We’re delighted to bring you this first look at the WRC f-one180. Thanks to Duncan Vaughan for the Build report and now including build photos……click through for the full story….and enjoy!
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Assembly Report – Duncan Vaughan
On initial inspection the kit quality is excellent. I have not seen better carbon and the base chassis even has chamfered edges – WRC obviously heard about the dots at Logan!
Step one involves installing the main chassis suspension float plate. Look at the instructions supplement and all is clear. The spheres and half rings fit snugly into the aluminium main plate with nice tight tolerance. Already I know this is going to be a great car!
One pair of springs under and the choice of a 0.3mm or 0.5mm spring steel plate over the top. I chose the 0.3 plate for a softer feel and more traction.
The carbon axle, ball diff and motor pod continue the quality trend. I polished the diff plates before installation and installed the 48 pitch diff gear (thanks Heavy for the adaptor!). Diff is smooth but a little tight – it may run in or need some fine tuning, only testing will tell. After being caught out by the new bump on the last sweeper at Logan I chose the +1mm ride height option.
Once installed the rear wing & diffuser looks awesome!
Next is the top deck. Both standard and shorty pack battery mounts come with the kit. Shorty it is for me! I had to countersink the holes for the rear body mounts so the screw heads would not clash with the battery. Battery fit is nice and tight and only 1 screw to remove the pack too.
Servo mounting did not go so well – but it was my fault, not the kit. I will have to come back to this. Again refer to the supplement. Servo saver is tight and works well. Steering tie rods are turnbuckle but do not adjust easily.
Front suspension arms again are a snug fit with little play. Installed the front king pins with the black washer (in the kit not the manual) at the bottom and tapered springs large diameter down. Used the 2mm spacer below the king pin and the 2mm and 1mm above. This is a guess for ride height but seems OK to start.
The shock absorber seems a little tight when assembled. I used 35WT instead of the 600CST in the kit with the 2 hole piston and it ended up as I hoped. Only track testing will tell if I have it right.
A transverse damper is supplied with the kit. Just waiting for the replacement shock connector plate (it is on its way) that will be supplied in all future kits. This is not an oil filled shocky but a tube and plunger style. Seems like it will work well.
I’m yet to install the rest of the electrics.
The instructions do not always reflect the components in the kit but it is still easy to assemble. Overall very happy with the kit and can’t wait to put it on the track. Heavy asked if I would like to swap for his F1 – not a chance!
Stand by for a drive report just as soon as we can get the car on a race track.
The bodyshell that came with early kits is a difficult cut out and 3 piece body – well worth the effort as seen here in Duncans finished product.