Saturday, March 14, 2009

Monocoque Chassis Pictures

This is our monocoque chassis that we have been working on. This is a two piece chassis that replaces the top and bottom chassis plates on the Tamiya F103. The chassis is made from Carbon reinforced plastic just like our front suspension arms. The chassis when assembled is very stiff. The servo is mount with the standard Tamiya servo mount,but what make this special is the screw are anchored to the top of the chassis. Also the rear suspension arm bolt is also anchored to the top of the chassis.

You can see here in this picture that you can use the standard Tamiya battery mounts. They simply fit between the two piece of the chassis.

Chassis Pictures

Here are a few pictures of the chassis that the Brabham BT44 body will be built for. The battery is mounted down the middle allowing the narrow bodies to fit.
Here you can see the links and the ball part of the rear suspension.
This chassis will use the standard Tamiya parts for both the front suspension and the rear gear box.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Classic Chassis

Here at D-Drive Sports we have been busy with a few projects. The first project I can tell you about is plans to produce a chassis to allow the uses of a Classic F1 bodies that cant be made as the way Tamiya has the battery placed in the chassis. Our idea is to put the battery down the center of the chassis. Now this isn`t a new idea, Tech Racing has a wonderful chassis right now with the batteries placed in the center. But we want to make ours F103 based.

Our chassis will be a rolling suspension style with the battery down the middle and the ESC and Reciever on the sides. Also our chassis will use Tamiya style front suspension and rear gear box. Just bolt your Tamiya parts right on.

As for bodies the Brabham BT44 is the first body we will be producing(Top Picture). This will be really show case the possibilities of the chassis.
Other F1 cars from the 70s are also something we are thinking of.
But for you guys that like newer cars we have something even better coming along in a few days. Keep an eye out for that as you will be surprised.

Here is the first two prototype chassis being hand made. production chassis will be CNC cut.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

F103GT Super Gt

Here at D-Drive Sports we run different classes during the off season of F1. This year we ran a class for the F103GT chassis based on the SuperGT racing series here in Japan.
All of the car were required to run a true Super GT body and coloring. Also thecars were required to run with LEDs as parts of the whole idea behind the class.
Other basic rules were no weight limit, F103GT front suspension arms only, 540 silver can motors,12 minute mains, and Tamiya rear wings to name a few. A fun time was had by all and the racing was exciting.

This driver went a bit over board and used 24 Leds in the tails lights alone.
Our races are an all day event so by the time the mains are run the LEDs really start to show.

This is the A main winnners car. His was also the last Tamiya FWD world champion with a FF01 chassis. This body here is from Tamiya,Takata pulled sponceship on Dome this year so the next Dome NSX will be sponcered by Rock Star. Im sad to see this great Takata coloring go.

This body is also from Tamiya and is the new R35 Skyline. The Yellow Hat sponcer decals are home made and look great.
I hope you have enjoyed these pictures.