Chassis – TLR 22 4.0 Motor – Orion VST2 LW 6.5T ESC – Orion HMX Battery – Orion 3800mAh Radio/Servos – Spektrum Body – Kit Body Tyres R/F – Sweep (Handout) / AKA Vektor Remarks – Dakotah Phend is running the latest 4.0 version of the TLR22 with a number of new parts, one of which is a new steering system. Featuring a new Ackermann plate as well as new arms on the steering knuckles, the new parts help make the car smoother in the corners and allow it to carry more speed. Working to get a good balance between smooth and fast, the US driver has also switched to stiffer arms to help the car land better. Another new part on the car is the fan mount which is mounted directly to the updated left side skid plate and allows the fan to be placed to the rear side of the motor with a single screw.
Chassis – Xray XB2 2018 Motor – Orion VST2 LW 6.5T ESC – Orion HMX Battery – Orion 5000mAh 110C Radio/Servos – Sanwa / MKS Body – Kit Body Tyres R/F – Sweep (Handout) / Pro-Line Scrubs Remarks – Starting out with a mixture of a sugar track setup and what they left the Hudy Arena with, having spent 3 weeks in Slovakia prior to attending the event in Xiamen, Ty Tessmann has focussed on the rear of his Xray XB2. Happy with the front of the car, the Canadian focussed on getting more stability in the rear, opting for thicker shock oil and changing the roll centres while also using heavier rear springs. Having also tried a gear diff, they switched back to the ball diff following first practice.
Chassis – Kyosho RB6.6 Motor – Orion VST2 LW 7.5T ESC – Orion HMX Battery – Orion 5000mAh 110C Radio/Servos – Futaba/Futaba OS Body – Kyosho Lightweight Tyres R/F – Sweep (Handout) Remarks – Japanese front runner Kohta Akimoto is running Kyosho’s latest 2wd offering, the RB6.6, powered by Orion electronics. Having started practice with his standard setup, following 3 rounds of practice in which he tried many things he reverted back to that setup but still continues to make changes. The biggest of which is to move from a 3 gear to a 4 gear laydown transmission in the search for an easier and more predictable car. To deal with the loose conditions and to prevent wheel spin he also lowered the turbo setting on his speedo.
Chassis – Yokomo YZ2 DTM Motor – Orion VST2 LW 6.5T ESC – Orion HMX Battery – Orion 5000mAh 110C Radio/Servos – Sanwa/MKS Body – JConcepts F2 Tyres R/F – Sweep (Handout) / JConcepts Remarks – Ryan Maifield is running the YZ2 DTM from Yokomo and having arrived in China with his base setup which has a number of changes made to it to help make the car less edgy. Looking for a balance between corner speed and being easy to drive, he has tried a number of different gear diffs and arm lengths but has reverted back to the standard length and stuck with the ball diff. In the end he went for a higher roll centre, reverted back to their standard spring and set the car with more droop on the front and rear.
Chassis – Schumacher Cougar KC Motor – LRP X22 6.5T ESC – LRP Flow X Battery – LRP 3500 Shorty LCG Radio/Servos – Sanwa Body – Aerox Tyres – Sweep (Handout) Remarks – Top seed after Controlled Practice, Polish ace and current EOS Champion Michal Orlowski is running the Cougar KC from Schumacher. Arriving in China with his standard dirt setup they made only minimal changes, going to a harder shock package due to the high grip, switching from a 7.5 to 6.5 turn LRP motor prior to hitting the track and switching to less boost. In terms of geometry he has just added 0.5 more rear camber to make the car slide less in the low grip sections of the track.