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.
PDX RC Unground of Portland, Oregon held round 2 of their Rockstar Winter Off-road Series this past weekend. In 13.5t Stadium Truck it was Andy DiBrino with he overall TQ and he would also sweep the single 5-minute A-main event, taking the win some two laps in front of Jack Leighan in 2nd. Kevin Focht would round out the top 3 another lap down.
T-Works have introduced new front and rear top decks for the Schumacher Cat L1 1/10th 4WD off-road buggy. Available separately the upper decks come in 2.0mm, 2.5mm or 3.0mm specification, allowing to fine-tune the chassis’ flex characteristics to your liking. The different thicknesses can also be mixed and matched for even greater influence on the front and rear chassis twist.
Davide Ongaro is the new 1:8 Offroad World Champion. The Italian became the youngest winner of the sport’s top prize with an impressive and dominant performance in Australia, to win the 1-hour final by 3/4 of a lap from Top Qualifier Ty Tessmann. Ongaro initially battled with pole sitter Ryan Maifield after defending champion David Ronnefalk hit problems early and then Tessmann made a mistake that dropped him from 2nd to 5th. Pulling clear of the field only alternate mistakes saw the order of the Top 2 change. With 15-minutes on the clock, Maifield had a 4-second advantage and was looking strong but on the difficult track he relinquished that advantage on the top right side of the track and Ongaro went to the front. From there he would take control of the race, his advantage at the midway point almost 7-seconds. As he continued on his way to securing Team Associated’s first nitro World title, allegations of his car having a giro being proven unfounded afterwards, behind the battle hotted up between Maifield, Tessmann and the recovering Ronnefalk. With one less stop to do than his rivals over the hour, Tessmann would secure his 4th consecutive Worlds podium taking his Xray to second, 9-seconds clear of Maifield’s Mugen. For Ronnefalk his reign would end with 4th place the task of coming from dead last after 3-laps too much of a mountain to climb.
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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.