Motiv RC’s new Black Out charge harness is all-black to match any colour pit station. It uses the patent pending TQ Wire 4 to 5mm step bullet-type connectors, allowing to charge 4mm or 5mm bullet plug packs with the same lead. The ends are colour coded at the bullet’s using shrink wrap to designate positive and negative polarity. It also boasts 200 degree Celsius wire that allows to charge at higher amps if desired and at 2 feet long it allows to charge out of the way to keep the pit area clean. The harness also features extra length added to the most common XH balance plug which allows to reach the balance port without putting added stress on the wires.
Source: Motiv RC [motivrc.com]
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Riccardo Berton’s 2015 season goes on in the best possible of ways, with the young Kyosho driver winning the third round of the Italian Nationals and with it the overall Championship following his victory at the EFRA European Championships B earlier this Summer. The main final would see 14 drivers at the start after the unanimous decision to skip the semifinals, due to only having 14 entries in the Expert class. Top Qualifier Alex Zanchettin led the race for the opening five minutes, but before the first fuel pit stops a flame out would drop him mid-pack. The Worlds finalist and Euros podium finisher’s race ended some minutes later with a broken steering servo. With Alex out of the mix, the lead was taken by Baruffolo and Ongaro, who would fight for the lead for about 30 minutes. With 10 minutes to go all of Baruffolo’s tyres would come unglued and with this leading to a broken body shell that forced the TLR driver to a long pit stop to replace it. This opened the way for Ongaro, who could now benefit from the lead over Berton. Riccardo had been playing the patience game for the whole length of the final, but his car seemed to be easier to drive than Ongaro’s and he was able to put pressure on Davide. The strategy paid off with Berton managing to force Ongaro into a couple of mistakes to take the race and with it the championship.
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Calandra Racing Concepts have introduced new wheels and tyres for 1/10th on-road cars. Starting with the GTR wheels, these are designed for rubber tyre 1/10th scale pan car racing, both oval and road. They are direct bolt on for 1/10th cars and in the rear, they use the standard 4 bolt mounting pattern commonly used in oval and World GT. In the front, they utilise the normal 1/8×5/16″ bearing, again very common among the 1/10th oval and World GT cars. The mounted tyres measure around 2.45″/62.2mm diameter, most all pan cars can be adjusted to make the proposed 5mm ride height rule. The rims are designed to mount tyres such as the Pit Shimizu, Tamiya TCS and CRC RT1 and the rims allow for two types of scale looks; low profile sidewall GT type cars and large sidewall NASCAR and F1 scale looks. As for the new RT1 tyres, they mount in the same style as the most popular Formula tyres, the Pit Shimizu 0571 and 0572 and the Tamiya TCS. The CRC tyre is meant to perform very well with great grip and stability on both carpet and asphalt. Coming this Fall are also pre-mounted tyre and wheel combos.
Friday, July 24, 2015
Last weekend the third round of the Spanish 1/8th On-road Championship was held at the Cavi Club track in Vigo. Thanks to excellent weather conditions, everybody had a great practice day on Friday. Saturday started with some rain but just in time for the qualifiers the track dried up. Carlos Peracho dominated the qualification and also set a new track record in the progress. Nacho Lopez ended the qualification in second place while Alberto Alonso rounded out the top 3.
Thursday, July 23, 2015
The 2015 Timezone GP was a race to remember. The sun was out, blistering at near 100 degrees. The track ready and prime, eagerly waiting to be driven on. The stage was set for a special weekend in Battleground, Washington. Unfortunately, this year’s GP kicked off with a bit of bad news as the world famous Charlie Suangka, was unable to attend this year’s race due to a scheduling conflict. The good news was that the unforgettable Scotty Ernst was able to step in as this year’s guest RD. Bringing the excitement all the way from Wisconsin, this would also be Scotty’s 1st trip to Timezone. Other notables that made the trip was everyone’s favorite Canadian and Team Associated’s on-road ace, Keven Hebert. Former world champion, Ralph Burch for RC America/Xray was also on hand to battle in the 1/10th scale nitro sedan class.
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Dirk Wischnewski has claimed his first Euro Nitro Series victory, the Team Shepherd driver winning a rain shortened Round 3 of the championship at Minidrom Ettlingen in Germany. Starting from second on the grid, the win ahead of Jilles Groskamp marks the German’s first international win since being crowned European Champion in 2009. Pushing Top Qualifier Dominic Greiner hard for the first third of the race, Wischnewski got his big break when the Serpent driver ran out of fuel and there after was able to cruise to the finish even moving over to let the recovering Greiner unlap himself. Unfortunately for Greiner his charge back to the front was cut short when rain arrived as the 45-minute race entered the final 15-minutes. Stopped at 31-minutes the order was declared a result with Groskamp’s third consecutive second place finish putting him firmly in the lead of the championship standings. Having come into the event as joint championship leader, Bruno Coelho would like Greiner also run out of fuel in the opening stages of the race. Opting to change tyres when his Xray was returned to the pits, the early race finish worked against the Bologna ENS winner with him classified 11th.
Monday, July 20, 2015
RC4Speed’s Fuel Gun to Fuel Stick conversion allows to convert an old fuel gun to a fuel stick in 5 minutes. With this kit it’s more easy to refuel when the pit line wall is high and its not a problem which direction the car is in the pit line to refuel. The kit is design with a better geometry that allows opening the nozzle more for fast fuel flow. It can be used on 1/10th and 1/8th nitro off-road and on-road cars and the kit contains CNC cut cast acrylic plastic parts as well as a 3mm stainless rod for durability and it will fit with the most common fuel guns in the market like the ProTek R/C, VP Pro, S-Works, Team Durango, Jammin YT-0036, Fastrax, Brilliant RC, and Novarossi 37001.
Thursday, July 16, 2015
Following a recent teaser Serpent have now released more information and images of the forthcoming Viper 977 Evo 1/8th scale nitro on-road kit. The latest incarnation of Serpent’s World Championship winning 977 platform will feature the SL8 XLi super-low inertia 2-speed gearbox, new 0.8 pitch composite gears, hardened 0.8 pitch clutch gears as well as an optimised 7075-T6 aluminium chassis with improved flex characteristics and weight slide system. Also included in the Evo kit is a new 2.5mm carbon fibre radio plate with ball-raced central flex system, a new front bumper with inserts and an improved rear body mount. The kit will ship in the third week of July.
Wednesday, July 15, 2015