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Losing grip – On competitions

G’day mates! Long time no write, I apologize, yet hope that you have missed my column a lot. If so, why don’t you drop me an email at martin at bigsquidrc dot com, and let me know what’s on in that part of your brain that’s dedicated to RC? Regarding the tardiness of this column, all I have to say is [...]

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Rêve D MC-1 Drift Conversion Kit

Rêve D MC-1 Drift Conversion Kit

New from Rêve D is the MC-1 conversion kit. The MC-1 can be used to transform your Yokomo YD-2 drift car into an extreme sideways machine. Check out these highlights- * 2.5mm carbon fiber used for chassis & top deck * Aluminum gear case * Extremely adjustable, 3 step motor plate * Available for slide or bell-crank steering systems * Expected to start shipping in [...]

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Losing grip – Being rational on rotational inertia

In the never ending pursuit of speed, Control and precision, lightweight front axles entered the game a little while ago. The theory is that shaving off (rotational) weight improves acceleration – the wheels spin easier, which in turns improves handling. A lot of you readers will be familiar with the 1:2 ratio: shaving a pound from the tires is the [...]

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Losing grip – Lucky Americans

Yo! G’day mate! What’s up bro’! Hej! How do you do, Sir? If you’re preferred greeting is along the lines of “Yo!”, rather than “Hej!”, you’re probably American, and when it comes to RC, you’re lucky. Do you realize just how lucky you Americans are, when it comes to RC? Probably not, so let me tell you. As per routine, [...]

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Losing grip – YD-2 Beast Mode

The most exciting release from any of the big drift manufacturers the past few weeks has been a magnetic body mount from MST. In other words: things are pretty quiet. But it has to be said that MST’s body mount set looks quite nice, way simpler than the ones I have, and simple tends to be good. Still, not overly [...]

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Losing grip – RC and utilitarianism

”Utilitarianism” is not a tongue-twister first and foremost, but a book published by the British philosopher John Stuart Mill in 1863. It is one of the most influential philosophical works of the nineteenth century, and is still frequently quoted. Sometimes in even places as random as columns on RC drifting, something I am positively certain Mr Mills never would have [...]

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Losing grip – Gone sailing

Is it reasonable to expect that the writer of a drift column called “Losing grip” will never stray from the intended course? Of course not. Travelling in one direction, but with the nose occasionally pointing in another is the very essence of drifting, isn’t it? I hope Brian will forgive me this transgression, but considering that he so far has [...]

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Losing Grip – Gone cheesy

Did you watch the video Traxxas released for Father’s Day, almost two weeks ago? This one. On Father’s Day, as it were. I usually watch every Traxxas video as soon as I see them anounced on BigSquid, but not this one. The title was just a tad too cheesy for me: ”Dad & Daughter TRX-4 Hill Climb”. Too obvious. Dad [...]

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Losing grip – Sakura D5S

Would you believe it? 3Racing has announced a new kit, and today exactly one year has passed since the very first Losing Grip column! I will let you decide which one of the two events is the most significant. In a way, I am leaning towards the first one because the D4 is a legend, but then on the other [...]

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Losing grip – Camber gain again

​A couple of weeks ago I looked into the geometries behind camber progression – the way camber increases or decreases druing acceleration, depending on the angle of the upper link. Today I will continue on my endeavour to better understand how, or rather why, different settings affect things. One parameter at a time, to keep things simple (for me…). Having [...]

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Losing grip – YD-2SX III

A couple of grand things has happened this week, Brian has setup an official BigSquid email for me, so should you want it, you can write to me at martin at bigsquidrc dot com. Also, my wife read one of my columns, for the first time ever. She got hooked by the quote by Shakespeare and couldn’t help but continuing reading. [...]

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Losing grip – Gaining camber

In logic there is a term called reductio ad absurdum. It is a way of showing that an argument is untrue, by following its implications logically to an absurd conclusion. Any statement that contains universals such as ”always”, ”never” and ”everybody” would be highly likely to be exposed as false by this. However, that is not relevant to this column. [...]

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MST FMX 2.0 KMW Drift Car

Teaser – MST FMX 2.0 KMW Drift Car Kit

Now being teased by Max Speed Technology is the FMX 2.0 KMW Drift Car Kit. The crew over at MST are hardcore about their drifting and the 2.0 version of the FMX comes with all the latest in side-ways technology. As you can see by the pictures, the FMX 2.0 comes with an in-line, mid-ship mounted motor, which is used [...]

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Losing grip – Digress, digest, donut

One of my favorite words in English, is digress. To digress. To lose track, for a little bit. As a word, not unsimilar to digest. In writing this column, I sometimes digress, and you as a reader digest my digression. That was a digression indeed, considering this is a column about RC drifting. Well, eat it. Ha! Well, as I wasn’t saying, [...]

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Losing grip – Stay Galm

If Yokomo and MST are the Ferrari and Porsche of the RC drift world, then Overdose is Koenigsegg. A smaller brand, with less brand recognition, but cutting edge technology and record-breaking capabilities. While the Bugatti Chiron might hold the present top speed record, Koenigsegg Regera holds the record for 0-400-0 kilometers an hour (yes, that’s 249 mph) at 31,49 seconds, [...]

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