The Kosmic Shoot Out was held this past weekend at the newly updated Blue Dimond Raceway in Delaware, USA. Over 70 racers attended this race which included Sedan, 1/8 Scale and GT. GT qualifying saw Paolo Morganti on the top spot. In the GT final, Serpent drivers Paolo M. and Rino L. where running first and second when Paolo had an electrical problem in his car that forced him to stop. Rino took over the lead and drove a mistake free race to take the win for the Serpent Team. Rino’s win continues the remarkable results for the Cobra GT. It has TQ’d every event it has entered and won every race this year.
Pirani RC have released their new line of tweezers. Designed for high precision the steel instruments are ideal to pick up small parts, to remove C-clips or to clean pulleys. They are sold separately or as a set including a straight and angled versions.
TrakPower introduce several new LiPo battery packs build from 50C to 70C cells. The hardcase packs come as 1S, 2S, 4S and 6S variant with bullet or Deans Ultra Plug connectors and include 1S 1/12th, 2S 95mm ‘shorty’ and 4S 1/8th scale packs.
Chinese manufacturer Tianhao, better known for their FGX Rabbit chassis, have introduced their all new UFO 540 type brushless motors. Not your standard configuration, the UFO motor sees the sensor and timing plate placed at the shaft end of the motor with a vented end bell at the rear end, which in a touring car sits in an area of high airflow. This new layout not only brings the wires into a more convenient spot but more importantly allows the heat built up in the can to escape unobstructed, making a more efficient motor. The motors are available in both anodized black or blue and Tianhao have a full range of winds as well as a range of 550 motors for short course.
Xray have confirmed that American Touring Car ace Paul Lemieux will contest the penultimate round of the Yokomo Euro Touring Series over the weekend of June 1-3 at Apeldoorn in the Netherlands. Having made annual appearances in three of the four previous seasons of the world famous electric touring car series, this will be the US National Champion’s fourth time to race in the ETS but will be the Wisconsin driver’s first experience of the Apeldoorn venue which is rated by many top drivers as one of Europe’s greatest race tracks. The RC America/Thunder Power backed driver will join factory Xray drivers Alexander Hagberg and Martin Hudy at the fifth round as the Slovakian manufacturer looks to build on their maiden victory in the Ride Modified class at Round 4 in Poland that has moved Hagberg into contention for the overall 2011/12 ETS Championship title.
Tekno RC have released new option parts for the Losi Ten-SCTE short course truck. The M6 driveshafts and lightened outdrives feature the ‘big ball’ design with a larger diameter outdrive ball whose design provides smoother suspension action and prevents the axle from hitting the outdrives on full compression. Included in the set are new outdrives to accept the redesigned driveshafts and also new stub axles to allow for more steering angle. All parts are super lightweight yet rigid thanks to their hardened surface.
Avid introduce these carbon fibre hub towers for Team Associated vehicles that use the rear blue aluminium hubs. Usable on the B4.1, B44.1 or T4.1 they feature a 2-in-1 high and low outer pivot location allowing, without changing parts, to run the standard kit upper link location ‘A’ tower, or by dropping the outer pivot height by 2mm with a ground rear u-brace like the ‘C tower. Both adjustments are included on the same part. The towers are cut from 2.5mm carbon material, give additional wheel clearance and include two 3/16” aluminium locking nuts.
Team Durango factory driver Jörn Neumann has won the 1/8th brushless class held at the 7th annual international warm-up race at the Rhein-Main-Cicruit. The DEX408 driver started from third place and easily won leg 1 and 2 leaving fellow Team Durango driver Hupo Hönigl and Thomas Mayr (S-Workz) behind. Fourth place went to Rene Kargl (S-Workz) with Tim Bremicker (Kyosho) in fifth place.