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Jason,

 

Well done with that 6.000 lap last night, pity you left the door open on white though. Must say, I get the distinct feeling that we'll be in the 5's before long, after all it's been done with these on EE.au, but alas not in racing as yet.

 

Cheers,

 

Jan

 

Well that did not take long .... Jason is now running 5.9's on a regular basis and holds all the Modern GT records at EE.au with a Plafit chassis and a Scale Auto body. Obviously no need to go completely exotic to get the results. Good preparation and superb driver skill is all that is required. In fact since we dropped the 'commercially available' proviso for this class at EE.au, we have not had anyone even coming close to the 6.000 lap times with any of their 'custom' creations acquired from Europe. Our top drivers are all using Plafit, Schoeler, NDW and Do-Slot (RedBack) chassis and not spending the $400 plus on resin body and brass sleds.

 

Keep it up boys, well done.

 

Cheers,

 

Jan

hoping my budget car has a win tomorrow at the narangba modern GT event as well

 

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hoping my budget car has a win tomorrow at the narangba modern GT event as well

 

It will be interesting to hear how the rules were enforced (or not).....

 

Good luck anyway, but you'll do well I'm sure.

 

Cheers,

 

Jan

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It will be interesting to hear how the rules were enforced (or not).....

 

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Being a season opener and 'NON CHAMPIONSHIP RACE' I'm sure scrutineering will be in line with the spirit of the event to ensure the racers that do attend will have an enjoyable days racing. The last thing we want to do is turn people away at the start of the year.

 

Hopefully it will be a very social day with a lot of laughs and great racing. I'll endeavor to post some photo's and results.

 

 

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Being a season opener and 'NON CHAMPIONSHIP RACE' I'm sure scrutineering will be in line with the spirit of the event to ensure the racers that do attend will have an enjoyable days racing. The last thing we want to do is turn people away at the start of the year.

 

Those are the best race days, pity I did not know about it.....

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Been playing around with a few chassis designs and here are two that are nearly ready to hit the track.

I have no idea how they will perform as yet, they are of similar design to what is being used in europe only I have done all the work locally, and they are a little bit lighter with the weight in the correct place.

 

Both Main plate and motor box have been drawn in 3D and files sent to a CNC cutter etc to get the final product. I am working on making my own Carbon Fibre Parts now. All other hardware (axle blocks, bearing holders etc are from Plafit which makes them easy to repair etc.

 

1st is a chassis that is short and narrow with indipendant front to fit the 997 GT3

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Next is a Chassis that is the same width but a little longer to fit the McLaren.

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I have a few other prototypes on the go also, one is a chassis for the McLaren with an intergrated motorbox.

 

It will be interesting to see how these perform. They will all be availible for purchase to the public once testing has been done to confirm they will perform, this will make them eligable for this class.

 

sorry about picture quality..........................

 

Cheers

Paul NZ

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Hi all,

 

My latest creation is a combination between Fola (Slotfabrik), Sebastian (DoSlot) and myself. Fola was commissioned to do me a McLaren (provided it was done in a Gulf livery) of his choice. I also wanted the lightest body he could turn out, but with all the bling that he could throw at it (super light interior and lights). In the end he totally surprised me - even after I had added some reinforcement around the inside front section and glued in the body mounts - I still had to add 16grams for the body to be at legal minimum. Feast your eyes on Fola's magic:

 

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.....side on...

 

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...can't show it here, but it even has exhaust flames on braking...

 

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And finally Sebastian worked with me to design our latest 'RedFox v1.0' chassis. The idea was to end up with a rolling chassis at 115grams. Together with the body of 45gram I wanted a total outcome of 160gram. The Fox motor is not great at hauling heavy cars around EE.au (or any track where acceleration and braking is part of every lap), therefor the 160gram total weight was not negotiable. Sebastian spent many hours machining as you can see and therefor anyone wanting one of these will unfortunately have to pay for that. Have a look at this master piece:

 

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Of course beauty must also be functional and the only way to prove that is to race it ..... and win. Which I am delighted to say, it has done in it's very first outing. In practice I managed to drop the best ever MGT lap around EE.au from 5.922 to 5.836. This allowed me to take it a little easy and be nice to my beautiful McLaren, but still beat the competition during the race.

 

Some of you may ask why spend so much - well I agree, no point. This class has become all about deep pockets and will be the domain of a few when it comes down to it. Personally I think, like always, at the pointy end it comes down to money and skill - which can be made a lot more acceptable if we cap it somehow. After all, Jason and my Scale Auto Porsche bodies shod with Plafit 1700 and RedBack chassis are only just off the McLaren's pace......and cost at least $200 less...and for that alone they are more enjoyable to drive.

 

Cheers,

 

Jan

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Jason and my Scale Auto Porsche bodies shod with Plafit 1700 and RedBack chassis are only just off the McLaren's pace......and cost at least $200 less...

 

But they don't look like sex on a stick, do they? That McLaren, on the other hand....

