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RTR vs. Build Your Own – Which Is For You? (Part 1)

MST (Max Speed Technology) has been offering the RMX 2.0 in a RTR (Ready To Run) package. What does this mean, and is it for you?

Everything to get started in the box

Over the past few years, we have sold many MST RMX 2.0 RTRs, as well as the RMX 2.0s, Yokomo YD2, Overdose Galm, and other kits. Since we also have a track here at Super-G with plenty of traffic, we are in the unique position to be able to observe how certain products are used and what kind of longevity people get from their various components. This knowledge has proven invaluable time and time again. The RMX 2.0 RTR is no exception. As always, I will give it to you straight.

Is the RMX 2.0 RTR the same chassis as the Kit Version RMX 2.0s? The short answer is yes. The more accurate answer is, it can be.

What most people will tell you is, the RMX 2.0 RTR is the cheapest way to get into R/C Drift. It can be upgraded to run with the best of the best, and the electronics aren’t the best, but they will get you going. All this is true, but in my opinion doesn’t tell the entire story. Read on.

MST RMX 2.0 RTR – Ready To Run out of the box. Tested at the factory before shipping

Here is my complete answer on the RMX 2.0 RTR:
The RTR setup is the cheapest way to get into RC Drift for about the first month. As soon as you start upgrading, (which you will most likely start doing within the first month or so) you will start to break even with piecing a kit together (Kit Version with electronics purchased separately). So if you are on a strict budget and want to get started at the price of the RTR, then that really is your only option and there is nothing wrong with that. If you and your buddies are going to bash around in a parking lot or garage, there’s nothing wrong with the RTR. Just be aware piecing a setup together is generally a couple hundred dollars more on the lower end, but will end up costing less in the first couple months on average from what I have seen. You will also have some options, so you can choose where to spend a little extra if you want.

MST RMX 2.0s and RTR can both be setup high or low mounted motor

The Differences:
Although the chassis itself IS the same and MOST of the components are shared between both the RTR and the Kit, they are not outfitted exactly the same.

The first difference you will find, if you want to adjust the toe on your steering, or camber front and/or rear, the RTR has Solid Links. This means you need to buy turnbuckles to adjust anything. The kit comes with turnbuckles stock.

The next difference you will find is the RTR comes with a Spool (Solid Axle) In some cases people prefer running a spool, but for the most part the Ball Diff is more desirable and comes stock on the kit. In addition, when you find you need to change the bevel gears inside the gearbox, the arbor that holds the bevel gear is also different and must be changed at this time as well.

The RTR comes with KPI Knuckles (King Pin Inclination) vs. Standard Knuckles (Straight) on the kit. I’m not sure why, but that’s how they have been coming. Not better or worse, but definitely different. If this is your first Drift Chassis, you’re not going to care at this point.

The RTR and the kit also come with different springs. Again, not better or worse, but they are different.

Once you upgrade these components, the RTR is now at the level of the Box Stock RMX 2.0s kit. You have also taken apart the most complicated part of the RMX chassis, the gearbox, so if you bought the RTR to avoid building the kit, you have basically done it at this point.

The RTR Remote – It controls the car. As basic as it gets.

Electronics – RTR vs. Separate Components:
“These will be good enough, right? I mean, I’m not a pro or anything right now. I can upgrade them later, right?”
  This is the what we hear often. The full answer is, yes, they are good enough to get you going. All the electronics are entry-level and you can use them to learn and have fun, but you will want to upgrade all the electronics eventually. Usually sooner than later from what we have seen.

Servo – The one provided with the RTR is very entry-level. It turns the wheels and is actually useable, but leaves a lot of room for improvement. When upgrading to even a mid-grade servo a lot of improvement in steering and response is noticed. It is also not very rugged, so if you are hitting things often, expect to be changing this out soon.

Gyro – The one provided with the RTR again is very entry-level. It keeps you from spinning and will get you going in the RWD game, but it does leave a lot to be desired. It seems the single most noticeable upgrade is the Gyro, followed closely by the Servo. It’s so close many would say the opposite is true. It tends to have issues losing center sometimes, and often is a bit shaky. Even the available low-end gyros seem to be a decent improvement.

ESC and Motor – Although the ESC and Motor combo that comes with the RTR will get you going, it’s not a sensored setup. It is a pretty low power setup but allows you to get a good feel for what is going on. It’s smooth for an unsensored motor and ESC, but you’re not going to be upgrading one without the other. Again, this is an entry-level setup, so this leaves a lot of room for improvement.
A side note: If you run an upgraded servo, you may find it draws too much current for this ESC, so you will need to run a Glitch Buster on your receiver to eliminate some very erratic behavior.

Radio (Remote) – The one provided with the RTR is specifically made for this purpose. Getting a good name brand remote is essential to making your R/C experience a good one. You don’t need the top of the line, but even the lower end radios from Futaba and Sanwa run circles on the RTR remote. As with everything listed here, the RTR remote will get you up and running, but you are going to want to upgrade pretty quickly.

