Somehow I thought of responding on Yokomo's boards on the same subject didn't feel appropriate. I know you guys are reading this anyway, I just didn't want to scare off potential GT4 customers.
Originally posted by afm
Check out Novarossi's web page, in news about the Japan Gp race held in October.
......Masami Hirosaka used prototype car with 80% Mugen parts........had some problems in final (belt), finished 8th but he made the fastest lap in the grand final.......
So picking up on all that is being said about the new car, it seems we might expect to have our new Yokomos with a similar layout as the MTX3
Great. 80% parts mugen? I thought he was a Yokomo driver? He might as well be racing as a team driver for Mugen Seiki. Did Masami unbolt his chassis, and slide a mugen over it?
Might as well go buy a mtx3! This would be interesting to speculate whats under the lexan.
Seriously though, I bet the only thing yokomo left on his car are chassis, and bulkheads, front oneway, perhaps rear gear diff, solid axle, or prototype ball diff. He's got all the steering knukles on, suspension arms, 2 speed and mugen centax. The bulkheads must be either shimmed or dremmeled to death to fit all those parts on properly.
Interesting debate on the GT4 originally designed for rubber. Unfortunately the trend has been focused around foam, and appears irreversible. It seems like Serpent started this mess. Serpent being 1/8th heritage, they naturally designed the impulse around foam. Right after that IFMAR rules specified foams. Yokomo, on the other hand initially thought of designing a car around rubber tires, which must have been the trend in Japan at the time of its inception.
I remember my first time on a track with the GT4 running foam tires... whoa!!! traction rolling all over the place! It took me almost a year to get the setup right, but mostly due to the fact the recommendations from serpent drivers on tires. I think the type B front hubs really helped fix this.
Tabushi, which hub carrier do you run up front? I have never tried rubber tires, but I've always thought of trying so that I can find out if it wears less. Unfortunately this excersise will prove worthless to me, because I will NEVER be able to run them due to the current state of rules.
With the new 710 coming out, it might be best if we all cool off with the chatter about a new car. Yokomo is going to need some time to analize it when it comes out if they are going to attempt at designing a new car. They won't be able to get their hands on it for another month, so I'd expect another year or 2 before yokomo clean slates their next 200mm IC sedan. That said, I'm glad yokomo is taking their time (at least hope so). In the meantime they can throw at us some cool new improved components to bolt on to our GT4's every once in a while.
Anyone seen Masami post on the SD area? It would be cool if he visits this thread once in a while. Hey MASAMI!!! Tell us to shut up rumoring!