Tuesday, 14 October 2014


The spectrum board for the Mini-Z has been out for a couple of months for now and we are starting to see it gain popularity. I have been asked so many times. Is spektrum better than the ASF?
Is it faster? Is it more responsive? 

In my honest opinion, I wouldn't say which is better but I can share the advantages.

1. Braking - the spectrum works on a different channel for brakes and reverse where else the ASF doesn't. You are able to set a much milder braking force and not sacrifice your reverse speed.

2. Power - oh yes, the spektrum board is indeed punchy because the original board comes factory fitted with double layers of the PN FETS. And these fets have one of the lowest resistances and yet able to handle 8 AMPS of power draw. The stock fets on the ASF doesn't give you that much of power. But of cos you can swap out the stock fets on the ASF boards with some PN FETS to give you more power

3. Ports - the additional ports on the board powers the transponders leaving the I.C.S port free. No more plugging and unplugging your transponder just to do I.C.S programming.

4. Software - the PN software for ICS programming is a lot simpler than the Kyosho ones. And I bet you. You will definitely be playing with the software a lot more. The ASF version is so complicated and it seems like I need to carry a bible just to do some settings. And that is one of the main reason ASF I.C.S software is never popular. At times software settings on the car is a lot faster than hardware settings during races.

5. On Board Processor - the spectrum board has 2 ICs on board for data processing. One for the steering and the other for speed. Where else ASF uses 1 IC to do both the processing. I feel individual processing is definitely better than shared processing. 

Lastly I feel that the  Prefect Combo = Spektrum + PN ICS Blue tooth adaptor + Android phone. Thats all you need for most of the races. Simple, Lightweight and the phone is always in the pocket. 
Plenty of setting options.

You decide :) 

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

"Race Shell"

Well it seems that I have gone last and refuse to type. Enjoy guys:)

Sunday, 5 October 2014


I have covered parts for the car, different stages you can consider. I have also covered setting tips and also tire choices.

Well I would like to share some information on "race shells". You must be wondering. Kyosho makes fantastic nice shells. Why are these guys running on shells that looks UGLY.

We run shells that look ugly and call them "race shells" because

1. You can choose your own colour scheme and I bet you this is important in a race because that sets you apart from the rest of the racers. People see and they recognise your shell not you.You won't want to run a shell that's off shelf because there might many others running the same shell as you.

2. "Race Shells" are typically a lot lighter than the stock ones as we do not apply a heavy coat of paint on it for one. We change out the windows to a lexan window so that it's a lot lighter. We also make openings on the shell for better down force.

3. Shell height can also be custom as you glue on the side clips. Most of our race cars are typically set up to be really low and therefore the stock shells tends to scrap the track.

There are also a couple of shells that is highly recommended for race due to the design, the handing or the rigidity.

I would highly recommended using either the Audi R8, Ferrari 458 or the Ferrari 599. I personally tested all those shells and I find them highly competitive.

In the next article I will be showing you step by step on how to prepare a race shell.

Tuesday, 2 September 2014


Its time again of the year for one of the biggest mini-z race in S.E.A. Indonesia Open 2014.

This year the race will be held in a shopping mall in Surabaya. I am very excited about this upcoming race as PN team drivers will be there for the race as well as Team drivers from Atomic RC.

More info on the race can be found here:


Race dates as follows: Sept 18 - 19 Open Practise / Sept 20 - 21 Qualifying + Mains

The Singapore team heading up for the race will be as follows :

Dave Tang
Keith Lin
Fred Chia
Mark Loo
Kar Wee

Mini - Z legend Alvin Lim will not be joining the race as it clashes with the IPHONE launch on 19th Sept 2014 in Singapore.

I hope to provide some live coverage if I am able to get on the network there.

Good luck guys.

Next article will be some tips on race preparation.

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Choose your rear tires like a PRO !

Back in MAY I touched on finding traction and in the post I covered mainly the front tires.

Well guys just to touch on the rear tires.

You hear us talking about degrees, parada, radial, compound and many terms and you must be thinking what the hell and what should I buy. The grooves on the tires, there is no water on the track does the groove matter?