What is the benefit of separate electronics?
The simple answer is, ALL the RTR electronics that are included are aimed at the beginner with the sole purpose of getting you started at the lowest price possible. Separate electronics will allow you to choose better quality and better performing electronics, rather than purchasing the RTR electronics and then paying again for the replacement.

We have broken down the electronics into 3 different categories in the attempt to simplify what can be confusing to someone just getting into the hobby.

Keep in mind, base kits are as follows:
MST RMX 2.0s – $180 approx.
Yokomo YD2E – $199 approx.
Yokomo YD2S – $199 approx.
Overdose Galm – $349 approx.

The above listed also need electronics added

Minimum Recommended Radio – Futaba 3PV

Minimum Recommended – $360 approx.:
Radio – Entry Level from Futaba/Sanwa
Servo – Mid-Grade Metal gear, High-Speed
Gyro – Basic (No End Point Adjustment)
Motor/ESC – 60amp Sensored w/ Boost and Turbo

This type of setup is sufficient to be competitive and covers all the basic functions. It is upgrade friendly. This means you can upgrade any of your components without any issues from the others.
Upgrading any of these at the time of purchase is recommended, but not necessary. Each component is slightly more with the exception of the radio which is a decent sized difference in cost.

Mid-Range Radio that has all the functionality needed – Futaba 4PM

Ideal Level – $800 approx.:
Radio – Futaba 4PM or equivelent
Servo – Mid to High-Grade KO Propo, Yokomo, Futaba, etc.
Gyro – New Generation with End Point Adjustment
Motor/ESC – 120 amp, Sensored, w/ Boost and Turbo

At this level you have full adjustability and have access to the latest technology. Adjustable curves for steering and throttle (If you use that), and the ability to run hotter motors without maxing out the ESC capabilities.
At this level, many choose to substitute items from the Professional Level List. Some items are shared between the two and these lists are just a guide to be used as examples.

Pro Level – Color Touch Screen, Telemetry, Adjust Select ESCs from Remote – Futaba 7PXR

Professional Level – $1000+ :
Radio – Futaba 7PX / Sanwa M17 (Top of the line models)
Servo – Programable / High-Speed / High-Torque, Futaba CT700, Reve D, Yokomo 003, etc.
Gyro – KO Propo KGX, Yokomo V4 (Fully adjustable)
Motor/ESC – 160-180 amp, Sensored, w/ Boost and Turbo

At the professional level, this the pinnacle of performance. You have full control over just about everything. On the servo you can program speed, torque, holding force, etc. The gyro allows different modes, how much or how little the gyro assists, and endpoints. The ESC is typically smoother with more adjustment. The radio interface and feel is just a lot nicer all around. The high-end radios also allow you to adjust more than just your basics, but the real difference is in the look and feel. Some will argue there is better response as well. Regardless, a High-End Radio just makes the entire experience better.

Final Thoughts:
The bottom line is, the MST RMX RTR is aimed at the beginner or someone looking to get into R/C Drift at the most budget friendly price point at the time of purchase. It is NOT the cheapest after you start upgrading (and you will), and ends up being one of the more expensive routes to being fully upgraded. (Difference of about $200 at the end of the day)

Only you know your situation and what you truly value. If you are the type to be content with what you have for a good amount of time, or you are ok to spend a little more in the long run to be able to test R/C Drift to see if it’s for you, then the RTR can be a good choice.

However, if you are the type to upgrade right away, and know you will eventually be upgrading everything, I would strongly suggest taking a look at the other options. If your goal is to be fully hopped up in the end, there are more economical routes. As stated in the opening, It is the cheapest option for about the first month, then the upgrades start coming. Again, only you know what is best for you.

Last, I feel I must also say many of us change even the best equipment often. So it’s not a buy right, buy once type of hobby. For many, it’s buy and buy again and again.

The best advise I can give is, just be honest with yourself. Who cares what others think. In the end it’s your money. I just hope this clarifies things a bit and can help you make the best decision for yourself.

Feel free to email us at SuperGdrift@gmail.com for more information and help with different options.
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Super Drift Championship Round 2 (SoCal Region)

March 7, 2020
This past weekend was the Super Drift Championship Round 2 for the SoCal Region here at Super-G R/C Drift Arena. We had a great turnout with 37 competitors, many new faces, and a lot of serious skills.

Super Drift Championship Round 2 SoCal Region

The judges for the event were Shaine Collins (Team D-Style), Manny Campalans (RawFew), and myself, Steve Fujita. Joe Tam was emcee for the night, as well as running our audio/visual and live stream. He really is a one-man entertainment center.

In Round 1 we ended up running really late and qualifying took forever. So for Round 2, we offered to do early qualifying in hopes of speeding up the actual competition. When we announced it, there were no responses, so we just went on as planned. I later found out there were a couple people interested, but hardly enough to warrant breaking up practice for.

