Nosram have released details of 2 of their newly released products which were first shown at the toy fair in Nuernberg. First up is the Matrix Evolution speed controller that works with both brushed and brushless motors, can automatically detect between NiMH and Lipo batteries and utilizes their new XP2 software as well as featuring some other internal upgrades over the previous version. Nosram have also released their new Stealth Evolution charger that can handle LiPo, NiMh and NiCd cells with charging currents ranging from 0.1A to 10.0A and on top of that functions as a top end discharger too. The unit itself features a red backlight LED display, has an autostarting function with times set between 0-99 minutes and it can store 3 charger or discharging profiles to suit your different preferences.
Xray have a report on their site from team driver Helge Johannessen who has done a write up from the 4th round of the indoor national cup series held 2 weeks ago in Trondheim at the Spectrum Sports Center. Johannessen set the TQ in both the modified and 19T classes ahead of fellow Xray racer Adrian Berntsen and went on to finish in those positions after all the finals were run. In winning both races in Helge took both National Cup titles.
A short while back we wrote a piece about the fact that Toni ‘brother of Marc’ Rheinard may be upping and leaving Kyosho, a company that he had only raced with for a short time, well that is now confirmed. In pictures from this weeks TITC race in Thailand we can see that Toni is now racing for Hot Bodies, which is a good move for both parties, with Toni hopefully able to get the exposure and success that being a HB driver brings, and HB getting a very talented racer. Hopefully somebody will stand him against a wall and get a picture of him in his HB gear but in the meantime we’ll have to make do with my dodgy compilation shots above.
UPDATE: Someone called his name and took his picture.
So we are very excited to bring you the first pictures of the new 1/8th scale for the 2007 season from Serpent, the 960 ’07. The car itself hasnt changed much from the previous car that won last years European A and B titles but it does have some nice optionals now included as standard. First off you notice that the car has a black anodised chassis plate, which is all about the looks, but then you see that it includes the aluminium front upper suspension brackets, servo saver with adjustable ackermann and it also comes as standard with front CVD’s, something customers have been asking for, for some time. We’re told that the car also has harder plastics throughout and will be stiffer, in particular in the drive train where the left sideplate is stronger and along with a redesigned left rear bearing block, eliminates flex in this area.
Although we already covered the Winternats I thought it was interesting to get an insight on how the Xray team felt they had performed, considering the hype surrounding the event and the debut of their new 200mm racer, the NT1. While the car definitely performed, it suffered from some off track problems when it mattered most such as poor pit stops as well as the problem that got Jilles Groskamp disqualified after the B-main, but they showed some good speed in the A-main but suffered major tyre wear problems as the track conditions on the finals day changed.
Despite using the harder tire compounds the tires were wearing more than expected and with only a few minutes remaining the rear tires on both Martin and Ralph’s cars wore down almost to the rims making the car more difficult to handle; in the last laps, both lost their 2nd and 3rd position respectively.
The French engine tuning specialists Recab are well known for their wizadry with a dremel when they get their hands on a variety of different motors and being able to turn them from fast into ballistic. Well Recab also have a variety of exhaust systems and their latest is this one you see above that is designed specifically for use with the OS .21 V-Spec buggy motor. This polished 3-chamber, EFRA approved, exhaust helps give the motor a more linear acceleration as well as better fuel economy.
Yesterday we told you about Gene Hickerson winning his 3rd straight truggy race in a row at round 3 of the Florida State series. Well this race was attended by nearly 200 racers in a number of different classes and in the buggy class it was JR Mitch driving a Werks powered Thunder Tiger that won the race ahead 2nd place Jason Rouna whilst the 3rd position went to Ryan Eckert.
Last weekend saw the running of the Batley Indoor Supercup for buggies on a rather slippery and creative track, made using gym mats, rope and pieces of wood. In the 2wd class it was World Champion Neil Cragg that took the win, from the TQ spot, with his Team Associated B4 whilst in 4wd Ellis Stafford took the win with his X-Factory X-5.
To get lots more pictures of this event you can head on over to oOple here.