O.S. Engines have introduced their new O.S. Speed Gold glow plugs. Building on the success of the recently introduced limited edition #80 plug the P3, P4, RP6 and RP7 turbo-style plugs complement the already existing range with the P3 and P4 offering improved low to middle-range power and quicker response to throttle inputs, allowing for quicker spool up and also more stable idling. The different idling characteristics will also be acoustically noticeable. As for the RP6 and RP7, both glow plugs will also offer improved low-end power and quicker spool-up. The glow plugs become available by October.
Schumacher have released a first teaser of their new, Eclipse called project. More information will unfold soon but looking at the graphic elements we would guess it is a car project and possibly an electric-powered GT or LMP vehicle, with our bet being either a basic 1/8th electric or competition 1/12th scale kit.
After a five-race season Nicolai Nielsen was crowned the Danish Stock Touring Car champion thanks to taking the podium four times and scoring a win at the season finale held at the EFRA GP track in Neastved. Being the only driver to campaign a FWD car in the 17.5T blinky class Nicolai left Tommy Udensen and young Calle Rasmussen behind in second and third respectively.
Coming from Horizon Hobby are the new Dynamite Reaction HV LiHV hardcase battery packs. Made using high-quality 50C cells the battery packs are ideal for bashers and also outlaw racing classes as their high-voltage LiPo cells offer increased overall voltage over standard cells. The batteries can be charged up to 4.35V per cell versus the standard 4.2V, using a HV-compatible charger, and they are available in a range of configurations including a 4000mAh 7.6V/2S shorty pack with EC3 connector, a 5000mAh 7.6V/2S standard-size pack, a 5000mAh 11.4V/3S 35mm height pack with EC5 connector and a 5000mAh 15.2V/4S battery. The standard 2S and 4S packs are available with EC3, EC5, Deans and Traxxas compatible connectors.
Coming from Arrowmax is their latest high-performance LiPo battery pack in the form of a 4500mAh 3S variant. Built using the latest generation of heavy duty 40C/80C cells with improved electrolyte composition and new high-density stacking the battery offers exceptional performance and durability even in demanding applications such as 1/8th and 1/10th on-road and off-road cars. What makes the 11.1V battery special is the reduced height of 25.1mm, making the 3S pack as large as a standard 2S battery. This leads to weight advantages over a standard 3S pack, allowing for higher performances especially in 1/8th scale vehicles. Another feature is the unique balancer power that is hidden behind a removable silicone cover. The features list is rounded out by 5mm bullet-type tube connectors for improved power supply.
Reedy have announced the release of their new Zappers high-performance LiHV and LiPo battery packs. At 7.6V the LiHV pack offers a higher voltage than the standard 7.4V pack, meaning increased performance during bashing or when racing “outlaw” classes. The battery can be safely charged to 8.7V and even when the typical 8.4V charging limit is enforced, the battery still offers a significant advantage thanks to a flatter discharge curve, which results in more voltage deeper into the race. Available as 4800mAh 7.6V LiHV and also as 4400mAh 7.4V standard LiPo pack, both make use of 5mm bullet-type connectors with the standard voltage pack built to meet ROAR, EFRA, BRCA and IFMAR specifications.
Serpent’s long-awaited Project 4X 1/10th 4WD electric touring car kit is finally ready for release. The revolutionary car that finished third overall in the hands of Serpent’s Viktor Wilck at this year’s IFMAR Electric On-road World Championships utilises many unique features that make for a very low centre of gravity while being easy to work on and reliable at the same time. The car makes use of a new suspension design that allows to adjust chassis roll and pitch independently for increased corner speeds and exceptional bump track handling. Sporting only one heave/pitch damper in the front and rear, the pull-rod actuated units are very small and thus light of weight while their mounting position just above the chassis makes for a low centre of gravity. The heave dampers affect mainly bump and on/off-throttle handling and they are easy to reach from the bottom of the chassis for convenient setup and maintenance tasks. The ride height settings are performed using a simple one-screw setup. The rocker and pull-rod system is ball-raced for highly precise damper action and a low wear.
Just in time for the forthcoming indoor season Xray have introduced the 2017 variant of their successful X12 1/12th scale pan car kit. Building on the multi-time national and European Championship winning X12 platform, the 2017 variant features a sensible amount of refinements and new features with the car being based on a new 2.5mm carbon fibre chassis that is of a narrower design to reduce chassis scrub during hard cornering and to achieve a more centralised weight distribution. Despite its narrow width the chassis still allows for transversally or inline mounted battery packs, giving a range of weight distribution options for both lower and higher bite tracks.