Pirani RC introduce their new set of shock springs for both 1/10 and 1/8 on-road cars as well as exhaust springs for the manifold and muffler. Starting with the shock springs, these are made from high quality steel, come colour coded and are resistant against fuel and acids. The springs come as pairs in short and long configuration and are selected and matched to ensure equal damping characteristics left to right. Also new are manifold and pipe springs. They are made from a special steel and received a hard coat treatment to ensure a long life. They come in two variants for 1/8th engine and manifold connections and for 1/8th and and 1/10th manifold and pipe couplings.
Nemo Racing introduce the new Beta EFRA 2106 tuned pipe. The exhaust is designed to increase the bottom end punch of the engine for tight and twisty tracks or those with short run ups for the jumps. The pipe comes polished and with a reinforced outlet.
Round 3 of the 2013 BRCA 1/8th championship was hosted by the Brooklands club. This was the first time the section had visited the circuit for 18 months after circuit ownership issues which have now been fully resolved. The track is a power circuit and very flowing which makes it a favourite amongst the drivers and resembles many circuits with Europe. For this meeting the committee decided to run the bus stop chicane along the back straight to firstly slow the cars down over the bumps preventing potential engine failures and secondly to create a longer lap and more of a drivers challenge. The track was open for free practice on Saturday and the usual suspects of Branson and Green were quickly up to speed with the track changes and soon a driving line was forming and the grip was steadily increasing. With the straight being shorter the drivers experimented with gear ratio’s but the norm used on other tracks seemed to be the answer to aid with driveability. Another attribute to the bus stop chicane layout was the benefit of fuel consumption and with the new regulations of 16 percent nitro should surely make 5 minute run times easy to achieve with the dreaded fuel stop a thing of the past. The conclusion however was not as anticipated and many of the top drivers had to make a fuel stop to be safe.
New from Tekin comes the T8i 1/8th buggy indoor brushless motor. It is packed with the same features as the conventional T8 series of motors but the ‘i’ version is lighter of weight and smaller in size helping to lower the vehicle’s weight for a more nimble and agile handling on tight indoor tracks. Sporting a diameter of 38mm and a length of 67mm the motor weights 274g and offers a 6061 aluminium heatsink can, dual plug sensor wire harness, sintered Neodymium magnets and oversized ABEC5 bearings. The T8i will become available as 1350kv, 1600kv, 1950kv and 2700kv variant soon.
Upgrade RC introduce their latest off-road rear wing in the form of the Vortex 10. It designed to fit most of today’s 1/10th buggies and sports a unique design with knobbed areas on the outer horizontal parts to improve the airflow over the rear section. Raised slide plates allow for good tyre clearance while the angled ends of the plates bundle the air and increase the stability of the whole wing. Included in the set are two wings, side plate decals and a mounting grid.
Holeshot Raceway located in Sanford Florida was the host of round 4 of the 2013 Short Course Showdown Nationwide Tour. With only a month’s notice, Kris James, owner of Holeshot Raceway and his crew got busy promoting the race, updating the layout including making the overall track bigger and a new ramp for the drivers stand. Their hard work paid off with just under 100 entries for this Short Course only event. Friday started off with a full day of practice and the track improved with more traction as the day went on. On Saturday there were three full rounds of qualifying, all qualifiers are heads up with only your fastest round placing you in the mains. After the end of the day, the class TQ’s went to JR Mitch in 2WD Mod, Matt Olson in 4WD Mod and Billy Bruce in 2WD Stock.
Last weekend the 4th round of the French 1/8 on-road nationals was held under sunny conditions at La Ferriere aux Etangs in the Normandy. In qualifying it was Romain Picard how took TQ honors only 0.7sec in front of Shepherd driver Richard Volta who had to do an additional pitstop for fuel. In the semi finals Richard was the fastest driver on the track leading from the start to the chequered flag taking the pole position for the main final while Romain dropped out in the second semi final as he crashed his car. From the start of the final Richard controlled the race. With fast fuel stops he was able to control the gap to the rest of the field and after 45 minutes he crossed the finishing line five seconds in front of Christophe Aygon with Christophe Louis completing the podium on 3rd place.
For the third round of the JBRL Nitro Series Jimmy Babcock and the gang loaded up their equipment and headed to Revelation Raceway in Ontario, California. The Revelation Raceway has always been one of the most well know tracks in the area with the largest club race attendances. The track is home to many of the best nitro drivers in the area and people such as TLR’s and Pro-Line’s Mike True and Adam Drake can be found here club racing almost weekly when they are not traveling the world racing their cars. In the Expert Buggy Class Pro-Line’s Mike Truhe took the win with Pro-Line team mate Sean Gaffney taking the third spot on the box. Second place went to Agama’s Andrew Smolnik. In the Expert E Buggy Class Mike True did it again followed by TLR team mate Adam Drake. Wrapping up the third big class of the day was Adam Drake who took the top spot on the box in Expert Truggy followed by Drew Moller and Andrew Smolnik.