BY GEORGE M. GONZALEZ
AtomicMods.com and their talented team of World Champion drivers
have years of experience racing Mini-Zs all over the globe, and they
know how to exploit the performance of any Mini-Z chassis. They also
sell completely race-tuned AtomicBuilt Mini-Zs for serious enthusiasts
who want the fastest and most dialed Mini-Z race cars money can buy.
In a never ending quest to push the performance envelope beyond the
capabilities of the Mini-Z chassis, the TGR Sinister was born. The
Sinister is a 1⁄ 24 to 1⁄28-scale racecar (the type of body used determines
the scale) that mimics the pan cars that you see competing at large,
sanctioned racing events. The Sinister is approximately the same size
as a mid-motor MR-02 Mini-Z, but that’s where the similarities end. The
Sinister is a lighter, faster and more tunable chassis for experienced
racers. Check it out.
The Sinister features a double-deck carbon-fiber chassis design. The lower chassis plate
is machined out of 1.5mm carbon fiber, while the upper deck uses a 1mm plate to
keep the overall weight as low as possible. The chassis is designed to position
the weight of the electronics and battery pack as low as possible to provide a
super-low CG. The components are not only installed low on the chassis,
they’re also centralized to improve transitional handling.
Four slots are machined in the lower chassis plate to mount the
battery pack as far back on the chassis as possible to increase
rear traction. The front section of the upper deck is mounted
on a pair of red-anodized-aluminum bulkheads that
double as servo mounts.
The rear part of the
chassis is suspended
between a pair of
bolts and screws
that serve as
Transmitter & servo Not included
Speed control Spinner forward,
brake and reverse electronic
My Sinister Pro
is ready to rock.
It looks like a
1⁄12-scale pan car
and handles equally
well. I installed the
bumper. The carbon-fiber
chassis is light and designed to
keep the weight of the electronics
low and centralized on the chassis.