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New Saddle Pack Chassis from X Factory

"I want to make a saddle-pack chassis, test it out for the next national." That was Ellis Stafford on the phone back in May, asking us if he could go ahead with his next go-fast idea. Sure, we said, go ahead. The result is picutred there on the right. All X Factory drivers have nearly free reign to try what they want, all in the interest of going faster. We encourage the whole X Factory Family to try stuff - there's a whole lot on our current cars that has come from family input and ideas.
The Big E wasn't the first to try the saddle pack arrangement in an X - 6². Indeed, Kinwald had made such a chassis more than a year ago, but found he could get a similar feeling with the stock chassis by mounting a swaybar on the back. Ellis pointed out that batteries have grown bigger and heavier in just the past year, so the saddle arrangement makes more sense now. He told BK, "I do run a sway bar, but it's a thin one... as I've tried going thicker I've lost drive out of the corners, especially on our bumpier tracks." After a few weekends testing, E was happy to report sucess. "It
just stops so much of the rear roll I was actually pretty shocked. I'd say actual over all steering was maybe a little less without it rolling but it felt so much more stable in the turns and when you get on the gas out of the turns."

The real test of course was the next BRCA national event, held at Eden Park Raceway. Ellis was able to take a convincing win with a visibly faster car. After passing for the lead near the start of the third A, Ellis put it on cruise control and still won by a 6 second margin. Darren Boyle of DMS racing described it to us on the phone. "You could just see how stable and consistent E's car was, while of course retaining that corner speed the X - 6 Squared is known for. I called you guys straight away, because I want to get this latest improvement out as fast as we can."

Ellis Stafford leads them around in the final A-main of the
EPR national. Photo from www.Oople.com; click to see
Jimmy's awesome race report.
So, X Factory is releasing part # XF 1009, a plastic X - 6 ² chassis CNC-machined to accept saddle-pack LiPo batteries. X Factory’s molded plastic chassis is C.N.C. machined to Stafford’s design retaining maximum strength while the standard carbon fiber battery strap still fits properly. Today’s smaller E.S.C.s fit perfectly in front of the saddle packs. About 60 seconds with a rotary tool in one spot allows fitment of larger E.S.C.s

X Factory driver Dan Greenwood fit in some Vampire Saddle packs and his Novak SLYDR ESC with just a touch of dremel work.
X Factory driver Stefan Mesker managed to squeeze his smaller LRP SXX speedo without having to take down the wall behind the servo.
# XF 1009 chassies are shipping already to fine hobby stores all over the world, and are available now on X Factory’s web site, www.xfactorystore.com. Retail price $49.99 for the machined plastic chassis is still less than the original graphite. Because this is such an easy mod to do, we'll be posting a do-it-yourself guide on the website soon for those handy with a dremel.

# XF 1009... surprisingly little has to be removed to fit the saddles in. Also, a saddle-pack chassis is still easily capable of running a stick Lipo, like normal.
Here's one of the first 'production' chassis with an SMC saddle pack.
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