By Aaron Waldron
On the day that the TLR 22 3.0 hit the racetrack in public for the first time, in early practice ahead of this weekend’s Horizon Hobby Off-Road Championships in Wisconsin, the official listing for the TLR 22 3.0 reportedly went live on the brand’s website by mistake on Wednesday ahead of tomorrow’s planned launch of the new 2WD buggy.
According to multiple sources on Facebook, the page went live for a brief moment before being taken down, showing off every detail of the new car. The following screenshots were uploaded to a public Facebook profile:
Though the photos and information was removed, the link to the vehicle's page remains live at www.tlracing.com/Products/Default.aspx?ProdId=TLR03006#prodOverview. Scroll past the low-res screenshot for a typed version.
The website above was posted to Facebook in three different photos in very low-resolution - I have stitched them together, but this is the actual size of the photo. Here's what the photos say:
1. 3-GEAR TRANSMISSION WITH REVISED MOTOR LOCATION
The motor location is 12mm closer to the diff gear than on the 2.0. This increases the rear weight bias, providing better grip on exit, more entry steering and a buggy that, overall, is easier to drive. The new 3-gear transmission decreases chassis roll, greatly improving the vehicles stability, consistency, and braking. A 4-gear transmission is available separately for lower-grip tracks and different driving styles.
NO-COMPROMISE, MID-MOTOR DESIGN
Focusing solely on mid-motor design eliminated the weight and engineering compromises imminent in a chassis with two mounting options.
TRANSVERSE BATTERY MOUNTING
The wider, 3.5mm aluminum chassis and molded mud guards include the option to mount saddle, brick, and shorty LiPo packs across the chassis. Shorty LiPo packs can also be mounted in line. This allows for more weight bias tuning front to to rear and wider placement of battery weight. The result is a more stable buggy without an increase in static weight.
OPTION PARTS INCLUDED
Many of the parts included with the kit are popular upgrades that provide everything needed to build a pro-level buggy right out of the box. This includes milled, 7075 T6 aluminum [parts like the top shaft, adjustable rear pivot mounts, motor plate, rear camber block, shock bleeder caps, and ball stud spacers throughout. Machined shock pistons and bushings, Ti-CN coated shock shafts and hinge pins, C3-spec hub bearings, low frequency springs, and the heavy duty slipper system are also included.
REVISED FRONT SUSPENSION GEOMETRY
All-new front caster blocks and suspension arms allow for variable length arm adjustment (VLA). This makes it possible to run with short or long front-arm geometry. This, together with the bell crank steering system, provides the same amazing steering 22 drivers have come to love, but with a more consistent feel between different surfaces. It all adds up to a buggy with optimal balance that requires less tuning from track to track to maximize performance.
REVISED REAR SUSPENSION GEOMETRY
The rear pivot is 2mm wider, giving the buggy significantly more grip and stability without losing any corner speed. The rear arm has also been revised with new shock mount locations and a slightly reduced gull wing effect. This, paired with the popular “C-hole” modification that is now designed into the rear shock tower, optimizes the jumping, landing, and chassis roll dynamics of the car and for the higher rear-weight bias.
LIGHTWEIGHT 7075-T6 ALUMINUM CHASSIS
The chassis is the same length as the original 2.5mm chassis for the 2.0 version. It features strategically milled pockets that reduce weight without compromising strength.
ADJUSTABLE TOE, ANTI-SQUAT, AND INNER CAMBER LINK
The rear pivots now have adjustable inserts that allow quick toe and anti-squat adjustments without having to buy additional parts. Both adjustments are made in 0.5 degree increments. Toe adjustments range from 2.5 to 4.0 degrees. Anti-squat adjustments range from 0.0 to 3.0 degrees. The aluminum rear camber block has three height options controlled by inserts. The 1mm insert will lower or raise the camber block in the direction of the arrow, and the the 0 insert is the standard location.
GEN II 12MM BIG BORE SHOCKS
The new standard for performance and maintenance, these shocks feature:
- X-Ring Seals
- Machined shock bushings
- Machined 2 x 1.5 and 1 x 1.6mm pistons
- TiCN-coated shock shafts
- Aluminum bleeder screw caps
- Threaded hard anodized shock bodies
- Low frequency springs
- Spring cups that snap onto the shock shafts
UPDATED BALL DIFFERENTIAL
The 22 3.0 ball differential delivers super smooth, long lasting performance thanks to features like:
- Flattened 2nd operation outdrives
- Revised thrust washers
- Tungsten carbide diff and thrust bals
- One-piece nut
- Self-centering [sic] diff gear
HEAVY DUTY SLIPPER SYSTEM
Heavy Duty Slipper (HDS) pads and 78T HDS spur gears, along with grooved and tapered slipper plates, are included. They all work together to improve slipper consistency and durability.