***Now for my disclaimer... I by no means am an expert on this subject I am merely trying to convey what little I know in order to share so that others may also learn and maybe give it a go themselves.***
The build rules for the body are as follows:
- Body must represent a pre-70s car.
- Body must be plastic or resin. No diecast.
- Body must completely cover chassis when viewed from above.
- Body must attach with two screws of any kind at stock locations
- Stock replacement plastic front guide pin that will fit original model motoring track.
The Dash Karmann Ghia will meet all those requirements in stock form, however, you know we just can't leave it there. We will have to make a few mods to the body. For me, there are three objectives with respect to the body.
- Lowering the Center of Gravity (CG) of the car.
- Distributing the weight doing my best to keep most of it toward the center of the car between the wheels. Hopefully this will maximize handling. Much like the superior handling of mid-engine cars.
- If possible lighten the body
The Dash Karmann Ghia by design helps with weight distribution at the very beginning. It uses the long wheel base which puts maximum area between the wheels therefore a higher percentage of overall weight between the wheels. That very design will also help to "Push" the wheels further into the corners of the car which will also help with handling.
Thanks to a little research on the internet, considering the layout of the Dragon's Tail track, handling is key since it appears that about half of the track is curves and hills and the other half consists of straights.