The all new Sakura D3 CS Drift is 3Racing’s answer to the hotly contested Drift Class. It is the first few with full front motor RC drift chassis and is expected to be the cheapest of the bunch.
Featuring a true Front Motor and Triple Belt drive train, the true front motor design brings it closer to the weight distribution of real life drift cars, allowing a prolonged high speed drift action. Combining ideas and feedbacks from seasoned Drift racers, the 3 Racing Drift Car was designed from the ground up instead of rebadging an existing chassis and selling it as a new product.
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Weight Distribution: True Front Motor design – using a triple belt drive system this allows the motor to be positioned in front of the front differential and in the centerline of the chassis giving it the forward weight bias needed in contemporary high powered RC drift cars. The belt drive system gives it the advantages of smooth and stable power delivery when compared to shaft drive cars which tends to be affected by motor torque action under acceleration.
Steering: The front arms of the Sakura D3 has been completely redesigned and is unlike anything else currently available. The steering lock angle will be by far the largest available allowing for maximum counter steer actions and higher corner entry speeds. The caster angle on the C Hubs will feature a massive 10 degrees adding more aggressive steering on high speed entries and more closely resembling real life FR drift cars
Drivetrain: Utilizing a belt drive system, overdriving the front or rear wheels can easily be done by changing the size of the belt pulleys , the 3 Racing Drift Car will come standard with a front wheel drive ratio of 38/13 (2.92) and overdrived rear wheel drive ratio of 30/22 (1.36). The triple belt system allows for flexibility of the positioning of the spur gear shaft allowing it to accommodate a wide variety of spur gear sizes up to a 64P 118T when used with a 40T pinion gears. Front and rear solid axles will come standard for the easiest of drift action control with the option of ball and one way differentials available as optional parts.
Suspension: Suspension components have been completely redesigned to accommodate the largest chamber angle possible with the front and rear both allowing up to 10 degrees chamber whenever you need more side grip and also ensuring those large offset blind wheels stay within the side panels.
Oil Filled Coil Spring Shocks: Lengthen 54mm coiled spring oil filled shocks with threaded shock bodies allows a more progressive chassis roll action and easy tuning
Wide Angle Driveshafts: The universal driveshafts of the Sakura D3 has been given a redesign to minimize chattering vibrations of the front inside wheel when using a front solid axleand steering is near maximum lock, which is crucial to maintain the front inside wheel will stay on the ground and provide a more consistent drift action.
Molded Rear Diffuser: For an added touch of realism, a molded composite rear diffuser comes standard to give the Sakura D3 the extra attention to detail
80T 48P Spur: A 80 tooth 48 pitch spur gear will come standard with the Sakura D3 kit
-3 Degrees Rear Toe-In: Rear toe-in is adjustable via the change of suspension mounts, the Sakura D3 kit will come standard with -3 degrees rear toe-in mount
Composite Molded Chassis: The Sakura D3 will be outfitted with a FRP upper chassis and a molded composite main chassis featuring a motor cooling air inlet and designed with the rigidity to ensure efficient side to side weight transfer to easily initiate high speed drifting.
3Racing Front Motor Drift Car 1:10 4WD FR Touring #KIT-SAKURA-D3 (1 pc)
This is a great value chassis and is easily customized and without much budget. Overall, a great car, with many mods available, but you only need a few if you are on a budget? A brushed/NiMH setup is much cheaper than going brushless/LIPO, if you are on a budget? I run mine with a brushed motor with 5000mAh NiMH (not Brushless LIPO).
The Sakura D3 comes with a STD 2.14 CS Ratio (meaning the rear wheels spin 2.14 times, to the front spinning 1 time). If you find it too hard to drive right out of the box (which is common for many new CS drivers), you can reduce the Front Gear from the STD 38T to a 35T. Then also reduce the Centre Pulley Gear from the STD 22T to a 19T (final CS drive ratio 1.70) or a 17T (final CS drive ratio 1.52). These setup changes are relatively easy to do.
