Xray have released an updated version of their T2 aluminum rear uprights which now feature two new roll center positions, giving the user a total of 4 different roll center positions. The super-fine tuning roll center positions allow for very small set-up adjustments to tailor your car to different track conditions, as well as different on tire choice (rubber or foam). Roll center positions may be additionally adjusted by using shims of different thickness to alter the height of the roll center link.
Our partners Neo Buggy have gotten pictures of what looks like the new Xray 1/8th scale buggy from this weekends Nitro Cross race in the US. The most noticeable changes are the front and rear shock setup which is comparable to that on the Team Associated RC8. There have been rumours afloat that XRAY are working on a follow up to their XB8 which was launched in 2004.
Introducing the new Z8 from Radical RC, a 1/8th scale buggy that is said to feature some new and innovative design features. However, this buggy is very much the same of all others on the market, sporting CVD’s on all 4 corners, 5mm thick alu shock towers, carbon fibre radio tray, alu chassis braces, big bore shocks etc., and while it has a good spec the only outstanding, or innovative, feature is that this Pro Kit comes with a Lifetime Replacement Warranty on all plastic chassis parts. While it wont make you go around the track any faster, it will help you in the learning process of going quickly, and is a good selling point for beginners to this class. This warranty will also be available on the RTR version of the Z8 Buggy when it comes out.
Hong Kong based R/C parts maker Roche have released these easy to install ride height shims for yor 1/12th scale pan car chassis. Made from carbon fibre, they fit the Team Associated/Yokomo 12L4, CRC Carpet Knife and Corally 12X front end and are sold in 0.5mm and 1mm thicknesses. Simply loosen the screws on your front blocks, slide the shims in and tighten again, instant ride height adjustment.
Team Orion are close to releasing 2 new revolutionary, self developed, competition level cells. Set to take the EP world by storm are these 4200MAh SHO, super high output, competition cells that have been specifically developed by Oscar Jansen and the company’s Chinese Engineering development team to be chemically stable, which elimates explosions and cell failure due to self discharge. These are the first cells to be actually made by Team Orion themselves and they promise to deliver great power and long run times, and as an added bonus they can be purchased as hand made packs in saddle or straight 5 or 6 cell configurations, as well as loose. Team Orion have also announced new 2/3 A type cells that use the same chemical structure as the 4200 cells and are great for powering your micro racer or configured as receiver packs that offer long run time and can easily cope with high current servos in both off road and on road cars. Both types of next generation cells will be available to buy in the next 2 weeks.
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Slingshot Batteries from the US have been in touch to tell us about their current product line-up. Although not new in the US market, Slingshot Batteries has decided to branch out into the overseas market and is offering their line of EP4200 race packs that are available in three different levels, Factory, Team and Super Spec. Just in time for the holidays Slingshot Batteries has also released a full line of stick packs and receiver packs that come in capacity ratings of 3300, 3600, 3800, 4000 and 4200MAh which are perfect for your RTR vehicle or whatever application you have in mind. And finally, Slingshot is proud to introduce its line of 1500MAh EP RX packs that have proven to be one of the longest running cells they have used thus far and is sure to put you through those extra long gas mains. These packs come in either a stick or hump pack configuration and as is the case with all their products, they are built to last and are made from genuine EP “Grade A” cells.
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Last weekend saw the second annual US Open Fuel Sedan Championships held at the Kissimmee track in Florida. The race saw around 70 entries turn up for the 3 day event with 3 qualifying rounds run on Friday, 1 more that originally planned due to Saturday’s weather forecast which turned out be correct and rain caused the cancellation of the further 4 rounds on that day. On Sunday the rain was still there in the morning but it dried up and the finals could be run, including the 20 minute triple A-mains. Starting the each of the main finals from pole position was Xray racer Paul LeMiuex with 2nd and 3rd spot on the grid going to Kyosho racer Chris Tosolini and Serpent runner DJ Apolaro respectively. With two wins, in the first 2 finals, it was Chris Tosolini that came out on top taking the overall win in front of Xray racer Barry Baker in 2nd, scoring three 2nd places, and DJ Apolaro rounding out the podium in 3rd with two 3rd positions.
A summary of other news pieces from around the internet today in our Red RC Round-up:
> Report from Rd1 of British Indoor Winter Series – Link [mirageracing.com]
> CRC win the 2007 Halloween Classic in Cleveland – Link [teamcrc.com]
> Elliott Boots takes final round of Interclub series – Link [cmldistribution.co.uk]
> Report from round 1 of Rug Racers Championship – Link [horizonhobby.co.uk]
> CEN report on their recent successes – Link [cenracing.com]