It felt like it had more traction especially at the rear, and also just enough steering to get through the tightest sections. At the time everyone used double one ways. The Alcyon II also felt very locked on, very much precise. My Alcyon had a tendency to wander a little at the straights, requiring minor corrections during driving, especially at higher speeds. But the Alcyon II tracked very straight, and responded to mid corner corrections very well, if i was going to slam into a barrier, i could turn in the other direction without upsetting the rear end. If i tried that with the Alcyon, the rear would spin out.
It was easy to see why i was beginning to love this car. I went up against my friends Brian's Yokomo CGM , OSAs X ray T1 Evo2, and Edwin Lee's TRF415, all with positive results. Edwin was amazed i zipped past him in a chicane at Kota Raja track, when the space was very little,i took the risk and punched my throttle and overtook his TRF415 in the corner ! You dont do that with an ill handling car.
There also was a sparring session in early 2005, with many of the top guns at KR track, and in the group was Leonard Kee, the guy who sold me the Alcyon II. He was driving a TB Evo III at the time. When i overtook him in the sweeping corners and left him behind, he exclaimed "Shit, i am beaten by the car i sold !"
I chuckled, that was definitely a compliment !
|My Alcyon II after MNC race 2006|
In 2007, i met a retired racer , Brian's cousin,Raymond, he was our new addition to the gang. But also at the time, i kind of burned out on RC, after every run, i had to clean the diffs, bearings, shocks, reset the suspension, tweak, truing motor comms, change brushes, discharge batteries...so much work and so much time involved, so i quit for a year. At the time brushless ESC and motors just came into the market, but we were waiting for it to come down in price before we bought them....