Schumacher Racing are pleased to announce their first tire for the large scale off road racing class. The Schumacher Wave tire is based on the legendary Minispike and Spiral tyres which have been hugely successful in 1/10th and 1/8th scale racing. The unique Wave pattern features denser spikes in the middle to maximise forward traction progressing to fewer at the edges to reduce aggressiveness when cornering. The Wave is available in Yellow compound for grass and astro tracks and in the softer silver compound for wet weather racing. Designed to fit on 110 mm diameter wheels. Tyre diameter = 154 mm. Tyre width = 65 mm.
This past weekend was the West London GP 2013 sponsored by Schumacher Racing. With 88 Drivers competing at this event it was going to be a great weekend, the only thing that could have spoilt it was the great British Summertime weather. The weather forecast leading up to this event was very uncertain, with the possibility of heavy rain arriving over the weekend. On the Saturday morning all drivers arrived at the track and started setting up their pit area and gazebo, we noticed many sides being put on the gazebos due to the dark clouds looming above the circuit and also the strong winds that were present. Drivers briefing was called, which everyone attended and Pete Tims and Schumacher’s Mark Musgrove explained what the format was for the weekend and all the relevant information that the drivers would need. The race format to be used was 5 rounds of qualifying with the best 3 rounds to count, and then 3 leg finals for everybody with the best 2 final results counting towards the overall finishing position.
Based off their VTEC 30X tires, LRP’s new VTEC G32 are the result of ongoing development of their touring car tire. Featuring a completely new rubber compound the results show improved traction and increased durability. Pre-glued, the set consists of the controlled tires, controlled rims with improved material and shape and controlled white inserts, which are perfectly mounted and glued and sold in a set of four.
The annual Futaba Cup took place last weekend in the city of Senayan in Jakarta, Indonesia and Nicholas Lee gave this report. ‘The track was resurfaced two weeks before the event but the layout remains the same as to the one I attended last year with the surface sugar watered for increased traction on Saturday. This year’s event attracted drivers from 8 different countries, but most notably, 1 Reigning World champion from Thailand (Meen.V) and 2 Worlds finalists (Alexander Hagberg and Chavit). As I had a good result finishing 2nd last year for the 10th and the 8th scale, I was hoping for a strong result. My dad and I arrived on Wednesday and we headed to the track right away. There were some new rules for this year as addictive is allowed and 4 rounds of 5 minutes qualifiers were to be run. My initial plan was to break-in engines and choose the best engine for the race. However, I had a stressful week because none of my engines would finish 5 minutes. I wasted the time stressing on my engines rather than finding a competitive car setup and tyre combination.
Nitro racers from all over the USA and from as far away as Shanghai, China descended on Leisure Hours RC Raceway in Joliet, IL for the 2013 Byron Fuels On Road Challenge. Qualifying would JJ Wang take the top spot in 1/10th 200mm, Joaquin DeSoto Jr the top spot in Nitro GT and Paolo Morganti the top spot in 1/8th scale. First on the schedule was the 1/10th scale class which following an early exit by Wang after 4 minutes, say Morganti go to the front of the field and take the win only 3 seconds in front of DJ Apolaro in 2nd, with Vincent Jackson in 3rd, 4 laps further back. The GT class turnout was very large this year and this resulted in some intense racing. Taking the TQ honors and finishing first in the 60 minute A main was Joaquin DeSoto Jr. Bill Sydor finished in second place followed by Andy Liu in third to complete an all Serpent podium. Although the first 20 minutes of racing during the 1/8th 60 minute A main was exciting and intense, lightning and rain forced the end of racing for the day. As a result, the top qualifiers were awarded the podium positions. Paolo Morganti, TQing took the first place followed by Mike Pulfer (Xray) and Jason Conley (Xray). Byron fuels took the win in all three classes.
Over the weekend of the 22nd and 23rd June, Round 5 of the BRCA 1/10th IC National series took place at the Cotswold club. The track had been nicely prepared for our arrival with a new pit lane fence being one of the noticeable improvements. The weather forecast for the weekend was not looking great, with gloomy weather conditions and rain predicted for the weekend. There were 26 entries in the 200mm class which is the greatest of the season so far, 17 entries competed in the Sports GT class. On the Saturday practice session, defending champion Mark Green, Alex Thurston and Joe Kerry were all looking quick in the 200mm class. In Sports GT it was again Glyn Beal who was setting the pace early on with his Serpent team mates Adam Crossland and Richard Boult also fast, David Gerard was also mixing it with them.
This past weekend the fourth round of the Belgian Electric offroad National championship was held in Merchtem near Brussels. In the 2wd class there was hard battle between Nico Risser (Kyosho RB6), Wesley Van Elmond (TLR22) and Bruno “Elvo” Heremans with the new Xfactory X6 Cubed. After missed victory in the first main due to a mistake in the last lap Nico Risser recovered to win the final two mains after an incredible battle with Wesley and Elvo. With the overall win sewn up Nicolas keeps his lead in the championship. In the 4WD class there was a great victory by David Pauwels (Xray XB4) after a good fight with team mate Fred Fontaine (Xray XB4) in front of Eric Michiels (Serpent) who finised 3rd.
BMT is returning to the 1/8th scale on road market after a break of many years, the former World Championship winning manufacturer has not been heard of much, with the exception of its entry into the Rally Game market, since the late 90s. The new BMT 894, the car in the photos is a prototype, is a pretty standard affair for a modern 1/8th scale car with some of the features including aluminium front & rear bulkheads, aluminium middle shaft bracket and a front anti roll-bar with classic blades or wire solution. The transmission uses a 0.8 module to improve acceleration and top speed, while on the radio plate it features a flex system and a radio tray module for both lay down servos and receiver including a RX box.