Chassis – Serpent 988 Viper Engine – OS Speed 2103 Fuel – Maxima Tires (handout) – Matrix Radio/Servo – Sanwa/Savox Body – Blitz TS0040
Remarks – Not just a team driver for Serpent but also a supplier of prototype parts to one of nitro onroad racing’s pioneering manufacturers, Merlin’s car features a a prototype rear body mount. Using the Blitz as a template for profile of the mount, it is designed to provide a better sitting of the bodyshell and Merlin’s says the profile is almost uniform across the various brands of bodyshell. While not running them here this weekend, the mount also has the option to run additional adjustable side stiffeners. From his own ‘Merlin McFly’ brand, he is running a carbon throttle lever, which he says offers ‘play free’ movement, as well as a carbon radio cover. Running a low profile servo in his car, he says the radio cover which has a mounted tungsten weight corrects the cars centre balance. The car is fitted with a selection of both aluminium and titanium screws.