New from SkyRC comes the Toro TS50 sensored brushless speed controller. The lightweight ESC is good for the use with down to 8.5T motors in on-road cars and 11.5T motors in buggies due to his 50A rating. The controller features a blue anodised aluminium heatsink case, it can take an optional fan unit and offers a 6V/2A BEC system. It can be widely programmed using the on-board programming feature or SkyRC’s optional programming box or SkyLink USB interface to adapt the punch and brake curves to your liking.
Xpert RC announce the signing of 3-times IFMAR Electric Touring Car World Champion Marc Rheinard to run the company’s high-performance servos. The Tamiya factory driver will use Xpert RC’s PI-3401LV servos during his upcoming Touring Car and Buggy campaign.
The French 1/8th nitro buggy nationals opening race was held at the MRCT Le Teich track near Bordeaux. The event saw Kyosho’s Jerome Aigoin taking the win from his brother Yannick Aigoin (Team Associated) while Agama’s Jerome Sartel finish 3rd to round out the podium. Jean-Pierrick Sartel and Edouard Hugon completed the top 5 result. It was a bad weekend for Xray’s Renaud Savoya who was DQ’d from the semi for his car failing tech inspection, it was not able to roll backwards through the measuring box.
The first round of the Spanish 2WD buggy nationals took place last weekend at the La Rinconada track. The race started off wet with rain on Saturday morning flooding the track but thanks to the effort of the club members the track was good for practice rounds from afternoon on. Qualifying started on Sunday and at the end it was Carlos Pineda who took the TQ in front of young Carlos Canas and Michael Todd. 1/8th Buggy World Champion Robert Batlle had some less-than-perfect runs, missed the top 3 but made the A-main. Robert then went on to win the opening A-final but TQ Pineda fought back in A2 where he won over Batlle with just over a second. A-main leg 3 would then bring the decision where Robert Batlle (Yokomo/Muchmore) took an easy win allowing him to take the overall win from Carlos Pineda (Associated/LRP) and Michael Todd (Kyosho/Team Orion).
Tenshock introduce their new WP-EX4 V2 brushless speed controller for both 1/10th and 1/8th scale applications. The 120A rated ESC is good for 2S use with up to 6000kv motors and 3S packs with up to 4000kv, making it ideal for short course trucks and buggies in bashing and racing applications while the controller can also handle up to 3000kv motors with 4S input, allowing the use in lightweight 1/8th buggies. Coming in a cast hardcase measuring 55×37.6×38.4mm the controller is waterproof for all-weather usability and it offers a 6V/5A BEC system and integrated cooling fan.
The 2014 edition of the 1/12 European Championships was held at the permanent facilities of RC Landia, in Scandiano, Italy and Alexander Hagberg gave this report. ‘Some 100 drivers split in two classes attended the event, which was held over three days. During the practice rounds on Friday, both Alexander Hagberg and team mate Olly Jefferies showed a strong early pace on the challenging track. Francesco Martini was very fast with his X12 car as well, with an early pace within the top 3 positions in the competitive 10.5T blinky stock class.
The Automodelismo Radio Control Alcobendas in Madrid held the first round of the Spanish 200mm nationals this weekend. The qualifiers saw Eduardo Fdez-Escandon Riera taking TQ from Inaki Pahisa and Fabio Barbosa Araujo. In the 30 minute final Inaki (Mugen) came in frost some 9/10th of a second from Victor Pelaez (Serpent) and Johnny Pastor (Mugen) who was a lap down. TQ Eduardo Fdez-Escandon Riera finished fourth, Juan Hidalgo completed the top 5 result.
One Lug RC Raceway hosted The 2014 Carpet Showdown in Albertville, Alabama. The Carpet Showdown brought racers from most of the Southeast including Tennessee, Georgia, Mississippi and Alabama. The short track layout generated intense racing and made no room for errors. Close spec racing and the fun factor of the muscle-car bodies added realism to the track, with some back-to-back racing. Tight 180-degree turns and fast, short straights required serious setup and driving control. Team Associated’s Myron Kinnard took his Reedy-powered TC6.2 to the TQ spot in qualifying. In the Main he took full advantage of that TQ position and from the tone took off and left the rest in his wake. Will Sheffield in his Team Associated debut also made the A Main and finished a respectable fifth place.