We just received in several new Scaleauto cars, all of which have been shipped out to Dealers across N America, except the Pagani Zonda.
We have held back this car, except 3 I took to Race Wear for the Scaleracing Plastic Track National Finals.
The reason I have held them back is a few assembly issues I am checking before release.
Every car will be re-build by me before release to Dealers and Customers.
I found on the car I set up at Race Wear the interior is not fitted into the car, while I could easily say that's so you can fit the lexan interior they did not hot knife in the interior, and I believe it should be.
The chassis also is being modified as the holes for the body screws are too tight to allow the body to float.
The front tires are too big, and everyone of those is being changed.
The pod is stuck to the chassis by the paint that is used to finish off the rear detail, these are released and cleaned up.
Once these points are attended, we lubricate the car and re-assemble into the box and then all cars will be shipped out.
We are sold out on this car right now, and a few have been held back as not to a saleable standard on body assembly.
Sorry for the delay in releasing these cars, once set up they are great running cars. I am not race prepping them, you still have to fit front axle height screws, and I recommend lubricate and check but they will be assembled correctly.
There are 2 cars Ricky sold both should be easily set up but if you have one of those and do not wish to do the work yourself contact me.
We race what we sell, it is after all Scaleracing!!!!
Last edited by Wet Coast Racer; 10-28-2012 at 03:46 PM.
Reason: Minor spelling error
I intend to hot knife in all of them, it is real easy to get the interior out even after this is done. However if you want one without that done, I am happy to sell you one that way. Call me at 1-253-255-1807 saves me one step.
Right now I have over 12 hours invested in servicing these cars, happy to save minute or two on your car
Last edited by Scaleracing; 10-29-2012 at 09:07 AM.
The car recently became available here, so I bought one yesterday. When I bought the Mercedes I had to change the tires and was wondering, why the 'pro' compound tires were not used, since they are far better? Well the Zonda has the 'spirits' at the rear, which is probably the best tire for Ninco that you can find, aluminum rear wheels and an extra set of ultra low profile tires for the front. Exactly what was missing from the first Mercedes release. Someone was listening perhaps...?
Will test soon and post results here, if you like...
We ran a first test session on the new Zonda, and not without some problems. Here is the article I posted on my blog:
First thing to do is open the car to see inside, check for problems, lubricate etc. The magnets are held in place by 2 mag holders screwed in the motor pod. In one of the them the screw was almost stripped and all of the screws were too tight. Using a good screwdriver very gently, I managed to unscrew them all and I threw them away.
Next, I tried to loosen the motor pod. Somehow glue from the 2 rear difusers had got into the rear pod mounting screw holes and the pod was glued to the chassis at the rear end. When I managed to free it up, one screw hole was broken. Possibly due to overtightening of the pod screw, the chassis around the hole broke. So no rear mounting points for this one. (I must note here that the chassis was replaced, free of charge by the local Scaleauto importer here, but he only had the grey version so this will be tested later). Fortunately the motor pod has 6 screws (similar to Slot it evo6) so I could still use the fronts and the middle ones to be able to run the car for now.
Scaleauto provides a leaflet of instructions and an extra set of very low front tires. The leaflet suggests to remove the stock fronts and install the low profiled ones for racing. Both the stock fronts and the rears are of the same compound, the 'spirits', which is great for Ninco, with the rears being higher and wider. So I installed the fronts at the back and the low profiled in front and kept the larger ones for later use.
The motor is a closed can 22k boxer type (code: SC-26) in inline configuration. The ratio is 9/27, which just about right for most large-home or medium-club tracks. After installing the bottom set screws (no need for the upper) in the front axle setup blocks and loosening the pod and body screws, the car was ready to hit the track.
For this car the test track is our friends' Hercules 2 lane Ninco track. It's relatively fast and has only a tight inner section but also some fast R4 corners. On this track the car showed good power and acceleration, but the closed can motor with the high distance from the rails, the lack of suspension and the unglued and untreated tires, did not help traction. Still it was evident that the front end of the car was excellent, you could enter a turn very agressively and it still managed to make the turn nicely. Best lap was around 8.7s where an NSR Corvette with treated supergrips and 12/34 gearing, laps at 8.4s, a Slot it Lola with 12/28 and Spirit rear tires laps also at 8.4s and Avant slot LMPs lap at 8.1s-8.2s (with orange motor, alu wheels all around and spirit tires). Not bad for a start, still it feels slower than the Mercedes we already tuned (which has an open can motor).
Next project to add suspension and glue and treat tires, and then work on the grey chassis with an A/W MB SongNa motor and whatever it takes to make it a winner.
I'd be more than happy to hear comments, suggestions etc..
Also from guys who have raced this car, I would like to hear how it has been set up and how it behaved under race conditions
We saw similar issues on all Zonda here, so I rebuilt them all before shipping out to Dealers.
We have seen broken chassis, those cars were not shipped out. There are a few that have since broken motor pods, we will replace these of course under warranty no charge.
Once set up this is a very capable car here, Scaleauto are working hard with the factory to avoid problems in assembly for future models.
It seems that most issues are due to the same causes, overtightening screws and loose glue.
Now our goal with this car is to make 2 versions, one almost stock that could compete with equal terms with the Mercedes (a bit harder though due to lack of magnetic attraction from the motor), and another A/W with whatever it takes to compete against a fully race tuned MB slot Zonda (and off course Moslers, Lola's etc...). The car showed serious potential, particularly the way it entered a turn. If we manage to improve rear traction at a good level, it will be a killer.
Some more testing on the Zonda, as posted on my blog:
I decided to push the envelope a bit more with the inline configuration. I removed the closed can motor and installed a Spirit SXXX which produces a considerable amount of mag downforce. I also added spring suspension at the side holes (soft springs possibly from a spirit 406 coupe but a set of slot its mounted on short screws would do), and a pair of very low spirit 303 rubber (similar to the small sized scaleauto, a bit wider and lower) . Gearing remained the same. Magnetic downforce as measured on magnet marshall was now at 23gr.
I also finished the grey chassis, an MB Song NA anglewinder setup, soft slot it springs, small wheels and Z0 tires in front and larger wheels with very low F22 rubber. Gearing is 11/30 and a piece of 2-3gr of lead was added right under the front axle . The motor mount has 3 screw holes to mount to the chasssis in the front, I used the shorter option. Again the car showed around 22gr of magnetic attraction on magnet marshal.
The testing ground is our new track. A 2 lane Ninco 30m extremely technical layout, with laps well above 10s. Testing was performed in both versions of the car. I also used the Mercedes SLS and a Slot it Lola as benchmarks. The results showed 2 very potent cars. The inline Zonda easily matches the performance of the Mercedes and it does produces equal or slightly better lap times, but is much easier and forgiving. The A/W is a rocket. It holds the lap record for the track and beat the Lola laptime by 0.2s.
The front plastic wheels on the Zonda are 15.5mm wheel with a 17.5mm rib ( most manufacturers use this as their size ) 9mm wide.
Rear aluminium wheels are 15.3mm rim with a 17.5mm rib and are 8.5mm wide.
The MB Slot body should fit right on the Scaleauto chassis.
Biggest differences are the update to the Scaleauto chassis and running gear. This car has done very well racing in Europe. Here we need to do more testing and promotion of this car, but it has a lot of potential as a strong non mag racer.
I am working on several right now, along with other Scaleauto cars, but getting ready for Nurnberg has gotten in the way.