Round four of the Swiss Electric Touring Nationals was held at the HSH outdoor track in Dintikon. In the Pro Stock class Giuliano Marra made a clean sweep in the qualifiers to take the pole position for the finals from Jan Hässig in second and Cedric Brütsch in third. Giuliano and Jan would also make it out in the triple A-mains with Giuliano taking wins in A1 and A2 and Jan coming in first in A3. Overall Giuliano Marra (Yokomo) took the winning honours from Jan Hässig (Yokomo) while Marco Balmer (Team Magic) snatched the final podium spot in the tie-breaker.
Coming from Avid and made for Awesomatix’ A800 touring car are the Aura driveline bearing kit and the titanium ballstud conversion. Starting with the bearing kit, included are a total of 14 ceramic ball races that utilise Si3N4 ceramic balls for smooth rotation and reduced drivetrain drag. The ball bearings come lubed with high-speed AeroShell light oil to further reduce friction. Please note that above image is just a sample with the actual set containing differing sizes and also shielded bearings.
Yeah Racing have introduced their new nylon mesh chassis guard for the Traxxas Slash, E-Revo and Summit. Designed to protect the electronics from dirt and rocks the mesh cover fits like a glove around the chassis tub and it is easily fastened using velcro-backed tape. A zipper along the centre line allows for easy battery changes without the need to remove the whole cover.
Coming from MIP and made for Team Associated’s B6 2WD buggy is the Roller Pucks bi-metal drive system. It features two-piece bi-metal outdrives that are comprised of both 7075–T6 aluminium and high-grade heat tempered machine steel to shred 30 percent off of the OEM rotating mass, which equates to quicker acceleration without compromising strength. Being that the diff outputs are steel, it is fully compatible with the popular MIP Roller Pucks which have a 360 degree wear pattern and are 100 percent replaceable. The system is ideal for racers using 10.5T motors or higher and it not only fits the new B6 but also the older B5 and B5M. The kit includes all needed parts to perform the conversion minus the stock diff gear, wheel axles and CVA rebuild kit.
X Factory have introduced their new Infinity carbon idler shafts for the RB5 and RB6 line of 1/10th 2WD vehicles. The shafts are exactly 5mm in diameter and they replace the somewhat undersized original parts that can lead to idler gear failures due to the bearings wobbling on the shaft. The Infinity items are made from high-quality carbon material and they are of a hollow design, making for slight weight savings.
Trion have announced the addition of Germany’s Marc Fischer to their factory team. The newly signed Capricorn pilot will be using Trion’s range of brushless motors and speed controllers alongside Muchmore LiPo batteries, chargers and tyre heaters. Marc has the following to say about the deal:
I would like to take the opportunity and thank Trion and Mr. Kobayashi as well as Muchmore and Mr. Jang for the support and the trust in me. This is a real dream coming true and I am looking forward to a fruitful cooperation for the remainder of this season and beyond.
Adding to the growing talent pool of the 2016 Dragon Stone Asian Buggy Championships, the event’s organisers have announced the confirmation of one of the industry’s most notable and experienced racers, Team Serpent’s Shin Adachi. With Shin’s massive experience in 1/10th scale electric vehicles as multiple time Japanese National champion, Shin is also lead designer and team manager of Team Yokomo’s offroad division. In addition, Shin also plays a crucial part in Team Serpent’s 1/8th nitro development program. On top of his 1/10th scale accomplishments, Shin has made numerous appearances in Japan’s Nationals finals, a NeoBuggy finalist, and current 2016 FEMCA Vice Champion in 1/8th scale. Having Shin on hand will be great addition as he will be able to apply his experience and expertise to help all Team Serpent customers as well as demonstrating his 1/8th nitro prowess on track.
The fifth round of the NRW Offroad Cup was held at the Langenfeld astro turf track over the weekend. With close to 100 entries the event was again very well accepted and many drivers used the race to get some practice runs before the German Nationals at the same venue later this year. Jens Becker would be the man to beat in the 2WD Buggy class as he won all three qualifiers to grab the overall TQ and the pole position for the triple A-mains. In A1 Jens suffered technical issues but he stroke back in A2 and A3 to take the day’s win from Marcel Schneider and Michael Rybski.