by Rion Cusco
Pix by Alexander Estolloso-Alorro Adan, Rizaldy Robles, Eric Manuel, Tamiya M4WD Vancouver and M4WD Extreme
Raizers X Eric and Zaldy Finally Reveals the X-Factor of the Super XX Chassis
Perhaps the most stubborn of Tamiya’s chassis, besides being the heaviest, the Super X chassis has been the challenge of many racers for years now even before the Grand Raizer came to be. But two inspiring individuals has shown us that there can be no obstacles when it comes to setting up a particular chassis to make it into a winning car even if it is as tenacious as the X or XX chassis.
This article will discuss the Super X chassis and its recent evolution the XX chassis. Even before we go to the raizers themselves, let’s have a recap of the history of the chassis.
Tamiya released the Super X Chassis in 1997. A total of 11 cars came out with this chassis. As a precursor to the VS, the entire chassis was considered as a revolutionary design, a chassis of a new generation. Cars in Bakusō Kyōdai Let’s & Go!! MAX and theMighty Mini 4wd Series are all using this chassis. The Super X Chassis offers great durability and stability thanks to its wide tread and long wheelbase. The motor can be accessed from the underside of the machine, allowing speedy setting changes, while the rear stay is attached in 2 places either top or bottom.
First released in 2009, the XX is an advanced version of Super X Chassis. Holes are added on both front, middle and rear for initializing different types of FRP blades. The Super XX Chassis is an evolution of the Super X Chassis which offers improved adaptability and durability. Wide roller settings are enabled thanks to its nose guard, and this stable chassis features great toughness plus enhanced side stay options. It is also the heaviest chassis weighed in at 119 grams compared to the 62 grams of the X chassis. Though it has the lowest ground clearance measured at 1.9 mm which is .01 mm lower than the 2 mm ground clearance of its predecessor the X chassis.
So how do you make the heaviest, widest, tautest chassis in the league into the most winnable car? Read on as two of TM’s most determined racers Doc Zaldy Robles and Eric Manuel converted the weaknesses of a particular chassis into opportunities to win and reveal the X-Factors of the Super XX chassis.
TM: Hi guys and welcome to TM’s Se7en Super Setups. Before we begin talking about the XX chassis can you tell our readers something about yourself?
ERIC: “Good afternoon to all the racers out there. My name is Eric Manuel and they call me Neobs at TM. I am currently a member of Team eRacers though formerly from hpCore. I am a Licensing Associate at Ingram Micro Philippines. Currently my standing number of units is 9 tech cars and 2 speed tech cars of which two among the techs are of the XX variety.”
ZALDY: “Hello there fellow racers. I am Dr. Rizaldy Robles or Doc Zaldy as known in the TM Community. I am a graduate of dental medicine at the Unciano Paramedical College and was formerly Dentist II at thePasig City Health Office. I have 3 standing XX units in my fleet.”
TM: Now I guess everyone wants to see what you have put into your signature XX units so can you tell us something about your setup’s specs?
ERIC: “My favorite cowl is the phantom blade because of its natural lowered profile. Chassis of course is the XX but more of the white variety. Front rollers are a mix of 8 and 9 mm ball-race guide rollers interchangeable either left or right depending on the track obstacles. This I have already revealed in the previous S7SS article on the Atomic 4:1 FM so I guess you know the trick by then. Wing rollers use the 19 mm aluminum ball-race 5 spoke rollers screwed on the outermost hole for that wider breadth on the side. Gear settings run from 4.2:1 to the faster 4:1 gear ratio. Since XX is already heavy I think it is more ideal to master the chassis starting with the faster gear to compensate for the weight.”
“Wheels are special white dish mags of the RC M4WD type especially made for X chassis. My tires have zero differentials using 22.2 mm in measurement for both the front and rear wheels. Bearings may be hex or round hole for the front and 2×5 for the rear wheels. Special hollow propeller shaft for x, gold terminal for x, pink crown gears as well as grey rear brake sets using pink brake pads make up the rest of the setup.”
ZALDY: “My favorite cowls are shadow breaker smoke special, cut-up max breaker and max breaker TRF. I use either black or white XX chassis. Front rollers are 8 mm bearing type front guide rollers. For the wing part, I position the 19mm 5 spoke or dish-type aluminum ball-race rollers at the outer most holes for maximum curving action. Agreeing with Sir Eric, XX is a very heavy chassis in fact the heaviest so to offset the weight I used faster gear settings and just like with the unit that won in the August PM4C it used 3.5:1 gear ratio settings. Motors are a mix between use of torque or atomic motor combined with the 3.5:1 gears.”
“Wheels are also specially made for the XX with RC M4WD dish type wheels especially trimmed for the wide body of the XX chassis. Though in one unit, I combined large diameter wheels at the rear with medium dia wheels at the front. Normally I follow that the power tires are in front and the slick tires are at the back. The rest is typically the same including the wheel bearings, gold terminals, hollow propeller shaft for x and pink gears.”
