The 65th installment in the Xray column from Xray owner and chief designer Juraj Hudy is now online. In this months column, Martin Hudy continues to give us an insight into the track testing that went into their all new T4 touring car.
Even though Alex and I continued to test the prototype parts on carpet, the second real test came in March when Alex went to Gran Canaria for the ETS race. I was occupied with some other very important priorities at home so was unable to attend the race, leaving Alex to do all of the testing alone. In order to get in as much testing as possible, Alex arrived on the Monday leading up the race. I kept in touch with Alex via text messages during his testing period to keep up to date with his progress. After 3-4 days of testing Alex was 0.2 seconds faster with the new car than his T3 2012, and his feedback would prove valuable for the continuing development.
On Point Racing is proud to release their second generation 12th scale conversion, the OP12C.1. Already it has won the Super Stock class at the US Indoor Champs last month driven by designer/owner Paul Ciccarello. The changes made in chassis flex and shock position have made the car generate higher corner speeds without giving up driveability. The kit is available now.
SWorkz introduce the S350 BK1 upgrade pro kit Power Steering Package. The PSP option parts package includes a new radio tray, new front lower arms, new steering plate and new knuckles. These option parts give better balance and weight distribution to the BK1. It also improves the speed of the BK1 steering system making the car easier to drive and more responsive. The limited kit also includes an aluminum 3.0 toe-in plate, aluminum rear chassis brace holder and a set of pro brake pads. The plastic chassis braces included allow for more flex and stability.
DE Racing introduce the Borrego design 12mm hex wheels for the Team Associated T4.1 and TLR 22T trucks. The US made disc wheels can be used front and rear (the T4.1 needs to be converted to 12mm hex adapters), are available in yellow, white and black colour and are useable with optional wheel stickers. They are build to meet all ROAR specs and are available now.
The third round of the British Indoor Winter series saw Xray UK team driver James Hart setting the fastest time in all three rounds of the Open class qualifying. In second place on the grid for the finals was HB team driver Stefan Chodzynski, third and fourth were Xray drivers Chris Neff and Alex Brocklebank, rounding out the top five was Associated team driver Ben Putt. The 13.5 class saw some very close qualifying with another Xray team driver, Zak Finlay, on pole position and like the Open class it was HB driver Dean Gibbs in second place. Schumacher driver Darren Lee came third, fourth on the grid was HB driver James Baker and rounding out the top 5 was TOP driver Chris Holmes. In the 17.5 Class it was Lee Stokes who dominated qualifying setting the fastest time in round one and three putting him in pole position for the finals. Second on the grid was Martyn Peachey having posted consistent runs, and rounding out the top in qualifying it was Richard Boult.
The Indonesian EP Year End race was held at the Sunter International Speedway, with 70 driver competing in the 1/10 Super Stock, FWD and 1/12 pan car class. The weather was hot on Saturday, that saw four rounds of qualifying, and cloudy with rain on Sunday. In the Super Stock class, Bowie Ginting (Xray) set the quickest time to secured the TQ spot followed by Dimas Ardian (Tamiya) in second place. Indonesian RC legend, Denny Pangestu, took the third spot with his Team Associated car. The top 3 where chased by Suwardi Suliandy and Ronny Suwarto who placed their Xray and TOP cars 4th and 5th respectively. Ronny Suwarto took the TQ spot in the 1/12 pan car class while Anton Santoso secured TQ in the FD class.
The Charity Race was held for the second time at the RC Landia facilities in Scandiano, northern Italy. The race organizers had decided to repeat the success from last year, where around 100 entries, and a big Charity lottery collected a lot of money to a local children’s hospital. Drivers from all over Europe joined the race, as the competition remained very strong, similar to that of an ETS event. Xray and Hudy were the major sponsors of the event as in the cooperation with the Italian distributor Sprint RC both donated the most of the prizes.
New from Team Orion comes the Neon 8 brushless system containing the waterproof Vortex R8 WP 130A controller and the Neon 8 2100kv waterproof motor. The ESC offers a 6V/3A BEC system, selectable drive modes and is useable with motors of up to 6000kv while the Neon 8 4-pole motor is of a sensorless design making it ideal for bashers and racers alike. The set is also available with a standard non-waterproof Neon 8 2000kv motor.