I have become numb to people talking about copying. Oh he copied this, he copied that. If someone makes a pillowball car it is inevitably a Mugen, C-hub it’s a Kyosho. I used to get mad at these people but realised that there is no point in even trying to explain anything to them because they don’t know what they are talking about. If it looks similar it is the same. That’s generally what people think. I do admit though, that I can count the companies that actually design and develop their products on one hand, and I don’t even need all my fingers.
Anyway, today I feel like I need to brag a bit. Just a bit. What an arrogant dick I am. Just as a sort of tip of the hat to these knowitalls from all these years. For the past couple of years or so I have been going on about high links, low roll centres, and camber change. I learned to understand theory, applied it in practice, and saw that this was the direction I should develop my car.
Now the Kyosho setup has been the same for the past 27 years. Kanai and the team always had the links in the same place. No matter what the track it seemed like the links were always the same. To me, with my newly discovered theoretical understanding, the setup, and the rare changes some drivers made to it in certain conditions didn’t make sense. I questioned my conclusions. I tried figuring out why this Magic Japanese car did not follow my theory. What the hell was going on? I couldn’t figure it out, so I began helping Kyosho drivers. Even team drivers (you know who you are). I had a number of different drivers change their setup to what I thought would work better. It was hard to convince these conservative magicians to do it, but I managed after a while.
Basically the point was, raise your links, and adjust camber after raising them. This was just the first basic step. Unbelievably the Magic Japanese car improved in the hands of my test subjects. I had improved on a 27 year old setup without driving the car. Based on my findings I now understood why Ronnefalk had been so dominant at the Worlds Warm up in Argentina, with his whacky rear link setup, and punched driving style. It all made sense again. I returned to my cave and waited.
This summer it finally happened. Kyosho released an update, a higher link position than what was previously possible for the front. Also, the former 3 top rows of holes on the rear tower, which previously had been there mainly as a cosmetic detail, began being used. Kanai is testing higher links, he is heading in a direction that I understand. What will he conclude? How many years will it take for the team to make the necessary changes to their standard setups to reap the benefits? Time will tell.