After a lot of testing and small changes to ensure optimized durability Shepherd are happy to announce the all new front flex radio plate system for the Velox V8. Made from high quality German carbon the front flex system gives the car much more steering especially on technical tracks. The radio plate is split into two parts, the bigger rear part is fixed with the regular flex bracket in the rear and a simple aluminium post in the front directly behind the servo saver. The two parts are connected with two uniball rods allowing the front end to flex much more than with the standard radio plate.
Zeppin Racing have introduced a number of new option parts for the Associated TC6.1 starting with these front and rear carbon shock towers. These new towers feature the same shock mounting holes as the kit part but are designed to be used with the new aluminium front and rear upper clamps. These new parts see the upper suspension links now mounted to the clamp instead of the lower part of the shock tower and allow for easy adjustment of the roll center through 3 different mounting holes. Finally there is a new lightweight spur gear hub which only weight 2.2g, compared to 2.8g for the standard part, but doesn’t sacrifice durability.
With a brilliant debut Ralf ‘Bombe’ Dennenmoser took part in the 2012 BaWü Cup in Nufringen, which saw 100 drivers in attendance. He claimed the victory in the 1/8 buggy class as well as in the 1/8 truggy class. ‘Bombe’ dominated both finals and took advantage of the low fuel consumption of the V.21B allowing him to pit at the 10 min mark. In the buggy class he won the final 4 laps in front of the rest of the field while he crossed the finishing with a two laps gap in the truggy class.
The third round of the Belgian TC Nationals took place last Sunday at Zwevegem MRCZ’s outdoor track. Practice on Saturday was only driven under rain and this weather was expected for Sunday, but thankfully it remained dry all day. In the Efra class qualifying there was a duel between Thomas Stockman, the leader in the standings, and Olivier Bultynck, the champion of 2011. It was Olivier who eventually took TQ in front of Thomas and Nick Joosens who took third place. Manuel Henriet placed himself fourth.
For the RX8 Xray have released this complete XCA reverse clutch set. Easily adjustable 3 shoe clutch features clutch bell, clutch nut, flywheel nut and thrust bearing collar made from Hudy Spring Steel while the hard coated flywheel, clutch disc and spring cup are made from premium Swiss 7075 T6 aluminium. The new reverse clutch design provides smoother and faster acceleration, while increasing the lifetime of the clutch shoe. Use of a new conical clutch washer spring gives more consistency.
Round 1 of the BRCA British Electric 1/8th buggy & Truggy series which runs alongside the nitro truggy series kicked off last weekend with this new format at the Herts track. 97 drivers made the trip and with bad weather all week it was not looking good but with a lot of hard work by the HNMC and Westmill farm the event was given the all clear. Mugen driver Lee Martin TQ’d the Electric buggy class, with Mark Robson TQ’ing electric truggy while TLR factory driver Darren Bloomfield took the top spot in the nitro Truggy class. In the finals it was Lee Martin that took the buggy win ahead of Bloomfield in 2nd and Simon Willets in 3rd while in EP truggy Mark Robson was victorious over Chris Hampson and Dale Knight. In the nitro truggy class Chris Doughty took the win for Durango ahead of Callum Niblet in 2nd and Michael Lewis in 3rd.
With a lot of race meetings cancelled last Sunday due to bad weather there was a massive turn out for Rd3 of the HNMC Summer series on the bank holiday Monday event attracting 122 drivers. Again the weather would play a part with showers midday and clearing up later. Kyosho team driver Elliot Boots took TQ in the buggy class with Lee Martin and Darren Bloomfield close behind while in the truggy class Callum Niblett took TQ in the truggy running the new Team C truggy. In the buggy A final Elliot Boots took the win ahead of Darren Bloomfield with Tony Truman coming in 3rd. In the truggy final Elliot Boots also took the win ahead of top qualifier Niblett with Robert York in 3rd.
Celebrating their 5th year, the 2012 Vintage Offroad Nationals is hitting the great outdoors to the brand new track at Bethel Racearena hosted by the BRCRO RC Club in Bethel, CT on the 14th to 16th of September . After 4 great years, the Vintage Offroad Nats has proven that you don’t have to be a pro racer or spend a ton to have a great time at a national level event, you just have to love RC. Think of the race as more of a celebration of our industry and it’s landmarks rather than a race.