Excellent RWD chassis for the money!
Since RWD Mini Zs are hard to come by these days, I decided to snag one of these little things to see if I could build it into a RWD touring car while I waited. Overall, it's an excellent performer (especially for the cost) that needed minimal love to get it running hard and fast even on my slippery hardwood floors.
- Build quality. The chassis was straight, alignment was reasonable (haven't adjusted at all), there were NO plastic burrs on any of the joints, gears, or other contact surfaces like most affordable cars.
- Mini Z parts compatibility. All of my suspension, steering, and wheel and tire modifications were Z parts
- Transmitter features. This one was big - particularly the throttle dual-rate. My track does not allow even the AAA-powered chassis to put all its power down all at once during a launch or in a corner, so being able to tame the car to run exactly as fast as my track will allow out of the box is huge.
- Solid out-of-the-box performance! If you're a carpet or even RCP racer, this little thing will likely do everything you need and more right out of the box. It was a BLAST to run at my friend's place, and for under $30 and a couple hours of love it runs on slick hardwood floors way better than anyone ever believes until I show them.
- Nearly open differential. Before I greased the diff to stiffen it up, it almost acted like an open diff, just spinning the one powered wheel and causing the car to severely over-rotate to the point of being undriveable. Not as much of an issue on carpet, and a 5 minute fix, but something I "fixed."
- Stock suspension too stiff in the rear. This didn't help the over-spinning, but was a very easy fix. Fronts were fine, but I ended up softening them as well for extra grip on my surface.
- Stock wheel and tire setup didn't behave like I wanted. Again, easy fix. I 3D-printed 11.5mm front wheels, slapped slightly slicker rubber up front and stickier in the rear, and now you can hardly tell it's a RWD car unless you actively try to break loose or severely mess up a corner entry or exit.
- T-bar unevenness required shimming. Common Mini Z issue as well. Very easy to correct.
If you want a RWD touring car and don't want to spend Mini Z money, this is an easy winner!
Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer) Thomas Congrove from Ohio on 5/18/2021