SkyRC introduce the Toro Beast, a dedicated brushless speed controller for large scale electric vehicles. The 200A rated ESC is usable with 4S to 8S LiPo battery packs and it is housed in a sturdy aluminium case for protection and improved heat dissipation. Mounting lugs help to securely fasten the motor to the chassis or radio plate. An internal BEC system allows for a standard 6V or high voltage 7.4V output and a whooping 15A to feed even the most power-hungry large scale servos. Also part of the package is a data logging function that measures and records parameters such as battery voltage, amp draw, motor RPM and the controller’s temperature. On top of that the speed is widely adjustable using the SkyLink PC interface, the WiFi Module or SkyRC’s Progbox.
French company RC Concepts introduce a 540-class electric brushless motor and a 120A brushless speed controller, both aimed at 1/10th scale applications. Starting with the EC called motor, it is based around a T6 aluminium can with venting openings for a low overall weight and efficient cooling of the internals. The magnets are of a high-performance neodymium type and the motor offers dual sensor ports, a heatsink timing plate and heavy duty solder tabs. To comply with a wide range of applications the motor is available as 5.5T to 10.5T modified and as a 13.5T stock class variant.
New from Viper R/C Solutions come the VST Black Edition sensored brushless motors. Available in a wide range of turns from 3.5T to 21.5T, the Black Edition motors offer a completely redesigned all-aluminium structure for 10 percent lighter weight and 15 to 20 percent more RPM and thus higher overall performance compared to the last generation VST motors. The design of the ROAR approved and IFMAR compliant motors incorporates a vented 6061-T6 alloy motor can, with a wide range of tuning rotors being available to fine-tune the performance.
Coming from Yeah Racing and made for HPI’s Sprint 2 touring car kit is the aluminium essential conversion kit. The set includes a range of machined aluminium parts such as front and rear lower A-arms, steering knuckles and C-hubs, rear hubs as well as steering servo saver and bellcrank parts, all made to replace the standard plastic items with stronger and cooler looking components. The A-arms, C-hubs and rear hubs also feature composite inserts to make them operate smoothly and without excessive play on the suspension shafts. Included with the purple anodised alloy parts are also front and rear CV-style driveshafts and a small hardware set.
The Western Canadian Indoor Championship Series visited the unseasonably warm city of Airdrie, Alberta, for their normally appropriately named Annual Snowpocalypse, round 4 of the WCICS series. Airdrie hosted a great event, with the highlight of the weekend, and a particular strength of the Karz club, the kids only Mini class. Seven other WCICS classes were hotly contested, and as the midway point before the Christmas break, the season class championships are revealing some strong favourites. In the Touring Car Modified class Team Associated’s Peter Tozser came from 4th on the grid to top of the podium, Serpent’s Steve Soon cleanly drove to 2nd, and dominant TQ and fast lap holder Wayne Mah unfortunately ended up 3rd after his Awesomatix took some contact.
Former World and multiple Italian champion Daniele Ielasi will continue to run for Italian company BMT for the 2015 season. The 2014 Italian 1/8th nitro on-road champion will use the company’s 984 car in this year’s campaign that includes events such as the World Championships in Brazil, the European Championships in Germany as well as the complete ENS series. Daniele has the following to say about the deal:
I’m sure this 2015 can be one good year for all this race. Special thanks to Pasquale for all the support and the trusting also for the future.
New for the XB4, Xray have released this composite rear chassis plate. Precision-designed, it is used to raise the rear differential and rear suspension for use in medium to high traction conditions. It must be used together with the graphite rear lower brace.
With 150 entries in four classes, the Winterchamps turned out to be one of Europe’s biggest electric offroad races. The large indoor track offered many technical sessions and different jumps. Qualifying took place on Saturday and the first heats began the same day and continued throughout Sunday. On Saturday, Team Associated/Reedy driver Patrick Höfer entered the finals qualifying second place in 4wd Buggy and 2wd Buggy Modified classes. On Sunday, Patrick strove to win both classes. In 4wd Modified, the two greatest contenders, Oliver Scholz and Patrick Höfer, gave the spectators a great fight, but Patrick won the race, taking the overall win. In 2wd Modified, Oliver Scholz won the race, followed by Patrick in second.