The reverse layout proved to be challenging for many, but we always try to switch it up for every comp. This round we went with more inside clips than outer. This seemed to push everyone to dig deep for those skills they normally don’t use heavily.

Qualifying:
This round us judges decided we would not discuss the qualifying runs after each run, but rather write down our scores and add them at the end. This helped to move the qualifying right along and was a better overall way to run it. I was pleased to find when checking the scores, all three judges were within a couple points of each other. Further reinforcing the fact our point system is working and is consistent.

Congratuations to Manny Campalans for taking TQ for the event!!!

Futaba Top Qualifier!
Futaba has generously donated to sponsor the Super Drift Championship here at Super-G and this round the winner of the Futaba Top Qualifier went to Manny Campalans from (Team Futaba USA / RawFew). He had his choice of the new CT700 Servo or the GYD450. He chose the GYD450 Gyro! Congratulations Manny on a awesome qualifying run!

Tsuiso Battles:
I know I say it every time, but when the driving is at this level, it really deserves to be mentioned again. The driving skills demonstrated here in Round 2 were really top notch. Most of the battles were won or lost based on some of the smallest margins we have seen. What this means for the future is, competitors really need to step up their game and pay attention to the finer details now.

Victor Romo vs. Aydin Angulo – 1st and 2nd Place Battles!

In the finals, it was Mikko Yang vs. Albert Martinez for 3rd and 4th position, and Aydin Angulo vs. Victor Romo for 1st and 2nd.
First up was Mikko vs. Albert. Mikko had a great lead run and Albert had a great chase. They switched positions and this time Albert was leading, Mikko chasing. On the first clip Albert had gone wide and hooked his wing on the fence and an extension cord that was behind that. This gave Mikko an easy win, and the 3rd spot on the podium. Then it was time for the big dogs, Aydin vs. Victor for 1st and 2nd. On the first run, both Aydin and Victor made contact and forced a OMT (One More Time). On the second run, it came down to the first clip and who did it better. This time around it was Aydin who put it down for the win and the top spot on the podium! Victor took home a very respectable 2nd place!

Congratulations to the winners! 1st – Aydin Angulo, 2nd – Victor Romo, and 3rd – Mikko Yang!

Congratulations to First Place – Aydin Angulo (Team Zenshin), Second Place – Victor Romo (Sell Out Boys), and Third Place – Mikko Yang (Team Reve D-Style)

SoCal Region Official Point Standings

Futaba 7PXR/CT700 Servo – Traveling Light Experience

As many of you already know, I’ve been running my Futaba 7PXR along with my Futaba CT700 Servo and Futaba GYD450 Gyro. The CT700 and GYD450 have been my setup for a good while now and it’s rock solid. I recently added the 7PXR to the list, but functionality wise, nothing has changed from my previous remote, the 7PXLE.

Setup for Slidelines Competition in Las Vegas, NV
Futaba CT700 Servo / Futaba GYD450 Gyro / Futaba 7PXR Remote

This weekend we headed out to Slidelines R/C in Las Vegas for the kick off of their regional Super Drift Championship Series and also their One Year Anniversary. It was a last minute call as to if we were going to fly or drive, and we ultimately decided we would fly. We were returning in less than 24 hours, so this meant we were traveling light. I gathered up my 7PXR and the chassis I was entering the competition with, Yokomo YD2 EX2, along with my batteries, charger, and a small collection of tools needed to make fine adjustments, swap wheels, etc. The idea was no check-in luggage this time around, just in and out quick. Computers and iPads were left at home.

Once we finally settled in at Slidelines, I had a chance to get on the track and see what we were looking at for the comp. This was a different surface than what we run on at Super-G R/C Drift Arena. We are used to and tuned for Polished Concrete. The comp at Slidelines R/C in Las Vegas was on P-Tile. This translates into a higher traction surface that has a slight “give” to it.

Immediately I realized a couple things:
I needed to reduce my Gyro Gain, which is a normally accessed adjustment used daily. This was due to the high level of traction and I needed to increase my transition speed.

The second thing that was apparent was I had a lot of front wheel shake when exiting a few high-speed corners. Even with the gyro setting lower, the shake was still present. Back home I was running a damper setting of 95 on the CT700 Servo. This was the minimum needed to eliminate the shake.

Futaba S.Bus Gyro Programing Mode
I had finally settled on a value of 120 on the Damper to eliminate steering shake.
NO COMPUTER REQUIRED!

Luckily I was able to make adjustments to the Servo Settings on the CT700 via the 7PXR since we traveled light this time. Normally without access to a computer, I would be forced to deal with a shaky servo. This time was different! I accessed my Servo Settings via the S.Bus Servo option on the 7PXR and began fine tuning the Damper Setting. I ended up finding a value of 120 on the Damper to be the sweet spot for the CT700 on this track!

