Japanese brand Spice have introduced new front and rear bulkheads for the Yokomo BD8 and BD7 touring cars that utilise ball-raced anti-roll bar mounts. A long-awaited option for Yokomo’s successful touring car, the bulkheads allow for finer adjustment and more precise swaybar mounting using ball bearings and collars. The bulkheads are machined from high-quality aluminium, they come black anodised and with machined edge details to match the remainder of the car’s alloy parts while optional steel pins allow to straighten the whole assembly during building and maintenance. Also available is a matching set of ball races and collars for the swaybar. The bulkheads fit the 2018 and 2017 variants of the BD8 as well as the BD7 2016 and Spice’s respective single belt conversions.
Round 2 of the Paulista Championship was held at the ABC race track in Santo Andre, Brazil. The top positions were hard fought for and after the 17.5T Blinky finals Marcel Servidone (ARC) came out successful from Stig Santos (Xray) and Paulo Martin (VBC Racing) in 2nd and 3rd respectively. Over in the 13.5T Touring class it was Dennis Pickthall (Awesomatix) with the win from Erich Heshiki (Xray) in 2nd and Vinicius Rebello (ARC) 3rd. The next round of the championship will be held in June.
Fenix have introduced a new Pro10 gear differential specifically designed for the popular VIP Performance VTE kit, a prototype ball differential as well as a range of silicone fluids. Starting with the VIP gear diff, the assembly uses a 7mm titanium axle and a new diff housing that allows for proper 235mm specifications. Included in the kit comes a clamping diff hub with M3 and 4-40 unc threads that allows to use either of the two. As for the prototype ball differential, it builds on a 1/4 inch titanium axle for durability and precision, it utilises 16 1/8 inch diff balls for smoothness and like the above gear diff, it will make use of the double thread clamping hub. Last but not least comes Fenix’s new silicone fluid range that covers everything from shock to touring diff up to gear diff silicone oils. The 100 percent pure silicone oils are made in Europe and they come in convenient snap cap bottles.
Xray have announced the Xray Racing Series South-East Asia will be held at Urban PlaySpace in Singapore on the 2nd and 3rd of June. The event will see Touring Modified, Touring Stock 13.5T Blinky and Formula 21.5T Blinky classes and it will be held at Urban PlaySpace’s iconic roof-top racetrack in down town Singapore. The race will see the attendance of World-class drivers such as Jan Ratheisky and Dominic Quek and more information and sign-up for the event are available here.
The warm-up race for the 2018 EFRA Electric Touring Car European Championship was held at the 1. MRC Wiener Neustadt track in Vienna, Austria last weekend. In the premier Touring Modified class, that attracted a total of 17 entries, it was Infinity’s Dominic Vogl with the overall TQ after coming out fastest in two of the four qualifiers. Xray’s Oliver Havranek and Alessio Menicucci, who won a qualifier each, came in 2nd and 3rd respectively. In Touring 13.5T Stock Oliver made a near clean sweep, winning three qualifying rounds as Awesomatix’s Max Mächler, with one round TQ, came in 2nd.
The Team James Cup was held this past weekend at the SportsSeoul GRC Track in Kimpo, Korea. The race was attracted by top international drivers as well as local talents but bad weather limited the amount of practice before the event, however things turned to the better on Saturday that was all sunshine. The day started off with three free practice rounds followed by one controlled practice round and three qualifiers with the nice day of racing ending under the floodlights. In the first qualifier, it was Alexander Hagberg who would take the TQ after swapping the lead with Nicholas Lee a couple of times, but the later made a mistake in the final corner. EC Kim would finish 2nd for the round with Lee coming in 3rd, not able to complete his final lap. Hagberg would again TQ in the second qualifier by 0.9s ahead of Lee, with another top local Korean driver, Ahn, coming in 3rd. The last qualifier would be ran under the floodlights. Hagberg would again go out on new tires to secure the overall TQ ahead of Lee on used tires and EC Kim in 3rd with new tires.
ARC Italy have introduced new HD Mod 0.8 pinion gears for ARC’s nitro on-road cars. Available as 19T 1st gear and 24T 2nd gear variant, the pinions feature a special surface treatment that improves both gear life but also makes for greater overall smoothness. The gears are fully compatible with Capricorn and Infinity IF18 cars and they are soon also available in other sizes.
The 2nd Annual Pan Car Masters was held at the MRTM Lostallo track in Switzerland over the weekend. The event is also known as the unofficial Pro10 World Championship with this year’s race attracting entries from Austria, Italy, Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands, France, the Czech Republic and the hosting country Switzerland. The weather forecast for the weekend wasn’t the best, however nearly 50 drivers made the trip to race at the iconic Swiss track. The event was held in several 1/10th and 1/8th Electric classes and although free practice was held in dry conditions, things turned to the worse for the timed practice, qualifiers and finals that were all run in the wet.