just a reflection - what do you think about the idea that the chassi is divided - e.g. the 'pod' with the rear wheels is not in one piece with the part that holds the guide and front wheels? Seems to be asking for troube - or? What I mean is that those cars that I have where the chassi part with the rear wheels is separated from the rest tend to easily become misaligned after some use - that is if they ever could be aligned reliably... To me at least it seems as plausible that the more parts a chassi is divided into the more it could become unreliable / unstraight etc. What do you think - or what is your experience with these kind of things? Engineering nightmare or engineering elegance?
The Sport Edition is out now and the Standard Edition is due out in the second quarter. The difference between the Sport and Standard, apart from the box, are the axels and rear axel bushings. It is possible to upgrade to the Sport Edition by adding the ground axels and rear metal bushings.
The pod is quite a cool feature. It is very solid and won't wear out with wear. It is recessed into the chassis and it's movement can be controlled by the single rear screw mounted just behind the rear axel. The pod concept would be useful in long endurance races allowing you - if the rules permit - to change motor/axel/gears/wheels in one go. I doubt that any home racer would have an interest in keeping multiple configurations for quick changing though.
To get the pod out, the rear wheels are pinched quite a bit and this would mess up any wheel that was trued and glued to the rim.
I've had this car for about a month now (I'm on the other side of the pond, where we got it first, I guess) and I really enjoy it.
It is very smooth and enjoyable to drive. Certainly one of the longest cars I have. You have to watch the tail though, it can come around fairly quickly, if you're not careful. I do some night racing and that is where it really shines. The lights are very well done, particularly the rears, which are very bright.
With all the laps I've put on it, nothing rattles or has broken.
Definitely would recommend it. Looking forward to other deliveries.
Great review - the car's still a maybe for me. Will need to se it in a shop before I buy!
I liked your lap time comparisson. This is something that i like to see, so I can get a real idea of the speed of a car. It would be great if there was a section where records could be kept by car of lap times on a standard track layout that readers could submit.
QUOTE (phipster @ 21 Apr 2004, 22:25)... It would be great if there was a section where records could be kept by car of lap times on a standard track layout that readers could submit.
Yep this is a good idea. I suggest a 75 ft 4-lane little thing.
Just kidding. I think that we will do this sometime soon. We are planning on a test track for the forum (upcoming project) and there is no reason to make it too complicated. We'll have a 'Top Gear' table of cars online then too.
After about 300 laps of the track, half a can of WD-40 and a couple of smashes, I've managed to bring the time down to a very respectable 5.00 (from 5.32) seconds.
One of my fellow racer's put a controller onto the track while he went off to find his crashed car and the Lister unfortunately clipped the thing with it's front left corner. The horizontal little fin and the upper light cover on the front just flew off never to be found.
I've had to re-grease the drive gears as the white stuff that was supplied on the model 'evaporated'. I'm using a synthetic lithium grease out of a spray can that 'gels' with air contact. Anybody have an opinion on that?
Never used the spray grease. I suppose you have to watch that the gel isn't too sticky. It still needs to be a light enough grease not to cause too much drag. You wouldn't want to go spraying mtotorcycle chain lube on it!!
Just got mine yesterday. Although it looks stunning, I have found two problems: Firstly, the front wheels are far too high in the chassis, so the front tyres are not in contact with the track at all; Secondly, the new fancy "Pod" design has only one screw right in the middle of the chassis, with the motor's position being slightly offset to the right, the wiring is forcing the "pod" to tilt, in turn tilting the body to the left.
Is this just my car? Or is it something I've not done?
My friend got his one yesterday and we found the back sliding out a fair bit but nevertheless a very nice good car.
Anyway,I suggested swapping the magnet for the one that comes in the MG lola and the Lister now absolutely flies!!!!
We were taking curves at full throttle that before we couldnt get close to those speeds even with the Lola.
The only thing we could find quicker was my Jordan F1 car with the same magnet in it.
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