1st – Alfredo Chan III, 2nd – Mike Dedmon, 3rd – Steve Fujita (Team Futaba USA)

I have no doubt being able to adjust my servo settings with only my chassis and remote played a huge part in being able to land a solid 3rd spot on the podium at this weekend’s comp. 3rd out of a field of 24 wasn’t too bad considering it’s been a couple years since my last competition.

Super-G Goes to Slidelines One Year!

February 26, 2020.
A quick turnaround trip to Vegas is always a good time, and this weekend was no exception. Good people, good food, good slides, good vibes, and an exciting comp all came together to make for an awesome event!

This past weekend Slidelines R/C in Las Vegas, NV kicked off their Super Drift Championship Regional Series. In addition, they paired it up with their One Year Anniversary Event. Of course Super-G wanted to be there to celebrate with our brothers in the next state over. We weren’t sure how we could make it all happen since there is a lot going on here at home, but it looked like a turnaround trip could do it.

Joe and I booked a flight for Saturday morning and we were off to Vegas for some slides! We met up at Slidelines with our SoCal Fam: RawFew: Nick Lepisto and Jason Fordyce, Team Zenshin: Mike Underwood and Daniel Yribe, Team DStyle: Mikko Yang and Shaine Collins, Swift Suns: Max Wilkinson, Tech1Drift: Alfredo Chan III, And Ted. Quite honestly, it felt as if were were back at Super-G. SoCal had a strong showing for this one!

PC: Mikko Yang

When we arrived there were a few pits set up out front under some EZ Ups, so we all decided to pit there. Within minutes, it starts pouring rain! I could only feel the pain Bret, Dillon, and Eddel were feeling as I’ve been through that exact same ordeal. Big event and rain! Luckily it passed quickly and nobody really skipped a beat.

The comp was some serious fun! I had a horrible qualifier and actually crashed on both my runs. I figured I was done for the day, but I later found out they were using qualifying for the purposes of bracketing, not so much for qualifying or not. I battled my way up from Last (Probably) and ended up in a battle for 3rd against my fellow Super-G Judge, Shaine Collins. I knew Shaine was going to put it down, but I also knew we would be able to have clean battles. We both frown upon tactical driving, so it was all about just putting down the very best we could. The first round ended in a OMT! That just made it that much better. I ended up coming out on top for the next round, but I’m sure it could have gone either way really easily.

I got to battle Mike Bolanos, Nick Lepisto (Team Futaba Teammate), Mark Tecson, Alfredo Chan III, and finally Shaine Collins. It was a great time!!!

Congratulations to the winners, Alfredo Chan III on taking the win! Mike Dedmon taking Second Place. It was an honor to share the podium with you guys!

The event was a huge success and everyone had a great time. A huge thanks to Bret, Dillion, Edel, and Mike for putting on such an awesome event! It was just too much fun! We can’t wait for the next one!!!

Futaba CT700 High-End (Low Profile) Servo

The Futaba CT700 Servo (Application: Drift)
For the past couple months I have been “testing” the CT700. It was supposed to be a just a few weeks, but since I ended up liking it as much as I do, I had a hard time replacing it with the next test servo.

CT700 Full Aluminum Cased Servo

The CT700 is a programmable, full aluminum cased, Low Profile servo with some pretty impressive specs.
Speed:
0.09 sec/60 deg @ 6.0V
0.075 sec/60 deg @ 7.4V
Torque:
42.0 kgf/cm , 583 ozf/in @ 6.0V
49.0 kgf/cm , 680.5 ozf/in @ 7.4V
source – futabausa.com

Test Chassis – Yokomo YD2EXII and Overdose GALM

The CT700 is programmable via S.Bus and S.Bus2 systems which means if you have a transmitter with S.Bus you do not need anything else to be able to change the settings on this servo. I know the 7PXR, 7PX, 4PX, 4PM and others are S.Bus compatible. This feature is huge for myself. Gone are the days of lugging around a computer and dongle to tweak a couple settings. I wish I could directly access the settings through the Futaba GYD450 Gyro, but unfortunately at this time is it not possible. Still, it’s more convenient than using a computer. If you don’t have a S.Bus compatible transmitter, no need to worry. You can still do it using the conventional method of a PC in combination with the CIU-2/-3 USB adapter.

Damper and Stretcher were changed from factory settings using the S.Bus on the 7PXR
Changed Neutral to center the servo. Running Full Speed

Settings
There are many settings you adjust on the CT700. I found there were a couple that were necessary to adjust, but the others were fine as it came from the factory.

Neutral
This is HUGE for me. My OCD really kicks in when I need to use sub-trim to center my servo. Thankfully Futaba allows us to set the center point perfectly, regardless of your application.

