Team Losi Racing announce another re-signing, this time of US National Champion Dakotah “The Phenom” Phend for the 2014-2015 racing seasons. Dakotah had what many would consider to be a dream year in 2013, driving his Team Losi Racing vehicles to 3 ROAR National Championships in 1/8-scale electric buggy, 4WD short course truck and the prestigious 2WD modified buggy classes. To follow this up on his success Dakotah finished 8th in the debut for the new TLR 22-4 4WD buggy in the 2013 IFMAR World Championships. He had this to say:
I, along with Team Losi Racing, have had a great 2013 racing reason and I’m looking forward to my renewed partnership with them through the 2015 season. The last few years with TLR have been great and I’m excited to continue driving, tuning and winning with the full-lineup of electric and nitro TLR vehicles.
A new range of high-quality premium oils for nitro applications is available from Shepherd. First up is an after run oil specially developed for the use with nitro engines. It keeps the internal engine parts lubricated and protected from oxidation and excessive wear when storing the engine or starting it from cold. It is recommended for the use after every racing day and before storage. The second new product is the sticky air filter oil that protects the engine from dust and dirt. It allows enough air to flow through the filter while airborne particles adhere to it ensuring an optimised combination of protection and performance. Both oils come in handy 50ml bottles.
Italian company WRC have announced the latest version of their electric touring car, the STX ‘014. The updated version is more of a small update than a whole new car with the main changes coming in the form of a new chassis, new inner split suspension mounts for more flex, new battery locators and improved shock absorbers for better handling and cornering. For those who have the current car, an upgrade kit will be made available to bring up to the ‘014 spec. Available now.
This past weekend the 2013 U.S. Indoor Championships were held at the Holiday Inn at Strongsville, Ohio. As usual, 17.5 Touring was the biggest TC class of the event. The start of the final was fairly clean resulting in a breakaway of about the first 5 or 6 cars, but the following minute or two was a little rough resulting in some tough breaks for Xray’s Sam and Mike Herald Jr.. They both kept pushing hard and around halfway through the feature found themselves 1 and 2 with Herald Jr. leading, and they never looked back. Sam was able to reel in Mike to make it close at the end, but Mike drove flawless and held on to win with Sam Isaacs in second and Dave Johnson in third.
Team C Racing introduce carbon fibre shock towers for their GT8 line of cars. Coming as front and rear item the shock stays are machined from thick high-quality carbon fibre, they offer multiple mounting points for the shocks and camber links and are usable on the GT8, GT8L and GT8LE.
Xray announce that multiple European and Italian Champion Davide Tortorici has joined the team to race the company’s 1/10th electric off-road cars. Davide will use the XB4 & XB4 2WD at all Italian races as well as internationally at the EOS and European Championship. This is what Davide has to say about the deal:
I would like to thank Xray to give me this opportunity to race with the currently best 1/10 off-road cars. I am really happy to be part of the extremely professional and dedicated team and the quality and performance of the car give me a real confidence. I hope to see you all at EOS or Euros.
TQ Wire have new 5mm bullet-type connectors with gold or silver plating available. They are only 13mm long, saving weight for touring and pan cars, and are made in a special way where the brass stock is copper clad first before the silver plating is applied, increasing conductivity. The connectors are ideal for the latest breed of high-performance LiPo packs with larger 5mm connector tubes.
Cyclops have an updated line of tyre gluing accessories available. The purple medium glue is a 100cst viscosity product and after demand from customers the glue is now available in a new, improved bottle. New to the line is the blue thin glue of 25cst viscosity that offers the same elasticity and bonding capabilities as the original purple formula but is thinner allowing the chemical to penetrate gaps faster and also to dry faster. Last but not least is the Cyclops primer which is used to prime the surface of both the tyre and rim for perfect bond. It also is a surface cleaner used instead of ammonia, alcohol or break cleaner. 1/10 EP touring car drivers have also found in many case the primer/cleaner to be used as a tyre additive or as a primer agent for the additive.