FX Engines have introduced their new K501 3.5cc nitro off-road engine. Utilising a 5-port design the FX’s latest K5 series power plant offers maximised bottom and mid-range power and it features a DLC-coated and Tungsten-balanced crankshaft, ceramic bearings and a specially selected and matched sleeve and piston set. The package is rounded out by a 10-rib engine head.
Shepherd have introduced their new V8.2 shock absorber springs. Able to refine the spring characteristics following numerous tests on racetracks around the world, the new springs where used for the first time at an international event at last weekend’s EFRA GP in Vigo, Spain where team driver Toni Gruber took the win. Available now as a pair separately for the front and rear, in future they will become the kit springs for the upcoming Shepherd Velox V8.2 set to be released at the end of April.
Yokomo have announced the release of a new LC (Laydown/Carpet) transmission case for carpet, astro and high traction dirt surfaces made for their YZ-2 series of vehicles. The case is a 3-piece construction which allows for quick and easy diff access and uses the same style transmission cam adapter system as their current YZ-2T LD transmission case, which makes raising and lowering the diff a breeze. Giving you the lowest possible centre of gravity which improves the overall handling and performance of the vehicle on high traction surfaces.
New from Protoform, the Spec6 is a fresh new take on the classic Speed6 body that captured the 2008 Worlds at the hands of Marc Rheinard. While modern 190mm touring car bodies have gone the way of low-slung, ultra high-downforce designs, there is still a need for the more traditional, rounder and mellow-handling bodies for spec classes or track layouts with large sweeping corners. The Spec6 provides an ultra-smooth, high-corner speed feel, especially crucial in lower-power classes with handout motors. The Spec6 has been brought up to 2019 standards with increased flat surface area behind each wheel opening to allow for more forward mounting. This is made easier with the added Mounting Marks scribed into each wheel opening in 2mm increments. Available in 2 weight options, X-lite (65g) and lightweight (85g).
The 2nd Annual Northwest Stock Championships were held this past weekend at PDX RC Underground in Portland, Oregon. This is the home track of our Muchmore USA Team Manager Joe Pillars, who also helped put on this event for the second straight year with track owner Kevin Focht. After nearly doubling the total race entries from just one year ago, the stage was set for a great day of racing. In the Pro 17.5 2wd Stock Buggy class, Pillars took the TQ’s in Rounds #1 & 2 with his Muchmore powered Yokomo while team mate Harley Yoshii then went onto reset the overall TQ in Round to start on the pole for the triple A-Mains.
This past Weekend the Final Round of the HK Cup, this time combined with a XRS Challenge, took place in Hurtgenwald in the West of Germany. With over 60 entries the day started early at 8.30 with 3 rounds of qualifications followed by 3 finals. Xray´s Jens Becker TQ’d the 2WD Modified class and also took the overall win followed by Yannik Holzknecht and Nikolas Schmitz.
Round six and the final round of the Schumacher Winter Series presented by the Louth Radio Control Car Club took place this past weekend. A strong entry of drivers would attend this meeting, drivers taking to the technical layout that the club had laid out, running the four classes of 13.5 Blinky, 17.5 boosted, GT12 and Tamiya Euro Truck. In 13.5 Blinky the qualifying would be very close for the top spot. Ricky Lee would continue his fine form at Louth by taking the top spot with his Awesomatix and with his TQ would secure his championship. Nathan Winyard would lead the Xray charge followed by Chris Lovely and Andrew Green. Kyle would show well in front of Daniel Burks, the Capricorn of Mikey Mansell and 17.5 champion Jason Lovely would make up the A final.
The 2019 Batam Challenge was held this past weekend at Banana RC Track in Batam island, Indonesia. Batam island is located about 60 minutes by ferry from Singapore and the race attracted drivers from Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Jakarta, Medan, Banjarmasin, Padang, Pontianak as well as local drivers arrived. The race format consisted of 5 rounds of 10 minutes qualifications with the 3 best to count. After 5 qualification rounds Xray driver Jason Mugroho took the TQ honours and started from the pole position in the main final. With a good start Nugroho could maintain his lead during the 60 minute race and win from Adrian Wicaksono and John Agus.