Damper
This controls how much or how little the servo is allowed to over-shoot the end point. Depending on the load applied to the servo, you may need to increase it. I liken it to how strong the brake is when it reaches the endpoint. I found the factory setting of 56 was too low. The steering would end up shaking. Anything above 105 on the Damper value seemed to keep things smooth and solid.

Stretcher
This is basically a torque setting that affects how much torque is applied to return / hold the target position. It is used to stop hunting and also how well it holds position. A lower value = Weaker holding force, a higher value = Stronger holding force. Factory setting was 1.500, but I found a value of 4.000 gave me the feel I was looking for.

Boost
This is minimum current applied to the servo motor. Too low the servo won’t immediately start moving if small input is given to the steering. With a higher value the servo will start to move immediately. The torque level is also increased. Too high of a value and the servo operation becomes rough.

Speed
My preference has always been toward the faster servos. Recently there has been a trend toward the slower servo speeds. It seems to be a preference thing. Rest assured, you can go from extremely fast, to a crawl, and everything in between.

Nothing but quality here

Final Thoughts
The CT700 has been the servo I have been searching for. Keep in mind, I prefer the faster servos, and my opinion reflects this. The fact it is one of the fastest and strongest on the market, and is fully programmable, means it will most likely agree with just about everyone’s preference.

The flexibility in torque and speed has allowed me to dial it in to just what I like. No shaking issues, and plenty of torque to keep my steering right where I put it. I can even experiment with the lower speeds and lower torque settings when and if I ever feel the need.

The only drawback I see is the price tag, but then again it is coming from one of, if not thee industry leader in R/C Electronics. The CT700 is easily the choice for my personal chassis.

Side Note
I found adjusting the Stretcher setting to it’s lowest value, and adjusting the Speed to match, the feeling is extremely close to the Reve D RS-ST Servo (Not a good or bad thing, just an observation) Review coming soon.

I will also be revisiting the KO ProPO RSx3-one 10 Ver. D since it is also programmable. Review coming soon.

Disclaimer
The Super-G Drift Team, The RawFew are part of Team Futaba USA. I can assure you this has no impact on any of my reviews. We pride ourselves on providing unbiased reviews and that will never change. Our reviews and opinions can not be bought as a few companies have already learned. Our policy still stands, if we cannot give a product a good review, we will not publish it. We are not in the business of bashing products, but rather bringing you products we feel are worth looking at. It is also worth noting, I will always write my reviews from my perspective, so your mileage may vary.

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Axon Revoshock Dampers

On my never ending journey of testing products for R/C Drift, I have come upon the new Axon Revoshock Dampers. They have proven to be a different type of animal for sure.

Axon Revoshock Dampers for Yokomo YD2

The most noticeable feature that seems to catch everyone’s eye is the number of holes in the pistons. There are 16 to be exact. In addition to the unique piston design, Axon also uses 2 O-Rings of different sizes. The dampers come as a add-on for the Yokomo Big Bores as they are not supplied with any mounting hardware or lower spring perch.

Unique 2 O-Ring Design – Ultra low friction

Quality and Construction
Right away it’s clear these are some very precision dampers. The quality of the materials is top-notch. The pistons all fit together snuggly on the shock shafts. When I measured the pistons and the shock bodies I was impressed to see their tolerances were high.
Bodies – 2/4 (11.52mm I.D.) 2/4 (11.53mm I.D.)
Pistons – All 4 (11.50mm O.D.)
These tolerances are what I have been finding with the Overdose HG Dampers and if my memory serves me correctly, the clearance is also the same as the HGs.

16 hole piston, 2 O-ring design, precision manufacturing, all comes together for a winning set of dampers
Finally decided yes, I will drill the 1mm hole in the shock cap

The instructions recommend a 1mm hole in the shock cap. I usually rely on the pressure from the bladder to provide more rebound, but after following their instructions I found them to have plenty of rebound relying solely on the bladder. I had pondered this decision for a while before finally deciding to do it. In hind-sight it wasn’t that big of a deal, but I had left venting the cap a good while ago, and contemplated if this would still be an apples to apples comparison.

My Experience
The surface here at Super-G is polished concrete so we are considered to be a low-traction surface surface. Most people here tend to run their dampers on the lighter damping side, many running no shock fluid. I found the Axon Revoshock Dampers with their unique 16 hole pistons and their ultra-low resistance have given me a level of tuning I was not able to achieve with any other setup.

Prior to using the Revoshocks I would be forced to choose between running No Shock Fluid, 50wt, 100wt, or 150wt. Anything higher than that and it would be too much damping and performance would suffer. Keep in mind this is for the way I tune and I am in no way saying this is the best.

With the new Revoshocks, 50wt is very close to no fluid. I am tempted to say overall there is less resistance than my Big Bores with no fluid. Most likely due to the dual O-Ring design and better, consistent manufacturing. Basically what this translates to is, the Axon Revoshock Dampers allow you to have a wider usable range of fluids and more fine tuning. Presently I have settled on 150wt front and 250wt rear, but I can see even as high as 450wt or more being in the usable range for a light damping setup.

