Last weekend at the NRW-Cup in Dormagen, Thorsten Wedemeyer photographed the Reckward brothers testing this new truggy body shell called the Symbio. Fitted on 2 long wheelbase Kyosho ST-R’s, but suitable for a number of different chassis’, the new body was still being tested by RMV and when completed will look slightly different to those in the pictures. The main stand out feature is the rear air scoops which channel airflow to the rear wing, presumably helping with balance while in flight.
Serpent have released a new these Evo2 steering blocks for the 720 which are sold in pairs and feature either 0 or 1mm kingpin angle. These new blocks have 1mm more offset compared to the standard versions, which gives the car a more smooth steering style. The 0-degree blocks work well on medium traction surfaces while the 1-degree blocks work better on low to medium level traction surfaces. However if you swap the left and right 1-degree blocks, the car will then work better in high grip tracks, actually reducing the effects of grip roll, while at the same time giving the car smoother, more consistent, cornering.
Xray have a report on their site from the recent Norwegian National Championship race that was run on the brand new Spydeberg Raceway, Spydeberg being the home town of the Solberg brothers, that compete in the WRC. In qualifying it was Xray NT1 driver Helge Johannesen that comfortably claimed the pole position ahead of team mate Georg Ellingsen in 2nd place. The start of the final saw pole man Johannesen stretch out a lead ahead of Morten Bremsrud and Georg Ellingsen who were having a battle for 2nd position. Further into the race it was Frank Andersen who could work his way towards the front, and when Johannesen ran out fuel 2 times, it was enough for Andersen to take the lead where he stayed to take to win finishing 2 laps up on Johannesen in 2nd and Ellngsen in 3rd.
Our partners Kimihiko Yano in Japan have started selling these heavy duty 6 cell battery cases from Pro-Match. Suitable for holding ten 6 cell packs, the contents are well protected using foam while the outer shell of the case is made from a hard wearing plastic that sports the Pro Match logo printed in green. The contents can be closed inside using 2 sliding type latches, which can also take a padlock for added security, while the opening action utilises a simple but durable hinge.
More optionals for the NT1, this time from Xray themselves who have released this new optional lightweight XCA flywheel which has been made from tough 7075 T6 hard coated aluminium. Strategically lightened by 20% compared to the standard kit flywheel, this reduces rotating weight without sacrificing strength or durability.
Last weekend in Kempten saw the 8th round of the Bavarian Off-Road Cup take place under sunny conditions, however with rain during the previous days the track was still wet in the morning. The race was open to hobby and expert level racers and a total of 72 participants showed up on the day with an exciting race expected due to the quick racers all turning the same lap times. Qualifying saw the pole position go to Kyosho driver Uli Probst, and right from the start of the race he could pull away, with only Florian Braun able to stay in touch. It looked to be an easy victory for Uli but just before the end he encountered some problems lapping slower cars and this allowed Florian to pass for the lead and take the win. Uli Probst came home in 2nd with Alois Offner in 3rd, with all drivers on the podium using PMT tyres.
Powers International have announced that they will start selling these new 1/10th scale buggy tires from East Coast Bodies in late August. Sold separately, the front tires are only suitable for 4wd buggies, while the rear tires can be used on both 4wd and 2wd chassis’, both tires are best suited for hard packed conditions. Also available from East Coast Bodies are foam inserts for front and rear.
Mugen Seiki have released information about their upcoming conversion set for the MRX4-R that will convert it to the MRX4-X, the car that the team will run at this years World Championships in Argentina. As you can see from the image above, it is a pretty extensive upgrade that includes new shorter rear upper wishbones, new uprights with adjustable offset, front and rear bulkheads with adjustable belt tension, new chassis plate, new front and rear shock towers and a lot more.
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