Team Losi Racing announce the signing of China-based driver Lin Le Lua for their 2014 race team. The A-finalist of the 2013 FEMCA Nitro Race and 2013 FEMCA EP podium finisher will be piloting TLR’s 8ight and 22 series of vehicles throughout 2014. Beside competing at all major events in China, Lin will also attend at a variety of races throughout Asia to represent the TLR brand. Le Hua had the following to say about the deal:
First of all, I will like to say a big thank you to Horizon Hobby-China for setting up the opportunity to represent TLR for the year 2014. TLR is a brand of Horizon with a long racing history and I am always amazed by their innovation on various off-road platforms. I am very much looking forward for the year 2014 and racing with TLR line of products.
Hype introduce the X-200 Touch 200W DC multi-chemistry charger. The main feature of the device is the large 96x54mm touch sensitive colour display to control and monitor all relevant charging and discharging parameters. Offering a multi-language menu the charger is designed for the use with up to 6 cell LiXX and up to 16 cell NiXX packs as well as Lead-Acid batteries. A maximum charge current of 10A makes for low charging times while the X-200 also offers a 3A discharge function. An integrated LiPo balancer and special modes for all battery types round out the package.
It looks like we may be coming towards the end of one of the most active ‘silly seasons’ in RC that I’ve ever seen. Whilst it’s true that our sport does appear to move forward every year in the media elements, with both drivers and manufacturers realising the importance of media exposure and getting their news out to their fans and competitors, I did wonder what exactly it was that may have meant we saw so many news items, press releases and announcements concerning driver contracts for 2014.
Kyosho soon have new option parts for the World Championship winning RB6 buggy available. First up is a lightweight chassis plate, made from 7075-T6 aluminium. Coming hard anodised the chassis also sports additional milled out sections for a lower weight compared to the standard kit chassis. Also new is the Blade lightweight body made from 0.6mm polycarbonate. Being of a lighter weight, using the body makes for a lower centre of gravity and a reduced all-up weight. Last but not least is a brass weight set for the rear bulkhead of mid motor converted cars. Included are a total of three weights as well as mounting hardware for a drop-in fit.
The first Xray Challenge of 2014 was held at the RC Landia facilities of Team La Gang, in Scandiano, Italy. The race was sold out quickly after the entry was opened and a total of 120 drivers attended in three classes. Open practice started on Friday, whereas the race commenced on Saturday, with 5 qualifying rounds for all drivers, and triple finals. In Touring Car Modified Xray’s Alexander Hagberg won all rounds in front of Alessio and Martin, and he also set TQ in the 1/12 category in front of fellow Xray drivers Massimo Fantini and Marek Cerny. In the Touring Car Stock class, Xray took a 1-2 as well with Marek Cerny on the top spot followed by Mattia Collina.
Serpent introduce more option parts for their Spyder SRX2 line of 2WD buggies. First up is a 3-piece aluminium steering rack set that includes aluminium steering bellcranks and the steering rack. The CNC-macined parts are made from high-grade aluminium for less flex and a more precise steering feeling. Another new aluminium option is the 2-piece servo mount set. Again the parts are designed to eliminate unwanted flex for a rock-solid steering response.
Dragon RC introduce new pre-mounted 1/8th scale GT tyres. Coming in a medium compound on white BBS style multi-spoke wheels the tyres are suitable for GT and Rally Game cars alike and they are are ideal for permanent and parking lot tracks alike thanks to their realistic tread.
JConcepts team driver Tyler Jones took the win in Pro Nitro Buggy at the CRCRC Midwest Nitro Championships. Tyler started from 2nd on the grid with his TLR 8ight 3.0 and finished off the main, lapping the entire field for the win. In the eBuggy class Tyler, coming from 4th on the grid, lead the entire race but a last lap bobble left him with a 2nd place finish behind Collin Weatherholt.