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.
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).
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.
More from RC-Carbonstore’s Rebellion-RC brand for the Xray X1 formula chassis is this WTC Mount. This new upgrade allows the user to mount the rear wing in front of the holder, giving the possibility to set the wing much further forward which in turn leads to more front traction while retaining rear stability. The mount also gives you the option to fix the rear wing directly to the chassis, which leads to much more rear grip and better handling due to the reduction in vibrations from the wing transferred to the rear pod.
A new addition to T-Works’ line of DLC-coated shock shafts, are these versions for the Yokomo BD9 touring car. The shafts are made from high-quality steel and are surface-coated using the a dark-coloured DLC coat, a material traditionally used to finish crankshafts on competition nitro engines. The hard-wearing coat will make for a slick and wear-resistant surface that ensures smooth and durable shock function. Sold as a complete set of 4.
Bittydesign have introduced their new Agata GT body shell for 190mm touring cars. Designed with both performance and aesthetics in mind, the body features a lowered front hood section for steering, a wide cab and neutral sides for improved airflow and a large rear wing for downforce and balance with the somewhat long appearance ensuring good straight line stability. The body comes moulded from high-quality Lexan polycarbonate, it includes a laser-cut front foam to avoid body vibrations and the package is rounded out by lightweight wing mounting hardware, window masks and a decal sheet. The body is race legal for most GT classes including the USGT category.
Yokomo have introduced a new shock spring series for their YD-2 RWD drift car kits. Available as separate sets for the front and rear, the front springs are of a high pitch design for greater response, increasing front tracking and feeling throughout the corner. The rear spring are available in an increased forward traction or higher side bite variant to suit a wide range of track conditions and allowing for better tuning. All three sets come in all-round (carpet asphalt) or soft (P tile/concrete) hardness, making it six sets in total that are available separately or as complete 6-pair combo package. To not alter the characteristics and performance of the springs, they come without any surface treatment, meaning some discolouration can occur over time that is best countered by lightly oiling them using bearing or machine oil.
This year’s ROAR Carpet Nationals were held at ProLevel RC in Chesterfield, Missouri last weekend. There were five touring car classes ranging from Modified to 25.5 VTA and Awesomatix drivers were at the top of all classes throughout the event. Seating rounds occurred on Thursday. 21.5 Touring Car would have Awesomatix lock out the top 5 spots with Michael Toth taking 1st, Brent Klingforth 2nd and Dustin Layne 3rd. USGT would see Awesomatix lock out the top 6 spots with Kemp Anderson 1st, Clayton Young 2nd, and Chris Kemper 3rd. Last, but not least, VTA would see Clayton Young (Awesomatix) taking the top spot with David Panter (Xray) 2nd and Myron Kinnard (Team Associated) 3rd.