Japanese brand Trion have introduced their new V2 series 540-size sensored electric brushless motor. The power plant is of a new design that revolves around a high-airflow can with huge cooling openings around the front section while machined openings in the stator area further increase the airflow in this area. This leads to a much cooler motor towards the end of a run and thus reduced fading and more stable performance. An updated stator further adds to the overall performance with increased torque and reduced heat build-up. The motor is rounded out by a new rotor and available from now on in a 5.0T touring and a 6.5T off-road variant with additional 4.5T to 8.5T variants coming later in July.
F.T. Line’s Atomic .21 nitro on-road engine is now also available in a hand-tuned version. The work was carried out by famous engine turner Max Fantini with the power plant having received a hand-tuned, crankshaft, crankcase and also a tuned piston and sleeve, all resulting in increased power and optimised mileage. The Max Fantini-tuned engine is available now.
The Argos track in Greece played host to round 1 of the RCManiacs series. The Wednesday evening event attracted racers from Athens, Patra and Argos to compete on the new high-traction track and in the Touring Modified class it was Diamadis who took the TQ after a close fight with Kiriazis. All three finals were then won by Kiriazis with Diamadis coming in 2nd and Kidi 3rd, making it an Xray 1-2-3.
WRC have introduced a black anodised aluminium lower chassis for the STX 017 electric touring car kit. Machined from high-quality 7075-T6 aluminium and sporting several milled out sections for optimised flex, the chassis is also of a symmetrical design to ensure equal left-to-right flex characteristics. The main plate is a direct fit and best used in medium to high grip track conditions.
Coming from Team Corally are the new Molan SS 3.0 modified brushless motors. Their specially designed can offers optimised airflow for improved cooling and thus less power fading towards the end of a run while also ensuring a very low weight. The motors come with static and dynamic balanced rotors for extra performance, heavy duty solder tabs, dual sensor ports and they are available in 3.5T to 10.5T variants.
Tamiya have released a teaser of their forthcoming TB Evo.7 electric touring car kit. With the TRF line of touring cars pretty much ditched, the Evo.7 is expected to be the company’s top-of-the-foodchain offering for the ultra-competitive class, although – historically – the shaft-driven Evo line never had that much of an impact within the racing scene as the TRF kits had. This may change with the 7th incarnation as racers can expect gizmos such as low profile shocks and shock towers, a possible drivetrain upgrade and more. We bring you more information on the kit as soon as they surface.
The Midwest Nitro Cup, round 2 of the 48th annual Midwest Series was hosted by Team Nitro in Lynwood, Illinois. The event kicked off the weekend with open practice on Friday. Unlike round 1, the weather was working in everyone’s favour and was supposed to be dry and warm all weekend. Entries came in from as far away as Ontario Canada, Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Texas. Following the Saturday morning practice session, round 1 of qualifying kicked off with Brian Jucha setting the early pace in 1/10th Sedan with Tom Esposito in P1 in Sedan Masters. Ralph Burch was quickest in 1/8th Open while Don Jones locked in the early TQ for 1/8th Open Masters. Rounds 2 and 3 were completed and the only change saw Lon Burling II taking the P1 position in 1/8th Open.
Team Associated have introduced their next generation 1/12th scale pan car chassis, the RC12R6 Factory Team Kit. Designed for today’s demanding top-level racing, speed and traction, the design focusses on factors such as a low centre of mass, chassis rigidity, and a precise build. The kit utilises a precision front arm assembly utilising graphite lower control arms, a symmetric 7075-T6 aluminium chassis and lower pod plate, ultra-smooth centre pivot, and optimised graphite rear axle position. Includes are also a centre Fox shock genuine Kashima coat, a raised front bumper for extra ground clearance on the front of the chassis as well as a floating servo mount for equal flex of the chassis. Lastly the battery stops allow to mount the battery in three different transverse positions to fine-tune mass balance.