Friday, October 29, 2021

Optional A12 Suspension Plates by AwesomatixUSA

It has been 1 year in the Awesomatix A12 journey. Since its October 2020 launch, the A12 has been, without a doubt, the most popular 1/12th scale car in the USA and Canada racing scene. Everywhere we look — A12s keep showing up! Over the last year, the AwesomatixUSA Racing Team has continued pushing the boundaries of the A12 platform trying to understand how to further refine its performance and improve its functionality.


A tale of two front suspensions - Trailing Axle vs Zero Trail (inline)

When customers purchase an A12, it ships with a traditional Trailing Axle setup that has been common on 1/12th scale cares going back to the 1970s. However, unlike most other platforms, the A12 has an optional Zero Trail Axle, or inline axle, that is available. Throughout our testing, the AwesomatixUSA Racing Team has found the Zero Trail Axles to be one of the biggest improvements for the A12 on high grip black carpet.

To try the ZT configuration, customers can purchase the A12-ZT kit that is sold by Awesomatix and AwesomatixUSA. The A12-ZT kit produces the same overall wheelbase length as the kit Trailing Axle setup by using a Suspension Plate (A12-C1205-ZT) that is 3mm shorter than the stock configuration.

For customers who don’t want to try the Zero Trail Axles, the Suspension Plate from the ZT kit is still very useful for Trailing Axle configurations as it produces a 3mm shorter wheelbase than the stock configuration.

Ultimately, the choice between using Trailing Axles or Zero Trail Axles comes down to racer preference. Both configurations are fast and both configurations continue to win races; however, they produce a slightly different “feel.” Zero Trail Axles allow for less overall scrub of speed at the center of the corner in high grip situations. That being said, our traditional 1/12th racers often prefer the speed scrub they experience on corner entry with the Trailing Axle configuration.

Challenge One - Wheelbase Change

In March of 2021, Awesomatix released the A12-C1205-1.5 which reduced the wheelbase by 1.5mm from the stock configuration. Early testing of shorter wheelbase setups showed that a shorter wheelbase with trailing axles helped create a more balanced and faster car. The shorter wheelbase created more initial steering and increased response in almost all conditions. A12-C1205-1.5 was used to win 2021 Snowbird Nationals Mod 1/12th class.

Going into the 2021 ROAR On-Road Carpet Nationals, AwesomatixUSA released a limited set of 6mm shorter suspension plates designed to give racers running the Zero Trailing Axle front end a shorter overall wheelbase. The new shorter plate was wildly successful from the start with multiple cars in the 1/12th Stock A-main using this configuration.

Challenge Two - Obtaining more front suspension ride height

One of the challenges that the AwesomatixUSA team faced at the 2021 ROAR On-Road Carpet Nationals was that when using Zero Trail axles with both 5 and 6 degree caster posts we quickly started to run out of front end ride height. As a result, this forced us to run larger diameter tires and less front end droop then we wanted. However, despite these challenges, the A12 platform still prevailed — taking the TQ and Wins in 1/12th Stock, SuperStock and Modified classes.

New Products from AwesomatixUSA

After extensive testing and product development, AwesomatixUSA has finally created a solution to the A12 wheelbase and ride height challenge when running small tires. Available today, AwesomatixUSA is happy to announce a variety of new front suspension plates in different configurations.  All of these front suspension plates are designed and manfactured in the USA from high quality 2.5mm thick carbon fiber.  
  • ZT hubs and AUSA-A12-C1205-2.5mm-4      A12 4mm Shorter 2.5mm Thick Suspension Plate
    • Joe Trandell - Winner 1/12th Stock - 2021 Halloween Classic
    • Shawn Rayfield - A-finalist 1/12th Stock- 2021 Halloween Classic
    • Joe Trandell - 3rd place 1/12th Stock - 2021 NYGP
    • Miles Schneese - A-finalist 1/12th Stock - 2021 NYGP
  • ZT hubs and AUSA-A12-C1205-2.5mm-5      A12 5mm Shorter 2.5mm Thick Suspension Plate
    • Michael Hanulec - TQ 1/12th Stock - 2021 Halloween Classic
    • Michael Hanulec - A-finalist 1/12th Stock - 2021 NYGP
  • ZT hubs and AUSA-A12-C1205-2.5mm-6      A12 6mm Shorter 2.5mm Thick Suspension Plate
    • Michael Hanulec - 3rd place 1/12th Super Stock - 2021 Halloween Classic
    • Michael Hanulec - A-finalist 1/12th Super Stock - 2021 NYGP

Use Case Matrix

Depending upon the overall configuration the A12 inner and outer chassis frame (AM1203 Battery Plate and AM1204 Chassis Plate) require modification to alter the position of the servo and servo saver within the car.  

Race Car Pictures

In the upcoming week or two AwesomatixUSA will have two exciting solutions to help racers who want to run the 5mm Shorter, 6mm Shorter and 7mm Shorter Suspension Plates.  Until then we thought we'd share the different solutions that our racers have done themselves during the prototype phases.  