If I had one complaint, it would be the fact that the bladder is slightly too large and does not fit into the cap easily. This forced me to assemble the dampers differently than I am used to, making it a little more difficult to get the results am accustomed to “easily”. Not a huge deal, but definitely not ideal for myself.

These are the dampers I will be using on my personal chassis. Long-term testing is definitly in order. Impressive performace out of the gate.

Overall, I give the Axon Revoshock Dampers top marks. Placing them along side of the Tamiya TRF. I cannot comfortably put them in the same category as the Overdose HG Dampers as I feel they are a different animal with quality and design that is unmatched. However, for the time being, the Axon Revoshock Dampers are the damper of choice for my personal chassis. Take that for what it’s worth.

DS Racing LF-5 Prototype (Test)


Last week I was surprised with a few sets of DS Racing’s latest tires to test here at Super-G. The first one I decided to test is the DS Racing LF-5. I’m assuming it is part of the Fenix line since it’s a treaded tire.

DS Racing adjustable offset wheels have been my goto wheel since their release

Testing tires is a tiring task. (No pun intended) Over the years I have had the opportunity to test many tires. Overtime I figured out you can’t just throw them on, take a few laps, and make a decision. The opposite is actually the reality. Some tires break-in right away and stay that speed for the remainder of their life, others take a long time to break-in (hours) and continue to speed up or slow down over the course of many hours/days of driving.

The ideal situation is the new tires have a relatively fast break-in period, less than a full battery, and then remain consistent throughout the remainder of their life. Depending on how sensitive you are to tires, break-in can be quicker for some than others.

Treaded tires are a nice change of pace

Presently we are using the DS Racing FFFF Zero Mark II as the spec tire for Super-G. We have chosen this tire for it’s speed and very balanced forward and sideways bite.

DS Racing’s latest, the LF-5 feels a bit different when compared to the FFFF Zero, Mark II. The biggest difference for me is the Flat Profile of the LF-5. The FFFF Zero Mark II has a rounded profile. The LF-5 is a bit slower all around, but still very balanced. The other LF line tires seemed to have high forward bite, but nice sideways slide. Here at Super-G, The LF-5 is the first of the Fenix Tires that I would consider. I like the look with the tread as well.

After a the equivlent of a good session (Over the course of a week) the consistency seems good

Overall, the LF-5 may become a alternate tire for us. Break-in was relatively quick, and has remained consistent after the first battery. They do make a different sound when compared to slicks, but it didn’t bother me. If your surface is similar to ours here at Super-G, you might want to take a look at the new LF-5s.

Super Drift Championship Round 1 SoCal Regional

The Super Drift Championship Round 1 for SoCal is in the books and it was nothing short of an amazing event! There were a lot of new faces jumping in for their first comp, so the road to the finals in October is already being paved.

The SoCal Region is hosting a 9 part point series to determine their Regional Champion. The Regional Champion will automatically be entered into the Finals in October and will also be given lodging for the finals weekend.

There are 3 ways to make it to the Finals in October:
Champion of the Regional Series (Lodging Provided for Finals Weekend)
Place 2nd or 3rd for the overall series
Compete in 75% or more of the series (regardless of standings)

Points are awarded as follows:
15 points – First Place
12 points – Second Place
10 points – Third Place
9 Points – Forth Place
8 Points – Fifth Place and lower (Participation Points)
2 Points – Top Qualifier (TQ of the event)

We will also be dropping everyone’s 2 lowest scores which basically means you can miss 2 events in the season and not be penalized.

There will also be 2 DOUBLE POINT rounds. This will keep it interesting.

What this translates into is, no matter how you finish, the worst you can do is equal to 5th place. This means even toward the end of the series, you will still have a good shot at a podium spot.

Super Drift Challenge Round 1 – SoCal Region

This was the kick off event for the season. After witnessing the level of driving, it’s clear SoCal is going to be bringing the heat to the Finals.

Doors opened at 4p Saturday and right away competitors got to breaking in tires and learning the line for the competition. Nick Lepisto (RawFew), Shaine Collins (Team D-Style), and Mikko Yang (Team Reve D) laid out the line for this months round.

The Return of the Champ
After a commanding win in the 2019 series, Kevin Motter (RawFew) The SoCal Drift King had disappeared from the R/C Drift Scene. It left everyone wondering if he would return for the 2020 season. Just as we were about to open, Kevin shows up to talk about his 4 month break. We were all glad to see he was alive! Ha! We were equally glad to hear he planned to compete, but a little concerned since he had not touched his car in 4 months. Tunes have changed, newer chassis have been released; could he still be competitive?

By the time we were ready to start qualifying, we had 34 competitors signed up. Many were new faces and quite a few were first timers. This is a good sign for the R/C Drift Community since we are seeing growth.

