Don Almeido tells us he owes much of the inspiration for his throwback Corvette Interceptor to the O.S. TZ-TX .18 nitro motor and the review entitled “Weapon of Mass Combustion” that ran back in the day in our sister publication RC Nitro Magazine. He was inspired by that article to build a car around that engine, and selected the Super Nitro RS4 as his platform of choice. It took him more than a year to complete and uses some parts that are now discontinued and hard to find, so this is a real time capsule. He focused on increasing stability and strength to hold up to the power of the TZ-TX, which he runs on 25% nitro fuel when he feels the urge for some old-school nitro speed. He provided a whole build sheet on the project, which you can see below:
HPI Super Nitro RS4 C5-R Police Interceptor
Chassis: 300mm Super RS4 WolfPack Radicals Conversion
Top upper Deck: HPI Carbon Graphite
Rear Y Brace: HPI Carbon Graphite
Rear upright: HPI Carbon Graphite
Motor: O.S. TZ-TX .18 11L Rotary Carb
Exhaust: RD Logics Turbo III Polished w/ race header
Radio: Spectrum DX 2.0 digital
Receiver: Spectrum SR3000rx 2.4 Ghz digital
Servos: Spectrum Z590 Hi-Torque race steering servo / Z270 Race throttle & brake servo
Fail safe– OFNA
Body: HPI 300mm WB Corvette w/ front, side and rear air flow. Custom LED installed rotational lighting in front, top and rear all flashing.
Wheels: HPI Japan foams 16-spoke black wheels 12mm hex w/ larger rear offset
Tires: Foams w/ Good Year decals
Shocks: Mugen (F) / Team Blue Star aluminum threaded (R)
Transmission: HPI Heavy-duty 2-speed with aluminum side belt tensioner
Carbon Graphite front lower A-Arms
Hpi Aluminum rear diff box
GRP Rear Aluminum Upper A-Arms and hubs
Hpi Aluminum Lower rear A-Arms
Stainless screws throughout
Wolfpack Radicals Motor Mount
Integy Gun Metal air filter
Hpi HD Turn Buckles front & rear
GRP CVD’s front and rear
HPI Race Fuel Tank with primer
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