Chris Long, X Factory team driver, is a 10th scale off road racer from the North West region of the UK and can be regularly seen racing in the North West regionals, North East regionals and BRCA National series, among others. I asked Chris a few questions about the X-5.
Name: Chris Long
Years Racing: 16
First Car: Kyosho Lazer ZX
Sponsors: X-Factory, Lesro/Infinity, DC Racing, Tekin
I consider my local tracks to be my favourites, they are Bury Metro,
Southport and Batley, but the one I look forward to visiting the most has to
Best Racing Result:
2005 nationals at Bury Metro, 2wd B final 10th on Saturday and the following
day I finished 4wd B final 5th.
Hi Chris. You have been racing the X5 longer than anyone I know and went through a
lot of 4wd cars before settling on the X5.
Can you tell us what cars you tried and what made you try, and then stick
with, the XFactory X-5 ?
I had been racing mainly 2wd and after a season of nationals I decided I
should be racing 4wd aswell. I chose the Yokomo MR4BC Special, this car was
really fast indoors but wasn't so stable outdoors. I then changed to the
Academy SB Sport and received sponsorship from Nick Isaacs (Evolution
racing), I felt more comfortable with this car but one weekend I was in need
of parts to be able to race and they didn't arrive in time so Stuart Mahon
lent me his XX4. My initial reaction was "WOW" as it could jump, take bumps
and turn in at any speed yet it always felt safe and stable. Evolution
racing closed, and my SB sport needed parts I could no longer get, so I had
to change cars again, so I knew the XX4 was the car to have after driving
Stuarts but I was not keen on the 3 belt drive system. After some browsing
on the internet I found 4wdrc.com and had a chat with Chazz about the
X-factory X5 conversion, this was the car I chose due to it having single
belt yet geometry of the XX4.
What are your favourite aspects of the X5 ?
The main thing I like is the efficient drive system, with the Academy I had
to be careful which motors I chose even though it had an efficient shaft
drive, but with the X5 I found I could run fast motors such as an 8x2 and
still have plenty of duration and the motor would never melt down like it
would in an Academy. I also like the added reliability over the XX4. It is
very simple to work on. One of the other things everyone with an X5 will
notice is the excellent support provided by Chazz, every owner of the X5 is
valued and made to feel valued.
Do you usually run a fixed drive or One Way in the car, and if so, which
One-Way do you use / recommend ?
I usually use the one way diff in my X5, the diff in my car was once the DC
racing version designed for the XXX4 and I have modified it to fit. Lesro
models now sells these same units with changes to fit the X5, these are what
I recommend to any X5 owner.
Is there anything you'd like to see improved on the car ?
The car was designed to do a purpose, and it does it very well. Some things
have been designed with functionality in mind before looks, but I really
would not change them.
Do you have any personal build / maintenance tips you can share with the
rest of us ?
Most importantly I'd recommend to anyone to take their time, the instructions
are very clear and accurate, there are some jobs to do in modifying XX4
parts to fit, this isn't major or difficult, but do take time to do this
well. Also, have some sandpaper handy, smooth off any rough edges, plastic
burs from any parts, and use some small motor shims to minimize the play
between parts where hingepins are used. I also like to use a B3 front brace
this tightens up the front bulkhead and gets rid of a lot of play there
inherent from the XX4.
Thanks Chris, And good luck in your racing.