Qualifying:
This season we have implemented a new style of qualifying. I felt it worked very well but it did slow us down a bit since we needed to get into the groove of things. Once we became familiar with the scoring, it started to go a lot quicker.

The Futaba Top Qualifier of the event was Kevin Motter with a score of 94. There was a 3 way tie for TQ between Kevin Motter, Alan Benites, and Jason Fordyce. It came down to the score of their secondary runs. Kevin (87/94), Alan (81/94), and Jason (0/94). Congratulations to Kevin for putting down some great qualifying runs and landing TQ.

As always, we had the lower scoring qualifiers battle it out for the last bracket position. Kris Steele was able to fight his way up into the Top 32! Ultimately finishing in a 4 way tie for 5th place.

We also had the honor of having one of our good friend Justin Pawlak’s son, Jaxsen Pawlack enter his first R/C Drift Comp here at Super-G! He’s just 7 years old and he put down a qualifying score of 32, landing him in 27th position!

Qualifying Scores – Congratulations to Kevin Motter (RawFew) for TQ of the event.

Tsuiso Battles:
The season opener has given us much promise as to what is yet to come. The skill level here in SoCal is running high, even the competitors who have just a few months under their belts are really putting down some serious runs.

Kevin Motter (R) vs. Mikko Yang (L) for 1st and 2nd Place

The Final 4 came down to Josh Espinoza (Team Zenshin) vs. Alfredo Chan III (Tech 1 Drift) for 3rd and 4th position, and Kevin Motter (RawFew) vs. Mikko Yang (Team Reve D) for 1st and 2nd. First up was Josh vs. Alfredo. On Josh’s lead run, he had an unfortunate over-rotation on the second clip, securing the win and 3rd spot for Alfredo!

Then it was time for the battle for 1st and 2nd. Kevin vs. Mikko! Kevin was leading, Mikko on the chase. These two are no strangers to this situation, so the pressure was on. Out of the gate, it’s business as usual. Kevin putting down a clean run with a lot of angle and as deep as he usually is. Mikko bringing that tight proximity. Then it happened, Kevin knocks over the ScaleReflex Cone at the Inside Clip on the chicane. Kevin scores a Zero for his lead. Mikko’s chase was on point. They switch it up and Mikko is leading, Kevin chasing. Out of the gate Mikko is running a clean line, Kevin is applying that pressure! Mikko is putting down a great lead, Kevin’s chase is the very definition of pressure at it’s highest. Coming into the last turn, it happens. Mikko clips the last cone sending it flying, and effectively scoring him a Zero for his lead as well. An unbelievable turn of events, and cause for a OMT (One More Time).

OMT Time! Kevin takes the lead position again, Mikko on the chase. Kevin proceeds to really turn up the heat and lays down a close to flawless run, if not flawless. Extremely deep, filling each clip as completely as possible and with a much angle as possible. Mikko was right on his tail, giving that pressure that makes even the most seasoned drivers feel it. This time around Kevin was cone free. Then it was Mikko’s turn to lead and Kevin chasing. Mikko puts down a clean lead and Kevin puts down some serious proximity following Mikko’s line to a T. Again, clean run! After reviewing, the winner was clear. Kevin pulled off great proximity on his chase without sacrificing line, where Mikko had to go shallow on the first clip to maintain proximity. Then on the leads, Kevin rode the outer line at the limit for the entire course, including the last roundabout, where Mikko had shallowed up in the initiation. Both competitors pulled off some amazing runs, but in the end, Kevin’s runs had that edge and enough to land that Top Podium Position!

Jeff Yang from 7demo7 got some great footage of the battle for 1st and 2nd place here:
7demo7 YouTube Channel

1st Place – Kevin Motter (RawFew), 2nd Place – Mikko Yang (Team Reve D), 3rd Place – Alfredo Chan III.

Congratulations to Kevin Motter (RawFew), the winner of the Super Drift Championship Round 1 SoCal Regional and TQ! Also to Mikko Yang (Team Reve D) for 2nd, and Alfredo Chan III (Tech 1 Drift) for 3rd.

Special thanks to the judges for the event. Shaine Collins, Manny Campalans!

ROUND 2 – MARCH 4, 2020
SEE YOU ALL THERE!!!

SoCal Region Point Standings

Training Day Fun Comp 1/25/20

This weekend was hectic to say the least, but it was necessary since our Super-G NorCal Family is getting ready to kick off their Super Drift Championship Regionals. They spent the weekend here to learn how to use the Super-G Reply System and also to judge along side of one of the official judges (Myself) for an actual comp. Well a fun comp.