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Jason and my Scale Auto Porsche bodies shod with Plafit 1700 and RedBack chassis are only just off the McLaren's pace......and cost at least $200 less...

 

But they don't look like sex on a stick, do they? That McLaren, on the other hand....

 

...you have a way with words....LOL

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So are you taking all the credit for the chassis design Jan ??????

 

No I'm not. But any similarities to your MZ design is purely coincidental, as Sebastian has no idea what your chassis look like. All the bits on top are standard DoSlot as well. He only cut the base plate as per my wish to distribute the weight where it is now. The chassis was made and lying in my workshop waiting for the body since early April.

 

Cheers,

 

Jan

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Yes it is quick, last week was the first time I have lost a mgt race at jans this year. Looks like its time to build a real car my $180 car isn't going to cut it anymore but as Jan said the current rule set is going to make for very expensive cars if you want to win. Especially if we go to a 30,000k motor as well. Personally I would rather see mgt run scaleauto or plastic kit bodies. If we have to have GfK bodies in a class run them in LMP.

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I also like the idea of restricting the class to hard plastic or scale auto bodies. The cost of winning now is getting out of hand in this class.

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I think my chassis post didn't come across as intended Jan. I believe you can thank Fola if it works well. He's the originator of that style and I would of picked it for one of his.

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I think my chassis post didn't come across as intended Jan. I believe you can thank Fola if it works well. He's the originator of that style and I would of picked it for one of his.

 

Garry,

 

I did misunderstand your post - no worries, no offence taken or intended. I still want one of your MZ chassis - please. To be fair, the weight distribution is probably rooted in our own racing experiences of late.

 

Yes Fola was one of the first and started his little tuning bits back with the F-430's in IMCA days. But Nick and Sebastian back in 2009 when they started the OEPS idea were the ones to push the design envelope. The original flex box was Akira's, then Nick perfected it and of course the motor boxes as we run today, was Sebastian's idea. But no doubt, Fola is a thinker - he is onto a new innovation right now, and I can't wait to see how it works out - but I've been sworn to secrecy.

 

See you tomorrow night.

 

Jan

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Hi all,

 

My latest creation is a combination between Fola (Slotfabrik), Sebastian (DoSlot) and myself. Fola was commissioned to do me a McLaren (provided it was done in a Gulf livery) of his choice. I also wanted the lightest body he could turn out, but with all the bling that he could throw at it (super light interior and lights). In the end he totally surprised me - even after I had added some reinforcement around the inside front section and glued in the body mounts - I still had to add 16grams for the body to be at legal minimum. Feast your eyes on Fola's magic:

 

Jan,

 

That McLaren looks the bees knees! Question - what do you use to re-enforce a GFK body?

 

Cheers Jason

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Jan,

 

Question - what do you use to re-enforce a GFK body?

 

Cheers Jason

 

Jason,

 

As you know these very thin laid up bodies are rather flimsy and crack very easily when they suffer a hit - especially around the quarter front areas. To help give some support whilst still allowing some flex I stick 2mm thick foam rubber on the inside. You can buy it from various places (here on the Gold Coast I get it from Clark Rubber) - it has an adhesive on one side, so easy to work with.

 

The nice thing with this solution is also that it hold the body pieces together if it should break and therefor make a repair much easier as you don't have to figure out where all the pieces go when glueing it back together.

 

Cheers,

 

Jan

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thought I would show the latest variation to my modern GT, which is quicker than the last variation despite coming in at 180gm. Set two new lap records at Ecurie Elite and the laps per minute record for a race length. I have purposely tried to keep this car as cheap as I can and still be competitive and keep up with Jan and his rockets.

 

Chassis is a standard plafit 1700sr bought as a ready to run car ($120) only addition is a carbon fibre front axle and JP Spur Gear and bearings ($40).

http://acehobbies.com.au/store/product_info.php?cPath=25_28_85&products_id=861

 

Latest variation was to replace standard base plate with a Speed Slot one($35). Body is a scale auto plastic body with posts cut off and lexan interior and windscreen ($50 as a white kit) I bought this body second hand. Total cost is $245 would be $275 if using a new pre-painted scale Auto Body.

 

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Jason,

 

You sneaky bugger....and there I was thinking you were driving old faithful really well. I guess running my old Porsche was never going to cut it against you and Grant any longer.

 

Now.....do I start racing my McLaren regularly.....or just go play with the old Porsche and save my very expensive beauty.....mmmmhhh???

 

Cheers,

 

Jan

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Have wanted to change the chassis plate for a while now but haven't been able to get a Plafit SLPJ base plate. I drove grants Ferrari a few weeks backs and it was faster than mine, so I knew it was only a matter of time.

 

Maybe you should mount your Porsche body on the fola chassis and save the pretty McLaren....lol

 

I think your Porsche is fast enough anyway especially if the suggested changes happen.

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Very good Jason... the most fun you can have is building a car out of bits and being as fast as the big budget boys.

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