Shepherd announce that they recently signed RC-talent Alessandro Balboni for the 2014 season. The young Italian driver already had his first race at the US World Nitro Cup in Kissimmee at the end of 2013 showing a very competitive pace clocking some of the fastest laps of the race. Alessandro had the following to say:
Thanks to Team Shepherd and especially Giovanni Bianchi from B-Racing for this great opportunity. I’m really happy to join the strong Team Shepherd for the 2014 season and I’m looking forward to attending the upcoming races with my Velox V10 Pro which has exceeded my expectations already.
P1 Brand now have their Speed Corps trucker hat available. It sports a black on black Speed Corps flag on the front and a Speed Corps button on the back. Featuring an embroidered twill patch sewn onto the front panel, this all black beauty also employs mesh side panels to keep your head nice and cool. One size fits most, thanks to the adjustable, snapback closure. Available in a traditional, high profile fit, which measures 5″ from bill to crown, and the included one-inch button rounds out the detailing.
Round 4 of the Schumacher sponsored 2013/14 Worksop Indoor Off Road Masters took place last weekend. Team Associated’s Neil Cragg was the driver to beat in both the 2WD and 4WD buggy class and at the end of the weekend he had both class wins under his belt. Joining him on the podium of the 4WD class where Team Durango’s Chris Doughty and Nathan Waters (Schumacher) while elsewhere in 2WD Craig Collinson (Team Durango) and Richard Lowe (X Factory) finished second and third respectively.
AKA introduce the Typo 1/10th stadium truck tyre. Just like the buggy variant the truck Typo sports a very low tread pattern that has been optimised for hard-packed indoor tracks and low dust, grooved outdoor tracks. The tyre is now available in AKA’s Clay compound and while the standard Super Soft compound will hit the stores beginning of February. Included with each pair come AkA’s red inserts.
Available soon is Kyosho’s Mazda 787B based on the Plazma LM 1/12th scale pan car chassis. The kit is based on the Plazma Ra 1/12th competition chassis and features a long wheelbase FRP chassis, aluminium front suspension parts, alloy dampers and motor mount, as well as ball races, grippy foam tyres and it comes with a G20 brushed motor. Included are also one clear and one pre-painted Mazda 787B Le Mans body shell that resemble the monstrous Group C cars who attended at the 1991 24 Hours Le Mans race. Not included are the radio system, speed controller and battery.
Spec-R have a new black colour front spool for Yokomo’s BD-7 touring car as well as a universal velcro battery mount available. Starting with the spool, the part is also available in a blue colour version and it features new ver.2 lightweight hardened steel outdrives for a lowered weight and added rigidity. It sports laser-etched markings and is a direct replacement for the stock spool. Also new is a universal velcro battery mount. Making use of widely adjustable carbon fibre brackets, aluminium mounts and a Spec-R branded hock and loop strap the quick release battery mount should fit a wide range of touring car chassis from different brands.
Sweep introduce this Jilles Groskamp signature edition on-road car stand for 1/10 and 1/12th scale chassis. It is made from aluminium and comes in a bright blue colour that perfectly matches with the iconic “Tamiya blue” anodising of Tamiya TRF chassis. The stand sports a small footprint, a low 24mm profile and four rubber feet make for a secure stand even on slippery pit boards.
Team Orion have introduced the latest addition to their line of waterproof high-voltage digital servos, the VDS2-HV XS 1007 low-profile servo. Suitable for 1/10 off-road and on-road as well as 1/8 on-road it has a speed of 0.07s/60° and torque of 10kg-cm and features high quality metal gears and a precision case made out of high-grade plastic and aluminium.