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Little Guy
06-12-2011, 04:07 PM
Hey guys.

I like small cars. Cars that make a Toyota Yaris look Massive. I'm talking about Japanese Kei cars-- vehicles with 660CC engines or less. My favorite of these Kei Cars is the Suzuki Cappuccino. It was one of the only Front Engine, Rear wheel drive Kei sports cars to solidify it's appearance on the market. However, it's 660CC engine only meant that, even with a turbo, that this car only had 60 horsepower from the factory.

However, it took a balls-to-the-walls tuner with a Hayabusa Engine, a Suzuki Cappuccino, and a dream to turn this car into nearly 300 Horsepower, 570 Kilogram monster capable of 9 second quarter miles.

What's this have to do with RC?


Okay, well, not really.

The moral of the story was that I went and got a chassis from ABC Hobby just to drive one of these badboys in the RC world.






There was only one slight drawback to this chassis. Most of the parts are not only unique to the chassis, the most aggravating part of this chassis is what lays behind the wheels, or rather, what is not there. I've gathered that most of this car, while it is a 1/10 scale Kei Car, is comprised mostly of 1/16th scale parts.

The most aggravating part of this chassis is the way the rims are set up. Not only are they slightly (only slightly) smaller than a Mini tire, they're about 3/4 of the tire width. Oh well.




The "Hexes" in this car are nonexistant-- part of the rim itself. I gather I can probably jam a 1/16th scale Outdrive/hex combo and adapt it to fit 1/10-1/12 Mini or Cup Racer tires and rims, but so far, I'm stuck as for what I should be running in it.

But it still goes like hell.

All I got for now.


06-13-2011, 01:52 PM
:laugh: Good story, Justin! I look forward to seeing it sized up beside a 'regular' 10 scale. And don't worry about your wheel issue; If there's one thing to be learned from the guys on this forum it's that 'if there's a will, there's a way'.

matt c
06-13-2011, 03:26 PM
I'm glad to hear you're entering the rear wheel drive world Justin. Lot's to learn. How similar is that chassis to the SportWerks? I have one I'm selling if you need parts.

Little Guy
06-13-2011, 05:03 PM
I've never seen a sportwerks chassis before-- I'll have to look at it when I can.

Edit- Just looked at it. It's a near dead ringer. Let me get a look at it when I next see you. Or bring it with you to the next meet-- does it have Hexes?

06-15-2011, 07:36 AM
cool little car Justin, when are you getting a crawler too?

Little Guy
06-15-2011, 03:23 PM
cool little car Justin, when are you getting a crawler too?

A scaler is on my list of wants-- but I probably wont have one till fall-- even though I'd like to come out to the Hope Slide some time and visit you and Sid Vicious. :P