* If you do this, make sure to re-tension the belts by adjusting the "Bearing Holder" from the STD 3rd hole position to possibly the 2nd last or last hole position (Refer to Pg5 of the D3 CS manual).
1) I recommend getting the Front One Way SAK-D324/PK (replacing the STD 38T with the 35T gear on if you want to reduce the CS Ratio?).
2) The Ultra Wide Universal Joints (SAK-D331) which should be fitted with,
3) the Aluminium Steering System (SAK-D310/PK).
4) To reduce the centre belt slack, buy the Centre Belt Tensioner for the Sakura Zero (SAK-58/PK or SAK-58/BK). This fits the D3 perfectly (there is no D3 part).
5) A spare set of belts is also a good idea.
Have fun and happy drifting!
I forgot to mention that a good set of hex screw drivers is a must as this kit is made with a hard plastic hence the good rigidity of the chassis. It will help with not stripping screw heads.
One like this will go a long way to help you build it..
Bought 2 of these, one for my son and one for myself.
Purchased the one way tube, the upgraded aluminum steering and the wide angle shafts that were previously mentioned in earlier posts and this thing is sweeeeeet!!!!.
The kit itself is very well designed and set up is perfect out of the box.
It is the closest to a full rear wheel cs car out of the box.
I am very pleased with it, so is my son and he's a picky guy too.
I recommend this kit for intermediate and up builder and driver.
Great car kit. Three hop up parts and u're all set. 1)Aluminum One Way Tube For Sakura D3 #SAK-D324/PK. 2)Ultra Wide Angle Universal Driveshafts for Sakura D3 #SAK-D331. 3)Aluminum Steering System For Sakura D3 #SAK-D310/PK. If u're on a budget, just get the front one way. If not, buy those three that i mention above. I also bought the Solid Axle For Sakura D3 #SAK-D120/PK and for this solid axle, u need to buy Solid Axle Outer Joint For 3racing Sakura Zero #SAK-09. I didnt buy it when i order my car kit because i just didn't know that. **Now I mention this info in this review to save others time n hassle.** So, will have to get that outer joint when ordering more stuffs.
I also bought the Drift Belt Tension Post For Sakura D3 #SAK-D323/PK. The plastic one that came w/ the kit works fine. I bought it because i thought it was a center belt tensioner.
I also bought the Belt Tension Post For Sakura Zero, XI Sport, Ultimate #SAK-58/PK because I dont know which one would work w/ the center belt better. Well, the Drift Belt Tension Post For Sakura D3 #SAK-D323/PK is an aluminum replacement part. That means u have a plastic one in ur kit. The Belt Tension Post For Sakura Zero, XI Sport, Ultimate #SAK-58/PK isn't a replacement part. This is the one u should buy to adjust ur center belt's tension for D3. It sits perfectly on top of the upper plate. My center belt has perfect tension right out of the box, so i dont really need to use any tensioner yet. But, i did installed it just to see how it would look and function on the car. I might need it in the future though.
***U also need to buy a 48P 18T pinion gear.***
it doesn't come w/ the kit.
If u want a CS drift car, this is it.
I'm a self confessed rc drift hoarder.
I have 12 cars including, a DIB , TT01, MST FS 01D, TA05 VDF and a Kasemoto gravity ( Junk). As well as 2 sakura d3 cs! These chassis "ARE THE BEST BANG FOR BUCK YOU CAN GET" !!!!!!!
With hop ups like steering hubs, arms , knuckles and wide angle cvd's 55°steering angle is easily achieved. And with the addition of a rear spool and front one way this chassis will out perform all of my $1000 chassis' !
WARNING!!!! DO NOT BUY CARBON FIBER AND ALLOY VERSION OFF EBAY! !
These chassis look great but are complete and utter garbage that you will have to buy genuine hop ups to get to perform like a stock plastic kit.
If you follow the instructions carefully and assemble the shocks and steering arms to exact lengths this car is tuned straight out of the box