My 2010 Formula One car is nearing completion ready for the 2010 SPC-UK national championship. I took the decision to run a Tamiya F103 chassis that I had already rather than invest in a brand new car for 2010. This car has now been heavily modified with Tamiya racing parts and is looking to be a promising car to compete with in 2010. It has been named the JV02D. I give all my cars codes such as this that mirror real F1 car model names. This allows me to remember the type of car i was running at the time for future reference. The JV02 model name was previously used for my old F103 chassis which ran as the JV02 and JV02B in 1995 and the JV02C in 1996, 97 and 1998. The previous car I ran from 1995-1998 was also a Tamiya F103 chassis, but due to a lack of money very few racing parts were added.
Now I am in a position to pump more money into this project I feel I can have a genuine crack at the championship. The rules for 2010 allow a variety of F1 chassis such as the Tamiya F102, 103, 104 and 201, with the latter being a 4 wheel drive F1 car. Chassis from HPI and 3 Racing will also be permitted. I am firmly of the belief that the F103 is among the best F1 chassis available, and the car should provide an excellent platform to fight for the championship. I am slightly weary of the F201 4WD chassis however if conditions on any given weekend are wet. In the dry however I would expect the F103 to be among the best or if not the best of the bunch.
With only eight weeks remaining until the first round at Ardent Raceway near Donington Park final work is being carried out on the car. Testing will begin at my local track in Kent as soon as the new rubber tyres are available from the series organisers. It will be very important to learn how these new tyres perform, as I have only previously raced a Tamiya F103 chassis with foam tyres.
I will be adding race reports during the year and you can be sure of more updates leading to the first race in March as the car has its 1995 Tyrrell 023 bodyshell finished. There will be a few extra technical refinements coming as well including a new aluminium motor mount and 3.5mm offset uprights, so keep checking Grand Prix Blogger for more information as the testing and preparations begin for the 2010 SPC-UK national championship.
With F1 R/C racing beginning to rise again in popularity we want to get as many F1 cars as possible running in this fantastic championship. If you would like to take a look at the rules and regulations then please visit the SPC-UK website where there is a host of infomation on the series. Alternatively contact me at email@example.com and I will answer any questions you may have.