With the Lexus RC F performance coupe Team Associated introduce the next bodyshell variant of the Apex intermediate level 4WD touring car chassis. Built on a shaft-driven chassis, the Lexus RC F replica comes fully assembled and ready-to-run with factory-installed Reedy brushless motor and including a Reedy WolfPack 6-cell battery wired with a high current T-Plug. Additional features include the XP water-resistant speed control and XP 2.4GHz radio system. The front and rear sealed metal gear differentials are connected together with a tough aluminium drive shaft and imperfections in the road are managed by four adjustable fluid-filled, coil-over tuned shocks. The high-grip, treaded racing tires are mounted on scale replica Lexus RC F 20-spoke hex-drive wheels featuring detailed brake rotors and callipers. Topping it all off is the factory-finished Lexus RC F body that replicates every detail of the most powerful of Lexus’ production cars.
Team Titan introduce the Blitz TS02G 200mm nitro on-road bodyshell, the latest addition to the company’s line of GP racing bodies. Coming with a relocated cockpit, similar to the TS02E, the body allows for easier access to the fuel tank for faster pit stops while a redesigned centre vane maximises the airflow around the engine’s cooling head. Included with the body, that is made from 1.0mm high-quality polycarbonate, comes a rear gurney flag and side body stiffeners as well as window masks and stickers.
Maxima announce the signing of young talent Malin Karlsen. The 9-years old and super-fast girl from Norway will use Maxima fuel for the remainder of the 2014 season and beyond. Malin has the following to say about her latest sponsorship deal:
The 2014 Nordic 1/8 Off-road Championship was the first meeting running the fuel of my newest sponsor MAXIMA Fuel. I want to thank Sascha Baumann at Chiratech Europe Gmbh for this opportunity and for believing in me. I look forward to be running the Maxima Dirt series fuel in my FX Engines powered Xray XB8 for the reminder of the 2014 season and the upcoming 2015 season.
The African cup event was held in Pretoria, South Africa this past weekend. This event was a mixture of gas and electric racing with Harold van Eeden being the top qualifier in the 13.5T class. After some close racing each of the drivers on the podium won one of the 3 finals. In the end it was Marius Stols taking the win from Warrick Atmore and Willie Noordman finishing in 3rd, all three driving Xray cars.
The final round of the BTCC took place this last weekend at the awesomely fast Mendip Raceway in Western Super Mare. The circuit looked in fine fettle as a new enthusiastic committee have spent a lot of time getting it looking in great shape and it was awesome to be blessed with glorious sunshine all weekend. Almost a full complement of national level drivers took part, with a little eye on the final BRCA nationals in two weeks time. With the sun shining it was decided to run round by round qualifying with the best 2 from 4 qualifiers to count and 1 final.
The 4th and final round of this year’s Italian 1/8th off-road nationals took place at the “Ongaroring” in Sacile in Northern Italy. The free practice sessions of the F1 category had young Davide Ongaro (Mugen) clocking the fastest times followed by Alex Zanchettin (TLR) and Riccardo Berton. Marco Baruffolo (RB) and Riccardo Rabitti (Radiosistemi) completed the top 5.
Sweep Racing are currently developing a new tyre for 1/8th buggies. Featuring a unique herringbone tread shaped from medium sized diamond-shaped blocks the tyre will soon make a first outing in the hands of Sweep Racing’s Renaud Savoya. We bring you more information on the tyres as soon as they become available.
Shepherd announce a new gasket for the gear differential of the V10 car. Together with a leading German sealing manufacturer Shepherd developed a gasket of a new shape and made from a special material. The new material combines the characteristics of a fibre gasket with the positive properties of an elastomer, thus making it possible to produce a gasket that allows for easy installation due to the stable surface tension, excellent adaptability to unevenness at minimum surface pressure levels and very low leakage levels even when surface pressure is extremely low. The new seals are also offer excellent temperature stability and they are available from now on.