Serpent have announced the signing of German 1/8th nitro on-road frontrunner, Tobias Hepp. The multiple “B” European Championship finalist and 2008 European Junior Champion will be racing Serpent’s 988 1/8th platform at all major races in Germany, at select ENS events and he has the following to say about the deal:
First of all, I want to thank Team Serpent for this opportunity and Im proud to back in the Team after 8 years. Im looking forward to working with the Team and I can‘t wait to race with my new Viper 988 car. See you on the track soon.
Fenix have introduced lightened ring gears for their pan car gear differentials. The parts come in handy in all low-stress applications where less rotating mass is beneficial, such as Formula, 1S and Oval racing, and they are a direct fit on Fenix’s gear differentials.
Rickside Design Products from Japan have introduced new aluminium suspension balls and pivots for the Mugen MBX8 and MBX7 line of vehicles. First up is a complete set of six 7mm flanged hex balls, four 7mm balls, four 6mm hex balls as well as four 6mm shock end and four 6mm sway bar link balls. All are made of high-quality 7075-T6 aluminium and they come hard anodised for high wear resistance. Using the alloy balls will reduce the overall, and unsprung, weight of the MBX8 and MBX7 series vehicles and the different design balls are also available as separate sets for spares or repair.
Coming soon from VBC Racing is the new FF18 FWD 1/10th touring car kit. The car features a belt-drive gearbox with a new 7075-T6 motor mount that can accommodate larger pinion gears while an updated 38T gear differential and gearbox design give a lowered internal gear ration. Newly designed front bulkheads allow for easier maintenance and the new steering system incorporates an adjustable steering angle stopper. Other features include TBBS-P progressive shock absorbers with diamond-trued internals for smoother shock action, a floating servo mount ensures equal left/right chassis flex characteristics and the car also uses new suspension mounts with inserts for easy suspension geometry changes. The kit, that adapts many design aspects of VBC Racing’s 4WD line, is rounded off by new rear bulkheads, new rear camber link mounts and carbon composite silver dot suspension plastics.
PSM from Germany have introduced their innovative battery positioning system for the Team Associated F6 formula car. The multi-piece battery mount utilises carbon fibre side braces and adjustable carbon clamps that hold a 2S shorty battery pack securely in place while allowing to shift it forth or back in order to fine-tune the chassis’ weight balance. An O-ring makes for swift and easy battery changes and the whole assembly weighs in at only 10g.
Coming from Team Associated are the new Reedy Zappers SG Competition 4S 15.2V LiHV packs. The silicon graphene construction lowers internal resistance, increases voltage output, reduces operating temperatures, and improves cycle-life and the batteries are available in 4S 5200mAh low profile and 6400mAh high capacity versions. A high-quality, durable hardcase helps prevent damage while embedded socket connectors keep power-robbing resistance to a minimum. Male 5mm ESC connectors and a 4S balance lead are included.
The 2018 SRCC race was held at the GRC track in South Korea this past weekend. In the Formula class Ki Heung Kim (Shepherd) took the win with Shepherd teammates Giu Jin Lee and Jae Kuk Yoo completing the podium in 2nd and 3rd respectively.
The BRCA GT12 South East regional series started back in November and it visited some of the best clubs in the UK’s South East region and attracted drivers of all abilities. The final and deciding round was held last Sunday at the excellent West Kent Club. GT12 being the main class and with great attendance across the events and clubs and offering support classes of 12th scale LMP, Touring Cars and Tamiya Mini the meetings were full and had an excellent atmosphere. In GT12 not only was the A-final hotly contended but all finals were very close with great racing. After 4 events Niall Cochran would take the Championship with a perfect 300 score, 2nd was Steven Moore and 3rd was Gavin Clinch. It was great to have juniors in the mix also the top 3 being Harriet Cracker 1st (12th), Joe Moore 2nd (16th) and Joe Barry 3rd (22nd) (overall championship position). The full championship results can be found here.