KM Racing have released first renderings of their upcoming 1/8th nitro on-road car, called the K8. Currently in development stages the competition car will feature a super low centre of gravity with only 25mm high top deck, a chassis-mounted steering servo, optional wire or standard front anti-roll bar, upper deck front ‘swing’ and rear ‘wast twister’ system, and a side-mounted receiver battery to adjust left-to-right chassis balance better. Also incorporated into the construction, that makes use of 7075-T6 aluminium, is a centre weight system for the chassis bottom for a simple adjustment of the overall weight and weight distribution.
Kyosho’s Jared Tebo set the pace in practice for the Reedy Race of Champions, the America topping the times sheets at West Coast RC Raceway in California in both 2WD & 4WD. Although times have no meaning due to the head to head race format of the world famous race, they do give an indication of each drivers form with Tebo declaring himself happy to end Day 1 as the fastest of the 29 invited drivers who will battle for the 19th Reedy Race title over the next three days. In 2WD it was defending Champion Joern Neumann who was 2nd fastest, with his Durango team-mate Travis Amezcua the closest on pace to Tebo in 4WD.
The Reedy Race of Champions is one of the most famous races in the world and was the brainchild of one of the sports greatest pioneers Mike Reedy. Looking to celebrate his birthday by hosting a race, in 1987 the motor guru created an all new concept for an event in which 32 of the best offroad drivers in the World where invited to race both 2WD and 4WD buggies in a series of head to head races with the driver achieving the best points tally over the 8 races being declared Champion. First run in 1987, when Chris Allec took the title, the 2013 Reedy Race of Champions is the 19th running of the event which after an 8-year break due to a decline in the 4WD class was resurrected in 2009 when Ryan Cavalieri won the title at the Yatabe Arena in Japan, which is so far the only time the event has been hosted outside of the USA.
Xray have announced the renewal of their contract with long time team driver Alexander Hagberg for 2013. Alexander has been with Xray for many seasons and the team cooperation has been successful over the years with Alex being a great supporter and member of the development team. Alexander had this to say:
I have been racing for Xray ever since the start of my international racing career. Over the years we have built a strong and successful relationship which has helped me to develop into one of the best on-road racers in Europe, if not in the World. For the upcoming season I did not consider any other option than to continue to work closely together with Xray. I am confident that we can achieve even better results together in the future!
Coming soon from Serpent is the composite gear differential for the S411 line of cars. Making use of a lightweight plastic cage the diff features composite material internal gears and a X-shaped cross pin made from the same material. The outdrives are hardcoated aluminium items that replace the original steel parts for even lighter weight. The reduced rotation mass makes for better acceleration and increased overall performance. The original sintered metal gears are still useable with the V2 composite cage allowing for various gear combinations to achieve a different feel.
Team Orion introduce the Vortex VST2 690-size brushless motors for 1/8th scale applications. The motor is designed from the ground up using the experience gained with the US national championship winning MR8 motors and features a dual sensor port design, CNC-machined heatsink aluminium case and 4-pole technology. Available as 1900kv, 2100kv and 2500kv variant the motor also sports durable low-resistance pre-shaped solder tabs, precision balanced rotor and high quality stator materials.
Team C introduce two new option parts for their 1/10th scale 4WD line of buggies and trucks. First up is an aluminium steering knuckle set that is designed to replace the stock plastic parts. Machined from high quality aluminium the parts come dark anodised, with laser-etched Team C logos and two 5x11x4mm ball bearings. Also new are +1 rear hubs that add one degree of rear toe-in for added rear grip. Like the front knuckles they come black anodised and with Team C logos plus they sport carbon fibre camber link towers for that distinctive factory team look. The parts fit the company’s TC04, TR04, T4 and TS4 line of vehicles.
KM Racing announce the renewal of their contract with Dario Balestri to have the fast Italian drive the company’s World Championship winning H-K1 1/10th 200mm nitro on-road car for two more years. This is what Dario has to say about the deal:
I am very happy to renew the contract with KM for two years, because I think is the best factory for RC products and racing cars. And I have the best relationship with KM President Mr. Kenny Ng because he is a very nice and aggressive working guy, for this reasons I would love to continue for the next two years and hopefully beyond.