Serpent have released a first teaser image of their forthcoming Cobra SRX8e 1/8th E-buggy kit. The Billy-Easton-designed buggy is based off of its nitro sibling and will make a first public appearance at this week’s The Dirt Nitro Challenge. The kit is set for a release in April and we bring you more information as soon as they surface.
Coming from Vision Racing Products’ Tools 4 Life line up are the new shock pliers. They feature slots for 3mm, 3.5mm, and 4mm shock shafts while also having 12mm and 17mm cutouts for holding the lower part of the shock, as well as a built in flat section for pressing in shock end or camber link balls. The overall size of these pliers also makes holding the shock shafts much less painful. The tool is made from 6061-T6 aluminium and it comes black anodised and with laser-etched markings.
Serpent have introduced the Viper 977-e Evo2 1/8th electric on-road kit. The latest incarnation of the 977-e platform utilises many features of the 977 Evo2 nitro car such as the narrow pivot rear end with long lower A-arms that make for improved traction. The car is based on a 5mm aluminium main chassis plate with 2.5mm carbon fibre top plate, its battery mount takes most 2S and 3S standard-dimension LiPo battery packs and the kit also comes with a 2-belt drivetrain with large belt pulleys for an efficient power transfer. Also part of the package are low-profile shock absorbers, and a sturdy 7075-T6 aluminium motor mount with aluminium fan holder. The kit will hit the stores by the end of February.
The Yokomo Euro Touring Series moves to Muelheim-Kaerlich in Germany this weekend (24-26 Feb) with Bruno Coelho looking to extend the championship lead he established after taking the TQ & win at the Season #10 opener in the Czech Republic in December.Riding on a high from his TITC win in Thailand last weekend where he fought off intense pressure from former ETS Champion Jilles Groskamp in A3 to secure overall victory, Coelho’s mindset for the resumption of the ETS will also be boosted by the fact that the Round 2 venue is where the Xray driver took a breakthrough first win on carpet last year.That weekend would prove a strong one for Xray with team-mate Alexander Hagberg, a previous winner of the event, making it a 1-2 for the Slovakian manufacturer but their rivals will be determined to prevent such celebrations this time round.
Coming from Factory RC is the ROAR motor tech plate. This go/no go tech plate allows for quick inspection of any ROAR-approved motor for physical dimension requirements. The plate is machined from 2.25mm carbon look plate to the maximum tolerances allowed by ROAR. This allows the individual inspecting motors for legality to use a non magnetic tool to inspect the rotor and can for dimensions to assure legal racing. The rotor can be inspected using the length and diameter slot which also inspects for the 7.00mm internal OD shaft. There is also a pass through hole for the rotor body as well. Notches help to inspect the can diameter and length, as well as the 14.5mm “plug” go/no go gauge for the can/stack. This leaves only the stack length for inspection with a pair of digital callipers to finalise inspection which is easy to do since the stack is not magnetic. All measurements are clearly marked and the plate has so far been successfully used at various races.
After winner three of the four rounds of the recently concluded Cyprus LRCC Championship, held solely in Limassol, Andreas Thrasyvoulou took the overall title. The Agama duo of Andeas Theodotou and Marios Christodoulou came in second and third respectively while Andreas Sykas (Agama) and Simos Tikkis (Mugen) completed the top 5 result.
The fourth and final round of the MRC Longwy Winter Series was held at the MRC Longwy club and it again attracted some of the fastest racers of the region. In the premier Touring Modified class it was Olivier Bultnyck who took the day’s win from Lucas Urbain in second and Remi Callens third.
Coming from Factory RC and made for Yokomo’s YZ-4 4WD buggy are new carbon fibre shock towers and a shorty battery brace. Starting with the shock towers, available soon is a “flat” front tower as well as a rear item that offers additional shock mounting holes while also allowing to adjust the rear wing height. Both are cut from high-quality 4mm carbon fibre. Also new is a shorty LiPo brace for sideways mounted batteries and designed for the use with Factory RC’s delrin battery stoppers. All parts are available soon.