The 2014 ROAR paved on-road nationals were held last weekend at the Full Throttle RC Raceway in Kissimmee, Florida, home of this year’s IFMAR electric on-road World Championships. In the Touring Car Modified class it was Rick Hohwart who took the overall TQ from JJ Wang and Andrew Hardman. TC 13.5T non-timing had Scotty Gray securing the TQ spot from Josh Cyrul and Kyle Bergstrom.
The 3rd round of the Monsters of the Midwest Summer Series was held at the Stateline RC track in Fremont, IN. The 1/8th Nitro Buggy class saw a clean TLR podium sweep with Dakotah Phend taking the win from Tyler Jones and Collin Weatherholt.
The 2014 Surf City Classic took place this past weekend at OC R/C Raceway in Huntington Beach, California. The turnout was great with the pits completely full right from the start of the first practice on. Big names in attendance included current World Champions Jared Tebo Steven Hartson, along with Ryan Cavalieri, Ryan Maifield, Dustin Evans, Cody Turner, Tanner Denney, Spencer Rivkin, Brent Thielke, and Frank Root.
Yesterday we brought you preview images of forthcoming option parts for Kyosho’s MP9 line of buggies and today Kyosho America have more definite information available. First up are new hard front suspension arms to compliment the hard rear arms that are optional on the MP9. The arms feature a stronger material that is especially useful when running in hotter temperatures or climates. These conditions tend to make standard molded parts a little flexible, and these arms are specifically designed to avoid too much flex in high heat. They are not recommended for running in temperatures below 20°C or 70°F.
Following a first teaser image Xray now officially introduce their latest 1/8th E-buggy class contender, the XB8E. Building on the successful XB8 platform and featuring an optimised weight distribution the XB8 has been long-term tested by Xray’s European Championship winning drivers such as Martin Bayer, Miguel Matias and Reno Savoya. The buggy is based on an all-new 3mm 7075-T6 aluminium chassis that sports strategically positioned milled-out section for optimised flex and lowest weight while re-designed composite side guards keep dirt and debris away from the chassis internals.
Italian based company Blacktarmac introduce their new version 3.0 double reverse clutch for 1/10th nitro on-road cars. The latest version is meant to offer improved durability and efficiency thanks to a new clutch shoe material that features a new PTFE formulation as well as a pre-lubrication for increased durability of the contact surface between the clutch bell and the shoes. Other new features include a new “double reverse” mass made from the same material as the shoes and with a different weight compared to the previous versions. Last but not least is a new calibrated spring. The ver. 3.0 clutch is available for Xray NT1, Capricorn Lab C02 and Shepherd Velox V10 cars.
The Vortex R8 Pro X is Team Orion’s latest “no limit” 1/8th scale brushless speed controller. Building on the proven R8 Pro the speedo features improved internals for lower internal resistance and a new housing with an aluminium lower case. In sum the updates allow for up to 220A constant current and 6S-compatibility even with fast 1/8-size motors. Other features include adjustable 6V-7.2V BEC voltage to make the most out of today’s high-voltage servos, a new fan protection system improves durability and a proven firmware makes adapting the ESC to various motor types easy. The controller is programmable using Team Orion’s optional programming box and compatible with sensored and sensorless motors.
Novarossi have the signing of U.S frontrunners Travis Amezcua and Billy Fischer to run Rex brand engines. Both will use Rex engines in their nitro rides in an afford to strengthen the iconic brand in the States.