Calandra Racing Concepts introduce new option parts and accessories for the Xti 1/12th pan car. First up is a Xti conversion kit to bring the older Gen-X, XL and Xi to the latest spec. The kit contains a new main chassis, motor pod, upper plate and tons of hardware to not only upgrade an existing chassis but also to refresh parts such as screws and springs.
The non-profit Western Canadian Indoor Championship Series (WCICS) announce the kick-off of their 2012/13 season. The 3 day races, hosted by 8 different clubs, are over the winter months of October to March and attract a wide range of racers from beginners up to international super stars like Paul Lemieux, Ty Tessman, Brian Bodine and Peter Robinson. WCICS runs eight different classes including Tamiya Mini, 1/12th pan cars, World GT and Modified Touring Cars. For more information, dates, classes and rules, please visit the WCICS event website by clicking here.
Mike’s Hobby Shop in Carrollton, TX played host to the 2012 Short Course Showdown Finals. Mike Darnell, owner and operator and Scotty Ernst put on an amazing event that brought in 269 entries for some fierce side by side action. The track appeared to be a fairly simple layout by design, but with jump placement and slick conditions, this track turned out to be very technical and tire selection was of the upmost importance. With qualifying under way JConcepts/MIP driver Matt Olson made a statement in the opening round by setting an amazing TQ run with the only 15 lapper of the event in the Stock division. Matt’s TQ run held from start to finish of qualifying and put him on the pole position for the Main event. Next up was 2WD Modified SCT and this was a heavy weight battle throughout all three rounds between JConcepts/Team Associated driver Scott Brown and JConcepts/TLR driver Frank Root. Frank and Scott traded TQ positions each and every round with Frank finally taking the last round by 4 seconds and claiming the top spot for the A-main. Last up was the 4×4 Open SCT class and once again, we saw a fierce battle for the TQ spot. JConcepts/MIP driver Matt Olson was going head to head with JConcepts/TLR driver Frank Root round after round as they traded TQ spots each and every round, but once again Frank pulled out the TQ spot giving him the double TQ for both Modified classes.
Reedy’s 6800mAh 65C competition battery is the follow-up to the IFMAR 1:12 World Championship-winning 6500mAh 65C battery. With higher capacity and voltage as well as lower internal resistance, this battery raises the bar in the 1:12 classes where power and duration are critical. An attractive Reedy hard case and low resistance 4mm sockets round out the high-performance package.
The 2012 Jimmy Babcock Racing League (JBRL) Series kicked off earlier this year on March 3rd at OCRC Raceway in Huntington Beach, CA. With a record turnout for round #1, the stage was set for a great series. During the next 7 months, 1 race was held each month at a different location which would test each drivers ability to adapt to each track. The series finale would be held at race director Jimmy Babcock’s home track, Hot Rod Hobbies in Saugus, CA. Every year the JBRL Series has been known as one of the most competitive and popular racing series in the country with this year would be no different. Top drivers from all the major manufacturers: Kyosho, TLR, and Team Associated all were in attendance doing their best to take home a prestigious series title.
Following on from their successful T3MX chassis, Smokem Racing has now released the new 417MX chassis for the TRF417 series of electric touring cars. The 417MX is a medium flex 2.25mm thick chassis that is ideal for medium to high traction conditions. It has a wide tuning window which allows you to dial in your car over a range of temperature and track conditions. The 417MX utilizes the same distinctive carbon weave first found on the 417FX chassis and also features distinctive curved profile cutouts which improves chassis response during quick direction changes and turn-in, while maintaining maximum rear traction. With an overall width of only 88mm, scrubbing during hard cornering is minimized.
The opening round of the Norwegian national indoor series was held by the host club VMBK in Fagernes last Sunday and Adrian Berntsen sent us this report. The race saw some 43 drivers attending in four different classes, including 1:10 Modified, 1:10 Stock, 1:12 Pan Car, and M-Chassis. The track was as always in this event, big with a size of approximately 600m2 with a nice and well combined layout. Especially for me and Petter, the traction was totally different from what we were having in the ETS round in Germany one week before, so this would give us some challenges on finding a new and better setup for our ORCA powered T4’s.
JConcepts have announced that their 4wd front and racing truck front & rear Bar Codes are now available in green compound. Like the name suggests the alternating bar design combined with the addition of the Y side bars provide uncompromising support for blue and black groove conditions. Bar Codes in new condition excel on hard surfaces that have taken rubber with either dry or wet grooved conditions. Worn Bar Codes excel on indoor or outdoor clay tracks where a minimal dust groove has formed.