Kyosho team driver Levi Jackson scored another victory with the Kyosho ST-RR during the 3rd round of the Southern California Saturday Series, held at Thunder Alley in Beaumont, CA, host of the recent 1/8 Off-Road Buggy Nationals. Levi won from 2nd placed Scott Hughes, the Mugen driver having problems on the last lap of the race giving him a non finish, while Jake Malkin took 3rd.
Russian company Micro RC (MRC) have announced the release of another new prototype body shell and wing, this time for the Team Associated B44 and JConcepts BJ4 electric buggy. Designed to allow brushless speed controllers with cooling fans to comfortably fit under, the body’s front window and rear V-wing help the car remain stable on long jumps. Made from ultra thin and lightweight 0.5mm thick lexan, more details on the release date when we know more.
The 3rd in our monthly columns from VRC mentions that the new v4 RC Speedway has been completed and has turned out to be a real show case for VRC. The track is setting a new standard in r/c racing with its new features such as the electronic track banners and the massive scoreboard. Permission has been granted by Virtura officials for exclusive use of the large bill board on the fly-over of the motorway for product advertising of VRC partners. The banked corner has new entry and exit profiles for smoother and thus better racing. Special developed asphalt has been used to create maximum grip and low tire wear conditions. Tony West, responsible for the design of the VRC World complex and the tracks, has paid special attention to wider run off areas on turns 1 and 2 and around the perimeter to make the track more forgiving. Furthermore the inside curbs, known from the old oval to be responsible for the car spinning out unexpectedly in the fast sweepers, are no longer applied.
Futaba have released the latest product in their superior line of brushless digital servos, the BLS352. Ideal for steering and throttle on 1/8 scale truggies as well as electric touring cars, boats, airplanes and applications that require high torque with smooth operation and better centering. The servo features dual bearings, metal gears and a metal centre case for dissipating heat.
Futaba have released this deluxe heavy-duty folding chair with carrying case, which features a patented support system and powder coated 22mm tubular steel frame that holds up to 350 pounds. An extra wide seat area and two built-in cup holders provide comfort and convenience. Black in colour, it sports the Futaba and FASST logos in full colour on the back. Also new is the Futaba micro-fibre towel, perfect for your work area. Micro-fibre material is very soft and can hold up to seven times its weight in water and is also excellent at absorbing oil. Measuring 15.5” x 27”, it is black with a bright orange Futaba logo.
Tamiya have announced the upcoming release of some new parts for their TRF416 touring car. A new chassis will be made available, which is machined from 2.5mm thick carbon fibre, compared to 2.25mm of the standard plate, and designed for use in high grip conditions. The chassis can easily accept anything from 4 to 6 cells and integrates the company’s air duct system for cooling the motor. Also new is a set that not only includes this new chassis but also a carbon fibre battery brace and all the other parts necessary to mount a straight configuration battery pack. Finally, Tamiya will also release a pretty sweet looking re-branded KO Propo VFS-1 speed controller, called the Volac MS C3.
Our site sponsors Team Orion were pleased to inform us that their new Vortex brushless motor has been approved for use at ROAR sanctioned stock class races. Receiving the approval this month, the company’s 10.5 and 13.5 motors can now be used at all future ROAR events. With the first batch of these motors having just been shipped out to dealers you can get your hands on one very soon.
New from Reckward Tuning, and made by Vita Tuning, is this Turbo filter for the Losi 8ight. Constructed out of the highest quality materials, it works with the original Losi 8ight foam filters. Using a larger inlet, the new filter delivers more air to the engine than the standard filter, providing a boost in motor performance without sacrificing filtering quality.