point for tracks similar to Fort Meyers.
The new IGT2 engine is a great improvement over the previous offering from Kyosho, as it seems to have a more linear power band. The engine is not an all out monster, but most of us that appreciate the true “spirit” of our class realize that if we wanted to go “all-out”, we’d be racing 1/8 scale or 200mm on-road.
The new IGT2 engine was able to propel the car to a 17.7 second lap time at “The Fort” during our second 5 minute qualifier and came off the track at 273 degrees. We richened the hi-end needle for the remaining qualifiers preparing for the main, in order to maintain temperatures for 30 minutes of Florida heat.
I’m very happy to be able to race with the new Kyosho IGT2 and can’t wait to race it again.I hope the Corvette body is available to compair aerodynamics.
The whole pricing talk going on here is another issue. It is possible that some “dealers” may have set pricing before they actually knew their cost.
It is also possible that other “dealers” may use “bait & switch” tactics to facilitate sales of other products or the may totally disregard the MAP (Minimum Advertised Pricing) level in order to make quick profits while undermining shops that follow more ethical business practices. Either way, like the old saying goes…. “Let the buyer beware”.
On the subject of Ipanema tires, they are manufactured from the highest quality pure Brazilian rubber available. They offer enough shore combinations to allow me to adapt to any track surface or race length or tempeture conditions I’ve encountered so far. The “one size fits all” mentality doesn’t work in rubber tire racing, that’s why I went to Fort Meyers with 40, 45, 50, 55 & 60 shore sets on hand.
Ipanema tires are more than just rubber material; they have belts that go all the way around the inside of the tire. They don’t “balloon” or rip or fly off the rims and are ready to win out of the package.
Sorry about the long post or if I’ve pissed anyone off, I just try to be a “straight shooter” and present my honest opinions on the products I’ve used in racing conditions and support the ones that get the job done for me.
O' yea.... Thanks to Werks Racing & Maxy Fuels too
See ya at the races