Tamiya Rere B.A.R. Honda Hotshot Evo V


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model  57785:  XB Hotshot 2008    [ click here for more XB Hotshot 2008s ]
status  Runner
date entered  2/13/2017 12:46:40 PM
description  OK guys, this car has finally reached it's 5th evolution stage. Hence the name 'Evo V'. This car is a re-re Hotshot bought back in 2008, and it's been used for vintage racing ever since. I've had the idea of adding the BigWig air intake/scoop for quite a while, and I finally got around to actually doing it... and by coincidence here comes the BigWig re-re! Timing could not be better - and it's a nice salute to the BigWig I think. I always though the BigWig as to looks could have been a lot better with some tweaks. It just looks too tall, bulky and there's way too much yellow plastic on it. IMHO it works better 'dressed up' with some silver and carbon look vinyl

I'll be honest and admit that it's far from an ideal base for a proper race car. But since the Supershot was my first 'good' RC car back in the 80s it has a special place in my heart. And I've always believed that this car had a lot of untapped potential. So my goal has been to make is as fast as a more modern car. And being very close now to a Tamiya Top Force or Schumacher CAT 2000 I definitely think I can conclude that I've fulfilled my goal. Although it took a lot of time, money and testing to get there

The most fun part has been to go my own ways - it's very rewarding when you get a new idea and it works out like you've planned. I still have my original Supershot, which I already back in the day did heavily modify. You can find that one in my showroom as well.

If you click the link below 'If you liked those pictures, you should see these...' below the last picture it will send you to Evo IV, which again is linked to Evo III and so on. I've also put links to all the previous evolution stages in the 1st comment, including a link to my build tread (in norwegian, but you can run it through Google Translate).

Now, this is what I've done in the Evo V stage (since Evo IV):
-Installed a Thorp ball diff in the front
-Modified the front universal driveshafts to make them fit the Thorp outdrives (larger dimension)
-Mounted and customized a BigWig air intake (cut, sanded, painted, added carbon look vinyl, added mesh net in the intake)
-Made an extra support for the rear damper mount using an alu tube
-Stiffened up the rear wing supports more using ball links
-Added a 7-fin Integy colling rib to the motor
-Fitted an ESC colling fan and a fan guard to the end of the motor endbell (motor still ran too hot)
-Geared it down to 11T using a Schumacher 0.6 modulus pinion (motor still ran too hot on 12T)

Thanks for looking and comments or questions are always welcome! And of course feel free to copy any of my mods, I'd be honored!
 
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No car without homage to Jimmy Storey! (oOple)
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Notice the cooling fin and fan on the motor
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Customized BigWig air intake
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Vintage Thorp ball differential
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Reinforced rear damper stay support
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If you liked those pictures, you should see these...
Tamiya Rere B.A.R. Honda Hotshot Evo IV

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RACECRAFTERS  2/14/2017 12:19:24 PM
I've always liked your presentations SHY69 and this looks awesome! Well done!

SHY69  2/14/2017 11:53:06 AM
Thx a lot guys! I agree that it's become much of a red theme now, so that'd be good but I don't know of any good red dampers. And the blue was kinda 'Tamiya TRF'ish' in my mind Buggy shells are well protected vs onroad, and I'm not 'Crash Cramer' either, more like 'Steady Eddie' perhaps? Front wheelse are CA glued on the edges to prevent traction roll, and a lot of the spikes are cut of. It's very fast like this on carpet, faster than wide stagger ribs - but a wee bit harder to drive
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SHY69  2/13/2017 12:49:35 PM
Here's the different previous stages in detail: B.A.R. Honda Hotshot Evo I: [Click here] B.A.R. Honda Hotshot Evo II: [Click here] B.A.R. Honda Hotshot Evo III: [Click here] B.A.R. Honda Hotshot Evo IV: [Click here] Build tread: [Click here]
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Supercoolnothing  2/13/2017 11:22:15 AM
That's awesome, I'm loving the lucky strike paint scheme. It makes me think of the mid 90's Suzuki 500cc grand prix bikes.

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scollins  2/13/2017 7:07:27 AM
Really nice build and improvements. I like what you said about trying out an idea and having it work as planned!! A good feeling. Thanks for this one, A++

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pastimesteve  2/13/2017 5:31:02 AM
That is one awesome looking Hotshot! Fantastic.

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Crash Cramer  2/13/2017 4:29:45 AM
ALWAYS a WOW with this car. More mods, yet perfectly and tastily done. I still can't believe that this body is the one you race with, it looks impeccably clean and it might be time for new front tires as those look a tad bit worn on the edges.

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Tamiyastef  2/13/2017 4:20:26 AM
Looks stunning! Maybe only change to red anodized shocks? But who am I to comment on such a beauty.

 

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