By Thomas Tran
One of the most talked about cars in the pits is Naoto's Roche Rapide 2017 as it's something he's been testing for a long time with Max Ma with the desire to perfect the ultimate 1/12th scale weapon. With hours and hours of testing and input from Naoto himself, the 2017 World's prototype has some unique features never seen before on a 1/12th scale platform.
There are adjustable side dampeners that shorten or lengthen the positions with 5 different locations to adjust the car's roll and feel while under heavy cornering. On top of that, there are different tubes to adjust dampening as well along with nearly symmetrical aluminum motor mount and rear bulkhead that are almost identical in shape to create a balanced rear end. Lastly, the biggest change to the previous car is the front end and how it mounts to the graphite chassis. There's adjustable mounting holes to increase front end stability as well as rigidity to give the driver more setup options for feel and cornering.
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Chassis: Roche Rapide P12 2017 Prototype
Motor: Muchmore ZX 3.5T
ESC: Muchmore Fleta Pro V2 1S
Battery: Muchmore Impact 8000mAh 1S
Radio: Sanwa M12s
Receiver: Sanwa RX-472
Servo: Xpert MI-3301
Body: Protoform AMR12
Option parts: Naoto remarked it as 'Maximum Naoto Special'.