The opening round of the Danish Electric On–road Nationals was held in the town of Vejle. The track offers a challenging layout with loads of curves, chicanes and long straights and unfortunately rainy weather on Saturday disturbed the practice sessions, limiting track time for the drivers. In the Touring Super Stock class Mike Gosvig (Xray) would take the TQ after sweeping the qualifiers while Soren Holst (VBC) and Steven M. Olsen (Xray) lined up in second and third respectively for the finals.
Coming from ST Racing Concepts are several new aluminium option parts for the Axial RR10 Bomber, Wraith and Yeti kits. Adding to the line of blue anodised aluminium option parts for the Axial RR10 Bomber are the CNC-machined aluminium motor mount and cam set and also the aluminium front steering links. The motor mount/cam combo also works with the Axial Yeti while the steering links also works on the Wraith. Also available are the new aluminium steering knuckles for the Wraith and RR10 Bomber in red anodising. Another new item are the lower link/shock mounts for the RR10 Bomber which also works with the Wraith and the rear axle of the Yeti. They feature multiple adjustment holes for shock and lower link mounting locations and for the optional sway bar mounts as well. The parts are available in blue, black, green, gun metal, and silver.
Round four of the 2016 Speed King Tour was held at the Twin Ring Honguu track in the Aichi prefecture in Modified and Stock Touring Car as well as an Oval class. TRF driver Sobue Akio TQ’d Q1 and Q2 of the Modified class and although Yokomo driver Yugo Nagashima came out fastest in Q3, Akio would take the overall TQ.
Yokomo have introduced the multi-piece zero degree aluminium offset hub carriers for the YZ-4 and YZ-2CA buggies. The hub carriers are machined from black anodised aluminium and their multi-piece design with separate upper camber plates allows to fine-tune the upper camber link length using shims while offering three ball stud positions from stock. Additionally the camber plates can be run in an inner or outer configuration for an even wider setup range. Included in the set are also shorter 66.5mm driveshafts that help to smooth the suspension action on a range of surfaces.
Available soon from Hobbywing are the all-new Xerun 4268SD G2 and 4274SD G2 1/8th scale brushless motors. Designed especially for the use with the Xerun XR8 and XR8 Plus brushless controller, but also usable with the sensored speed controllers of other brands, the motors feature a built-in chip that allows the speedo to identify the motor in order to maximise the performance while allowing for smoother overall control. Also in combination with Hobbywing’s own controllers Turbo functions as known from the 1/10th scale boosted ESCs are possible in order to extract the maximum performance from the motor. The 4-pole motor is housed in a black anodised aluminium heatsink case with bi-directional timing adjustments, allowing to fine-tune the timing independent from the direction of rotation. Other features include an advanced, patented hall senor system for improved reliability, a 4-pole 8-magnet staggered pole low-cogging torque rotor as well as an O-ring sealed sensor port and gold-plated solder tabs. The 68mm long 4268SD G2 motor is available as 1600kv, 1900kv and 2600kv variant for off-road and on-road applications as well as longer 74mm version with 2250kv rating for off-road trucks.
Xray have introduced the 2016 edition of their popular XB8 1/8th scale nitro off-road buggy. The vehicle is based on an all-new 3mm 7075-T6 alloy chassis with optimised weight distribution for improved car handling. The 2016 chassis sports a wider rear end for increased stability while also being 4mm shorter with the weight bias shifted forward by relocating the engine, radio box, fuel tank and centre differential.
The astroturf track in Skien, Norway played host to the second round of the Norwegian 1/10th Electric Off–road National Series. The weather forecast wasn’t too promising for the weekend with cold temperatures and loads of rain in the air. In the 2WD Buggy class local driver Joakim Nicolaisen would take the TQ from fast girl Malin Karlsen. In time for the finals rain started to fall but this did not stop Joakim from being the fastest driver on the track and so he took pretty easy wins from Malin Karlsen and Thorbjorn Doler.
Ruddog have introduced their new aluminium clamping servo arms. Made from aircraft-grade 7075-T6 aluminium the arms are of a clamping design meaning they will stay in place even when the actual servo arm screw is coming loose, while their high rigidity will make for improved steering precision compared to standard composite arms. The arms are available in a 10.8mm and standard offset variant, they sport 16mm and 20mm ball stud mounting positions, and are usable with all 25T spline servos while coming in the three different colours of red, blue and black.