Proteus Lamborghini Murciélago
Review by Taxi
- Photos by Nuro
||Proteus Lamborghini Murciélago
||Mabuchi, rear mounted,
||Painted & tampo
||Chrome plated plastic
wheels, rubber tyres
Carrera Aston Martin
||Lots of clever design,
"Personally I can't afford to look at a Lamborghini, let alone drive one,
so when this car came along I had to have it. (Nearest I'll ever get and
Lamborghini. Makers of four wheeled monsters for the
extremely rich, brave and/or mad. The company was allegedly started
because Mr. Lamborghini had a row with Mr. Ferrari and decided to start
making cars just to get up Enzo's nose. Legend!
The model is packaged in an oversized box along the lines of Ninco/Spirit
types. Milliseconds later it's in my not so delicate paws and it's time
for a closer inspection.
First impressions are really good. This car looks awesome. The model
captures not only the shape and proportions of the real thing but the
Presence too. Paintwork is good, a nice yellow-gold, evenly applied and
flawlessly finished. As this is a road car there are no sponsors markings,
but we have number plates, Lamborghini badge on the nose and script on the
tail and 'V12 6.2L' on each flank, all nice and crisp and clear. The
wheels are gorgeous, curvy five spokes with lots of detail and huge,
drilled brake discs behind them. They look like they belong on a Supercar.
The interior is less impressive, very dark and gloomy. The only
highlighted detail is around the gearlever. The driver is a bit basic and
was loose on my example.
||The body is secured with four screws, and once removed reveals a very well
designed chassis. What draws your attention is the way the motor is
secured. The car is supplied with an ordinary Mabuchi type motor, mounted
inline at the rear. The motor clips into it's mount and is then secured by
a clamp which fits over the motor and is screwed to the chassis. No need
to glue this one in! Apparently alternative motor mounts are/will be
available allowing you to fit just about anything in there! The motor
wires have push on connectors, rather than being soldered so a motor
change should be very quick and easy. I'm really impressed with the amount
of thought that has gone into creating a system like this. The gears are
plastic and the rear axle runs in brass bearings. Front axle is solid.
Both axles needed spacers to remove a bit of slop. A small but strong bar
magnet sits between motor and rear axle. One other point worth mentioning
is the provision of two small, shaped slots just behind the front axle.
I've heard that a lighting kit will be available for this car so I presume
that these are the mounting points for that kit.
On the track the car was initially very nosy and took a couple of hours
use to quieten down. Straight line speed was good but cornering was not
quite up to expectations, with the car going sideways very easily (but
controllably) even in mid to low speed corners. My usual procedure is to
cut out the bottom of the magnet pocket and then glue the magnet in just
about flush with the underside of the chassis. It's a bit of trial and
error to get the height right for the level of grip that you want, and you
don't want the magnet too low 'cos it'll slow the car down so it's a case
of trying to find the right balance of speed and grip. Like I said, a bit
of trial and error, but the car now runs consistently 1/2 sec per lap
quicker than in standard trim so I'm happy. And yes, it will still bounce
off the barriers if I try hurtling it through corners at Kamikaze speeds!
So, a beautifully-finished, well-designed, competitively-fast model of a
previously unavailable (yet hugely desirable) car, with built-in
upgrade-ability. How could I not recommend it? Two colours are available
at the moment (Yellow-Gold or Silver-Blue), but hopefully more will be
Definitely worth a look.
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