Coming from Scorpion is their new Platinum Series 3400mAh 2S shorty LiPo battery pack. It measures 92.8×46.5×18.3mm, weighs in at 136g and it is built from high-quality 65C cells, making it ideal for both competition modified and stock racing. The hardcase pack utilises 4mm bullet-type connectors and it is available now.
The Russian Electric On-road Nationals were held in the city of Vladimir recently and it was Maxim Laverychev who took the title in the premier Touring Modified class. Denis Zuykov came in 2nd while Nikita Ignatiev completed the podium result in 3rd.
Coming from GL Racing is their new GLR 1/27th scale RWD chassis kit. The mini-size car utilises a design comparable to a 1/12th scale pan car, making for a low centre of gravity and low weight with the rear end sporting a tri-friction grease damper system, an aluminium alloy rear sub frame and a ball differential with 64 pitch gears. The front end is made up using carbon fibre, alloy and composite parts and that all is connected by a 98mm wheelbase carbon fibre chassis. Other features include a steering crank with built-in servo saver, a full metal gear servo with partial alloy casing and a side link system for maximum rear axle traction. The kit is rounded out by a Hobbywing brushless speed controller that is programmable with an optional program card.
The recent 2018 Snowbird Nationals, held in Kissimmee, Florida, was as usual run in a multitude of classes. In the 17.5T Pro10 category it was SpeedMerchant’s Johnny Carey with the TQ and win using a SMC and Team Scream powered car. Arnaud Lemperiere (SpeedMerchant/Team Scream/SMC) would snatch the runner-up spot in the single A-main from Ray Darroch (SpeedMerchant/Team Scream/Fantom) in 3rd.
VBC Racing have introduced their new Ghost18 1/10th electric touring car kit for sportsman classes. Despite its somewhat low retail price the kit is stacked with high performance parts such as 7075 aluminium goods and composite graphite and racing quality parts, making this car is ideal for club, GT, and vintage races. Other features include TBBS-P progressive shock absorbers with diamond-trued internals, a 38T rear gear differential, a sliding rack steering system as well as Yaiba Racing double joint front CVDs. Suspension mounts with inserts and front and rear swaybars round out the package.
BMT have introduced the iRacing R18 1/8th on-road body shell. The new version of the popular R18 sports an updated front section and cockpit shape for increased steering and higher top speed. The lid is available in standard 1.0mm and lightweight 0.7mm variants, it comes clear and fits most 1/8th on-road kits.
The Arena33 in Andernach played host to the fifth and penultimate round of the Xray Racing Series Germany. A good amount of drivers made their entry for the second appearance of the XRS at the already famous indoor track and following an intensive days of practice, 51 drivers joined the competition. In the Touring Modified class it was Awesomatix’s Max Maechler with the overall win as the battle for the runner-up spot was on between Xray racer Patrick Mueller and Mugen racer Oliver Kaufmann. With lap times nearly identical, it was Mueller who ultimately earned the 2nd spot ahead of Kaufmann.
The penultimate round of the Essex Winter Series took place this weekend. Despite both the titles being wrapped up at the previous round, Olly Jefferies and Zak Finlay led two quality fields, looking to keep as many wins under their belt as possible. In the Modified class, Schumacher’s Elliott Harper picked up the challenge, taking the fastest time, by just over two seconds, in the opening qualifier. Alexander Hagberg took second for Xray, in front of the Team Associated of Chris Grainger and newly crowned champion Olly Jefferies. Alexander, who since moving to the UK has raced at EWS whenever his hectic world-wide scheduled has allowed, then moved to the top in Q2, one second up on Olly, with Chris and Elliott both within half a second of the Xray driver. An intense fight in the third round saw Alexander just pip Elliott to the top spot by a mere five-hundredths, with Olly half a second back and Chris in fourth. This meant Elliott would need to top the last qualifier in order to deny Alexander his first EWS pole position, however the Swedish driver was firmly into his rhythm, and set the best time of qualifying, in front of Olly, Elliott and Chris, to ensure he would line up on pole for the single leg A Final. Elliott would start second, with Olly third and Chris in fourth, and Yokomo’s Harley Eldridge continuing her impressive run with another top-five starting position, tied on points with the Team Associated of Alan Bickerstaff.