Xray have published the 6th in the series of columns from designer and company owner Juraj Hudy in which he gives us an insight into what its like to be in the hot seat at one of the larger RC manufacturers. In this column he talks about the design and production process of the new NT1 and all the different decisions he had to make in order to get the car to his liking and as always it makes for an interesting read.
Most of the details we focused on during development are not radical or innovative at first glance; the beauty of the car comes through in all the small details that may not be immediately apparent at first sight, but are immediately noticed after the first experience of working with the car.
LRP have released their latest speed controller, the Sphere Competition TC Spec digital, which has been designed to cope with the extreme stresses of modern day electric touring car racing. Designed for use with brushed and brushless motors, this is the same speedo that Ronald VÃ¶lker used to win the DHI Cup back in January and as well as sporting a low profile heat sink with integrated cooling fan, the controller can be used equally well with 4 to 6 cells and sports launch control as well as improved braking capabilities over previous versions.
The good stuff from Upgrade RC just keeps coming and the latest is this new line of clothing from the customization specialists. Featuring the Upgrade RC branding, there will be a number of t-shirts with different colourings as well as lite wind breaker jacket. I suppose after they have branded everything on your workbench they need to move onto your person as well.
X-Factory have announced that top French off road racer Antoine Rossetti has joined their team for the 2007 season. Due to drive the X-5 in this years Nationals, Antoine who finished in the top 10 at last years French Nationals, leaves Team Losi for whom he raced last year, and he seems pretty excited about the upcoming season.
The Xâ€“5 appeals to me because itâ€™s different compared to the other cars because of its design. Thus itâ€™s unconventional, and I like to drive different, to be apart! They were really thinking when they came up with this car. Because I know the Losi car so well, it will be easy to Faite Le Calcul. Iâ€™ll be running the Xâ€“6 at this yearâ€™s Nationals, but my focus will be on the Xâ€“5 and 4WD.
You can read more about Antoine, who seems to have a pretty interesting life, here.
Just before the NÃ¼rnberg toy fair we showed you the new product range from Motonica which amongst other things included the all new P8.0 Classic, a 2wd flat pan chassis. This was a strange choice of car to start producing, considering the numbers involved in this class which really only exists in the south of Europe, but despite this fact Motonica have created a rather attractive and i’m sure competitive car. Sporting a full carbon fibre chassis plate the car is rear wheel drive and receives the power to its back wheels through a belt from the single speed gearbox shaft. The center part of the car is taken from the P8.0 4wd chassis which includes the fuel tank as well as the cars innovative radio mounting system that sports 2 laydown servos, whilst the front of the car is mounted on top of a floating front plate, as is the norm in this class. The car looks good and there is a lot of interest in it from the Classique class faithful, so who knows perhaps we may see a new resurgence of this class in the near future.
Defending Greek National Champion John Sotiropoulos has started this year where he left off last year by taking the win in round 1 of the Greek 1/8th scale Nationals held at the Arena Racing circuit. The Serpent driver topped the timing sheets after qualifying and was able to convert that position into a win in the main final despite a problem in the race that dropped him back a lap on the leader. Sotiropoulos finished 1 lap ahead of Kyosho racer Vagelis Totomis who finished 2nd with another Serpent racer Mimis Papadopoulos in 3rd.
In the final Sotiropoulos was having a good battle with Kyosho driver Totomis but an error during his first pit stop saw the Serpent driver drop a full lap. Rejoining the race the defending Champion chased down leader Totomis and with 2 minutes of the 30 minute final remaining retook the lead.
Hot Bodies racer Bernhard Bopp has won the modified class at round 4 of the South Germany regionals that took place 2 weekends ago on the MCSS Althengstett race track. Bernhard who only started from 3rd position after qualifying behind Dominik Fleischmann and Felix Bischoff managed to win the 1st and 3rd finals to take the overall win, with Fleischmann and Bischoff finishing in 2nd and 3rd respectively. In the Stock class it was Erik Dankel that took the round win after starting from the TQ spot with Reto Dobler and Florian Ring coming home in 2nd and 3rd to complete the podium.
Italian racer Fabrizio Teghesi has agreed a deal to run with Spanish after market parts specialists, Ultimate Racing for the 2007 season. The Crono racer, who was top qualifier at last years European ‘B’ Championships and who eventually finished 3rd, will use the Spanish companies parts on his Crono buggy this year in both National and International events, including this years European Championships in France.