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Hi all Group C racers.

 

We have a strong Slot-it Group National class in New Zealand which also forms the basis of local classes. It seems to be under constant attack by the mixed specs new models are introduced with. I am referring to tyre size, motor mounts, chassis's in particular as tyres are often replaced and covered by an appropriate rule.

 

First car to come out with changed spec appears to have been dark blue Sauber but there have been several since where changed specs were present but not widely advertised thereby introducing a bit of uncertainty. Two recent examples would be the Newman and Mugello Porsches.

 

To add to dilema the new Toyota with its offset pod and smaller front tyres has really put the cat among the pidgeons. I have even seen them being banned from some competition despite being a Slot-it Group C car.

 

I wondered if other groups have noticed problem and if so how they have tackled or are we just over-reacting. At National level updated parts appear to be allowed providing they have been incorporated in some production version but the playing field is not as flat as it used to be????

 

I look forward to your comments.

 

Regards

 

Chas Le Breton

New Plymouth

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Hi all Group C racers.

 

We have a strong Slot-it Group National class in New Zealand which also forms the basis of local classes. It seems to be under constant attack by the mixed specs new models are introduced with. I am referring to tyre size, motor mounts, chassis's in particular as tyres are often replaced and covered by an appropriate rule.

 

First car to come out with changed spec appears to have been dark blue Sauber but there have been several since where changed specs were present but not widely advertised thereby introducing a bit of uncertainty. Two recent examples would be the Newman and Mugello Porsches.

 

To add to dilema the new Toyota with its offset pod and smaller front tyres has really put the cat among the pidgeons. I have even seen them being banned from some competition despite being a Slot-it Group C car.

 

I wondered if other groups have noticed problem and if so how they have tackled or are we just over-reacting. At National level updated parts appear to be allowed providing they have been incorporated in some production version but the playing field is not as flat as it used to be????

 

I look forward to your comments.

 

Regards

 

Chas Le Breton

New Plymouth

Chas the rules are still the same for minimum front tyre diameter and also the ride height still applies so I don't see why you are concerned. I applaud Slotit for continuing their development on the chassis's helping to make what I beleive is an even more level playing field.


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for minimum front tyre diameter
That rule caught me...but then I didnt read the rules.

 

The Toyota is the biggest change....lets all buy one and race it....seems like the only answer.


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as the guys have said, development will always be ongoing. If the Toyota is faster than other models, people will run it if they please, but I still think tuning differences and dang it, driver ability make much more difference.

 

The old front tyre diameter Chirs had originally set of 18.8mm was always a difficult chestnut both because it allowed so little margin for trueing, and because it made optimal setup of the front end difficult; causing a compromise between getting maximum guide depth in slot while avoiding having the wheels rub the inside of the wheel arch on some models.

 

He already changed the nationals rules to 18.0mm, so getting the enduro ones into line for these going forward seems like a very sensible move to me.

 

The only other thing I haven't suggested, but probably should have, would be to

a ) allow updated EVO-6 chassis to be used with old bodies, and

 

b ) with that to allow front ends to have the ride height set with grub screws above and below, which is a change from stock, as they normally come with the "horse-shoe" plastic clip above, but that clip is floating so grub screw setup is better ....

 

My bad, as I didn't put in a suggestion/remit in time to him for the 2012 nationals.

 

All that said, I have a sauber, a very old Castrol Jag and my Toyota, all lapping within a few 1/100ths of one another after a "serious bout of tuning" the last couple of weeks. Craig was still lapping half a 1/10th faster than me on my own track last night with his toyota, which appears to have magnetic downforce to MDF :lol: :lol:

 

Of course we could make a rule for next nationals that once drivers reach their stations, all cars get passed one driver to the right for the first heat and stay like that. Then we'd all be driving SlotJockey and NVmyre's cars........ hmmmmmm, like that idea.......:lol:

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The old standard 0 offset pod is no longer available as a spare part, so you're going to be best allowing the .5 offset pod in everything, otherwise you're not only disallowing the 88c, but also all new slot.it cars, such as the soon to be released lc2. Not only that, but if you don't allow the .5 pod in everything, the older releases would now become redundant.


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