After market parts maker Edit RC have announced the release of 2 new products today, the piston stopper and a set of precision body markers. First up is the piston stopper which works by locking the engines piston in place for clutch removal or to allow you to remove your flywheel. Simply remove the glow plug from the engine, screw the Piston Stopper in place, and your piston and crankshaft will be locked into position. Next up from Edit is this set of precision body markers which slip over each body post on your buggy, truck or touring car, allowing you to then place the bodyshell on the car, then press firmly but gently on the body and it will put light dimple marks on the shell indicating the body post positon. You then of course ream out these holes, perfect for mounting pre painted bodies.
Another report from Xray, this time from the 2nd round of the Estonian Off road Cup, held on a brand new track in Tartu. Qualifying for the buggy class saw the pole position go to Rando Mere, while in the truggy event the top spot went to Jaanus Kesküla, racing the new Xray XT8. In the buggy final the battle was between pole man Rando Mere and Jaanus Kesküla, but an engine stall from Kesküla dropped him out of contention and the win went to Mere, followed by Keskula in 2nd with Taivo Murumäe in 3rd. In the truggy final it was a battle between the Xray team mates Kesküla and Andres Käver until a loose servo horn on the 21st lap dropped Käver back to the middle of the pack as he had the problem fixed. Back on the track and Andres could push his truggy and managed to make his way back to 2nd where he finished, 5 laps down on Kesküla who took the win, while 3rd spot belonged to Martti Siimsen.
More stuff from Powers International in Japan, this time its the release of this DG tire moisture 2.0, a tyre treatment agent. Sold in an 80ml bottle, this treatment has been specially made for use with rubber tires and has been developed and tested to perform under the extreme forces seen with modern touring cars.
Back in February, we showed you pictures of the then soon to be released DB12R 1/12th scale chassis from BMI Racing. Well yesterday the guys from BMI showed of some pictures of the all new prototype rear end for their car, that they are currently testing.
It is designed around the brushless motors. We are using our standard lower plate on this prototype for testing but we will be spreading the pod plates 2mm for more clearance for production without a sacrifice in rear track width adjustment.
Xray have a report from their team driver Beat Walti on the 2nd round of the Swiss 1/10th 200mm National Championship which was held 2 weekends ago in Langenthal. Qualifying saw round 1 winner Beat Walti take the pole position with his Xray, ahead of Team Magic driver Mattia Pesenti in 2nd while 3rd fastest was Dirk Stammler racing Mugen. Into the final and it was close race between Walti and Pesenti, with Mattia managing to take the lead after a bad pitstop for the Xray driver, but Beat could fight back and take the lead after Pesenti had to stop to change his tires. Walti would go on to win the race from Dirk Stammler in 2nd and Traugott Schaer in 3rd spot for Xray.
Read the full report here and from our partners RC Infos here.
A summary of other news pieces from around the internet today in our Red RC Round-up:
> Team CEN win the truggy class at the Venezualan Nationals – Link [cenracing.com]
> Jeremy Cupps wins at Region Nine ROAR Championships – Link [serpent.com]
> Xray presents their Multi-Flex 1-Piece Engine Mounting System – Link [teamxray.com]
> Serpent F180 painted like the Ayrton Senna Camel Lotus F1 – Link [serpent.com]
> Tamiya release the Subarua Impreza WRC Monte Carlo 07 – Link [tamiya.com]
Powers International of Japan have released information about the soon to be available touring car rubber tire from Edge, called Cutting Edge. Designed to provide high levels of grip for long durations, this competition rubber have been race tested and has proved to be great over uneven track surfaces while the strong side walls provide your car with great stablility even when on the limit. Available in 28 and 32 compounds, it goes on sale in late July.
The weekend just gone, saw the 2007 running of the Singapore Invitational Challenge, held at the East Coast Park Raceway. The racing was divided into 2 classes with the vast majority of racers running 1/10th scale, however the 1/8th scale class had plenty of top drivers and in qualifying the fastest of those was Mugen driver Meen Vejrak, from Thailand, that took the TQ for this class, while the 1/10th TQ went to Kyosho racer Kelvin Yong. In the 1/8th scale final the pole man Meen ran into some problems that dropped him down the order, leaving Serpent racer Suruth to take the win by 7 laps from Mugen driver Nelson Lee in 2nd, while another Mugen, that of Tay Wui Kiat, was 3rd. Things were a bit closer in the 1/10th scale final, but again there was problems for the pole sitter, Kelvin Yong ending his race in 5th, while Kyosho race Philip Lee took the win by less than a lap from Meen Vejrak in 2nd and Charlee Phutiyotin in 3rd.