The third round of the Danish Electric On-road Championships was held at the Aalborg RC club over the weekend. The event was held in several classes and in Formula it was 1/10th Buggy ace, Jesper Rasmussen with the sweep after the qualifiers. Jesper took the overall TQ from Jacob Bjerregaard and he also brought home the wins in all three A-mains for the overall from Jacob Bjerregaard in 2nd. Moguls Pedersen and Henrik Karlsson came in 3rd and 4th respectively.
Following the “Nineteen” conversion kit for the Velox V10 1/10th 200mm nitro on-road kit, Shepherd now also announced the full Nineteen specification car kit. The car features a new rear axle geometry, making it more controllable when braking even under difficult track conditions or when hard braking is required. This was achieved by a wider rear lower wishbone distance and an updated upper wishbone mount with optimised upper camber link positions. The updated lower wishbone mounts are manufactured from high-quality 7075-T6 aluminium while the upper wishbone mounts are milled from high-quality German carbon fibre material. The lower wishbones have been completely redesigned to match the updated geometry and are moulded from high quality plastics. The rear anti-roll bar linkage is located slightly more to the outside of the wishbone for improved responsiveness and softer steering. Furthermore, the 7075-T6 aluminium chassis of the 2019 car has been optimised. Thanks to improved production and milling techniques and a slightly different layout, the chassis bends significantly less, even under heavy loads, which significantly increases its durability. An improved exhaust pipe holder makes the use of different pipe/manifold combinations of all manufacturers significantly easier and more comfortable and high-quality ball bearings with full metal seals complete the changes to the new car. The kit has already proven its capabilities by taking the 3rd place overall at the recent IFMAR 200mm Worlds in Miami, Florida is the hands of Shepherd pilot Edu Escandón.
The second round of the Schumacher Winter Series presented by the Louth Radio Control Car Club was held this past weekend. 60 entries across four classes made for a competitive field spread out over the 13.5 Blinky class, 17.5 Open, GT12 and Tamiya Truck. In 13.5 Blinky Chris Lovely was able to take the TQ spot with a commanding pace with his Xray as debutant Craig Mawson would line up 2nd with his Schumacher, Andrew Green 3rd, Championship leader Nathan Winyard 4th and Mikey Mansell and his Capricorn 5th. Chris was able to bridge a gap after the first few corner tussle which saw 2nd, 3rd and 4th swap on many occasions. Ultimately Nathan Winyard would power through to 2nd, and Andrew Green would secure the final spot on the podium.
Coming from Arrowmax is their new 3.7V 8000mAh Si-Graphene series LiPo battery packs for 1/12th scale applications. The no compromise pack is of 60C/120C rating for high discharge rates in Modified and Stock racing, ensuring exceptional power supply even with power-hungry motors or on demanding tracks. The hardcase battery utilises 5mm connectors and it is available now.
Infinity has introduced an optional aluminium body mount spacer for their IF18 1/8th nitro on-road chassis. Used together with the optional 1-piece carbon mounting plate, the spacer offers extra body post stability and is available in both silver and red.
1up Racing have introduced their new carbon fibre body washers for 1/10th touring cars. They increase the lifespan of the body and do away with annoying scratches and scuffs from the body mounts as they attach to the inside of the body using 3M extreme adhesive tape. Even as the body ages the mounting holes will remain perfect and crack free and they use easy peel-and-stick application. The washers are only 0.25mm thick and a set of four weighs less than 0.5g. 6.5mm inner diameter fits all popular 1/10 touring cars. 1/12 and 1/8 on-road variants are at a later stage as well as 1/8 off-road pieces with feedback from Ryan and Louis Cavalieri.
Xray have announced the release of their X1 2019 1/10th formula car kit. The 2019 variant of the IFMAR World Cup winning car received some subtle updates to make the popular platform even more durable and also easier to work on. First up are new front lower suspension arms that were reshaped for improved durability, they are of a harder material for less flex and allow to adjust the front track width for a narrow or wide setting. The old-style arms are still usable and act as a tuning option for low-grip tracks for hard hand out tyres. To make maximum use of the new track width settings the 2019 kit also comes with two upper arm mount plates for tyres like Hudy and Volante. An updated aluminium servo mount rounds out the front suspension package as do new, softer C=2.0 front springs that are an all-round option for both carpet and asphalt tracks.
Round 2 of the 2018/19 RugRacers series started with a full capacity entry. The new corners from the opening round proving popular with the drivers, making the track space bigger and racing closer and this round would see a very fast layout. 13.5 Blinky Touring was extremely close. Ashley Wiffen set the FTQ pace in rounds 1 to 3 with Jamie Hickin taking FTQ in round 4 by three hundreds of a second to snatch pole position, the Finals would see Jamie lead away and Ashley lay on heavy pressure, despite this Jamie held on to take the win ahead of Ash with Phil Vickers finishing 3rd overall.