First Post: Mini-Z Introduction

Welcome to the Mini-Z Noob blog! I started this blog because I’ve fallen in love with Mini-Z, but find the information out there bewildering, to say the least. I hope to be able to cover the following topics here:

  1. Introduction to Mini-Z system;
  2. Driving principles;
  3. Hop-ups and their purposes;
  4. Short reviews of parts.

To get us started, I should introduce my cars. I bought two of these at the same time, namely a Subaru Impreza KX1, MR-03S chassis, and a Nissan 180SX MA-020S chassis. Both cars came fitted with the LED light kit, and although I had intended to get only the Nissan, the Impreza was going at a 20% discount and I couldn’t pass up. For the uninitiated (as I was a mere week ago!!), the MR-03S is the new two-wheel drive (2WD) chassis that, I was told, is more popular for racing on tracks. The MA-020S is the new all-wheel drive (AWD) drift kit, and can be driven indoors, like in a living room.

To power these babies, I purchased two sets of PN Racing 888mAH batteries, as well as an Ace 800mAH set. Of the two, the PN ones seem to be punchier and gives good performance till the end (but with a precipitous drop-off in power in the last minute of drive time), while the Ace batteries seem to run at 75% speed, and seems to run out sooner but more gradually.

Having driven the AWD quite a bit in the past week, I have already noticed some things that I don’t like, and will take some time to describe these in the next couple of posts. I have also placed orders for a large number of optional parts, and will, in due time, give reviews of these items. Stay tuned!


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