Naoto Matsukura takes 2014 Japanese TC title

Naoto Matsukura takes 2014 Japanese TC title

The JMRCA Japanese Touring Car nationals were held this weekend at the small and tight Beetops track near Nishiwaki close to Osaka. Qualifying in the Super Expert class would be a two way battle between Yokomo team mates Naoto Matsukura and newly crowned European Champion Ronald Volker with the pair sharing the top spot in the first 5 of 6 qualifiers, with the deciding 6th and last qualifying run going to another Yokomo driver Hayato Matsuzaki. After 6 runs it would be reigning champion Matsukura on the top spot just ahead of Volker in 2nd and Matsuzaki in 3rd with Tamiya star Akio Sobue completing the top 4. In the finals it was a dominant show by Naoto who would win all 3 A-main finals, albeit by very close margin in all 3 races, to take his third TC title in succession ahead of Volker in 2nd, with Hayato taking 3rd followed by Oyaizu Masayuki in 4th for a clean sweep by the Yokomo team.

Image: Kenji Hosada

Sunday, August 31, 2014

KM H-K1 Evo 3 optional front shock tower

KM H-K1 Evo 3 optional front shock tower

New from KM Racing for the H-K1 Evo 3 200mm chassis is this optional 3mm carbon front shock tower. The new tower offers more more shock positions for a wider range of adjustment as well as helping to increase the flex on the front of the car which gives the car more steering. You can now also use the same shock shaft front and rear with this new tower.

Source: KM [km-rc.com]

Saturday, August 30, 2014

2015 Reedy Race of Champions – Announcement

2014 Reedy Race of Champions - Announcement

The Reedy Race have announced that the 2015 Reedy International Off-Road Race of Champions will return to OCRC Raceway in Huntington Beach, CA January 22-25, 2015. 2014 was the first year that the Reedy Race was held at OCRC Raceway and the response was extremely positive, not only from the racers, but from spectators, event sponsors, industry representatives, and the media. The results saw Ryan Cavalieri crowned Invitational champion for the third time and for the second consecutive year. In the 2WD Open class, J.P. Richards claimed the title while Spencer Rivkin took the 4WD Open class. Both of these racers will join Cavalieri and the World’s best to compete for the 2015 Invitational title. Entries for the 2015 Reedy International Off-Road race of Champions open at noon, PST on September 1, 2014 exclusively on www.rcsignup.com and close October 19, 2014 at midnight, PST. As in previous years, the event features its traditional 2WD Open and 4WD Open classes and the combined Invitational 2WD/4WD format.

More information can be found here.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Tamiya Raybrig NSX Concept-GT TB-04 kit

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Tamiya announce the release of the Raybrig NSX Concept-GT kit on the TB-04 chassis. The kit is based on a shaft-driven chassis, the differentials inside the gearboxes are newly designed as they utilize a sealed gear differential system whereby the internal gears movement is controlled by different viscosity differential fluids. The double-wishbone suspension system makes use of the same short reversible type that has been used on the TB-03, TA-05 Version II, TA-06 and the TRF416 and 417 World Championship machines. The TB-04 also incorporates the IFS inboard front suspension whereby the front shocks are positioned horizontally and low to the chassis, so that low profile sports car body shapes can be accurately reproduced without losing any realistic scale appearance. Included in the kit is a clear NSX Concept-GT shell with full decal sheet.

Source: Tamiya [tamiyausa.com]

Friday, August 29, 2014

David Poulter re-joins Schumacher

David Poulter re-joins Schumacher

Schumacher announce that UK off-road front runner David Poulter has re-joined the team. David is a high performing driver who will be an excellent addition to the UK team and he has the following to say:

I’d like say thank you to TLR & Horizon Hobby UK for their support this year. I am very happy to be returning to Schumacher Racing and am excited about running both the Cougar KF and Cat K1 Aero for the coming season. I am hoping to compete at all rounds of the EOS Series and the Silverstone Winter Series where I will be able to adjust to the cars ready for the UK Nationals in 2015.

Source: Schumacher [racing-cars.com]

Friday, August 29, 2014

Juan Pablo Golobic wins Argentine 200mm champs

Juan Pablo Golobic wins Argentine 200mm champs

Last weekend the Argentine 1/10th touring championships took place in Cordoba. Juan Pablo Golobic took the TQ and the overall win with his Novarossi-powered ride, followed by Novarossi team mate Guillermo San Martino.

Source: Novarossi [novarossi.it]

Friday, August 29, 2014

JQ Products THEeCar steel centre dogbones

JQ Products THEeCar steel centre dogbones

New from JQ Products come steel centre dogbones for THEeCar 1/8th E-buggy. Made to replace the standard aluminium dogbones, the parts offer improved durability when running extreme power setups or on tracks with very high traction and/or large jumps. The driveshafts are a lot less prone to bend under heavy loads and available now.

Click here to view the rear dogbone

Friday, August 29, 2014

Arrma Kraton 6S BLX speed monster truck

Arrma Kraton 6S BLX speed monster truck

The Kraton 6S BLX speed monster truck is Arrma’s second 1/8th scale kit following the introduction of the Typhon 6S BLX buggy. The truck builds on a black anodised aluminium chassis plate and features a heavy duty 3-diff drivetrain, long suspension components, aluminium big bore shock absorbers and front and rear anti-roll bars from stock. Universal driveshafts transfer the power of the 6S compatible sensorless brushless motor to the multi-spoke rims with dBoots MT tyres. All electronic components such as the high-torque steering servo and the 180A speed controller are full waterproof while being protected by an inner roll cage at the same time. The truck comes ready-to-run including a 2.4GHz radio system and a pre-decorated bodyshell with a green/carbon or blue livery.

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Friday, August 29, 2014

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