Z Fleet

Finally got around to finishing up my 2nd MA-010, albeit the board still seems to have a short somewhere in it… but as it stands, here are my guys:

My trusty MR-03 w/ “Devil Z” 240 body:

Good old MR-02 with an uncommonly long for my tastes Ford GT shell. Simply couldn’t fit a rear damper on this guy, so I’m yet to fully test its capabilities on a track:

My primary MA-010 with Lancia Delta shell. Lowered to no end and works pretty solid for both grip and drift. Sports the newer Atomic round-can motor that puts out far less head than the standard ones.

Lastly, my backup MA with my custom R32 GTS-t shell. Pretty much stock with key alloy parts and one-way front diff and ball diff in the rear.

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Kyosho Mini-Z – Hot New Lips

So, my All Wheel Drive car continues to have issues keeping its shoes(tires) on while on the track, and they happen not to fancy being tapes or glued on. I would just go ahead and get different compound tires, but these Atomic part-silicone ones have the best clearance shape and just enough slide to be perfect for this setup and keep it from flipping over too much. An idea hit me while looking at the wheels- they all have a default back end lip to match with tires’ cutout and stay on the wheel, so why not add a little front lip to help tires stay on and possibly resist being scrubbed against walls? Furthermore, these lips may create a slip point early enough for the car not to flip over completely if it is starting to.
Stay tuned for post-trial results.

Kyosho Mini-Z – MA-010 – Lancia Delta HF Integrale

As bad as it sounds, one of my first actually successful setups since I got into these lil cars:

A short summary of this guy is as follows- short/narrow(body, stance, and wheels/tires) hatchback setup for this new class we had at one of our huge races last year (Capital Challenge). All the key drivetrain and suspension parts are aluminum for increased durability; lowered stance for better handling; 1 degree camber all-around; Atomic round-can Super Stock (40 Turn) motor; Atomic Radial and X-pattern tires (forgot which degrees, but most likely 2nd/3rd softest).

This guy has no wheel bite against the body despite a very flush stance, doesn’t flip when driven hard (unless you actually try), has excellent finesse despite the overall weight, naturally can drift per drift tire swap.

I was inspired to build this for Capital Challenge last year to have an unofficial Lancia team with 2 of my racer friends in the new hatchback class-

Me and Brandon doing the controller pound.

And a few shots from last night’s solo session at Brooklyn Hobbies, NYC (plus a new race babe, can’t be without them)-