Faithful to the rule that the cars have to be valid for, at least, 2 years racing, we put some ideas on the CAD.
Mistral 2.0 was still extremely competitive, anyhow we wanted to “explore” in a more extreme way the front end.
We tried the solution to have a multi-wheelbase on some of the Mistral 2.0 prototypes, the solution was interesting, but it required too much time on track.
Considering the driver “stealing” time from their family, disassembling half of the car to see if a long wheelbase configuration is better than a short wheelbase configuration, is not achievable.
So the idea to have a twin chassis where you can find a sub-frame that had all front-end components, that could be moved by 10 mm (center/+5mm/-5mm) in a fast and practical way, without requesting a checkup on the Set-Up, was born.
Can we obtain something else?
The single heaviest component in the front-end, is definitely the servo… We asked ourselves: can we lower it? The ideal position will obviously be the lowest possible.
The two lateral areas between chassis and sub-frame sum up to 5.5mm, considering the 3mm chassis and the 2.5 mm sub-frame, we can have the servo we may have the servo on the bottom wire of the main chassis.
Working together with our carbon fiber supplier, we can have sufficiently rigid material, notwithstanding the large opening needed.
Changing the wheelbase of the model, requires circa 2.5 minutes and you don’t need to check it on the Set-Up to re-align toe, camber and caster.
Also, the weight of the servo is in the lowest point possible, lowering COG as much as possible.
Well, this will be the primary characteristic of Mistral 3.0, together with Mistral 2.0’s rear-end.
The summer passes with Fabrizio Villa and Alberto Riboni developing the first prototypes, till arriving to the full definition of the project becoming public as Mistral 3.3 and being revealed in October 2021.
Mistral 3.3 continues in the footsteps of Mistral 2.0, revealing itself as a competitive car, both in Club races and international races.
2022 European Championships are characterized by some controversy regarding the tyres, despite this, Bryan Ferrara conquers the B-Main.
2022 is the year of the electric Worlds in Italy, for this reason, we try to prepare the race as best as possible, in fact, at the Warm-Up, we find Alessandro Manciocchi on pole position and Bryan Ferrara completing the first row, these two will swap positions after the finals, with Bryan winning first and second final and Alessandro winning the last final.
Always in Gubbio, the Worlds’ track, we have the Race of Champions, where we again find on the podium Bryan Ferrara and Alessandro Manciocchi, with Bryan Ferrara finding himself to battle for the win with David Ehrbar. David Ehrbar won first and third final, while Bryan Ferrara won the second final.
In the meantime, in France, Michael Loonis took a good 4th place at France Cup.
Finally, in September, the electric Worlds come to Italy and Mother Nature remembers Tenth Murphy’s Law, pouring on wonderful Gubbio, all the water she had in store, turning a quiet beginning of September, into a disaster of biblical proportions.
So we try to make the best out of a bad situation, conquering, anyhow, a result that, considering Fenix, makes us proud, with Bryan Ferrara 5th and Alessandro Manciocchi 8th
With a big hug to all members of our expedition…
Let’s not forget that, with the fact that we are in Italy, Fenix was the most used F1… (together with Xray)
Always in September, Andi Frattaroli won the sixth round of the Swiss Championship in Aigle, with Thomas Raimann on pole position.
In October 2022, we manage to achieve an incredible feat.
Edwin Neijenhoff manages to: celebrate his birthday, win the last race and win the Dutch National Championships, all in the same day.
In the meantime, “evergreen” Paolo Bottignol wins at Greenpark in Palazzolo sull’Oglio, Supercup F1’s race and title
November, we finally come back to ETS and Bryan Ferrara manages to bring home the B-main, while Old Grumpy Man brings home the 6th place in Over40 class
Tommy Tam brings home a very good second place at the Alberta Touring Series in Calgary.
IDFM 2023, Dutch air seems to be doing well to your favourite designer, that brings home the B-main
At the UISP Italian Championships, foam tyres, Alessandro Inchiostro and Alessandro Manciocchi are 1-2
PanCar Master 2023…
The starting grid you don’t expect… with particularly inspired Marco Favaretto, starting in third position … shame he’ll battle with a sensor cable that will preclude him from defending his position.