June 13, 2014

Chassis Focus – Ronald Volker


Chassis – Mugen MTX-6 Prototype
Engine – LRP
Fuel – Maxima
Tires (handout) – Enneti
Radio/Servo – Sanwa/Sanwa
Body – Protoform SRS Lightweight

Remarks – The recently crowned ETS champion Ronald Volker is attending the third round of ENS here in Hockenheim using a car he borrowed from fellow countryman and good friend Robert Pietsch. The big news, though, comes from the fact that the car he is running is a 99% stage prototype of the new 200mm car from Mugen Seiki which will be called MTX-6. We spoke to Ronald and Robert, who talked us through the main new features. First of all there are a bunch of reinforced parts, such as the chassis, the differential mounts, the rear arms and their mounting brackets, the rear differential plastic parts and the front turnbuckles. The second gear has also being reinforced, the spur and the pinion now being both 1mm wider, which together with the new carbon fibre stiffeners should help solve the problems that some customers had on the MTX-5 with their second gear. Staying on the rear end, the braking system is moved on the gear shaft, and its improved linkage provides more power. The front end also features new differential mounts that allow faster access and a new servo saver with interchangeable ackermann plates, while on both front and rear the car also sports lower shock towers.

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