Monthly Archives: July 2010

TRF414X History

Here’s an article from the October ’99 issue of R/C Car magazine about the start of the TRF TC project with the TRF414X – with prototype suspension arms still but just about to go into limited production.

TRF414X

IFMAR Worlds ’99 – Rauma, Finland

The last Worlds I attended was way back in ’99.

Below a PDF of R/C Car magazine’s extensive race report by John Doogie Howell, who I funnily enough helped with his travel in Finland, since he was afraid of the bumpy small plane ride from Helsinki… 🙂

Apparently now working at American Suzuki.
http://www.atvscene.com/blog/2010/04/16/john-doogie-howell-lands-job-as-account-director-at-american-suzuki/

R/C Car magazine Worlds '99 report - the missing page :)

Here’s the link to the missing page…I was rather tired when I scanned it 🙂

R/C Car magazine Worlds '99 report - the missing page :)

ISTC Worlds re-revisited

One thing I forgot to mention in my Worlds report was that…I want to join a Lucas Urbain fanclub! Someone start one! 😀

Seriously he should have been in the A final – and that’s very impressive!

And even though there’s not much to be proud of on the Losi JRS-X R design there are one or two features that quite obviously helped it on the track compared to all other cars. Then the cars other features probably hindered it. But still, designers of the next generation TC from other manufacturers might be wise to have a look at the good parts… 😉

World Championships in the rearview mirror

With my summer holiday of 2010 now over, I thought it time for me to finally write a short personal summary of the IFMAR ISTC World Championships in Burgdorf – Germany, that I travelled to early July.

This was a trip I had never planned, but as my summer holday came surprisingly early this year and I discovered that the cost of the trip would be minimum, I figured it might be a good idea to experience the worlds from the inside. Really I only needed 5 minutes to decide once I started thinking about it 🙂

Better mention at this point that I only went as a spectator/mechanic so I was luckily not driving myself…

So Ryanair took me to Bremen early on Thursday, practice day. Hertz gave me another French one this time and although sceptical based on my previous experience she turned out to be pretty good. Full of temperament she seemed to enjoy the curves as much as I did so we had a good time…

Once at the track the heat was a bit unbearable but would stay for the whole weekend so better get used quickly. Having come into the race expecting the winner to be the Yokomo team with Ronald Völker, challenged perhaps the hardest by Atsushi Hara, it was surprising to see Tamiya so strong. Now it feels strange to say that as the TRF team is always super strong and is known to usually raise their game at the most important races. But the fact is that Völker and the Yokomo car had dominated 2010 so far at the races attended, and Yokomo very obviously put a lot of effort and resource into becoming World Champions ahead of the race.

Already on Thursday night after practice was over I said; Jilles might TQ but Marc will win this race. This was based on standing by the track and watching the cars. What’s interesting is that this usually says more about who is competitive than staring at the times. My feeling and that of many was that Jilles had the best car, but Marc was very close. It really was super impressive to watch Jilles car on track – so calm and stable but very very fast.

Another thing that was impressive to watch was the work of the TRF team during the race. Very proffessional, very focused and very well prepared. Trying not to steal points of each other but instead steal them from the competition. The contrast to some other teams who are much more vocal about their ‘proffessionalism’ was very evident. It is this ability to always raise their game on every level that has secured Tamiya 4 out of 6 WC titles in a very competitive class. Think of it – that’s a winning rate of 66% – and then think of all the high level competition in this class! Pretty impressive I say.

What more? Well, already after qualifying it was obvious that it would be very hard for anyone to challenge Marc Rheinard in focused World Championship mode, starting from first. After the last qualifying, and especially the first final, it was also super obvious that a couple of the guys in the top 3…really would not be able to challenge. At a tense, high pressure event like this, starting from the front few rows you’re very vunerable and very much in the spotlight, and this really makes the difference between a winner with his head right and those not, very very clear. And the focus of a couple of the guys at the top was clearly wrong, getting hung up on things that had already happened.

All this made sure Marc had an easy one. Not that anyone would have beaten him anyway…

The TRF team cars all worked very well. The basic car used was the TRF416X with the new upgrade lipo chassis and upper deck. There were however many other small details, as you’ll always see on the Tamiya factory cars at World Championships. The main talking point was obviously the gear diff that seemed to work very well on that track. Another speciality, already seen previously was the raised bulkheads/motor mount/upper deck and the real reasons for this are still a bit unclear to me. The assembled cars were fairly soft with quite a bit of flex. Other details not so obvious were a special motor mount with the motor moved in 2mm and new prototype damper mounts with a similar coating to the damper cylinders. The motor mount looked very much like a production item in every sense. See pictures.

That’s about it I think.
A trip well worth it!

motor mount

damper mount balls

Road to Glory ;)