We brought you a first feature on Shepherd’s new Velox V10 Pro 200mm nitro touring car kit some weeks ago when we visited the company’s office during the first round of the Euro Nitro Series ‘Pilot Series’ at the Hockenheim Ring in Germany. The new Pro version features the latest innovations brought in by Patrick Schäfer and Alex Kempe including the input from team drivers and customers all over the world. The car is based on a new symmetrical 7075-T6 aluminium chassis and features redesigned and much smaller bulkheads who alone scrub around 150g of weight compared to the previous car.
Italian company Bittydesign, best known for their buggy and touring car body shells and airbrush work introduce their latest merchandise collection in the form of four new T-shirt designs. Called Emme-X, Pop, Game and Lines the shirts come in multiple colours and are available in regular fit S to XXL sizes as well as XS size for kids and slim fit tee for ladies. The recently announced Birth of a Hero and Skratch designs along with the new Emme-X shirts are available through Bittydesign’s international distributors network while the new Pop, Game and Lines tees are exclusively available from the company’s official store.
Last weekend saw the 6th and final race for the Southern German regionals, hosted by the famous MAC Nürnberg club. With scorching hot temperatures and beautiful weather right up to the finals, racing action in the 1/10 IC and 1/8 IC classes was close and intense. Due to a rough qualifying with some incidents caused by traffic 15 year old Class 2 racer Max Günther had to start his finals day in 12th place and therefore in the quarter finals. Max was able to win his final easily leaving a number of Class 1 racers behind him and he progressed into the semifinals where he faced a very strong field of mostly Class 1 racers.
The fourth and final round of the Norwegian national outdoor series was held at the Sorlihavna race track in Lorenskog, just outside of Oslo. The race saw a record entry of drivers with 27 drivers attending in the 1/10 touring modified class which is more than at any other race this season. The Sorlihavna racetrack is a pretty small and technical track which suits the modified-class perfectly but as Q1 started, many drivers struggled to finish their 5 minute heats without troubles. The only driver to finish his race without issues was Xray driver Oskar Fjeld who actually had his fastest overall qualifier in Q1. Adrian Berntsen held the runner-up spot despite a body tuck during the run.
Following the Grayseal conversion kit for the Team Associated B44 buggy Azarashi now also have a respective kit for Kyosho’s ZX-5 SP2 buggy available. The set is developed around a new upper and lower carbon fibre chassis that makes use of a 2S shorty-type LiPo battery pack over the conventional 2S saddle packs for a lighter and better handling buggy. The longer 293mm wheelbase helps to calm down the vehicle without scrubbing corner speed or agility. The motor and speed controller are now located on the right side of the chassis opposite of the battery pack. Lighter components such as the steering servo and the receiver found a new home in the front of the buggy. Include in the set are the upper and lower chassis parts made from carbon fibre, a carbon battery strap, new servo mounts, longer centre driveshafts and hardware.
The dirt track of the RCRT Duisburg in the western part of Germany saw a busy weekend with the 4th round of the western division regionals, the 6th round of the Brushless Cup and the German nationals warm-up all being held at one race. Nearly 70 drivers attended to tackle the hard-packed and abrasive high-traction track. Saturday saw an early free practice followed by the first qualifiers that had Mugen driver Chris Kammann dominating the field with Carsten Keller and Chris Hahlen in tow. The finals were run according the to the national rules with a runtime of 15 minutes. The semifinal B went to Carsten Keller while Chris Kammann successfully ended the semifinal A who also took pole for the 15 minute A-final. Unfortunately Chris had to retire some minutes into the final leg with a broken bearing. This made way for Kyosho’s Carsten Keller who controlled the proceedings and eventually won the race in front of Chris Hahlen (Mugen) and Oeter Schulte-Batenbrock (Mugen).
Coming late September is Team Losi Racing’s 22 2.0 cab forward body shell. Seen for the first time at the recent Hot Rod Hobbies Shootout the newly designed shell sports a very wide and highly angled windscreen and a long roof section that ends in a low shark fin and raised rear area, again with fins to bundle the air towards the new rear wing. The body is designed for the use with the new TLR 22 2.0 and offers more room around the battery section. As usual it comes clear, with window masks and a new heavy-duty rear wing.
The Fall session of the JConcepts Super Cup started off with a bang on Saturday August 3rd at Space Coast RC in Cocoa FL. Shiverville Raceway was the original scheduled host for this race but with three weeks of rain taking a toll on the track, SCRC was asked to help out with a quick location change and only one week to prepare. SCRC Track owner, Angel Echevarri accepted the race and had the track ready for the 195 entries that began to arrive on Friday afternoon.