Arrowmax RC announced the signing of young German Serpent driver Dominic Greiner to their team. The World Championship top qualifier will be using Arrowmax honeycomb tools, set up tools and accessories. This is what Dominic Greiner had to say about the deal:
I’m very happy to be a part know from the Arrowmax team. The quality is still perfect from the tools and setup parts. Also the silicone liquids are constant and very good. I’m looking forward for the good cooperation in the next years.
Italian company Mon-Tech have released two new body shells for the 1/10th rally category. The WR1 and WR2 are part of the company’s new WR series of shells. Made from high quality shock proof polycarbonate the package includes the window masks and decals.
Japanese company Creation Model are aiming to be the latest entrant into the resurgent 1/8th on road market with their newly announced brand called Infinity. Developed by former Japanese National Champion and World Championships podium finisher Masao Tanaka the car is to be made in Japan and targets customers who demand the highest quality with on-track performance to match. More information to be made available very soon.
Elangears have released a new compact charger called the Tiny-G. Featuring a very small footprint this DC unit can charge up to 10A and discharge at maximum 1A and can handle all the common types of batteries. When charging Li-HV (Lithium High Voltage) cells the screen displays the internal resistance of the batteries and users can also control the charging current at the beginning of charge.
RS5 Modelsport introduce the follow up in their successful line of 1/5th scale touring cars, the T15. With a recent push to use ultra soft compound front tires, this new car has been developed with, among many other things, additional setup options to help tune out front mechanical grip if needed. A weight distribution change to increase the rear end grip of the car they created new wishbones that are offset to the front. With this modification the complete centre part of the car has been offset rearwards creating an more rear heavy car, without adding any extra weight. On the alloy chassis under the rear differential there are now 4 threaded holes to allow the user to mount additional weights to the car in this beneficial position.
Continuing to strengthen their factory team, it has been announced that young US racer Drew Moller has signed with HB-HPI Racing. Drew Moller is one of the up-and-coming future stars of off-road RC, and at just 18 has already taken major race wins and TQ positions in the United States, ahead of some of the world’s fastest racers. His skill and experience on the track has proven itself time and again, and HB-HPI Racing are proud to be able to offer him a full range of off-road racing vehicles with which to show off his driving skills. Drew said:
I am very excited for the future with HB-HPI Racing! I feel that with the cutting edge design, and strong team support I will be able to conquer new heights. I would like to thank Tatsuro Watanabe and Hiroyuki Kasuya for this awesome opportunity. See you at the track!
Together with Ty, David, Reno, Teemu, Tanner and the entire HB factory and R&D team Drew will help continue to develop and improve HB racing cars for more race wins and championships, not just for themselves but for all HB racers.
Following input from team drivers Eric Dankel and Kyle Branson Capricorn have update the suspension on their electric touring car and will soon release the results, called the TE03. The suspension mounts are no longer mounted to the chassis plate but instead to the differential mount, while still utilising the same bushing system as in its predecessor. The new system uses shims to adjust the front and rear track width, rear toe and the opening of the arms on the front. This new configuration allows the chassis to flex more freely and works with the new floating steering design that can be adjusted for different flex characteristics. Other new items include new upper front tie rod mounts and lower front bumper and bumper plate.
Team Associated and Reedy have announced the signing of 2014 IFMAR 1:8 World Championship podium finisher Carson Wernimont to a multi-year deal. The former Mugen/Schumacher driver brings with him not just driving talent, but the experience in both 1:10 and 1:8 off-road to develop products. Having represented Reedy since his first major win in 2012 at the Reedy International Off-Road Race of Champions in the 2WD Open class, Wernimont has had experience working with the staff at Team Associated and is excited about “finding a home” within the industry. Carson will continue to use the full line of Reedy products, including speed controls, batteries, motors, and other accessories. When asked about signing Wernimont, Team Manager Brent Thielke said, “Having shown that he can already compete with the best in the world, all of us are excited about Carson joining the team. His calm, but fierce focus on and off the track translates into quality finishes and useful input that helps to develop our products. He will be a great addition to our team.” Wernimont agreed, saying,
I’m super excited to be a part of Team Associated and Reedy. They’ve always had a great racing program and I’m looking forward to working with them in 2015 and beyond. I would like to thank Brent Thielke and Cliff Lett for the awesome opportunity and am looking forward to a successful year!
Look for Carson to split his time between both gas and electric off-road. As the year goes on, Carson will mostly focus on regional, national and international gas events campaigning for the new Team Associated 1:8 line of vehicles.