The inaugural round of the 2017 Arrowmax Cup Singapore Series was held this past weekend at the large East Coast Circuit. In the competitive Formula 21.5T Blinky class, a 13-car grid took the start. At the end of qualifying, it was Joe Hwee who would come out with the TQ, followed by Patrick Ong in 2nd and Michael Siow in 3rd. In the finals, incidents for Patrick at the start of the opening A-main meant that he would finish in 5th, while Allister would storm through the field to take 2nd behind Michael Siow who seized the early initiative with the leg 1 win. In A2, normal service resumed as Patrick took a 4-seconds win over Michael to bring the fight for the overall win onto leg 3. In the final main Patrick would this time face the challenge from team-mate Allister, but he maintained his composure and confidence in his car to take the win by three seconds and with it the overall win for the day. Allister finished 2nd in the leg and 3rd overall, while early front-runner Michael would finish overall 2nd.
Reedy have introduced their new 550-SL4 sensorless brushless motor for 1/10th scale 4WD RTR vehicles. Due to its sensorless 4-pole configuration, the motor operates powerfully, efficiently, and reliably in a variety of vehicles and applications. The 3500kV rating provides plenty of speed with 2S LiPo batteries but installing a 3S LiPo battery for even greater speeds is also possible. A high-strength rotor provides plenty of torque and resists overheating better than 2-pole alternatives. The motor comes pre-wired with flexible silicone wires and 3.5mm bullet connectors to reduce power-robbing resistance and heat. Triple insulated windings, a hardened 5mm steel shaft, and oversized ball bearings that enhance reliability round out the package.
HRC Distribution have introduced their latest HRC Racing brand LiPo battery in the form of the 7.4V 4200mAh pack. Offering an oval diameter that makes it compatible with all applications that require “racing pack” style batteries, the 2S pack is made from high-quality 40C cells and it comes with either a T-type or Tamiya-style connector, making it ideal for ready-to-run kits, vintage cars or nitro starter boxes.
Available now in a 21.5T fixed-timing variant is Reedy’s Sonic competition brushless motor. Commonly used in GT and Formula classes, and emerging as the entry-level option for the Touring Car class, the motor is designed for performance and value as it features a CNC-machined lightweight can, sturdy solder tabs, dual precision ball bearings, a high-strength rotor and fixed 45 degree timing. ROAR approval is pending and the motor is available now.
Coming from Team Powers and made for their line of 540-class modified brushless motors is a new 12.0×5.0x24.0mm sintered rotor. It is a direct replacement for the stock rotor and will make for smoother acceleration in modified motors which can be helpful on fast tracks or lower grip surfaces.
Coming from Maclan Racing is the new MRR Team Edition V2 brushless motor. The newly-developed power plant was designed with the latest stock racing rules in mind and it features an all-new design stator, sensor unit, motor case, and realigned rotor and sensor position for maximum performance. The motor will become available in 13.5T, 17.5T and 21.5T variants, it weighs in at a lightweight 150g, is 100-percent hand-built and will hit stores in late September.
Coming from Arrowmax are 5mm to 4mm reducer sleeves that allow to use LiPo batteries equipped with 5mm tubes, with standard 4mm bullet-type connectors. The latest breed of LiPo batteries often comes with 5mm connector tubes whereas the former industry standard was 4mm, making it necessary to have different charging cables and even power connectors at hand when using both types of batteries. The reducer sleeves will kick in here as they are inserted in the 5mm tubes, effectively creating a 4mm hole that is usable with all standard 4mm bullet type connectors. The sleeves come as pairs, they are 24K gold-plated and are easily swapped between battery packs.
Fantom have introduced their FR-1 v3 Pro Spec brushless motors. Coming in a new, red-anodised aluminium can the motor utilises a redesigned stator that is made from premium-grade Kawasaki steel while maximum diameter allowed pure copper wire makes for the lowest resistance possible which results in more power and RPM and great fade resistance. The can is heavily machined to maximise heat dissipation and CNC-machined Billet T6 aluminium end plates ensure precision bearing alignment. The motor is rounded out by a newly designed rotor, gold-plated thick copper solder lugs and high-RPM precision bearings. The FR-1 v3 is available as v3R RPM and v3T torque variant to suit different needs and it comes in 10.5T, 13.5T, 17.5T, 17.5T Tour Spec, 21.5T and 25.5T winding options. All of them, except for the 17.5T Tour, are additionally available as Team Works or Team Works Plus motors including ABEC7 hybrid ceramic bearings and more.