First of all I'll introduce myself: I'm Steven, 29 years old and a former RC-racer. I quit RC-racing a couple of years ago when it became too difficult to combine with my job.
After a while I realised that I started missing the spannering and the racing spirit. All of that changed when a friend of mine took me to a local slot race track.
Yeah, there it was, everything I had been looking for: A new challenge!
Driving home after a training session, on the route from The Netherlands to Belgium, my mate Tim De Pooter and I pulled over at a gas station.
Discussing the slot racing scene, we got into brainstorming about a one-make series, now THAT would be fun, wouldn't it?
This was the moment the Radical SR3 came to mind. A true one-make, open-topped race series, which has been run for years in the real world,
with high performance engines and chassis, but reasonably low-budget.
If only we could make a similar 1/32 scale setup work. Every racer with the same low-tech basic setup, not too fast, not too expensive,
but due to the possible lairy and colourful paint schemes a fun series to run…
The very next day I dived right in, drawing away on my computer, I quickly had a 3D model very similar to the Radical design.
The body was drawn to scale, quickly showing that we'd get a very short-wheelbased car, pretty much like those Radicals are in true scale. Small and nippy…
Not too much later we bit the bullet and had our design printed by Shapeways, which did a great job delivering the highly anticipated model.
The separate body, spoiler and chassis were treated by a lick of primer and paint by Tim De Pooter, having previous experience with 3D-printed models,
he was the guy-to-go-to for advice on how to handle and finish the new model.
The whole idea of this Radical slot kit was based around the mechanics of a Slot-It DTM White kit, as these are delivered with an inline motor mount and 18K short can motor,
with 15,8mm wheels all , correct width axles and a regular guide, all of which perfectly fits the Radical.
Though the motor is a little bit on the lazy side, given the low kurb weight of 3D-printed, it keeps things interesting and makes it a very competitive and challenging series to run.
After inspection, a couple of slight design modifications had to be made, such as adapting the chassis with body-float mounts to prevent the rear wheels catching.
Currently I'm in the process of designing the cockpit insert. When done, this will, together with the updated chassis and body,
all undergo rigorous testing and finalising to ensure every flaw has been addressed.
Eventually the full kit will be available to buy on Shapeways.
The second project, and my true calling card as described by several people, is a prototype car in close cooperation with Tom Van Leekwyck.
The idea is to design and build an LMP2 car to run in the upcoming DiSCA 6-hours of Suzuka at SRC Eindhoven, The Netherlands.
This new and exciting project will be released along with the Radical.
Look below for a sneak peek: