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Old 03-27-2009, 09:51 PM   #1
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Hey guys,
I am starting to get back into racing and I was looking at getting an R5 to play around with. I have an L4 and I was wondering how you guys feel they stack up against each other.

Any noticable differences? Handling, Tuning, traction?

I will be racing GTB I think it is called? Always called it infield when I ran touring haha.

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The L4 is a T-plate car, the R5 is a link car...2 different types of suspension but they accomplish the same thing: control movement of the rear pod. Typically (not in all cases, there are always exceptions), the T-plate car seems to handle bumpy surfaces better than the link car (think parking lot or tracks that aren't tennis court smooth), while the link car has the advantage on smoother tracks and carpet. Both cars can be tuned to be competitive on either surface, so don't feel like you have to run one or the other just because of the surface you race on. Driving style and setup have a lot to do with it, and we could argue which is better until the earth stops spinning. From what I have read, many newer drivers and those just stepping into 1/12 find the link car easier to turn a fast lap with, but the T-plate car easier to run a faster more consistent race with. Both the L4 and the R5 are both competitive cars with abundant spares, and both can put you in the winner's circle...six of one, a half-dozen of another!

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The L4 is a T-plate car, the R5 is a link car...2 different types of suspension but they accomplish the same thing: control movement of the rear pod. Typically (not in all cases, there are always exceptions), the T-plate car seems to handle bumpy surfaces better than the link car (think parking lot or tracks that aren't tennis court smooth), while the link car has the advantage on smoother tracks and carpet. Both cars can be tuned to be competitive on either surface, so don't feel like you have to run one or the other just because of the surface you race on. Driving style and setup have a lot to do with it, and we could argue which is better until the earth stops spinning. From what I have read, many newer drivers and those just stepping into 1/12 find the link car easier to turn a fast lap with, but the T-plate car easier to run a faster more consistent race with. Both the L4 and the R5 are both competitive cars with abundant spares, and both can put you in the winner's circle...six of one, a half-dozen of another!

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Yea that makes complete sense, Let me ask you will the Schumacher XL Lexan chassis or C car still put you in the winning circle? haha Gotta love the classics.

Thanks for the great reply

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Unless your name is blackstock or lia or you can run laps that are consistently within a tenth or two for the full eight mins haveing the latest and greatest is'nt really going to be of any help. Good clean driving combined with a solid setup wins everytime. Now haveing said that it did'nt stop me from getting a new r5
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