With the long awaited official introduction of the new Xray RX8 being only days away Red RC will bring a series of related features starting this Friday 28th with an exclusive Martin Hudy interview about Xray’s all-new 1/8th nitro on-road car. Early next week we will also have an exclusive ‘making of’ column with Martin going into detail about the design process of the RX8 accompanied with some exclusive photo’s of Xray’s latest 1/8th on-road contender. Stay tuned.
March 21st through the 23rd marked the final race of the epic Pacific NW Showdown winter series 2014. The finale was held at Four Season’s raceway in Olympia Washington, home of Gary Brown, father to Northwest legend, Scott Brown. Unfortunately, good things must come to an end and after a long winter the final race was upon us. Undoubtedly saving the best race for last, Northwest’s finest 1/10th scale off-road drivers would once again meet up for a last showdown and make claim for the series overall championship title. The event was scheduled for open practice on Friday from noon till 9pm and all 4 rounds of qualifying to be ran on Saturday. Sunday would hold triple A-main events decided by best 3 of 4 rounds of qualifying with 6 minute lower mains for bumps and award ceremony held after racing.
Schumacher introduce the Core RC Pace 60R brushless speed controller for 1S and 2S applications. Suitable for sensored and sensorless motors the speedo is BRCA-approved for the use in “blinky” classes, it offers two different drive modes, low voltage and throttle signal loss protection and the ESC has a 6.5T motor limit when used with 2S LiPo packs. An optional program card allows to adjust a wide range of software features making it ideal for on-road and off-road applications alike.
JConcepts Super Cup Championship Series packed the house at Shiverville Raceway in High Springs, FL for round 3, with a record 193 entries on the perfect spring day. Shiverville Raceway’s freshly expanded and highly groomed race surface was primed to see some close and intense racing action. The track crew did an amazing job rebuilding the surface as early in the week it was hammered by over 3 inches of rain. Practice was held to a 2pm start on Friday for extra time as the Florida sun worked its magic baking the track. Racers then hit the track to work on lines and setups for Saturday’s showdown that started at daybreak.
JConcepts introduce two new chassis protective sheets for the Team Associated B5 line of buggies. Coming for the B5 and the B5M, the pre-cut decals fit right onto the chassis bottom to add style and protection at the same time. The sheets come with JConcepts graphics and are made from a durable, low-resistance material to decrease chassis-to-dirt friction while protecting the chassis from becoming scratched or damaged when running on abrasive surfaces. Included in each pack are two sheets.
The first round of the Greek Nitro Series and Greek Touring Series started at the popular Fanatix track. The 200mm nitro class had German Xray driver Thilo Alexander Tödtmann taking the TQ position after the three 7 minute qualifiers. For the 45 minute final Thilo decided to use his Greek friend Doucakis as his mechanic and went for 4:30 minute pitstops while his main competitor Sotiropoulos J. was able to do 5:10 minute stints. But Thilo was able to compensate the larger amount of stops with a faster pace allowing him to take the win in front of 6-times champion John Sotiropoulos while Spiros Sotiropoulos completed the podium in 3rd position.
The 6th and final round of the Danish National Championships was held at the former DHI-Cup venue in Odense, where this great event was born many years ago. A big and flowing track with technical chicanes made for perfect conditions and close racing. Since it was the final race of the season, the schedule saw 5 rounds of qualifying with the 3 best to count, followed by 3 finals. In the Pro Stock class the fight for the magic A final spots was though, with 3 drivers being in the fight for TQ. Patrick Folman, Niklas Engholm and Søren Boy Holst all won rounds in qualifying – often with less than a second to second spot. At the end Patrick took TQ in a tie-break, with only .087 second from the number 2 driver.
The SkyRC infrared thermometer helps to measure the temperature of nitro and gas engines, electric motors, speed controllers, battery packs and many more. The handy device offers 3-button operation and features a large, back-lit LCD screen to display temperatures from -40°C up to 380°C as well as the respective °F range. Offering four modes including a quick and scan mode the thermometer also stores the highest and lowest temperature and it is housed in a sturdy and ergonomically shaped plastic case.