Following the announcement of joining Xray’s factory team Tyler Vik now also has a new nitro engine supplier. FX is the manufacturer of choice and Tyler will use their F5 engine at all regional, national and international races including the World Championship, starting his campaign at this week’s Dirt Nitro Challenge. Tyler has this to say about the deal:
Despite FX Engines being brand new, I didn’t hesitate to give them a try, and was surprised by the speed and the reliability. With the World Championships this year, I want to be absolutely confident in my engine choice, and the power, fuel mileage and ease of tuning of the FX 5K is exactly what I’m looking for. I’m looking forward to the 2014 season and can’t wait to run these engines this year.
This past weekend, two events took place which were of particular interest. One of these was in Milton Keynes, in the UK, whilst the other was in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania – I’m of course referring to the BRCA 1/12th Scale Nationals and the Motorama event. The thing that links these two events was the fact that they both took place directly in the public eye – in a shopping centre and at a major motorsport show.
Today first renderings of Kawada’s forthcoming M300 FX-III 1/12th chassis appeared on the interweb. The car builds on a long wheelbase carbon fibre chassis with transverse battery layout and it will feature a damper-equipped and SDS-named front end which basically features a standard layout but two damper tubes that connect the upper and lower A-arms in order to make for a smoother operating front suspension. The rear of the car sports a conventional link-type power pod mounting with dual roll dampers, an aluminium centre shock absorber and rear axle height adjustment via eccentric inserts. Battery mounting takes place using an O-ring making the use of fibre tape unnecessary. It is understood that the kit will hit the stores by end of March.
Update: In the meantime Kawada released a handful of images showing the real car. You can find them after the break.
Sanwa introduce the MT-4S 2.4GHz radio system, the follow-up model of the popular MT-4 intermediate level transmitter. The latest incarnation offers a blue back-lit screen for improved visibility of all relevant parameters during usage and setup plus Sanwa’s SSL technology allows to adjust the Super Vortex speed controller and SGS-01C gyro via the transmitter. When used in FH4T modulation the MT-4S now also is nearly as fast as Sanwa’s current M12 top-of-the-foodchain radio while offering 18 model memory, telemetry functions and the usual array of mixes and servo setup options. The radio comes including a RX-472 receiver and will become available very shortly.
The fifth round of the Essex Winter Series took place this weekend. As this was the penultimate round of the championship, there were chances that both the Stock and Pro Stock overall titles could be decided at the event. But in the Muchmore-backed Modified class, this wasn’t the case, with Elliott Harper missing two early rounds of the season and a variety of different podium finishers in the four events so far. It was Elliott Harper who topped the timesheets in the first round of qualifying, taking his Durango to a time five seconds quicker than Schumacher’s Chris Grainger, who was in turn just a few tenths ahead of his teammate Matthew White. Round two saw Elliott again quickest, this time three seconds ahead of Kyle Branson’s Capricorn and five seconds up on the Schumacher of Paul Pinkney. Elliott secured the overall TQ position by also topping round three, five seconds ahead of Xray’s James Hart, with Paul again taking third. Elliott made it a clean sweep of qualifying by winning the final round also, with Chris Grainger back up to second and James in third. This left Chris second overall, James third and Paul in fourth.
Team Associated introduce the XP2G radio and VRC Pro USB adapter set for those rainy days when the weather keeps you from going outside and race your RC cars. Both the adapter and radio combo come with a VRC Pro voucher providing a promotional code which gives free access to a full-option SC10 4×4 Factory Team short course truck to drive and race in the Free-to-Play VRC Pro RC racing simulator.
KM Racing driver Alex has won the first round of the Malaysian national nitro on-road series that took place at the KLIRCC track in Malaysia. After taking TQ Alex won the 45 minute final one lap ahead of Nick Chong. Cik Kree completed the top 3 some further six laps down.
German Team C distributor Absima now have their own range of high-performance servos available. The ACS1615SG (0.09s/15kg-cm), ACS1614SG (0.07s/14kg-cm) and ACS1622SG (0.14s/22-kg-cm) are standard size and standard voltage servos that feature coreless motors, steel gears and aluminium/plastic heatsink cases. Also coming are the ACS1623SG (0.1s/23kg-cm) and ACS1620SG (0.09s/20kg-cm), both are high-voltage compatible offerings, again with coreless motors, steel gears and heatsink cases. It is understood that a range of low-profile servos is around the corner too.