Team Magic E4RS 2009 Build Review
Back in January 2008 I bought a Team Magic E4 and did a build review that you can read here. I was very impressed with the quality of the car but unfortunately CML distribution who were, at that time importing Team Magic products, decided not to bring in the E4. Flash forward two years and Team Magic have a new distributor in the UK in the form of CometRC. CometRC and their top driver Marcus ‘QBall’ Askell have done really well at the Thrashnalls race in the UK winning outright in 13.5 turn. I had a really good chat with Mete Faks the very enthusiastic owner of CometRC and I am now the proud owner of one of the Team Magic E4RS 2009. CometRC are looking at bringing out a version of the car containing the very nice K-Factory hopups that the guys were running in the Thrashnals – and all at a competitive price. CometRC are also the distributors of the Tekin range of products including the Tekin RS Pro speedo and Redline motors both of which I will be using this summer.
…Within a matter of days a nice parcel had landed on my doorstep containing the car and the K-Factory hopups…
The first thing to say is that even the box that the car comes in is a quality box. It’s not your normal cardboard box – you have to see it to see what I mean.
Upon opening the box you get a car that is pretty much built up – other manufacturers such as Schumacher are also offering a built car in their lineup. As you can see from the picture below the car comes with three extra bags containing the shocks, the front bumper and body posts and finally a bag with tools, spacers and 300cst shock oil. There is also a manual and a set of decals. That’s it… but then that’s all you need!
And the prebuilt car;
As you can see the car really is very narrow. The edges of the chassis have even been shaped at the sides. Team Magic have really worked hard on getting as many of the heavy parts of the car as close to the middle of the car as possible. The cells (or lipo in most cases this weather), being the heaviest part of the car, get special attention and are actually loaded through the bottom of the car on a specially made tray – this puts the cells very close to the middle. The tray on the original E4 was alloy but the new one is plastic… keeps the weight down. The motor sits just behind the battery again in the middle of the car. In order to do this Team Magic have gone back to their nitro roots and have put three belts on this car (yes three!). One short belt from the rear diff to the drive pulley and a similar short belt on the front spool/one way to another drive pulley. These are then linked by a belt the length of the car that connects the two together. A bit different…
I built up the shocks and in my case I went with 500cst oil and the included shock pistons. The shocks go together really well and have a bleed hole to make it easy to get consistent rebound – in my case I went with 25% rebound. I have to be honest and say that I do not know what weight the included kit springs are but went with them anyway. K-Factory do a box set of springs that gives you all the springs that you need – check out LX Touring Shock Spring Set 13×23.5mm (#21-#30) K4902.
As I said earlier CometRC are going to be selling a version of the car with hopups from K-Factory. These include;
E4 Aluminium 7075 Rear Hub Carrier Set (Toe-In 1.5 Degree) K2104
E4 Aluminium 7075 Rear Rear Hinge Pin Mount (Toe-in 1 & 2) K2106
E4 Aluminium 7075 Adjustable Single Bell Crank Steering Set K2121
E4 Lipo Conversion Kit K2127
While the car is lipo friendly out of the box the conversion kit raises the top deck up a few extra millimetres and this allows for even the tallest, highest capacity, lipos.
When building the kit (or rather putting together the finishing touches) just check everything is tight – in my case everything was well put together and I had no issues.
The single crank for the steering is very good but the K-Factory alloy one is even nicer. Another nice feature is the inserts in the front hinge pin mount – these can be turned round to give different amounts of toe-in (same on the rear).
The E4 went together really well, as good as any of the other ‘big’ players. It is a bit different which is why I decided to go for one (again) and it is nice to see a car that is not another clone. There are some pretty good videos on YouTube that show the cars unbelievable cornering ability which is put down to the centre battery alignment; the original E4 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q_tpuzi2N1A, Marcus Askells car at the Thrashnalls http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQd-bXh5QHI and a very fast E4 outdoors http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CE2s-nMjTB8&feature=related
My previous best time around my local track with the UMCC club at Ballymoney was 22 laps in 5mins and 5secs – this was done with an Xray 009. Within 4 runs with the E4RS on the kit setup I had managed to put in a 22 lapper in 5mins 3secs. I have to say that I was very impressed for the first run and I think that there is so much more to come both setup wise and speed wise from the car. I also tested the strength of the car at full speed into a fence (believe me not intentional but getting the entry onto the straight slightly wrong and hitting the curb is not good!) and immediately pulled the car over to check it out with no problems at all. I will be putting together another blog entry on this first run as well as future entries on the Tekin RS Pro speedo and any hopups etc. that I use so watch this space.
For more information check out CometRC’s site which is already showing results coming through of wins for the E4. Thanks again to Mete and Marcus and all at CometRC for their help and support in getting me up and running.