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Lutzinator race report

 

Neo 14

As I sit getting ready to embark on my 11 hour flight from Amsterdam to Portland I am reflecting on the week that was Neo14. Much like last year I came into this event running a car I had never ran before. Last year we outfitted the Durango prototype with a different front and rear end at this event. By the end of practice I had returned to the previous rear end however. This year we rushed to get the parts together to finally build as close to our design of our new buggy as possible. We were told we didn’t have many if any spares of a couple critical parts and that if something critical broke we may have to go back to running our previous car. Also some of the fit and finish still wasn’t perfected and so some things had extra slop while other things bound up at times. On top of that just figuring out a setup for an always unique Neo track. Ahh, the joys of prototyping. With all this known ahead of time we set our goals low. Our main objective was to see if the car had pace to run with the established cars on the track. If we didn’t finish the event or had to go back to our previous car it was ok, so long as we got a feel for what our platform was capable of. With that being our goal I feel we blew it out of the water and exceeded all of our expectations.

I arrived in England a day early to get a few laps in at a local track Storm Valley. It was very small in comparison with lap times under 16 seconds but it allowed me to get a feel for the new car and make sure things were setup properly. Upon heading to Neo and starting practice my first impressions of the car were very positive on track performance wise. The car was easy to drive in all the neutral setup positions. This was great as it then allows changes in either direction to get the subtle tweaks necessary for each drivers driving style. After the three rounds of practice I was able to seed 9th overall for three consecutive laps and into the fast qualifier.

As qualifying went I was pretty consistent throughout. All 5 rounds I finished between 7th and 14th. Throughout the rounds I tried a few setup changes each time trying to find that magic formula. Main things I was searching for were a bit more steering and a better landing shock package. I played with pistons a lot on day two of qualifying and feel I got something that worked well for the final day. One thing making this a bit harder was that our prototype was a bit heavy coming in over 3500g. Plan is to get it down a couple hundred grams by completion. Some of the gremlins we were fighting were the brake disks, bolts, and pads we were modifying to work, were causing binding issues at times. All told though the car was working great all things considered.

In the semi final I started 5th in the odd semi having qualified 9th overall. This side of the semi was stacked and I knew it was going to be a huge challenge to finish top 6 in the 20 minute affair. The challenge became even more daunting when on the first corner I got caught in the fray and knocked to last. I quickly moved back up a few places before getting crashed again and back to last. A few minutes later I worked back to 8th and right behind 7th. 7th made a mistake and I was getting past them but they jumped back into the line and into me sending me tumbling into the middle of the double where no Marshall saw me at first. By the time I got marshaled I was back to like 10th again. I fought hard the rest of the run. Made it unto and into 7th. I then needed a bit of help as the top 6had a bit of a break away. I got my luck on Maifields misfortune as he flamed. I then got promoted to 6th where I would finish putting the proto into the Amain. This was my 6th Neo and I’ve made the A every year!

Before the main we utilized the easy diff access to rebuild all 3 diffs as well as change clutch bearings and the front kickup. When I went out for the warmup lap of the main I knew my setup was dialed and the best it had been. At the tone I had a great start darting and weaving through the chaos that is the first few corners. Having started 10th I moved up a few positions and found myself in 6th. For a good 5 minutes Ronefaulk and I battled it out running together swapping the position a few times. All the while though we were pushing each other and catching those in front of us. We had just taken over and moved up to 4th and Tebo was only a couple corners up in 3rd. I had a great feeling about the race unfolding as my car was amazing. It was pit lap though and after I came out things started to feel off. It felt like my throttle trim got bumped. I felt I had drag brake and I struggled clearing some jumps for a couple laps. So I spent the next 5 min or so adjusting my trim on the fly trying to get my feel back. Turns out this was the brake thing I was talking about earlier and the brakes ended up binding up the rest of the race. I still was going pretty good in a solid 6th or 7th but with 14 min to go I felt it go lean as I came in for a pitstop. It ended up running out of gas early in my pit guys hands as the brakes negatively affected my fuel mileage by a minute. Got fired back up but lost a lap and was sitting in 10th. Fought hard the rest of the race and two drivers ahead of me had more terminal issues and so I was able to finish 8th in the end.

Overall the end result for Durango was amazing. Finishing 8th in the A and having the car finish the 45 min main was something that was not at all expected. Of course personally I wanted more as I felt the first 1/3 of the main that I had the car to finish top 3 but that is the joy of prototyping. Don’t always have the best parts available when in that process. So I am happy with the direction of the car and look forward to continuing to get more production parts over the next months.

 

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Driver Mod helps with more consistency

 

Driver Mod helps with more consistency



Matthew installed the Carbon Fiber front shock tower brace onto his PRO-2 Buggy conversion.

Matthew said, “The improved rigidity gained with this modification helps the shocks dampen more consistently. High traction tracks really bring this improvement to life!”

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Patrick Hofer goes RB

 

Patrick Hofer goes RB



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REDS Racing race report

 

Congratulations to all REDS Racing Team Drivers on their amazing results at Neo14!



In particular, we would like to congratulate Cody King who did the best lap and took 2nd place in A Main. Cody closed the gap to just 4 seconds in the end after chasing Ty Tessman for 45 minutes. Congratulations to Elliott Boots on his great performance during the whole event. Elliott ended 5th in A Main because of a small problem. A special thanks to REDS TEAM Drivers Joseph Quagraine, Hannes Kaufler and Ralf Dennenmoser.

Cody’s set-up
engine: R7 Evoke
pipe: EFRA 2112
manifold: S single bend
plug: REDS T5C
venturi: 6.5 mm

Elliott’s set-up
engine: R7 Evoke
pipe: EFRA 2112
manifold: S single bend
plug: REDS TS4
venturi: 6.5 mm

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Kyosho SCORPION 1/10 Electric Powered R/C 2WD Racing Buggy

 

SCORPION 1/10 Electric Powered R/C 2WD Racing Buggy



The ultimate revival! Get ready for the resurgence of Kyosho’s famous Scorpion!
In the spirit of the original but with upgrades throughout!

The legendary Kyosho Scorpion is credited with taking the racing buggy category into the realm of pure motorsports. Even after 30 years since it was first released in 1982, the indelible mark of the Scorpion still exists with its many fans around the world. Kyosho is proud to renew this machine to all its former glory! While maintaining the wild and free spirit of the original baja buggy style and chassis layout, the 2014 version features the latest in performance technology and sacrifices nothing in speed and endurance on modern buggy racing tracks. Externally it may look like the original Scorpion with its semi-trailing suspension arms, but the advanced 6061T6 forged aluminum material delivers futuristic levels of strength, rigidity and durability. Following the original design, the Scorpion 2014 features a new two-piece die-cast aluminum gearbox with differential gears. In addition, the included slipper clutch protects the transmission as well as delivers efficient traction that takes the Scorpion’s control feel and durability to a new higher level. Precision 48 pitch gears reduce traction pulsation for direct driving control characteristics while the flat under surface of the countersunk chassis has no protruding screw heads for minimal contact resistance and scraping, resulting in higher durability. Stainless shafts combine with aluminum cylinders in the oil shocks for smooth stroke from top to bottom and running performance worthy of a true racing buggy. Like the original Scorpion, the 2014 version is packaged as an unassembled kit, but nearly all tapping screws and nuts have been replaced with the improved lightweight and security a hex screws. From expert racers who knew the magic of the original Scorpion to modern-day racers, discover for yourself why the Scorpion 2014 commands such respect!

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