August 15, 2008

X-Factory X-60 close to release

X-Factory X-60 close to release

We wrote before that X Factory has been working on a 1/10 electric truck, which will be a conversion for the T4. Spotted at this week’s ROAR National Championship race, being held at Hot Rod Hobbies, are production lower rear wishbones on the team’s prototype X-60s. Chief engineer Paul Sinclair’s X-60 is seen in the close-up photo with a very high quality molded arm which he says has passed the real-race test with flying colors so far.

We’re very happy with the quality of this part. It comes from the same shop that produced our 4-Gear transmission and rear bulkhead, so these arms are the very best quality molded parts. Sinclair continued, “The chassis design has been finalized and we flew out to L.A. for the Nationals a day early so we could pick up the production prototype arms and work with the shop on the chassis tool.

Expect a mid October release date.

Source: X-Factory [2wdrc.com]


August 15, 2008

Overnight exhaust controversy at Worlds

Sirio Pipe

Following an official protest by Novarossi during the final round of qualifying yesterday, Sirio drivers, who make up 3 of the top 4 drivers will no longer be allowed to use the latest version of the Sirio #2611 exhaust pipe. Novarossi’s protest was originally not accepted however at what we understand was a very heated 1:10 Section meeting last night at the official hotel for the event, IFMAR made the descision to issue the following statement late last night which means that the new version of the #2611 pipe, as used by Jilles Groskamp to TQ, may no longer be used.

Check out the full coverage on our event site here.


August 14, 2008

Groskamp TQ’s World Championships

Jilles Groskamp is Worlds TQ

Jilles Groskamp has secured the TQ for the 2008 IFMAR 1:10 200mm World Championship to claim his first ever placing in a nitro World Final in style. The last of the six heats here in Lisbon produced a thrilling climax to the three days of qualifying with most of the title hopefuls running a TQ pace. After 10-minutes however it was Chris Tosolini who stopped the clocks in the fastest time just 9/1000th off Groskamp’s TQ time which was set in the earlier of the day’s two heats.

Check out the full coverage on our event site here.


August 14, 2008

HB Lightweight EU Mazda 6 body

Hot Bodies Lightweight EU Mazda 6 MPS

Hot Bodies have released the new Moore-Speed Mazda 6 bodyshell, which has been improved for extra downforce, sleeker lines and improved traction in all conditions. The new bodyshell features several aerodynamic tweaks for more high-speed steering and a longer profile for improved straight-line stability, this will be the body to have for circuits of any size. From its new air splitter to the revised rear spill plates, this Moorespeed bodyshell is all-new and all about speed and handling. The front bumper, splitter, winglets, and the new bonnet bulge all enhance steering at high speed. A deep aero-channel from the windscreen to the rear deck improves air flow to the rear wing and new lip spoiler, while new bumper spill plates aid the exit of air from under the body.

Source: Hot Bodies [hbeurope.com]


August 14, 2008

Losi L8ight Model Race Roller

Losi L8ight Model Race Roller

Losi have introduced this 1/8-scale L8ight Model Race Roller, a professionally developed and tuned race roller designed specifically for dirt oval racing. With performance-enhanced features, such as dirt-oval-specific shock towers, big-bore oil-filled shocks, a molded front bumper, oversized body mounts, a Late Model-styled aerodynamic body and Losi/GRP dirt oval racing tires, the L8ight claims to offer superior quality when compared to the competition.

Source: Losi [losi.com]


August 14, 2008

Upgrade RC Pro Comp design

Upgrade RC Pro Comp design

Upgrade RC have released this new design called the Pro Comp. Available in 3 different colours, it can be applied to a large number of products and you can customize the design by adding your favorite logos as well as your name.

Source: Upgrade RC [upgrade-rc.com]


August 14, 2008

Groskamp moves into TQ position

Jilles Groskamp

Jilles Groskamp has regained the TQ spot with a superb drive in the penultimate qualifier for the 2008 Worlds here in Portugal. The Dutch ace was delighted with his run saying, ‘Finally it worked out for with my engine and fuel.’ Groskamp clocked up 32 laps in 10:11.241 giving Team Sirio boss Andrea Rossi every reason to punch the air in delight.

Check out the full coverage on our event site here.


August 13, 2008

HongNor 2-piece Centre Diff mount

HongNor 2-piece Centre Diff mount

HongNor have released this 2 piece centre diff mount set, which is suitable for the company’s X1X buggy series. Designed for ease of maintenance, the set features an efficient off set brake cam design, while not having to use a centre post also saves weight. The set includes all necessary parts, and all the plastic pieces have been made with a high percentage fibre glass nylon for extra strength and durability.

Source: Hong Nor [hongnor.com.tw]