A little while ago I got a trophy, OK I'll put my hands up. The Bandit didn't win it by itself, half the championship was done using the Bandit and the other half was done using a race buggy.
However this is the thing, the Bandit is faster than my race buggy given the right conditions.
Outdoors on a bumpy grass track the Bandit still has an edge over the race buggy when it gets slippery. A usual night's racing looks like this the mid-motor race buggy will be slightly quicker than the Bandit during the qualifying rounds but by the time the floods lights come on for the final when it is colder and the grass track gets a little damp the Bandit has the edge over the pure racer. And it is worth pointing out that when it is dry the difference between them isn't that large, they will lap close to one another.
As far as specs, it is still largely the same as before. I've just kept on learning about how to set it up. One key thing I found is that using mini spikes and mini pins up front when most buggies use staggered ribs is the thing to do with the Bandit.
As for what comes next for the Bandit racer. Well I've done one round of a popular indoor championship, the next step is to get it into a regional race if I can get it narrow enough.
People said it couldn't be done... I think it can, the Bandit can be a nice club racer for a beginner. It is a really nice drive The biggest issue with the Bandit is not its capability, is getting to a stage where it is raceable. With a race buggy it is easy, find out what the pros are using for a certain track or surface type and download the setup sheet... Sadly that cannot be done with the Bandit, but after all this time I have decent baseline setups for both carpet and grass. I'm SO happy with this Bandit racer and getting a tailor made race buggy has only confirmed to me that the Bandit really isn't bad, the basher can be a racer with the right setup.
So I don't think the little Bandit will be going through many other huge changes, it is working great as it is... If anything I'd like to do something to make it more unique, perhaps a really unusual shell. Any ideas?
PS: Those who remember all the lead I had stuck to the bottom of the Bandit, well the ballast is nearly gone! Running nearly as light as it can be now... which is still HEAVY! But I think it helps a little on very bumpy tracks.
PPS: And if you are wondering, do I prefer to be driving my race buggy or the Bandit? Usually the Bandit The Bandit is a little more mellow, drives closer to a truck than a buggy I think.