Yes, yes, yes!!!!!!!!
Finally got to the circuit to test/run-in my 710
After the minor hickup of forgetting to pack my fuel
(I've been driving electric too much
) I set about doing my run-in with quite a bit of WOT
Lots of nice oil spurting out of the exhaust. Didn't take long before the engine would turn-over without the pistion providing too much resistance when turning th flywheel
Onto the track without the body shell on - instantly it was obvious that this car handles!!!!!
I could keep my lines tighter and the car basically did what I asked it to do
My track is pretty difficult to drive with a one-way, but with the 710, breaking is much easier to achieve than with the 705, although I still need to be careful not to rotate it with too much break dialed-in.
As most have said (and as the track is still slippery) there is a bit of understeer in the car, but nothing major and seeing as how the circuit has very little grip, I was surprised how little understeer was aparent. I was getting great grip coming out of the long left-hander onto the main straight and boy, going into the left-right flick at the end of the 90kmh straight, wow!
the tail flicks out, the car gets sideways due to the bumps in the middle of the corner
and then it just pulls itself back together even when I got a bit scared and lifted off the throttle. After the little fright, I kept the finger firmly pressed through the flick and each time, the car got sideways, but then corrected itself - fantastic!!!!!!!
In terms of tyre wear and grip levels - fantastic!
After four full tanks, the tyres had only lost 1,5mm diameter!
I was using the 0,5mm split which Julius advised and like he found, the tyre wear was pretty equall front to back and still gave a nice overdrive pull from the front. Next I'll try equal sized tyres front and back to see how that affects the acceleration out of the corners.
Unfortunately the rain which was forcast came
I was at first confused why the 710 started spinning badly under breaking and I wacked the right front quite heavily against a barrier - bent the rim, but no other damage! no weaknesses hear - I had feared the worst after some of the reports of the 710 falling to bits so easily
this isn't my experience!
After this, rain really did stop play - but I've accumulated enough experience with the car now that I know that this is a gaint leap forward in comparison to the 705
With regards the 2106 engine......WOW!
So easy to tune and loads of power/torque. With the 705 I had a "standard" SX 12 Novamega and that thing was so hard to tune - you simply couldn't tell when it was four-stroking or running lean. With the 2106 - dead easy. When the engine setup isn't right, you can hear it
and the engine doesn't respond well - but when you tune it into the "zone" it sounds fantastic and responds accordingly!
Now what am I going to do with my 705?
Hmmm, the difference between the 710 and the 705 is too great to go back (you were right Julius!
) I don't see the 705 getting much use now.
I just hoping now that the rain clears up and I can get onto the circuit again tomorrow, to do some more testing without having to keep overtaking those dreadful 1:5 cars
A couple of post testing pictures to show that the car has been driven