The 5th round of the Swiss 1/8th scale Nationals were run last weekend at the fast, but tight, Schaffhausen track in the north of the country. The event saw the pole position go to Serpent 960 driver Markus Geisendorf in a rain interrupted qualifying, with 2nd spot going to Motonica racer and round 3 winner Mattia Pesenti. In the 45 minute final it was Geisendorf all the way as he was able to pull away and take the win from 2nd placed Mugen driver Marco Mueller with 3rd spot going to Simon Kurzbuch.
Serpent have announced another new engine with the release of their latest 2.1cc Mega engine, the ZX12 DSII+ EM, which also features internal work done by engine master Eduardo Picco, with the crankshaft having been lightened and filled with red silicone, while the centre bore has also been increased for better fuel flow. The liner and combustion chamber have been lengthened and there has some of the ports have been tear dropped to optimise fuel flow and improve performance.
The 3rd round of the UK Truggy Pro series took place last weekend in Ledbury near the England Wales border and with 100 participants present the weather gods were kind to the racers with the event evntually turning out to be warm and dry. Qualifying saw Kyosho Masters winner Elliot Boots take the TQ spot by 3 seconds ahead of round 2 winner and HoBao racer Graham Alsop in 2nd. After a bit of banging and scraping at the start of the main final it was Boots that emerged in 1st only to be passed 4 laps later by Xray driver Hazlewood and then also eventually by Alsop. With Boots clearly in 3rd it was left to Alsop and Hazlewood to battle it out for the win with the lead swapping a number of times and after the last pitstop it looked like Hazlewood had the win secured, but a coming together with a back marker handed Alsop the lead and despite heavy pressure he could also take the win, with Hazlewood in 2nd and Boots in 3rd.
Serpent have announced the release of their latest 3.5cc Mega engine, the ZX21 DSII+ EM, which features internal work done by engine master Eduardo Picco. The crankshaft has been lightened, and filled with red silicone, while the 7+2 port liner has been worked with tear dropping done on some of the ports to optimise fuel flow and improve performance. Each engine uses hand selected parts including the conrod and piston liner, and all have been had assembled by Eduardo himself.
Xtreme Racing, makers of add-on carbon parts, have released a complete range of carbon parts for the Jammin / OFNA CRT .5 Mini truggy. Available are front and rear 3mm thick carbon shock towers, dual carbon fibre disk brakes, a carbon radio tray and a carbon fibre front and middle diff brace. Available now.
Pro Line have expanded their Quick Lidz range with the announcement that 4 new Crowd Pleazer body shells for the Mugen MBX5T, Jammin X1CRT, Losi 8ight and Losi 8ight T have now been added. Quik Lidz are an easy and economical way to give your car a semi-custom look, simply grab your favorite color of R/C lexan paint, spray onto the clear surfaces of the body, back it up, and bam you’re finished. Pro Line have also release some new body clips as well as body clip pull tabs.
Following up on the release of the Conespike, a tire developed by GRP together with UK importers Mirage, comes this new Super Soft compound for the already popular GRP Jolly and Atomic 1:8th Off Road tread patterns. The surface of the tire has a new subtly textured finish which improves traction if the tire folds under hard acceleration or cornering, which has made a huge difference in performance of the tire. They have also been busy developing a new softer yellow insert to maximise the performance from the new softer compound tyres. The inserts improve handling on bumpy/rutted tracks as well as when landing from large jumps.
Acer Racing, makers of after market bearing sets, have announced that they have begun selling their Ceramic Nitride Pro Series bearing kits for the Corally RDX Phi US and EU versions. These lightweight bearings have been made using diamond polished ceramic nitride balls for the lowest friction, lowest heat build-up, freest movement & smoothest operation. Available now.