Round 3 of the Yokomo Euro Touring Series got underway officially today in Gran Canaria but recent work to the track has challenged drivers as they struggle for traction on the highly abrasive new surface. Originally drivers where to run open practice for the first half of the day before conducting two control practice rounds that would determine the seeding for the day’s opening round of qualifying. However when drivers started to run tyres from the freshly produced batch of handout tyres provided by Ride there was a noticeable difference between the tyres they had used for previous practice runs, some drivers having already conducted a number of days testing earlier in the week. Due to this Race Director Scotty Ernst adapted the time table allowing drivers to continue with open practice before closing the first official day with one round of controlled practice.
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French company RB not only have new buggy engines to offer but also two updated .12 TXR engines. First up is the TXR LS3 long stroke, a 3-port engine with lightened 11.9mm turbo crank shaft, competition conrod, 11.9mm main bearing and an O-ring sealed turbo combustion camber insert. The 1/10th 200mm engine also features an aluminium slide carburettor with composite insulator and a 5.48mm venturi insert. The same engine is also available with a bi-balanced, lightened and silicone filled crankshaft and a ceramic main bearing, to extract an even higher performance. Both the standard and the bi-balanced version are available as engine only or including an EFRA2668 in-line pipe.
New from Hitec comes the ePowerbox 50A switching power supply. It provides 50 Amps of current with an input voltage range from 100VAC to 240VAC and an adjustable output of 15 to 30 VDC. Housed in a black aluminium heatsink case the power supply sports one 50A and three 10A outputs, two 5V USB ports and dual cooling fans. The case measures 305x170x85mm and the device weights in at around 3100g.
Novarossi have a new 1/8 on-rad INS box available. It is of a new low-profile design and sports a diameter of 50mm while being 34mm high. Specially designed to reduce the air intake noise without sacrificing performance the box weights in at only 23g and comes as black and red version.
Available from end of March is VP Pro’s Friction 1/10th buggy tyre. Designed with clay indoor racing in mind, the tread sports a unique outer horseshoe pattern and different size inner blocks to create both side bite and forward traction on hard-packed surfaces.
The 6th round of the RCProf Speedpassion Challenge was recently held in Budapest. In the 13.5T Stock ckass János Birinyi took the overall TQ after winning all three qualifying rounds. János then was able to win the first and second A-final quite easily in order to grab the day’s overall win. A3 was only for the books but proofed to be very exciting for the Xray driver as he was struggling with a backmarker which cost him the lead around the 2 minute mark. He was able to regain the position after some risky driving and won the final with a new Stock class track record. Behind János Tamás Ponghó and Péter Taál finished second and third respectively.
Following the aluminium main chassis for the Xray T4’14, Arrowmax now also have an alloy lower deck for the Hot Bodies TCXX available. CNC-machined from 7075-T6 aluminium and coming with a polished natural finish the part is best used on high grip surfaces such as high traction carpet. The main chassis is a direct replacement for the kit’s carbon part and available very soon.
FX announce that the European Champion 40+, Peter Harder has joined the FX team and will run the 5K in the 2014 season. Peter is multiple Danish 1/8th off-road and Nordic 1/8th on-road champion and has the following to say about the deal:
I know Juraj and his focus for an absolute perfection for everything he makes and I was very interested to test the engine he has developed and produced and there was a no real surprise for me as the engine is exactly what I was expecting from him – best quality and the highest reliability of any engines I ever run. After the several races where I successfuly run the engine I have decided to keep the engine installed in my car for the 2014 racing season. I will be travelling to as many races as possible to support our team and I will be more than happy to everyone. Hope to see you all.