The unique electronic control unit is incorporated into a compact, high-precision low center-of-gravity chassis design. With an adjustable wheelbase, various body styles can be fitted.
Mini-Z’s ultra high-precision 2WD chassis (MR-03) features a rear motor mount. The layout of the 4WD specification (MA-020S) mounts the motor on the left of center.
Powerful response from the digital servo compliments the instant acceleration and stopping of the coreless motor (MR-03 only). The high-precision steering unit uses minutely accurate movement and holds driving lines even with kickback from the track surface. With a .01mm (.0004 in.) tolerance in the gears, the integrated servo in the Mini-Z achieves the precision of a high-quality wrist watch, but this is the cost of the Mini-Z’s pursuit of precision control.
When a car drives through a corner, the path each wheel must follow is different, which means each wheel must rotate at different speeds for optimum traction and handling. Both versions of the Mini-Z Sports feature a bevel-gear differential to allow differing wheel speeds, which delivers smooth, confident cornering.
Newly developed 'VCS' (Variable Camber Suspension) progressively increases camber angle as the suspension compresses, keeping the front tires at the optimum angle no matter how hard you're cornering. The VCS also delivers a neutral steering feel without creating unpredictable "bump-steering."
Replacing the front lower and upper plates and steering tie-rod allows both narrow and wide tread to be used.
VCS (Variable Camber Suspension) maintains optimum camber angle in concert with suspension movement.
Adjusting the degree of flex in rear suspension plate controls front wheel traction.
Strut-type suspension delivers high reliability and reduces changes in alignment.
The special transmitter for the Mini-Z Sports Series operates on FHS2.4GHz. Equipped with trim to operate the optional light unit. Advanced R/C system featuring a full color LCD touch display allows each setting to be changed on screen, just like on a smart phone. In addition to its high performance response, essential settings in real R/C cars such as endpoint and exponential can be displayed graphically.
The Mini-Z Racer Sports is a great machine for fun driving but it also packs serious ‘racing car’ performance that can evolve into a pure racing machine with various optional parts. For drift driving, style is just as important as performance so boost your car’s presence with styling parts.
Camber angle is the angle the tires face the track surface. It’s no understatement to say that this is the most important aspect for drift cars. The Mini-Z AWD Sports is equipped with camber knuckles for both front and rear. Conservative specifications and more radical specifications both work great!
Slight understeer is normal for most drivers. Soft springs allow the car to turn more.
LED Light Unit is easily mounted onto the AWD Sports. Some body types may require holes to be opened, but the effects of linking the front and rear lights to the throttle are exceptional. A trim on the transmitter can also be used to flash the lights for a totally awesome effect!
Compared to normal grip driving, controlling the chassis in drift driving is more difficult. But this amazing gyro unit stabilizes counter steer by detecting chassis movement and autocorrecting steering!
Mini-Z is great for driving at home, displaying as a collection, and modifying for improved performance.
An indoor course designed with the included pylons is a great way to enjoy time trials.
Mini-Z can be driven immediately! Just insert four AAA-size alkaline batteries in the controller and four more in the chassis. Switch the controller ON, then switch the chassis power ON!
Hold the controller in your left hand and pull the throttle trigger slowly with your left index finger. This functions as the accelerator. Turn the steering wheel gently left and right using you right hand. Did you see the perfectly proportional movement of the wheels on the chassis?! This precise control demonstrates that the Mini-Z is a true hobby-grade RC car. The precision controls in addition to the high-quality construction, produce driving characteristics similar to that of a real car.
Learning how to control your Mini-Z is the key to proper driving. First, pull the throttle slowly and hold it at a slow speed while you gradually turn the steering wheel left and right. Start slowly and work up to a faster speed as you become more skilled. Place two plastic bottles about 2 yards apart from each other. Try to drive around them in an oval pattern. This helps to better develop your driving skills in proximity to objects. You need to drive slowly at first, being careful to follow the same line around the oval. The better you get, the faster you can go!
Next, try to drive your car in a figure 8 around the plastic bottles. If you can do this easily, you're ready for the next stage. There's a proper driving course layout available. Many drivers enjoy making their own more sophisticated layouts to even further develop their driving skills.
At just 7 inches in length, the Mini-Z only requires about 8x4 feet of space in your garage or living room. You don't need to go to
a special race track.
The AWD Sports is already fitted with special drifting
tires, so all you need is to develop your drifting skills!
Approaching the corner with a steady speed, quickly "flick" the steering to the left, then back to the right to initiate the drift. You'll have to counter-steer at some point to exit the corner in a straight line.
Approach the corner with a steady speed, then briefly let off the throttle, and then quickly apply full throttle as you steer into the corner to initiate the drift. Once sliding (oversteering), you may need to adjust the throttle and/or the steering angle to maintain a proper radius.
This circuit is similar to an official championship circuit. Established with about 35-40 feet of straights and 13 corners, this is a common racetrack layout.
Lets start driving. Avoid starting out too fast. The important thing is to precisely control the car. To practice, drive slowly down the middle of the course. This seems easy but it is actually quite difficult and you will discover the important interaction between steering and acceleration. If you maintain your driving line through the middle of the course, you can feel a natural driving rhythm.
Once you get the rhythm, try to drive the running lines that you envisioned while studying the track diagram. At this stage, do not get caught at each corner but breakdown the course into sections. You don’t need to drive fast, just learn to follow driving lines accurately and control the posture of the car when entering corners with a combination of steering and acceleration.
Once you get used to the course layout, plan the whole race. Think specifically where to accelerate and where to reduce speed, what posture provides the smoothest entry to corners without losing time etc. Don’t worry if you make a mistake, just focus on the cause and the solution. Was it the wrong speed or angle of attack, or something else? Think about it and try to find the best line for optimal speed. If you keep focus on these aspects you will find improvement in driving performance.