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Carisma CRF-1 Pro F1

Old 04-27-2021, 12:54 PM
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Lightbulb Carisma CRF-1 Pro F1

Didn't see a thread for this car, decided to start a thread if anyone else had one. Just picked one up not long ago for a good price.





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Do you like it so far?
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Beautiful car.
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Where did you order from
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Bought it off here unbuilt. Was too good of a deal to pass up. Otherwise it is $300 normally. I have not ran it yet. I will try it on both asphalt and black carpet, although on black carpet, I do not expect it to be faster than my Schumacher.

https://carisma-shop.com/products/crf-1-pro#

Initial impressions:

Pros - Very beefy, robust front end. M4 screws secure the front end along with a beefy bulkhead and arms, it is very tweak-free. Side links are also super beefy. Thick rear wing mount. You probably don't have to carry many spares with this. The Pro kit includes a variety of tuning springs. Easy to adjust pod tweak with the side damper/spring setup. Tons of airflow to the motor with it being entirely exposed on bottom. Ben Cosgrove mentions the design intent is to favor asphalt but he did win the BRCA nationals on carpet with this car.

Cons - Plastics seem too soft, flexible. Harder plastics could help smoothness in the links and pivot. Ball diff could be a bit smoother. Had to do handfitting on the upper arms to get the pivot balls to move more free (hence, harder plastics would help smoothness here). It is on the porkier side with all the beefiness. I don't think I'll have to add any weight even with lightweight electronics to hit 1050g. Value wise is ehh....once you add wings and a body, its up there in price with the established players. Higher CG may not help in ultra high grip conditions.
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Looks like a mini z rear pod
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I will try it on both asphalt and black carpet, although on black carpet, I do not expect it to be faster than my Schumacher.
Follwoing.
On paper the combination of features on this car look good for asphalt performance, wondering if its actually true so looking forward to asphalt post run report.

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Looks like a mini z rear pod
Eaxactly right, side springs/tube combo in lieu of the usual pan car separate side spring on chassis/separate lube tube...a design that came about around 2011 in 28th scale and has stuck to this day.
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Eaxactly right, side springs/tube combo in lieu of the usual pan car separate side spring on chassis/separate lube tube...a design that came about around 2011 in 28th scale and has stuck to this day.
IRS had a 12L based 1/12 car (rug rat) in the mid 2000s with a similar set up.
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The Delta Spyder had a 3 shock pod in the early to mid '80's.
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Finally built. Ready to race at 1085 grams with light electronics. Quite the porker... I can probably lose some weight with lighter wings and aluminum screws.

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Have you run this car yet? Interested to hear your thoughts if so.
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Not a bad car but it was mainly for asphalt. Since I'm just doing mainly USGT/eurotruck on asphalt, don't really have a need for this car. I have not tried it on black carpet.

I've found the car to have a weak ball diff axle and bent it easily. I think it is aluminum. Luckily I was able to get spares in reasonable time. Also the side spring and option side springs do not feel of the right rating. In a conventional F1 car, you could just use other manufacturer springs to get the handling characteristics you want.

My CRF1 Pro is up for sale, but mainly because fall season is coming up and I have an Icon for carpet already.
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Beautiful car
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