August 19, 2017

Chassis Focus – Merlin Depta

Chassis – Serpent 988 Viper
Engine – OS Speed R2103
Fuel – Runner Time
Tires (handout) – MR33
Radio/Servo – Sanwa/Savox
Body – Blitz TS0040

Remarks – Leading the Serpent challenge at the end of the first day of qualifying, Merlin Depta is using new harder plastic parts the company has produced for the upcoming World Championships next month in France.  Apart from that the German said the rest of his 988 Viper is ‘pretty standard’ with the exception of some of his own handy work. It turns out Merlin has his own CNC machines and his work is featured on the car in the aluminium throttle link and his carbon radio box.  The radio box which features a 30gram tungsten weight gives the the car a better centre line balance, the weight offsetting the off centre weight and position of the engine.  In terms of unique set-up being used on the car to get it more suited to the Aigen track, both himself and Dominic Greiner are running a ‘quite soft’ rear end set-up to help reduce the rear of the car twitching. He described the feeling as being similar to that experienced by drivers in Ettlingen.

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