1/25/20 Fun Comp Brackets

Ryno, Brotha AJ, and myself were the judges for the night. We started out with Qualifying. I was pleased to see everyone caught on quickly. By the end of the qualifying round, we were all on the same page. We were within a point or two most of the time. Alfredo Chan III threw down a wicked run and scored a 97/100! Nick Lepisto was second with a solid 96/100, and Mark Santa Cruz was third with another 96/100. Nick had a better secondary score which allowed him to secure second qualifier.

Then it was time for the Tsuiso Battles! Right out of the gate I need to thank everyone who participated. It was invaluable for training purposes. It was a little slow at first, but toward the end everyone fell in line and NorCal was more than able to run the comp without our assistance.

First – Mark Santa Cruz (Team Futaba), Second – Alan Benites (Team Zenshin), Third – Aydin Angulo (Team Zenshin)

Even though it was a very informal Fun Comp, there was still some good battles! In the end, Mark Santa Cruz (Team Futaba/RawFew) laid the smack down and took the Top Podium Position! Alan Benites (Team Zenshin) took a hard fought Second Place. Aydin Angulo (Team Zenshin) locked down Third!

Congratulations to the winners! This was a good warm up for the upcoming Super Drift Championship Series! The driving was on point. If this is any indication of what is in store for this season, it’s going to be insane!

Super Drift Championship SoCal Regionals start February 1, 2020! SEE YOU ALL THERE!!!

Super-G Goes To Another Level Racing Drift Comp

February 18, 2020 was Another Level Racing’s 1st Annual Drift Comp in Merced, Ca. The owner Jay has recently opened doors at his new facility and we were impressed. He has an onsite hobby shop, plenty of pit space, and a huge P-Tile track. In my opinion, probably at the limit of how big you would want to go. Any bigger and you would need an elevated drivers stand to see what you are doing.

The Weekend
The mood at Super-G in the weeks leading up to the comp was a bit complicated since things are extremely hectic with The Super Drift Championship qualifying rounds getting ready to kick off, but we all wanted to go and support Jay. At the last minute rooms got booked and rides were arranged. We knew our NorCal Super-G Fam (Limited Traction and Team Bushido) were already going, so that was an even stronger draw. So we rounded up the guys RawFew – Jason, Mark, Manny, Joe, and myself, and Team Zenshin – Mike, Sam, Aydin, Alan, and Daniel, and headed out Friday night.

What should we try here? Well none of us thought about the enchiladas

We all met up on the way up and proceeded to our hotels. In the morning Joe, Mark, Manny, and myself met up at Marie’s Mexican Kitchen in downtown Merced.. It wasn’t bad. In fact it was better than I expected. It looks like their claim to fame is their enchiladas, but none of us tried them.

Futaba 7PXR – The Best Just Got Better!!!

We were all coming into the comp a bit tired since we had just received a nice package from the Super-G Team Sponsor, Futaba USA! I didn’t get to sleep til after 5am since I had to get my new 7PXR ready for battle! I have to say I didn’t think it could get better than the 7PX, but the R proved me wrong. It has a slightly better feel all around. Lighter weight, newly designed drop down, offset trigger, and for some reason a smoother overall feel. I was blown away!

Another Level Racing
We finally got to Another Level Racing and everything was already in full swing. It was a full house! We walked in and it was like we were at home. All familiar faces, live DJ, and everyone just having a good time doing what we all do.

My Pit – PC: Andrey T

We immediately signed up for the comp and grabbed a pit space. It was a different feel for Joe and I, since we are usually the ones stressing over the event. We got to sit back and enjoy the hobby that we both love. Honestly we missed being in the mix. It’s been a good while.

Food and More Food
Jay had arranged for some food. There was some burgers and empanadas. It was really good food! About an hour later they announced lunch. I thought we had just had lunch, but it turns out it was a snack! Ha ha! Talk about taking care of his customers! I should have grabbed some pics of the food, but I got caught up in the moment and was just enjoying the event.

Unfortunately Joe and myself needed to cut out as soon as the comp was over, since he was flying out at 5am the following morning. We needed to get back to LA and get things ready for the week before he took off. We didn’t get to stick around for the raffle or the announcement for Best of Show, but I’ll add that later.

First Place – Dennis Caroza (Team Futaba USA) , Second Place – Aydin Angulo (Team Super-G), Third Place – 

Congratulations to the winners, First Place – Dennis Caroza (Team Futaba USA / Team Super-G), Second Place – Aydin Angulo (Team Super-G), and Third Place – (I didn’t catch his name)

Sam Angulo, Jay Brooks, Joe Tam, Steve Fujita

We had a great time at Another Level Racing! It was all about chillin with the homies from ALR and our NorCal Fam – Limited Traction and Team Bushido!!! Huge thanks to Jay for a great event! Thank you for the hospitality and all the hard work you put into this!

Sick Lineup!

We had heard Another Level Racing was open for late sessions. We got here at 1:00am, but looks like we missed everyone. We figured everyone would be resting up for the next day’s event, but we gave it shot since it was a couple minutes from the hotel. GOOD TIMES!