A tribute to Ayrton Senna, 22 years since he died May 1st, 1994.
By Brett Turnage
This car honors arguably the greatest Formula One driver ever, three-time world champion Ayrton Senna, and his iconic 1993 McLaren MP-4/8 which he drove under both the McLaren/Marlboro red and white livery. If you have never heard of Ayrton Senna I highly recommend watching the documentary Senna (also check out the movie Amy by the same director)–it’s an amazing story of an amazing man who inspired the nation of Brazil and the world with his amazing driving. You can also watch this quick clip that Top Gear did a few years ago about Senna.
I always loved this car. This is the first unique car to emerge from the RS-01 chassis family and the first to be released… Being that it’s Senna’s car, I’m sure it will be outstanding in the rain, and do unworldly pole qualifying laps. :)
RS-01 chassis information can be found here:
This new car is an evolution of the RS-01 chassis with a highly detailed body that is very accurate to the original car, updated RS-01 suspension parts, u rims, and tires that can all be 3D printed. The chassis uses the running gear (carbon fiber rear shaft, differential, front uprights, motor mounts, carbon reinforced links) from a Tamiya F104-ver. 2 Pro F1 RC race car—parts that are readily available, and can use either foam tires, 3D printed tires, or rubber tires on either 3D printed rims or with the original F104 plastic rims.
I loved making this car; I hope that you enjoy printing and building it just as much.
Manual and Parts List included:
Helmet (if using body)
Rainlight: 5mm Flash LED light – Red F1 Tail Light
Tires: F104 rubber tires (F&R)
F104 wheels and tires--- multiple choices and rubber compounds
51400 F104 Rubber Tires Rear 54198 F104 Rubber Front tires Hard compound
Wheels (if not using printing wheels): F104 wheels for rubber tires.
I choose Taimya F104 Mesh Wheels for Rubber tires 51398
front: (2) 55mm shocks with (2) 65mm m3x65 turnbuckles. rear: (2) 55mm shock, springs removed for damper and 7x19mm spring (I cut a spring down to 19mm). You can choose your spring rate to find the correct spring for your application.
Rear Axle and Motor Mounts:
Tamiya F104 C Parts 51379 (motor mounts and rear diffuser)
Tamiya F104 54158 (Aluminum Diff Housing set)
Tamiya RM-01 Carbon rein L Parts- Links 2pc RM01 / F104 V2
F104 rear shaft--- they come in aluminum, steel, and carbon fiber
I choose carbon fiber Tamiya 54162
Tamiya wheel stopper 58431
Motor bearing holders--- multiple options
I purchased 3Racing F109-01 … it had multiple sizes and a spacer for the left side wheel that is needed.
Tamiya Front uprights--- again there are many choices
I choose the Carbon Reinforced Uprights 54154
(4) 1050 Ball bearings for front wheels
all of my parts were purchased from TQRCracing www.tqrcracing.com
Hitec HS-77BB Low Profile Servo
Any battery that is the size of Turing nano-tech Shorty 4200mah 2S2P Hardcore Lip Pack (96x46.4x25mm).
Smaller batteries will give more space, but you will need to use double stick tape to prevent it from moving in the battery cage.
The body pieces can be screwed together, but it is best to glue them with 2 part 5-minute epoxy and one screw between the nose and front.
Parts that need supports:
mid body (front)
mid body (rear)
rear wing (red)
rear wing (white)
both red turning vanes
Manual and Parts list