The 18th instalment in the Xray column from Xray owner and chief designer Juraj Hudy is now online. In this months column, Juraj talks about the development and testing of the all new XB808.
The new prototype suspension I decided to make so quickly before leaving were working really good, so I was really pleased that the efforts and energy we spent on that venture were really worth it. The testing team confirmed that these new parts improve the 808, so I had to arrange for the production of the new parts and fine-tuning the moulds. Unfortunately this would mean a few-week delay of the first production batch, but I did not want to make any compromises and wanted to ensure that the final product would meet our initial requirements on performance, handling and reliability.
Ishima Racing, makers of the Rave M1.0R 1/8th scale buggy that was shown for the first time at the Nurnberg toy fair back in February, were in touch to update us on the cars progress. For the last month the Belgian distributor of the new range of cars, Pro Models, has had 2 pre production cars at their disposal and along with team driver Bart Loomans, have had some good results with the car so far, making the A-Final at the first 2 Belgium National rounds. Currently the car is still in production but they expect it to start shipping to distributors World wide in the next 3 weeks.
Last weekend saw race number 5 in the Israeli League, taking place at the Hot Wheels racing track in North of Israel. The weather was fantastic and it was Yaniv Sivan that took the TQ ahead of Nir Sivan and Adir Zvoloni. The final saw and exciting race as Yaniv Sivan lost his first position on the first lap dropping to 7th and having to make a big comeback on the rest of the field. Yaniv Levi took the lead following Yaniv’s problems and was chased hard by Nir Sivan and Dotan Halevi. 10 mintues into the race Dotan took the lead, all the while being closed down on by Yaniv Sivan who was in 4th at this stage. When Yaniv Levi had clutch problems and had to quit, Yaniv Sivan could make his way up to to 2nd and closed the gap on the leader Dotan Halevi. At the last pit stop Dotan Halevi came out from the pit lane and had a flame out and despite a quick restart, Yaniv Sivan could take the lead. For the last 7 minutes, Dotan tried to close the gap but at the end Yaniv Sivan won the race followed by Dotan Halevi with Nir Sivan in 3rd.
Italian company Mon-Tech Racing have been in touch to let us know about their range of on road body shells. Made using high quality polycarbonate, they offer a wide range of unlicensed touring car and GTP shells made from 0.75mm or 1.0mm thicknesses. Each one is supplied with a masking kit as well as lights decals, and so far are not yet EFRA approved.
Trinity Products Inc. have announced that the World famous Intellect Batteries have moved into the LiPo R/C battery market, the biggest growing segment of the R/C car & truck hobby. Intellect brings their extensive knowledge of manufacturing LiPo batteries for full scale electric cars into the R/C industry and have released a full line of LiPo packs for air, ground and powering your radio equipment. Expected to be avaiable in June, these battery packs carry the highest ‘C’ rating.
Team Honest in Japan have released details about the new power tool tips from EDS that are suitable for use with an electric screw driver. Similar to those from Xceed, the set includes 100mm long, 1.5 mm, 2.0 mm, 2.5 mm and 3.0 mm hex tips, made from the same high quality, hardened material as their standard hand tools. Sold seperately, EDS also offer a 0.63″, 0.78″ and 0.93″ hex power tool tip.
Panther have announced the latest buggy tire in their extensive line-up with the release of the Raptor. Suitable for hard packed dry tracks, with a light dust, they are sold in a range of different hardnesses and with different foam inserts. Available now.
CEN Racing have released the all new Roto-Tech 2 start system, which has been improved for more durability, torque, and ease of use. It comes with an extremely durable / reliable hardened shaft and utilizes any 6 cell standard 7.2 volt stick pack. The Roto-Tech 2 starter includes special holders for spare glow plugs extremely efficient gearing to start all of your nitro vehicles with ease. Suitable for the GST 7.7, Nemesis 7.7, GSR 5.0, Matrix C-1 Buggy (NX26), MG10, MG16, CT4 and CT5.