Manual Chassis Modifications

Installation pictures from Michael Hanulec's TQ Stock 1/12th from 2021 Halloween Classic outfitted with the AwesomatixUSA A12 5mm Shorter 2.5mm Thick Suspension Plate.  Inner and Outer chassis have minor modifications done all with just a Dremel cutoff wheel.  A 1.5mm thick shim was used to shim out the servo saver.  

Industrial Chassis Modifications

Installation pictures from Clayton Young's A-main Stock 1/12th car from 2021 Halloween Classic outfitted with an earlier specification of the 6mm Short Suspension Plate. Inner and Outer chassis have major modifications performed on milling machine.

Sunday, October 24, 2021

B.Johnson and Trandell win at the 2021 Halloween Classic

 This weekend the R/C world return to Cleveland, Ohio for the 2021 Halloween Classic held at The Gate in Brunswick, Ohio.  Team Awesomatix USA was able to take two TQs and wins at the event.  This year's event would feature a tight and challenging layout such that all mains were limited to 8 drivers.  

Super Stock TC

Awesomatix USA's Brad Johnson would take the TQ in round 4 from the b-sort.  Awesomatix A800MMXA cars would take the Top 3 positions in qualifying with Bill Sydor and Clayton Young starting behind Brad.  In total Awesomatix would have 6 of the 8 competitors in the A-main.  The race had some good battles behind and that allowed Brad Johnson to check out and cruise to the win.

A-main finishing order-

  1. Brad Johnson [Awesomatix] [TQ]
  2. Clayton Young [Awesomatix]
  3. Bill Sydor [Awesomatix]
  4. Max Kuenning
  5. Bobby Rorison [Awesomatix]
  6. Michael Skeen [Awesomatix]
  7. Marc Livermore
  8. Jeff Rowland [Awesomatix]

Stock 1/12th

Awesomatix USA's Michael Hanulec would take TQ of the event in round 3.  Top 3 qualifiers ran the Awesomatix A12 with Joe Trandell and Clayton Young completing the starting line up.  Awesomatix placed the most cars into the A-main of any manufacturer.  Shockingly the open motor 17.5 would produce one of the largest separations in qualifying with 3 laps spanning the 8 car field.  During the A-main Michael Hanulec would run into the famous Gate "failnado" and after having to drive thru a pile of cars in the chicane he then blew out handing the race to Awesomatix USA's Joe Trandell to take a commanding lead and cruise to the win.

A-main finishing order-
  1. Joe Trandell [Awesomatix]
  2. Dana Bailes
  3. Tom Firsching
  4. Michael Hanulec [Awesomatix] [TQ]
  5. Andrew Knapp
  6. Jeff Dayger
  7. Shawn Rayfield [Awesomatix]
  8. Clayton Young [Awesomatix]

Stock TC

Stock TC was a hotly contested class at this year's event with 3.3 seconds covering the top 10 in qualifying -- but only 8 would make the A-main.  Awesomatix had 6 drivers going into the A-main.  Carnage on the first lap would allow Marc Livermore to cruise to the win from pole.  Bill Sydor [Awesomatix] elevated himself from 5th starting position to finish 2nd after a tight battle with Rob Love for the whole 5 minute race.

A-main finishing order-
  1. Marc Livermore [TQ]
  2. Bill Sydor [Awesomatix]
  3. Rob Love
  4. Clayton Young [Awesomatix]
  5. Michael Skeen [Awesomatix]
  6. Jeff Rowland [Awesomatix]
  7. Dave Johnson [Awesomatix]
  8. Bobby Rorison [Awesomatix]

Super Stock 1/12th

Super Stock 1/12th had a tighter qualifying field with only two laps separating the field.  Awesomatix USA drivers Michael Hanulec and Joe Trandell would start 6th and 7th in the A-main after having some challenges in qualifying.  Upon the A-main start Max would get away cleanly while the field cleaned each other out behind him.  Joe Trandell and Michael Hanulec drove through the smoke and raced up to second and third by the finish.  

A-main finishing order-
  1. Max Kuenning [TQ]
  2. Joe Trandell [Awesomatix]
  3. Michael Hanulec [Awesomatix]
  4. Andrew Knapp
  5. Tom Firsching
  6. Steve Radecky
  7. Jeff Dayger
  8. John Dickson

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Race Setups on our Google Drive

Hi all-- Google has retired the prior setup sheet links that are posted all over the internet for AwesomatixUSA.  Please navigate to the YYYY-MM labeled folders from this link

The Mon-Tech NYGP just wrapped up and we are posting setups in the 2021-10 folder.

Monday, October 11, 2021

Isaacs, Lia, Anderson, Flores and Schneese win at the 2021 Mon-Tech NYGP

The 2021 Mon-Tech New York Grand Prix (NYGP) at 360v2 took place October 7th to 11th 2021. Donny Lia and the team at 360v2 put on a fantastic and well run event over the past 4 days. Team Awesomatix is happy to walk away with 5 wins from the event - Modified TC, Modified 1/12th, Stock TC, USGT and GT12-R.  Congrats to all of the winners!  Cannot wait for next years event.


