Stepping Out Of Stock

Stepping Out Of Stock

Contrary to what many of you will think, my inspiration for this column came not originally from me thinking about an R/C race, but about full-size racing. I was reading an article (and the subsequent comments beneath it!) recently, discussing whether top driver should be ‘forced’ to move up the racing ladder, or prevented from competing at certain levels based on their results. For those of the guys who race regularly with me at a track, you’ll all groan at the following – specifically this came about whilst I was watching NASCAR, where a number of the sports top drivers compete in their ‘second tier’ series too, primarily to promote sponsors or gain additional seat time or track knowledge. I realised there was a lot of synergies to R/C racing, with the same discussion flaring up seemingly every year about the state of “Stock” class racing.

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Scheidegger wins 1/8th Electric class at MC-Best Cup

Scheidegger wins 1/8th Electric class at MC-Best Cup

After a thrilling end of season race in Aigle, Switzerland Team Shepherd was able to claim the top 4 places in the overall point standings of the 1/8th Electric On-road class with 26 drivers participating in total. Before the last races 11 and 12 of the MC-Best Cup, Stefan Scheidegger was leading the category by a small margin over André Krebs and Oliver Mülhauser, followed by Martin Messerli in 4th all using the Shepherd Velox V8.

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

RDRP Ultra Turnbuckle Wrenches

RDRP Ultra Turnbuckle Wrenches

New from Revolution Design Racing Products come the Ultra Turnbuckle Wrenches for the toe and camber links of many 1/12th to 1/8th scale cars, buggies and trucks. They are constructed from RDRP’s renown black anodised aluminium and high-quality spring steel and they allow for swift and effortless suspension geometry adjustment thanks to their clever design. The compact yet sturdy tool tip makes turnbuckle adjustment even in tight surrounding a breeze while the specially shaped handle gives perfect tool control. Laser-etched markings and colour coded aluminium rings not only look cool but they also help with easy identification of the wrenches that are available as 3mm, 4mm and 5mm variant.

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Maifield moves from Novarossi to Team Orion for 2015

Maifield switches from Novarossi to Team Orion for 2015

It turns out the rumours floating around the paddock in Sicily were true with new TLR signing Ryan Maifield making the switch from Novarossi to Team Orion’s nitro factory team. The US driver, who started from pole position and lead last Saturday’s main final until a steering servo took him out of contention, joined their electric section earlier this year and will now also be using all Team Orion CRF nitro products in his cars from January 1st 2015. CRF team manager Adrien Bertin commented on Ryan’s decision as follows: “Drivers of the caliber of Ryan Mayfield have their choice of engines to run. It is with great satisfaction that we welcome Ryan in our team and admire his decision to run with Team Orion CRF engines. It is another confirmation of our successful product and team strategy.”

Source: Team Orion [teamorion.com]

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

GForce setup system & suspension gauges

GForce setup system & suspension gauges

Japanese company GForce introduce an aluminium setup system for 1/10th touring cars as well as a range of gauges for droop and ride height measurement. Starting with the setup system, it is designed to precisely measure camber and toe settings as well as the castor value. All parts are made from high-quality aluminium and knurled nuts allow for easy assembly and disassembly without additional tools being needed and the clear polycarbonate toe plate has cutouts to make way for long body posts. The setup system is available in black and blue colour and it comes in a zipped bag for easy storage and transportation.

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Van Es & Krens take Dutch national championships

Van Es & Krens take Dutch national championships

After five races on different tracks all over Holland, the national Dutch Touring Car outdoor championship in both the Modified and Stock class would be decided in the 6th and final race. Qualifying started on a dry track on Sunday with Mitchel van Es seeming to be the man to beat in the Modified category. Unfortunately he made a small mistake on the last lap of the first qualifier loosing the TQ to Rob Jansen. In the Stock class Robert Krens posted a clean TQ run with a gap of a couple of seconds in front of Sybrand de Boer and Jitse Miedema.

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Sweep Exagon LP low profile 1/8th buggy tyre

Sweep Exagon LP low profile 1/8th buggy tyre

Sweep Racing introduce the new Exagon LP low profile 1/8th scale buggy tyre. An evolution of the well-known Exagon the low profile version features the same shape as the 310 Revolt and a 0.1mm lower pin height than original for a more precise driving feeling. The tyre is also 4mm smaller in diameter to prevent excessive ballooning which makes the – often forbidden – cutting unnecessary. Another new feature of the tyre, that will become available in ultra soft, extra soft, soft and medium compound, are revised sidewall pins for smoother cornering.

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Xtreme Racing Yeti shock tower & roof plate

Xtreme Racing Yeti shock tower & roof plate

Xtreme Racing introduce two new carbon fibre option parts for the Axial Yeti off-road vehicle in the form of a front shock tower and a roof plate. Starting with the shock stay, the part is cut from 4mm carbon fibre and made to replace the standard plastic item with a cooler looking and more durable piece. Included with the tower come mounting screws and bushings. The second new part is a carbon fibre roof plate that makes for added protection and improved looks. The plate is a direct replacement for the stock body roof.

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

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