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The Gen 6.3 car is only slightly different from Gen 6.2 but the changes are significant. First, the mechanicals in the center of the car were moved forward 0.090” which does not sound like much, but has had the intended effect on balance and handling. The first two Gen 6.3 prototypes have been made of 2.5 mm carbon fiber while all previous examples have been 3mm. Experience over the next two weeks will determine if theathird and fourth 6.3s will be 2.5 or 3mm.

Chief engineer and company President Paul Sinclair said, “We are very close to production now. The changes we are making are quite small. The car is about 100 grams heavier than we like, so our goal now is to put the car on a diet. The initial parts were designed and made without regard to weight but rather to functionality. Now I can keep shapes the same but add holes and perhaps change some materials to save weight. A few simple changes have been made to the car in these photos, the car I ran at the ROAR Nats, and those have already yielded about 30 grams.”

Company spokesman Chazz added, “As soon as Paul finishes a piece of lighter C.A.D. I will be sending it out for quotes from the supplier Family. We hope to begin production late this year or very early in 2013 and have the car in hobby stores soon after that.”

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The new battery strap (right) weighs much less than the original.

We switched from 3mm CF to 2.5, and cut out much of the inside. Haven't actually weighed the strap, but it should weight less than half what it did before.

Source: www.xfactoryrc.com

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Development of the X - 7 is ongoing. Up until now we have had two copies of each prototype car in testing, one in U.K. and one for Paul. We are confident enough of the current design, Gen 7.0, that a third is being built. Paul's is in the hands of a west coast Team driver and he is building another identical one for himself.

Why has the X - 7 project taken so long? First, my illness almost killed it -- there was no time for Paul to work on anything other than shipping orders because he was at the hospital every day for several months. Everything else, including Paul's primary job, R & D, stopped.

When I returned to the company in a tentative and very part time way, summer of 2011, the R/C market was changing fast from where it was just a year earlier, and X Factory had to move fast to catch up. Now I have returned to a "normal" schedule, and Paul does what he is supposed to do. In the past 12 months we have launched two new cars beginning with the SCX - 60CF short course truck, then on to the X - 60CF stadium truck, and now we are set to release the X - 6 Cubed.

These vehicles are developing sales and market share necessary for the launch of the X - 7, which will be, by a factor of five, the most costly and ambitious project we have ever attempted. We still have seen nothing on the market that has any of the engineering breakthroughs on the X - 7. It is revolutionary.

Stay with us as we continue to develop and release cars and parts that nobody else can or will do. The X - 7 is a true X Factory car.

charles sinclair

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