3Racing F113 Build
Written by Will Haines
Will Haines is an F1 enthusiast in Melbourne and author of our popular FGX Guide series. Join Will as he builds 3Racing's latest F1 race machine - the F113.
As expected from 3Racing packaging is of a high standard with easy to use instructions. The only annoying thing was having to go back to previous bags to continue the build with parts in those bags.
As you can see from the photos above this was the special offer from rcMart which included a motor and ESC.
Carbon pieces are of high standard with a touch of "TRIPPINESS" with the top deck.
Photos of build steps below following the same order as in the manual:
Don’t mix the bearings at this stage. If unpacking multiple bags at once then make sure you keep track of each bearing so as not to use the wrong bearing in a step.
Rear section completed and attached to chassis (above and below).
Now to hit the front end (below).
The picture below is where you’ll find pistons for shocks. I was dumbfounded for a while searching for them, nearly to the point of thinking I was short parts.
Hint - when doing shock e-clips put in a bag to catch wayward clips (see below)
Completed front section so far (below) the F-113 has gone together without a hitch.
So now to the heart and soul of any F1 - motor and electronics.
The wiring for any 1/10th can be tedious and this was no different. Just take your time to route the wiring nice and neat. The less wiring the better remembering we like to lose as much EXCESS WEIGHT as possible.
This F1 so far comes in at 997grams WOW!!.
So there we have it, another build 90% done with just the body to go. The build was easy and even to the point of using only hand tools to build (no battery drill used) the build was easy on the hands and wrists.
The paint scheme I’ll be doing for our 2013 season of F1 will be in the 2013 TEAM LOTUS e-21 livery pictured below.
Enjoy your F1
Update - First Run (28 Feb)
Gave the F-113 its first run in an under cover car park today (due to rain it was a very clean surface, so no unexpected flights from hitting something unseen) and sorry for the french but OMFG !!!! are my initial thoughts. It took no time at all coming to grips with the car ...... It stuck like glue to smooth concrete, unlike the FGX, it is silent and its silky smooth gear set was pleasing, steering was spot on and responded to whatever input I threw at it. It will be interesting to see it on track, although with its quick change of direction I'm not expecting any problems.
The front arms look and feel strong, so unless it hits something really hard it's not going to be easily broken, also being strong, no wear or elongation in the hinge pin holder up the front. With the FGX there was some leakage from the shocks, so far with the F-113 not a sign of leakage. The rear wing seems flimsy but all reports say it is strong and can withstand racing accidents, looks can be deceiving I'd say.
Standard box set up was fine to start with I think, as there seemed to be no hassles with it as it is, but changes may be made at races, I will have to wait and see. Reports I have read so far have been positive and I'm looking forward to doing some testing and then some serious racing....
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