Chassis – Serpent X20 Motor – Zombie Evo 13.5T ESC – Hobbywing Xerun XR10 Battery – Zombie 6000mAh Tires (handout) – Ride Radio/Servos – Futaba/Team Powers Body – Xtreme Twister
Remarks – Running in the Open Brushless class here at the TITC, Indonesian driver Bowie Ginting has put his Serpent X20 4th on the grid for Sunday’s triple A-mains. Running a standard version of the car, the only changes are the use of carbon arm braces for the front and rear arms to reduce flex and the optional top deck stiffener post. Used to running in the same track conditions in Jakarta, he has only modified his home setup a little, running softer oils all around, standing the up the shocks to prevent body roll and widening the track width slightly. An interesting item is the body supports on the front upper a-arms that prevent the body from diving under braking, made using linkages from the previous Project-4X car.
Chassis – Infinity IF14 II Motor – ORCA Modtreme 4.5T ESC – ORCA OE1 Battery – ORCA 6000mAh Super LCG Tires (handout) – Sweep Radio/Servos – Sanwa Body – Xtreme Twister
Remarks – Setting the pace in practice and continuing it on into qualifying here at the TITC, Akio Sobue is running the new IF14 II from Infinity. Using the final production ready car, the main difference over its predecessor is the central location of the spur gear which like in other competition cars helps give a more equalised balance between front and rear, however with the motor not having changed position the car continues to maintain a high level of rear traction. The other main change is the focus on ease of use and adjustment, with the front and rear shock towers, steering plate and lower arms all using a neat insert system that allows for repeatable fine tuning of the setup. For Akio himself, he said that he had managed to find a good balance early on in the event and has only had to make some small fine adjustments since.
Chassis – Yokomo BD10 Motor – Dash RTune V2 4.5T ESC – Dash AI Pro Battery – Racing Performer 5500mAh SLCG Tires (handout) – Sweep Radio/Servos – Sanwa Body – Xtreme Twister
Remarks – Young Japanese driver Souta Goto is making his TITC debut here this weekend driving the new BD10 from Yokomo. Performing very well in seeding, Goto is using essentially a basic car but with Yokomo aluminium outdrives front and rear and Axon aluminium screws and turnbuckles.
Remarks – Australian Ryan Maker is running the new A800 MMXA from Awesomatix here in Thailand. Equipped with a number of RC Maker option parts such as the slimflex top deck, front and rear body mounts and brass balance weights, Ryan is using a very similar setup to last year. Fitted with an aluminium chassis plate, one of the few to do so due its tendency to drop off in these conditions, he said he has been able to work extra flex into the top deck to compensate and make the chassis work.
Chassis – HB Racing Pro XX Motor – P1 Performa 4.5T ESC – Orion HMX Battery – Orion Ultimate 7000mAh Tires (handout) – Sweep Radio/Servos – Futaba Body – Xtreme Twister
Remarks – Former World Champion Atsushi Hara is using the TITC to test different configurations of HB Racing’s new Pro XX platform. Based on the now 6 year old Pro 5 chassis, the car has been converted to a mid motor car thanks to a Zero Tribe conversion. Continuously evaluating the car, Hara says he has multiple different configurations still to test but will focus on the currently installed one for now to try and get the most out of it. An optimistic release date for the new car is August this year with the final car set to also have new plastics.
Updated – Atsushi gave us a close up look at the second Pro XX configuration, one which has been created specifically for the car rather than an adapted conversion kit which is what he is currently running. In this you can see the single piece central motor mount and spur gear holder as well as the new bulkheads, chassis plate and servo mount.