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Written by Hannah Hardison:
2021 has been off to an unbelievable begin for Ryan Maifield who has gained each single Nitro Buggy occasion he’s attended! He kicked off the 12 months with a win at SIC, then DNC, and now Silver State! To say he’s had success with the Mugen MBX8 is an understatement. After beginning seventh on the grid within the Professional Nitro Buggy Foremost, Maifield fought his approach to the highest and got here out a champion. Early on he was capable of get himself up within the high battle the place he would battle it out with teammates VanDalen and Rivkin in addition to Jared Tebo. That being stated we’re taking you beneath the hood of his successful Nitro Buggy!
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Beginning on the surface of the car you’ll immediately discover the enduring Ryan Maifield look. A devoted staple piece in Maifield’s arsenal is the JConcepts S15 Physique. This physique options an higher “shark fin” designed so as to add stability and monitoring means, all of the whereas permitting quick access to the gas tank. As for the wing, he used the F2I which is the right companion to the S15 physique. One final closing contact to the surface of the car is the entrance scoop. The entrance scoop replaces the nose-cone on the car so as to assist with steering.
Shifting down the car we needed to level out wheels and tires. Silver State was an fascinating race as our drivers have been capable of check out a number of completely different tires from our 1:8 scale line. By the top of the weekend Maifield selected to make use of Blue Lil Chasers in the principle. He selected this tire after consulting with teammate Adam Drake, the place they agreed it was the quicker alternative and will deal with the thick filth on the surface parts of the observe. Extra JConcepts merchandise he used have been the usual Grime-Tech Inserts and the Bullet Wheels.
Try these entrance and rear photographs to see shock positions and suspension set ups. You’ll additionally discover simply how thick and unfastened the filth was on sure parts of the observe.
Shifting beneath the hood, we get a greater take a look at what’s powering this champion buggy! For the engine he’s working the Maxima B2R with the OS Pace TB02 EFRA2089 Exhaust. One thing else featured on this photograph is the comparatively new JConcepts RM2 Bridge Wing Button. It’s made out of purple anodized aluminum and options countersunk mounting holes for proper alignment. Trying a little bit nearer, you’ll additionally discover the Protek Digital change mounted to the facet of the receiver field.
For steering, he’s been utilizing the Protek 170SBL Black Label Excessive Pace servos for some time now with a number of success. One other element that’s generally ignored could be the Carbon Fiber Protek Aspect Guards. Maifield makes use of these so as to scale back weight and provides the car extra clearance.
Primarily based on his superior resume however even simply this weekend’s efficiency alone, Maifield has an important program going. For individuals who love statistics his consistency charge was 95.6%, he had the quickest common lap of 38.8 seconds, and he had the second quickest sizzling lap of 37.07 proper behind Seth VanDalen who ran a barely quicker 37.02. For sure his JConcepts geared up MBX8 was dialed in and Maifield has the skillset and mindset to accompany it.
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