Laying Rubber – My Losi Ain’t a Roller No More
Hey all, Monster Truck Madness is taking an off week, as over the weekend the race I was to attend was rained out, therefore scuttling my subject matter plans.
I used the rain-out to finally get my Losi 22S Drag Car Roller a’movin’, though.
Before getting to what I put in it, I have to say that the Losi is extremely impressive. The machined, low slung chassis. The suspension angles. The awesome wheelie bar. It’s a stout car that feels racy.
For the internals, I completed the Losi with a Traxxas Velineon system that I had laying around (more on why I used this in a moment), a Spektrum 215 RX and Hitec HS-485HB steering servo. A 23t Robinson Racing pinion is what I could cram in there. The car will be run on 2S.
The body is a JConcepts ’66 Nova painted in Rotten Apple garb by my buddy Travis Sutton of Sutton Motorsports and Machine.
This is how it will be in street configuration. I say “street configuration”, as I plan to dabble with sand dragging it as well.
I’m using the sensorless Traxxas system primarily for the sand. It’s durable and won’t get gunked up. When I decide to run in some street races though, I’ll probably be swapping it to something sensored with more power.
I will share more on that when I have it set up for the sand, but I can tell you that the body to be used will be the new JConcepts Firebird. That body was picked out on our 7/8 livestream by contest winner Dennis! Nova on the streets, Firebird in pit.
While I’ve yet to tune much on the car, I can tell you from the first two battery packs that the car handles awesome. The ET tires have a decent amount of grip, but not so much that the car wheelies excessively. Once I get it out of the hole and hooked up, I can basically take my hand off the wheel- it tracks that straight.
I’ve got some more tires on the way, all in various compounds, and I look to discuss the differences in an article sometime soon.
I’m looking forward to having a dual purpose car. Thus far I’ve been really happy with it on the road. Now, to set it up for sand! Talk to ya soon, folks.