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Here's one of my favorite runners of this year.
I've always had a thing for the ABC Hobby mini's, specially the crazy looking Gambado/Grid. I missed out on the first Naked versions ABC Hobby themselves released. Earlier this year I had the annual modelfair RC racing demo my old local RC car club in Goes, Netherlands puts on and instead of driving my M03 again I wanted something new. Finally I had a reason to buy the ABC Gambado, and luckilly RCmart still had a few of their own RCmart branded Gambado Naked's in stock.
The Naked name from ABC Hobby is used for their full option cars. This particular RCmart version isn't really full option, but it has a lot of nice upgrades already installed like the CFRP chassis decks and shocktowers, TiNi coated kingpins, aluminium motormount, aluminium dampers and more.
What makes this car so special is the suspension design. It has the dampers and springs seperated, and a McPherson-like strut design on the knuckles. Compared to other M-chassis this car is set up very very soft, but it works great! My car actually lifts up a rear wheels sometimes when cornering hard, just like a real FWD hot hatchback does.
The steering has quite a lot of slop from standard, but I have an aluminium upgrading laying around I still have to install.
The car is powered by a Carson Cupmachine motor (our stock class motor), a Tekin RS ESC and ofcourse as usual for all my runners an awesome RC OMG brushless lowprofile servo. The body is a BSR M-Rage Suzuki Swift body from Hobbyking, but is exactly the same as the COLT Swift body RCmart sells.
I have modified the car with my own design 3D printed parts. The foambumper normally is held in place with bodyposts and clips, but I designed a much cleaner plastic brace that just screws in on the factory holes. The chassis also only accepts full size lipo's from stock, so I designed and printed shorty batteryholders that again fit with the factory holes and screws.
The batteryholder is available on my Shapeways store, and the bumperbar will follow soon: https://www.shapeways.com/shops/tizerrc?li=pb
If you liked those pictures, you should see these...
M04RR project part 1