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Old 12-09-2009, 03:19 AM   #1
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After a few years of running the Mazdaspeed6, I'm looking for something a little bit "safer" to drive.

Would a return to the Stratus 3 be wise (I last ran one 3 years ago), or has the body and handling game moved on too far?
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It would certainly be 'safer', but depending on track size etc you may find it a bit too safe.

I have one with a low downforce wing for the big nitro style tracks.

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Old 12-09-2009, 09:39 AM   #3
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I ran a Stratus 3 all of last year in 13.5. Unfortunatly I don't anymore cuz my Local Hobby Store stopped carrying them. I'm running the LTC-R, which is fairly new, and get the same handling characteristics as the Stratus 3. Give the LTC-R a try.
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I use both bodies. It really depends on the track and what you are looking for in characteristics. The LTC-R is a combo of the Speed 6 and the Stratus 3, so it's a good in between body. There are a few guys at my track who runs them and seems to like them.
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How is the Stratus 3 "safer" than a Mazdaspeed6?

What is the difference in handling?

I'm just getting back into touring after a 10 year gap and have been running a Stratus 3 for the past month. Just finished painting a DNA 2 and have an LTC-R and R9-R to paint as well. What're the differences in handling between these 5 body styles?

My track is very low grip asphalt parking lot with a 13.5 brushless limit.
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Old 12-09-2009, 09:57 AM   #6
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Is the LTC-R really a safer shell than the Mazdaspeed? Because I read in the past that it had even more steering?

I'll be running with a small wing by the way.
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Is the LTC-R really a safer shell than the Mazdaspeed? Because I read in the past that it had even more steering?

I'll be running with a small wing by the way.
If you want a less aggressive body, try the regular Mazda 6. The LTC and MS6 are very close, the LTC has a tick more steering IMO. Don't forget you can always move the wing back to help lock the rear end in.
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Sosidge ;

I ran a stratus 3 last winter exactly for the same reasons you consider using one.

then i tried a mazda 6, and i'l NEVER go back, at least on carpet/rubber. It is really too much on the "safe" side, it really lacks agressivity and it made me drive even less smooth as usual. With a mazda 6 my driving is not the smoothest you'll see but even myself find it much better, not to mention the friends who saw the difference in my driving/lap times.

In short : I 'd rather run my ruined mazda 6 than my almost new stratus 3.

I plan on testing the ltc-r and/or speed 6 pretty soon. Maybe even an old protform alfa 156...
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How is the Stratus 3 "safer" than a Mazdaspeed6?

What is the difference in handling?

I'm just getting back into touring after a 10 year gap and have been running a Stratus 3 for the past month. Just finished painting a DNA 2 and have an LTC-R and R9-R to paint as well. What're the differences in handling between these 5 body styles?

My track is very low grip asphalt parking lot with a 13.5 brushless limit.
THe R9-R and DNA2 are quite famous for being A LOT too agressive/loose for rubber racing, especially for asphalt... They seem a lot more appropriate for foam/capet TC, in fact I think they're just foam bodies with bigger wheel openings.

The LTCR seems like a very good body from what I heard/saw/tried on a friend's car.
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How is the Stratus 3 "safer" than a Mazdaspeed6?

What is the difference in handling?

I'm just getting back into touring after a 10 year gap and have been running a Stratus 3 for the past month. Just finished painting a DNA 2 and have an LTC-R and R9-R to paint as well. What're the differences in handling between these 5 body styles?

My track is very low grip asphalt parking lot with a 13.5 brushless limit.
I run the Stratus when I need the car to calm down or on low grip tracks it makes the car very stable. The Mazdaspeed 6 and LTC-R are very comparable to each other and are my bodies of choice. Madza on first car and the LTC-R on the other.

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How is the Stratus 3 "safer" than a Mazdaspeed6?

What is the difference in handling?
The Stratus 3 lacks turn-in etc while keeping the back end planted. This can be good on wide sweeping tracks but it means you have to make big changes to get any aggressive turn-in back.
It means you end up driving very aggressively to get the handling back.
On the flip side it also stops the back end kicking out, really depends on what you want.

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Old 12-09-2009, 05:11 PM   #12
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hi

if you think the speed is to loose or aggressiv i would go for the stratus 3 itīs alot easyer to drive
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I feel that it also has to do with your setup. On my Yokomo Bd, I liked to run the Stratus 3 over the Speed 6. It made the car feel more stable and had alot of low speed turn in on tight tracks. Now on my 416, I run a Speed 6 more than I do the Stratus 3 so your looking at 2 different setups. So the LTC-R is a good combo of both, the front end has the turn in of the Speed 6 and the rear end is like the Stratus 3. That will be my next body to try.
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