February 19, 2017

Chassis Focus – Yukinori Kagayama

Chassis – Spice BD7 Single Belt Conversion
Motor – Scorpion 17.5T
ESC –  Hobbywing
Battery – G Style 6000mAh
Tires (handout) – Ride
Radio/Servo – Sanwa
Body – Tamiya

Remarks – Spice designer Yukinori Kagayama is running his own designed single belt conversion for the Yokomo BD7. Suitable for up to 10.5 turn non boost or 13.5 turn boost touring car, the single belt design, which replaces the original 2 belt configuration, gives the car a more linear feel on both throttle and brake due to the lack of slack in the belts. The conversion itself comprises of the single piece motor mount and belt tensioner, the tope deck and the single belt. An updated version soon to be released will allow the motor mount position to be adjusted and with a single belt design there is no need to different belts for each motor position.

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February 18, 2017

Chassis Focus – Jilles Groskamp

Chassis – Infinity SMJ Prototype
Motor – Orion VST2 4.5T
ESC –  Orion Vortex R10.1 Pro
Battery – Orion 5800mAh
Tires (handout) – Sweep
Radio/Servo – Sanwa
Body – Protoform LTC-R

Remarks – Infinity team driver and Bangkok resident Jilles Groskamp is using the Infinity SMJ Prototype to take the first 3 qualifiers here at the TITC. Using the same car he received at the Sunpadow GP in China late last year he has since worked on making the car lighter so that he can better strategically place weight. Since testing for the TITC began he has tried both different flex top decks as well as an aluminium chassis but has reverted back to the configuration he used to win the Ride Cup some weeks ago. Deciding to stick with a carbon chassis while others have gone for aluminium he believes it to have a wider range of traction for the changing conditions while the metal version only really suits the higher traction.

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February 18, 2017

Chassis Focus – Atsushi Hara

Chassis – Tamiya TRF419X
Motor – Racing Performer 4.5T
ESC –  Yokomo BL Pro 4
Battery – Racing Performer 5000mAh
Tires (handout) – Sweep
Radio/Servo – Futaba
Body – Protoform LTC-R

Remarks – Former World Champion Atsushi Hara is running a Tamiya chassis for the first time here at the TITC, helping event organiser and local Tamiya distributor to showcase the TRF419X. Running basically a stock car but with Axon shocks, the car was good in practice but has since fallen off once the racing has started, the conditions at Infinity Addict unique only to this one time a year during this particular race. Looking to the final qualifier and the finals, the Japanese driver will play with shock setup to find some improvement.

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February 17, 2017

Chassis Focus – Jan Rathiesky

Chassis – Xray X1 17
Motor – Hobbywing V10 21.5T
ESC –  Hobbywing SR10 Pro
Battery – EZ Power 4900mAh
Tires (handout) – Ride
Radio/Servo – Sanwa/Savox
Body – Kit

Remarks – Reigning multiple ETS Formula Champion Jan Rathiesky is running his Hobbywing powered Xray X1 17 here for the first time at the TITC. Making quite a lot of adjustments to cope with the high traction, he has made the front roll centre higher, switched to a softer front spring, changed to caster to 12 degree, used softer side tubes and mounted the servo directly to the chassis. Using the new handout Ride tire that will used for the ETS next week, he has also chosen Montech wings front and rear.

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February 17, 2017

Chassis Focus – Alexander Hagberg

Chassis – Xray T4 17
Motor – ORCA 4.5T
ESC –  ORCA R32
Battery – ORCA 6300mAh
Tires (handout) – Sweep
Radio/Servo – Sanwa
Body – Protoform LTC-R

Remarks – Former TITC Champion Alexander Hagberg is running his Xray T4 17 with a number of option parts including the optional alu flex chassis, steel outdrives front & rear, graphite hubs, low friction white belts and aluminium steering arms. He is also some ceramic ball bearings from Avid and Hiro Seiko screws. Using a different setup to what they would normally run on asphalt, the setup they have arrived at is more of a traditional carpet setup being more stiff than usual for this surface. Alex is also making the debut with the new R32 speedo from ORCA, the only ESC on the market with a 32 bit CPU which gives a finer feel and more adjustability.

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February 17, 2017

Chassis Focus – Ryan Maker

Chassis – Awesomatix A800X
Motor – Muchmore 4.5T
ESC –  Muchmore Fleta Pro V2
Battery – Team Silverback 6400mAh
Tires (handout) – Sweep
Radio/Servo – Futaba/Awesomatix
Body – Protoform LTC-R

Remarks – Australian racer Ryan Maker is the lead Awesomatix driver here in Bangkok using the latest A800X from Russian company Awesomatix. Making some changes to the standard car, he is using the old bellcrank steering system, which he says is smoother and looks after the tires better, as well as a stiffer rear brace from RC Maker. Running his setup close to what he uses back home, but with a thicker oil in the rear diff, with the traction coming down since practice his setup is now working a lot better.

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