Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Paris-Dakar

not much interesting to post r/c related for now. Should have some action though in a couple of weeks when the first National race is approaching on the 18th of May 2014.

For now some rally porn with the newly announced entry of the PEUGEOT  factory team. Enjoy the beast!

(via Autosport)





Sunday, 30 March 2014

Visor Cam

Driver: Simon Pagenaud
Race car:  IndyCar 2014
Track: St. Petersburg, FL


That's a pretty intense and awesome video.
It doesn't get any more realistic than this..
Full screen, max volume, enjoy


Saturday, 22 March 2014

Formula 1

I started following F1 in 1986. I was 9 years old.
I am a hardcore fan of F1 and regardless of all the new technical and sporting rules that have been applied I still love it.
But throughout all these years there were two eras that felt like no other.
The first was 89-92 which was the Senna / Prost / Mansell era
The second was the 98-00 which was Hakkinen / Schumi's era

Below is a clip from the 1989 Japanese qualifying attempt of Ayrton Senna. The look of the cars, the way it moved on the track, the insane sound of the screaming Honda V10 and Senna's commitment driving one hand to change gears in the corner and during breaking is just incredible.


Turn the volume up and blast your ears!

Ayrton Senna, Suzuka qualifying 1989 from Ian Anderson on Vimeo.

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Innovation

From Wikipedia:

"The term innovation can be defined as something original and, as consequence, new that "breaks into" the market or society.

"An innovation is something original, new, and important - in whatever field - that breaks in to (or obtains a foothold in) a market or society"


just sayin'


Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Aluminum Chassis built part3

Chassis is now complete. Inspecting through every single part during this rebuilt I was again very impressed by the very low wear. Car went through an entire season, arms, camber links, transmission, motor mount, battery holder etc and for the most part they all still look like new. Excellent quality.

Now what electronics should accompany such great looking kit?..













Aluminum Chassis built part2

Next step is the installation of the lower arms followed by the shock dampers, anti-roll bars and finally the assembly of the transmission and the innovative FFG system.



The FFG installation was quite a challenge as I found the front gearbox persistently binding but it was very hard to locate the area causing the problem. In the end, after several trial & error attempts, I finally located the area causing the bind. It was between two parts, AM43 bulkheads and AM42 upper link holders which were squeezing thie AM44 FFG housing. I used two ultra thin shims between AM43 and AM42 and the problem was solved.





Sunday, 26 January 2014

Aluminum Chassis built part1

First step I did was to install a chassis protection sheet under the surface in order to protect since I will be also running it on asphalt. It was a very loooong process to cut the sheet around all the details of the chassis.
The result is OK but not very neat. At least it sits perfectly flat so it should not affect me when I am adjusting tweak.

First photo is of the preparation I did before I secured the main chassis stiffener. Oleg advised to scratch the surface of contact between chassis and stiffener in order to prevent any movement in case of a hard hit.





Second step was to install the stiffener. This is the long option which runs from the front all the way to the back. It also means that the servo holder's position is pushed to the outside as the central option is now covered by the stiffener.

 Final stage for now is the installation of the battery holder and the servo floating holder. During installation one must pay close attention to the suitable length of the chosen screws as the much thinner chassis requires shorter screws. If longer than required screws are used you will damage the servo floating holder.