TM: So what have you tinkered with your XX setup that make it formidable in the face of competition?
ERIC: “Special cuts on key points of the chassis to enhance smother transmission of power. Special wing reinforcements that stresses on flex over rigidity. Down thrust is also angled more than the usual. Enhance brake rigidity but no brake treatment. I only use standard pink brake pads. My motor also is straight out of the box. No motor enhancement whatsoever. I let the gears do the talking.”
ZALDY: “The use of the faster or fastest gear setting which is the 3.5:1 is the most notable.”
TM: When did you start using the XX chassis and why did you prefer using it over the more conventional ones like FM or TZX?
ERIC: “I only started using it around 2012. I prefer the XX because of its stiff wings, wider side wingspan, wider wheel base, and you can get replacement chassis at a very low price from sellers.”
ZALDY: “Around 2012 also. Nobody was using them in tech I guess.”
TM: How did you came about or discover your XX chassis set up?
ERIC: “In preparation for Grand Raizer 2 in 2012, I thought of bringing back to life the glory days of the X chassis. FYI: I started technical racing using an X-chassis, yes… “
“Back then when I started in the hobby in 2000, I was just racing on super high speed races. Then somewhere near our place there was someone by the name of Obet (yes, the once TM marshal Tamomoy) who set up a side street racetrack. I got curious about technical racing and I set up my first technical unit using an X-chassis using generic front bearing rollers, stock small diameter Knuckle Breaker mags and tires and 17mm PLASTIC bushing rollers!. Right there was my very first taste of tech racing. And I won first place!”
“From then on, I got hooked with technical racing! In the heydays of complex racing, the most dominant chassis was the X chassis. That’s the era I want to relive and prove that the once mighty chassis is still relevant and competitive in today’s races!”
ZALDY: “In preparation for the very first Grand Raizer and I thought of focusing my efforts on the X or XX categories.”
TM: Is there anything unique about your XX chassis set up?
ERIC: “For me it must be the special wing set up utilizing the three holes which is inherent in the design of the XX and of course the mixed sized front roller bearings that is my signature in all of my setup.”
ZALDY: “Yes the wings are indeed unique because it is the only chassis so far with this type of configuration.”
TM: What makes your XX chassis set up stand out above the rest and make you win in the competitions?
ERIC: “It’s effectiveness on certain track layouts. The XX chassis will perform better than its contemporaries on certain track layouts that is designed to slow down the car before a killer obstacle.I have to admit that for now, it still has its limitations. My XX setup is still a WIP.”
ZALDY: “Durability and adaptability is the main advantage of the XX. You only have to make it faster to make it more competitive.”
TM: Can you share with our readers what races you have won using your favored XX chassis?
ERIC: “A number of fun races back in 2012 and of course, being the Raizer X of GR 2012. With the resurrection of my set up this year, it almost reached the finals of the recently concluded August PM4C Grand Prix, only to be cut down by another XX proponent: Raizer X 2011 Doc Zaldy Robles.”
ZALDY: “Besides winning the title of Raizer X in Grand Raizer 1 last 2011, my XX setup, as Sir Eric mentioned, won the Pilipinas M4WD Championship August Grand Prix.”
TM: If you are to provide some tips on our fellow racers and newbies who are interested in using the XX chassis, what are some of the advices you will give them?
ERIC: “Text me 0947-587-6941”
ZALDY: “I’m already in Canada by the time this article is posted at TM. You may pm me at Facebook ha ha ha.”
TM: Any word of advice for newbie racers who are following in your footstep and practitioners in the setup you have popularized?
ERIC: “As I would always tell the young bloods of our hobby, stay true to your color. Assimilate good ideas; emulate the racing styles of seasoned veterans, WHILE coming up with a style of your own. Pick up the best tips and never tire to learn. Last, never hesitate to ask questions. Everyone in this hobby will be more than willing to answer them.”
ZALDY: “Stay true to your chosen chassis. It can still give you the win if you put in more than a hundred percent effort, resources and practice time on it.”
As everyone knows, this article is more of like a tribute to our good friend Dr. Rizaldy Robles who by now is in Canada, maybe for some time or maybe for good. But again the legacy of being Raizer X and the setup he left behind with his team mates in MIB Racing Team has indeed opened the doors of opportunity wide for all Super X and XX users out there, that there is a winning x-factor in the chassis. It needs a little imagination and some kind of innovation to unlock the potential of the said chassis and turn one of the hardest chassis to use at technical racing into a winnable setup.
Next week, we’ll continue the interviews with the Raizer TZ’s – two prominent users of TZX Galas’ Mitz Lizares of Grand Raizer 1 fame and Konoha’s SuperMhark Fontanilla from Grand Raizer 2 get into the hot seats as we near the completion of the Se7en Super Setups, the Back-to-Back Raizer Series!