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Old 2012.04.17, 01:19 PM   #46
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this weekends results were a mixed bag. kyosho 20 rear worked fine for a small few and were like pvc for others. kyosho 10 rear seemed to work ok for a few aas did pn 6 rear but there is no consistent selection like we had before. track dust is also a bit more textured than before but still get fine powder like build up which reduces traction.
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Old 2012.04.17, 01:45 PM   #47
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I personally feel that the track is much improved from the first time out; it's now driveable, but it is also noticeably slower than a black RCP. On two wide Ls, I would say it costs you at least 0.3 s on average per lap, if not more. It is a huge impact on any HFAY-like type of competition -- roughly, it means that if you could do 100 laps on black RCP, you'd be down to about 94 or less on the special edition track. It's also much more sensitive to tire selection. I ran PN20 slick front and new Atomic 8 RCP radial rear. The car drove OK but not fast; on my home track (same car, set-up, tires, except ran wore-down Atomic 8), I ran a few 8 minutes races and never had a clear run (kept hitting walls) but still counted 28 laps in the 4.5s, 4.4s, 4.3s in a single 8 minutes. During the entire day Saturday at Hobby Works, I got a single lap under 4.6...
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also reminds me; we also noticed the variation in tile coloration. naturally there is some variation in color of materials however the tiles that were of the lightest color corresponded with the tiles that happened to provide the least traction.

despite the tiles being of the same chemical composition as the standard black tiles, there very well may be an issue with the coloring chemicals, or lack there of that is changing the performance of the tiles.

i would not recommend the special edition track to anyone already used to standard black rcp at this time based on our experience. while i really like the color, i do not like it's lack of consistent performance in comparison to the original.

continued testing will take place however. i've arranged for another local club to take it and race on it to get their feedback. they also race very frequently thus break-in process will occur at an exponentially faster rate than we could achieve racing once a month. i will provide updates as they are given. the move should occur in the coming weeks.
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Old 2012.04.18, 12:50 PM   #49
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I agree the traction of the track is better then the first time we raced on it. I think the remnant crew will break the track in and it will improve.
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