Anyway here goes:

1. Degree

The lower the number the softer the tires therefore 5* is softer than 6* and therefore technically you should have more grip when you use a lower degree tires. However I feel that the car gets a little sluggish in the rear when the tires are too soft. If there is no need to DO NOT USE the softest tires because: IT WEARS FASTER and IT CAUSE THE CAR TO BE SLUGGISH.

On a typical well maintained RCP track the PN Racing 6* should provide you with more than sufficient rear grip.

2. Grooves

I would recommend you to try BOTH. The parada and the radial. The differences, both the tires are of the same compound and same hardness (6*) so what's the difference. Well the radial tires have the same groove throughout and therefore provide you with the same traction same feel even during cornering. I would say good tires for smooth drivers.

However if you look at the parada closely the grooves are not the same. There is 2 lines at the outer area of the tires. At this moment you must be thinking. YOU ARE CRAZY does it make a difference.

Yes it does, the outer surface of the tires because of the design is softer where else towards the middle and the insides it's the same hardness. So what?

Having a softer "outside" actually gives you better side grip while cornering and doing sudden direction change. And if ask yourself when do upset the car or when does the car lose traction? Will it lose traction on the straights? If it does your car needs to be looked at (Back to Pit). The car usually lose traction when you corner HARD or make sudden direction change to avoid collision. The parada tires does help with the softer outsides to give you that extra side bite.

Enough said, try it !

RRR06 - PN Racing Mini Z RCP Radial Rear 6 (Degree)
RR1106 - PN Racing Mini Z Parada Rear Tire 6 (Degree)

Monday, 28 July 2014

Pro Kit Stage 2 (Last Part) Explained

Alright guys,

This is the final part on the pro kit explained. In this last section we are touching on :

1. T Plates

This is found on the bottom of the chassis and the T-plate basically controls your roll. (Left and Right movement of the car)

There are a couple of different hardness available

MR3012S - Number 2
MR3001S - Number 3
MR3002S - Number 4
MR3003S - Number 5
MR3004S - Number 6

So what are all this numbers and what do they do? The bigger the numbers the stiffer the plates and therefore less roll action. Of cos if the pockets allowed you can purchase the entire whole range for testing but in our experience we normal run the Number 4 or 5.

The rest is a little too hard or too soft. But again, that depends on the track condition.

2. Rear axel height adjustment.

When you remove your diff, take a close look at the black plastic piece that holds the bearing. There is a number on it and either 1 or 2 that you are using. Do remember, use the same number on both side else you will realise that your car tweaks on one side. Both the holders provides 2 different ride heights and I would take reference from the fronts and the tires to match the rear. The concept here is very simple, this adjustment basically sets the rear ride height to match the front so that you will have even ride height.

That's all for now guys. Pro Kit explained. No more guessing work. Hit the tracks.

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Pro Kit Stage 2 (Part 1) Explained

Hi Pro Kit Owners,

I hope you guys have fun tweaking the front section of the car and I hope by now you have found a sweet spot or a nice setting for the fronts.

Today I am going to touch on part 1 of Stage 2 upgrade. Stage 2 upgrade consist of a couple of key components and therefore I feel that there is a need to break the explanation to 2 parts.

In part 1, I am going to touch on the centre shock as well as the DPS.

1 & 2. Center Shock

Well there are a couple of centre shocks available in the market and the most common ones that you see would be the "yellow" kyosho shock. I personally don't like that option part as the damping rely on the oil and the springs. When I ran that shock a couple of years back there was quite abit of guessing work. Springs you use on the shock affects the response. The oil you use affects it as well.
When the oil level drops it changes again. And worst the spring and the oil both contributes to bounce and the oil alone contributes to the re bounce. It's like rock science.

I strongly recommend the PN Racing piece. Simple, maintenance free and very simple to understand.

Springs in the front (1) determines your re bounce and the Springs in the rear (2) determines your bounce. Just a little tip, load the springs with slight compression. Never compress the springs too much. I use green for the front and white for the rear.

3. Damper system

This part prevents the car from hopping too much and at the same time contributes to the on throttle response and off throttle response. By having a harder spring at the bottom gives you more on throttle steering where else a softer spring gives you more off throttle steering. Make sure to take close look at the damper system and try to make sure that both the top and bottom springs are equal.

I am a off throttle person and therefore, I prefer Blue (hard) springs on the top and Green (Soft) springs and the bottom.

That's all for today's tech tips.

See you soon. Happy racing.......