Diggity Designs in the US have released 2 new items for the popular Team Associated TC5 190mm touring car. Starting with this conversion to enable your car to accept popular LiPo packs, such as the Team Orion and Peak 3200 and 4800 packs as well as the Team Checkpoint 5400 pack, the set includes a lower plate that is screwed to the chassis plate and which stops the pack from moving around. Two plastic towers and a top plate are also included in the set. Also for the TC5 are a pair of 6 degree, blue anodised, aluminium caster blocks that are sold both separately or in a set, with the set coming complete with both left and right blocks as well as delrin bushings.
Hot Bodies have announced that the Lightning Stadium 2 Pro will soon be available as a Ready-to-Run kit. The Lightning Stadium 2 Pro RTR will feature nearly all the same features as the loaded Pro version, plus you get a 4.6 Power House engine equipped with Jump Start system, reliable HPI TF-1 radio gear, high-torque steering servo, painted body shell (available in blue or red) and a load of top racing features as standard.
A summary of other news pieces from around the internet today in our Red RC Round-up:
> Jerome Sartel dominates Euro Indoor race – Link [neobuggy.net]
> HoBao preview the Hyper Mini Truggy ST – Link [hobao-racing.com]
> The Losi 8ight of Yannick Aigoin – Link [rcmag.com]
> The Mugen MBX5-R of Renaud Savoya – Link [rcmag.com]
> The Xray XB8 of Jérome Sartel – Link [rcmag.com]
This years annual Winternats held at the Ft Myers track in Florida, is currently underway with a lot of the racers arriving on Sunday before the week of the event to get some practice in on this extremely tight and unforgiving track. Our site sponsors The Border are present with Michel Nijman racing and supporting Jilles Groskamp, and with the time left over will be sending us some photos and updates from the track. Here are the pictures from Sunday’s practice day which saw nice weather with temperatures around 26 degrees Celcius, perfect conditions for racing. As you can see from the photos, a lot of the Europeans are already at the track including multiple winner Michael Salven, who is contesting 2 classes, the Baldes brothers Jorg and Uwe and top Austrians Gerhard Kandelhart and Daniel Tomaschko. Also present racing for the first time with Motonica is new signing Josh Cyrul and new team mate Ron Atomic, who has also just been announced as a KO Propo racer. We hope to bring some more pictures and reports during the week as we get them.
HPI announced at last weeks Toy Fair that the Firestorm will soon be available with a super-fast brushless motor system. The new HPI Flux Brushless System features the Motiv brushless speed control and the Warp brushless motor for the ultimate in speed, giving the E-Firestorm the power to break speed limits everywhere. Supplied in RTR form, the E-Firestorm Flux will be factory-assembled with the Flux Brushless System installed.
JConcepts have released the Force-1, a medium hardness molded 1/8th buggy insert that is perfect for any 1/8th buggy tire or wheel combination. The Force-1 insert incorporates a superior medium density material with a unique manufacturing process to ensure consistency and insert longevity.
Last weekend saw the Yatabe Arena International off road GP take place at the famous indoor off road track in Japan. The event was attended by all the top Japanese racers and also present was former World Champion Ryan Cavalieri who was taking part in both the truck and the 2wd and 4wd classes. Racing saw the Reedy style format being used and even though Cavalieri dominated the 2wd class with 3 wins from 4, he had one sightly off result in the 4wd class which meant he finished in 2nd behind eventual winner, 2wd World Champion, Hayatu Matsuzaki, with Masami Hirosaka claiming 3rd. Cavalieri took the win the truck class.
KO Propo America have been in touch to let us know that sedan racing ace Ron Atomic has joined their US team. Ron has proved he has what it takes and in the past five years has made the finals at many ROAR national events, and in doing so has shown great talent and a great work ethic. Ron will be using the new EX-1 UR and KO servos for year.