Round one of the Turkish TORC series was held in Bumod Bursa in pretty cold weather conditions. About 70 drivers competed in the four classes of 1/8th nitro on-road, 1/10th nitro on-road as well as electric Modified and Stock Touring. In the 1/10th Nitro class it was Mustafa Alp who dominated qualifying by TQing all five qualifiers to grab the overall TQ easily. In the 45-minute main final Mustafa easily pulled away from the field and he was able to cruise to the win with a 5-lap lead on Halit Körpe, who was promoted into the second spot thanks to some last minute carnage caused by a rain shower in the closing stages. As the only top driver who did not change tyres mid-race, Alain Sarafyan was awarded with a third place and the final podium spot.
Horizon Hobby have introduced the new Losi Baja Rey 1/10th scale 4WD ready-to-run desert truck. The vehicle builds on a Baja-inspired 4WD chassis with long-travel suspension. The foundation consists of a 3mm, hard-anodised aluminium chassis plate that is integrated with a realistic roll cage made of super-tough composite material. To this it adds a long-travel, independent front suspension and 4-link live rear axle that look and function exactly like their full-scale counterparts. The long-travel shocks are soaking up the energy from big bumps and jumps and they also feature threaded shock bodies with adjustment collars to fine-tune the pre-load settings of the coil-over springs. External bump stops provide plush landings on the hardest surfaces.
Coming from HRC Racing are the 8mm long M4 droop screws with delrin insert. They add to HRC Racing’s already existing short-style droop screws and not only protect the chassis from becoming damaged, as it can occur with standard grub screws, but they also allow for more precise settings. The new longer variants come in handy when running high arm mount settings or highly angled lower arms.
Team C have introduced new aluminium shock mounts for the GT8 range of 1/8th on-road cars. Usable on the GT8, GT8L and GT8LE the brackets fit into the original shock mounting position on the lower A-arms and make for a more angled shock position in order to fine-tune the suspension geometry. The shock mounts come anodised orange and in sets of two.
In only a few years, the Mile High Indoor Championships has transformed from a cozy regional event into a full-blown national competition. The best drivers from around the country converged upon the newly carpeted 5280 Raceway for the last major event of the carpet racing season. In the Touring Modified class, Keven Hebert went on to grab the pole position for Sunday’s single A-Main event with Ralph Burch lining up second followed by ROAR Carpet Nats winner Chris Adams in third. In the A-main Keven took the lead over the second- and third-place cars early on in the main event. Adams and Burch later retired after a huge crash, which allowed Keven to claim the win by half a lap over the second-place finisher. In 1/12 Modified qualifying, Keven claimed the pole position by a margin of four seconds over Kory Harbke. In the main event the two battled head to head over the last four minutes, with Keven taking another win to cap off a very successful weekend in the Mile High City.
Coming from Destiny for their RX-10S 1/10th electric touring car kit are an aluminium main chassis plate and new hard compound plastic parts. Starting with the chassis, the part is CNC-machined from aircraft-grade 7075-T6 aluminium and it comes gun-metal anodised and laser-etched. It offers a symmetrical design for equal left-to-right flex characteristics, strategically-placed cut-outs under the battery and electronics section for optimised torsional flex and it makes for improved handling especially on high-bite carpet surfaces.
Following the signing of Robert Pietsch and Simon Kurzbuch, Xtreme Aerodynamics now announced the addition of another World Champion, Adrien Bertin to their team. A part of the development team for both the 1/10th and 1/8th bodies since the early stages, Adrien is very happy with the performance and he will continue to run them throughout the season.
The rumour mill is spinning at high RPM when it comes to possible new Team Associated vehicles after first prototype images of the new Stealth 3-gear gearbox surfaced and (accidentally?) information on a possible sixth generation 2WD off-road buggy leaked earlier this week. On top of this Team Associated’s own Rick Hohwart released an image of a possible AE formula prototype that he raced to a win at a local race held at the Tamiya America Race Track this past weekend. In a comment Rick added “I won the main with the car. Thanks to Bob [Stellflue, Team Associated designer] for designing it and setting it up for me.” We keep you posted on new information in either of the cases.