The 2019 season of the Urban Touring Series flagged off this past weekend at the Onroad Raceway of Urban PlaySpace in downtown Singapore. Apart from the presence of nine of the top-10 finishers from the 2018 season, the reigning Indonesia national champion Bowie Ginting, made the short hop over to race the roof at Urban PlaySpace, together with Peter Anthonisz. Qualifying in the Touring Car class saw a dominant PY Tang seize the pole position when he won two of the three rounds of qualifying. Esmail Apandi took P2 for the A-mains when he won Q3 with PY Tang sitting out. Dominic Quek would have to settle for a P3 start. Despite his lack of track time, Bowie managed to qualify direct into the A-main in P4.
GForce have introduced their new lightweight 3500mAh 7.6V LiHV shorty battery pack. It is built using high-quality 60C/110C cells for best possible power output and a lower internal resistance. The pack weighs in at only 155g and has a footprint of 93x46mm at a LCG height of only 18mm, making it usable for 1/12th and 1/10th scale pan cars, lightweight buggies and M-class on-road cars alike.
The season opening round 1 of the Champion Touring Series CTS4 was held at 702 RC Raceway in Las Vegas, Nevada. The round had racers from different parts of the Country and World like Texas, Arizona, California, Shanghai and Thailand. In the Modified division, Randy Caster, new Yokomo USA driver, showed pace early in the Friday open practice turning 11-second lap times. Local youngster Broc Champlin (Team Associated) also showed pace making a statement he was going to be competitive and would fight hard for podium. Xray team driver JJ Wang didn’t seem to have pace in early practice while his US team mate Chris Adams turned lower lap times but left the day not matching Caster’s time.
Coming from Reds Racing are two new winding variants of their Gen 2 V8 brushless motors for 1/8th applications. The motors are specifically designed 1/8th off-road and on-road variants to provide exceptional power, superior smoothness and control in combination with high efficiency and a low temperature operation. Coming with a highly finned CNC-machined aluminium can, the V8 motor work at very low temperature in all conditions ensuring exceptional reliability. New for 2019 are the 2350kV variant for truggies and pan cars while the 2800kV motor was developed for 1/8th on-road racing.
Arrowmax have announced the release of their new moulded pinion gears in 64 pitch and 48 pitch. Using an anti-slip golden-anodised aluminium hub and high strength anti-wear composites, the moulded lightweight design has been thoroughly track-tested ensure the pinions will withstand the rigours of both on-road and off-road stock racing. Using the gears will improve overall drivetrain efficiency, throttle feel and power. The 64 pitch gears are available in 34T to 70T configuration while the 48 pitch pinions are available in 25T to 40T sizes.
RC Maker have introduced their brand new Geo carbon wing endplates for 1/10th touring cars. Light weight and durable, they give a body the ultimate sexy look. Machined pockets give the end plate a 3D geometric look, whilst also maintaining strength and they are meant to increase the car’s stability all round, especially on the straight. The set includes two pairs of endplates that fit most 1/10th touring car rear wings. Please note that some tracks and racing series do not allow the use of carbon fibre parts on the body shells or wings – be sure to check with the organisers before using them.
Infinity has extended its range of high performance silicone diff oils with the addition of five new high viscosity oils. Using carefully selected silicone oil, the new 60K, 100K, 300K, 500K and 1 million viscosity offerings are professionally controlled during production. This ensures an accuracy that gives racers a reliable source of consistency when selecting the correct oil for the set-up they are aiming to achieve. The 60K and 100K oil comes in 60cc bottles as with the previous oils in the range while the 300K, 500K and 1 million comes in 30cc container.
Coming from Capricorn is the new High Response Mode brass suspension mount. Machined from high-quality brass material and coming in a natural finish, the mount is a direct fit and usable with the kit’s composite hinge pin inserts, allowing for swift and easy suspension geometry changes while adding weight to the front or rear corner of the car which can be beneficial in certain track conditions.