With the newly resurfaced MAV Aigen-Schlägl the venue for the third round of the Euro Nitro Series, it is Simon Kurzbuch who leads a competitive 1:8 field at the end of practice. The Shepherd driver was fastest in both rounds of controlled practice and will go into a busy evening of qualifying as the top seed. With five different manufacturers in the Top 5, Kurzbuch was fastest over 3-consecutive laps from Robert Pietsch, Toni Gruber, Bruno Coelho and Merlin Depta. While a perfect summer day in Aigen, unfortunately the forecast in particular for tomorrow morning is less favourable so the decision has been made to run late and ensure 4 of the 6 scheduled qualifiers get run today in dry conditions.
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Xray have revamped their popular X10 1/10th 200mm pan car kit with the 2018 variant sporting a range of updates and improvements. The ’18 specification kit utilises many of the design features previously known from the X12 series of cars with the vehicle using an all-new carbon fibre chassis with increased torsional stiffness and optional mounting positions for the side links. The 2.5mm “shorty battery only” chassis cut from “carpet-spec” carbon fibre allows for straight and angled link positions with the latter improving in-corner steering.
Tekno RC have released a first teaser image of their forthcoming all-new EB410 1/10th 4WD buggy kit. A first for the company, the vehicle is set to showcase some unique features, an exclusive chassis layout and a pretty uncommon front end geometry. The buggy is set for a late-September release and Tekno will shorten the time until then with some in-depth features that delve into the design features and philosophy.
Coming from Yeah Racing are the new Hackmotor Mobster 540-size electric brushless motors. Featuring thicker stator wires the “outlaw” motors will offer greatly improved performance and lower running temperatures compared to motors build after the rules of the major sanctioning bodies. The motors utilise premium-quality ball bearings, high-purity copper wires, high-power neodymium magnets and the aluminium endbell makes for improved heat dissipation. Available now are 4.5T and 7.5T modified as well as 10.5T, 13.5T, 17.5T and 21.5T stock variants.
Coming from Roche are the World Champion Commemorate hats. Sporting the popular flat bill design the grey-colour hats feature embroidered Roche logos and they come with black or red details, such as bill and seams.
Vigor RC have introduced a set of 0 degree +1 rear aluminium C-hubs for RTC-equipped Yokomo BD8 touring cars. The hubs are of +1 specification and thus wider than the standard parts which results in improved corner speed and traction. The hubs are machined from high-quality 7075 alloy, they weigh in at only 4.9g and use a grub screw to hold the suspension pins which further adds to the overall precision.
PR Racing have introduced a ball-raced carbon fibre steering Ackermann plate for the SB401 buggy. Machined from high-quality graphite material and utilising dual ball bearings the plate also offers two steering Ackermann position for the inner steering links, that allow to fine-tune the steering characteristics of the buggy.
Ongoing speculation about the destiny of the formerly very popular Team Durango brand has ended following a somewhat hidden statement on social media this week. In the past month Team Durango drivers had to cope with parts shortages and diminishing support, something that sort of found its beginning with the cancellation of all team activities for the 2015 season. Hobbico states that their ARRMA RTR brand, whose 1/8th electric buggies and trucks were the platform for Team Durango’s last generation of competition kits, is still alive and kicking with more to await from the proactive brand. Hobbico’s “official” statements reads like this:
Due to market conditions, the Team Durango product line has been discontinued and we will receive no further product shipments. (We do have some parts inventory remaining and available for a limited time.) We thank all Team Durango customers and team members for their dedication to Team Durango.