Modified Touring Car

Sam Isaacs and Kemp Anderson representing Awesomatix USA team in the Mod TC field.  The Mod TC race was mostly settled in qualifying with Sam taking the TQ and Kemp starting 5th.  

A-main finishing order-
  1. Sam Isaacs [Awesomatix]
  2. Chris Adams
  3. Keven Hebert
  4. Michael Gee
  5. Kemp Anderson [Awesoamtix]
  6. Andrew Ellis
  7. Max Kuenning
  8. Guner Mehmet
  9. Michael Pabon
  10. Jorge Rodriguez [Awesomatix]

Modified 1/12th

At this year's event 6.5T motors with open ESC was tried.  The Awesomatix A12 was the most popular car in the field with 7 of 10 racers running the car.  The A-main event had a dramatic finish with Donny Lia [Awesomatix] taking the win after grabbing the lead with just two laps togo in the main.  Sam Isaacs and Kemp Anderson also ran strong within the 5 car freight train up front.  

A-main finishing order-
  1. Donny Lia [Awesomatix]
  2. Keven Hebert
  3. Sam Isaacs [Awesomatix]
  4. Max Kuenning
  5. Kemp Anderson [Awesomatix]
  6. Andrew Knapp
  7. Joel Johnson [Awesomatix]
  8. Michael Hanulec [Awesomatix]
  9. John Themelis [Awesomatix]
  10. Joie Trandell [Awesomatix]

Stock Touring Car

Stock TC featured a Hobbywing JustStock motor that helped make the field very tight.  Eric Anderson [Awesomatix] took the TQ off his first round run.  In the A-main we had 7x A800MMXA cars battling for the win.  Craig Xavier [Awesomatix] was able to make a pass to move into 2nd place while Eric cruised to the win!

A-main finishing order-
    1. Eric Anderson [Awesomatix]
    2. Craig Xavier [Awesomatix]
    3. Robbie Dodge
    4. Clayton Young [Awesomatix]
    5. Manny Flores [Awesomatix]
    6. Jeff Rowland [Awesomatix]
    7. Jamie Corrado [Awesomatix]
    8. Marc McGurren [Awesomatix]
    9. Joe Wright
    10. Aja Archibald


    Coming off his Southern USVTA Nationals win, Manny Flores [Awesomatix] continued to lead the field in qualifying for USGT.  With half of the A-main featuring the A800MMXA cars we had a big chance at the win.

    A-main finishing order-
      1. Manny Flores [Awesomatix]
      2. Thomas Keiser
      3. Albin Melendez
      4. Michael Pabon
      5. Marc McGurren [Awesomatix]
      6. Aja Archibald
      7. Juan Amador [Awesomatix]
      8. Al Sodano [Awesomatix]
      9. Victor Kao
      10. Tommy Vutong [Awesomatix]


      GT12 this year featured SJT rubber tires.  Miles Schneese [Awesomatix] was able to take TQ and run away with the win in the A-main.

      A-main finishing order-
          1. Miles Schneese [Awesomatix]
          2. Mark Calandra
          3. George Fabbiani
          4. Lazaro Lopez
          5. Al Sodano [Awesomatix]
          6. Latif Michail
          7. Ralph Morella
          8. Carlos Pagan
          9. Charles Schaumburg [Awesomatix]
          10. James Riccitelli

          Super Stock Touring Car

          In Super Stock we had the car count advantage but couldn't convert that into a A-main win.  Awesomatix drivers ran strong finishing 3rd to 7th

          A-main finishing order-
          1. Robbie Dodge
          2. Drew Ellis
          3. Craig Xavier [Awesomatix]
          4. Jeff Rowland [Awesomatix]
          5. Jamie Corrado [Awesomatix]
          6. Melvin Aulston [Awesomatix]
          7. Clayton Young [Awesomatix]
          8. Michael Gee
          9. Chay Blount
          10. Diatta Collymore

          Stock 1/12th

          In Stock 1/12th we had some rough starts from Trandell, Hanulec and Schneese in the A-main and were unable to challenge for the win.  Trandell rallied back to grab 3rd spot on the podium.

          A-main finishing order-
            1. Jeff Dayger
            2. Andrew Knapp
            3. Joe Trandell [Awesomatix]
            4. Clayton Young [Awesomatix]
            5. Mark Calandra
            6. Michael Hanulec [Awesomatix]
            7. Dan Pawling
            8. Latif Michail
            9. Miles Schneese [Awesomatix]

            Super Stock 1/12th

            In Super Stock 1/12th we again saw a rough first lap with Themelis and Corrado getting caught up at the start.  Eric ran strong from 9th to nearly get on the podium.  

            A-main finishing order-
              1. Jeff Dayger
              2. Andrew Knapp
              3. John Dickson
              4. Eric Anderson [Awesomatix]
              5. Max Kuenning
              6. Jamie Corrado [Awesomatix]
              7. John Themelis [Awesomatix]
              8. Michael Hanulec [Awesomatix]
              9. Joe Trandell [Awesomatix]
              10. Joel Johnson