Team Orion have released first information on their forthcoming Vortex Ultimate Stock brushless motors. Aimed at the ultra-competitive blinky stock racing the 540-size motors are developed in the USA from the ground up. They features a new high-power stator design, utilise low resistance copper windings and are built using a 3-piece low centre of gravity can design. The motors also feature a precision-balanced neodymium rotor, heavy duty pre-shaped solder tabs, widely adjustable timing and they are HV battery compatible. They are designed to meed IFMAR, ROAR and EFRA rules and they will soon be available in a 13.5T and 17.5T variant.
Coming from R1 Wurks is the new Digital 2 brushless speed controller. Rated at 200A constant current, the controller is usable with modified motors down to 3.0T but a blinky mode for zero timing spec racing makes it usable for non-boosted classes also. Several boost and turbo functions add to the extensive software features that include power delivery and brake strength settings. The unit also features the A.C.L.C. Advanced Component Level Cooling system, this design allows individual Mosfets to transfer heat directly to the upper heatsink. The power switch-less safety first system forces the user to disconnect the battery when its time to power off the controller, minimising the chances of leaving a live battery from draining. The controller is housed in a black anodised case with a specially designed heatsink and it is adjustable using a digital programming box.
Coming from Muchmore are two new 5200mAh LiPo battery packs. First up is the Impact HV FD2 5200mAh 110C LiHV battery, made using the latest generation LiHV cells with a higher nominal voltage. Using LiHV-compatible chargers a 2S pack can be charged up to 8.7V allowing for higher output voltage. LiHV packs are also good to be charged to the standard 8.4V for sanctioned races with the flat discharge curve compared to regular packs making for more punch towards the end of a run. The pack measures a standard 138×46.5mm but the reduced height of 22.3mm makes for an overall lower centre of gravity. The hardcase battery pack is equipped with 4mm bullet-type connectors.
Team Powers have introduced the Actinium V2 brushless motors. The version 2 features a redesigned stator with lower resistance and improved power efficiency, which reduces the motor’s running temperature. The new case design incorporates an air flow convection system to keep motor temperatures down by 10 to 15 degrees. On top of this the new neodymium rotors produce a stronger magnetic field than the previous Actinium, by almost 10 percent, and they fade less at the end of a run for more power in the decisive moments of a main. The motor is rounded out by a new endbell design that has a greater range of timing, this gives the racer the ability to tailor the motor to his gearing and also changing track conditions. The V2 will become available in a range of modified and stock windings very soon.
Arrowmax have introduced their new high capacity 3.7V 1S 8000mAh LiPo battery pack for 1/12th scale applications. Of standard “1/12th scale” 93x47x18.5mm dimensions the battery is built using high-performance 55C/110C cells for improved power output in both Modified and Stock classes. The battery comes in a protective hardcase and it is available very soon.
Hobbywing have introduced their new XeRun XR8 SCT brushless speed controller for 1/10th scale short course and monster trucks as well as 1/8th scale buggies and on-road cars. At 54.1×37.2×36.1mm the controller is of a more compact design and about 36.5g lighter than the XR8 Plus for easier positioning even in crowded environments. The controller features a built-in high-voltage BEC system with adjustable 6V to 7.4V output to securely power even power hungry high-torque and high-speed servos and it is usable with up to 4S LiPo battery packs. A special firmware makes for ultra-smooth throttle response and off-throttle coasting and the ESC is widely programmable using Hobbywing’s LCD programming box or WiFi module. The speedo is rounded out by a rubber-protected electronic switch.
LRP have introduced the 2400kv variant of their successful Dynamic 8 brushless motor. Closing the gap between the 2200kv and the 2600kv the 4-pole motor, winner of the Italian championships and runner-up at the 2016 EFRA Euros, offers a balance between power and run time and it features a machined alloy case with heatsink design, a precision-balanced sintered rotor and pre-soldered silver-plated heavy-duty connectors.
Coming from HRC Racing are two new LiPo battery packs. First up is a 5000mAh oval diameter hardcase battery made using 40C cells. Designed for the use in applications that usually require racing pack style NiMH batteries, such as RTR cars and starter boxes, the LiPo variant makes for improved performance and run time. The pack features an external balancer port and it is available with a T-type or standard Tamiya plug. Also new is the high-capacity 10000mAh 11.1V 3S softcase LiPo battery pack for vehicles such as the Traxxas T-Maxx. The battery comes equipped with a TRX plug.