|Spirit Peugeot 205
Review by Phil Upton
|Well done another innovative design from Spirit, this wonderful looking car boasts several really interesting features. The overall look of the car is Peugeot 205 like! This particular version in finished off in carbon metallic gray with metal grill/air vents, a nice little detail at the front of the car is two cooling fans which you can see by looking from the rear of the car and into to front cut-out in the bonnet.|
|Inside the car are two people cut off at the waist which gives plenty of room for the drive train underneath, another detail is the silver air scoop which starts from a vent in the roof just in front of the rear roof spoiler and runs into what only can be describe as a silver dustbin!|
|The chassis is a work of art, we will start at the front with the long arm guide holder which is gently sprung from a pivot point just in front of the motor. The movement of this is very smooth with the amount of travel up into the chassis governed by a simple screw mounted on a cross member attached to the body mounting holes. I have adjusted it for my Ninco track and for my local wooden track, which I race on once a week and the simple adjustment really does work, what a cracking idea.|
|Moving on to the drive train, the front axle has two pulleys, one for each rubber belt drive which extends to the rear and held in place by two snug fitting bronze bearings. The rear of the car has the same set-up as the front but with a 27t aluminum gear mounted on the shaft. The motor and rear axle are mounted on the motor pod which is free floating, the rubber belt drive takes up the play of the front axle which is mounted to the chassis, the entire drive train is really quiet and smooth. I think the motor is rated at 22,000 rpm, the ratio is 9/27 which is fast enough for my home track.|
The wheels were a big suprize for me antically I thought they were plastic but on closer inspection they turned out to be like the aluminum Reynard wheels but in miniature with a plastic insert as seen in the picture
on the left.
The body is held on to the chassis by three screws two at the front as mentioned earlier and one at the back, it is possible to make the body rock with just nipping back the screws half a turn with no extra chassis or body tuning. On the track (Ninco) The car right out of the box with magnet in was very quick but de-slotted on some of the tighter corners, but with an adjustment of the height adjuster screw this stansformed the car immediately with quicker and quicker laps.
|After truing the tyres which are very much like the Reynard rubber (they get very sticky when trued) and removing the small magnet it was back to the track. What a monster you could say it is quicker in a straight line without the magnet and held the corners with ease, I could push it harder and harder with no complaints from the Spirit 205.|
Spirit are really something special at the moment and they are producing well thought out racing machines and are seem to develop them with every new release. A must have in my opinion!
|Lo-Fi Version||Time is now: 18th May 2013 - 18:31|