The first fruits of the Team Orion and Kyosho tie-up are soon to be made available when the Kyosho X312T .12 motor goes on sale in Europe on the 10th of July. This engine isn’t simply a rebadged version of the Team Orion CRF Wasp but instead features a revised piston which has been coated with Nikasil, a nickel silicon carbide coating used to reduce friction in moving aluminum alloys, while the carburettor features a different barrel and modified main needle which all adds up to an engine that is easy to tune, very stable and has lots of torque. Also released at the same time is the Kyosho V-One RRR Evo and X312T combo pack which will make a great package for those racers considering racing in the Kyosho World Cup, as we have heard a rumour that the use of the X312T is to be made mandatory for this event.
We briefly wrote about the Top End Nitro Challenge that was run last weekend at at the OCR Raceway, and which allowed OCM racer Ian Haley to take home $3000 in prize money for winning the overall event. Well now thanks to our Aussie pals Rube Dude, we have some videos from that event in which we see Haley on his big cash run with the first part in the player above while the 2nd part can be seen below.
HPI Racing in Japan will begin next month shipping this rather neat looking pit glove, which is perfect for working on your gas powered car while the engine and exhaust system is still hot. The gloves, which come in black and sport an orange HPI Racing badge, are a comfortable and tight fit, heatproof to a high temperature and the tips of the fingers provide plenty of grip to allow you to work on your car without restriction.
Hot Bodies have announced that they will be soon shipping these new pre glued tyres, called Gumballs, which have been designed to be used as control tyres for 30T, 27T and 23T motor classes. Made using a compound that is very durable, yet provides sufficient grip, the Gumballs come pre mounted, with insert, on these durable white disc wheels. Also new from Hot Bodies is the release of a diff upgrade set for the Cyclone D4, with the main change being the use of a 2.6mm screw in place of the 2.0mm version that was originally available. This extra thickness on the diameter of the screw increases the durability of the differential.
X-Factory have released detailed information on the sequel to the companies competitive X-5 4wd buggy platform, called the X-5 Squared. The changes are to the cars molded tub chassis which receives 15 little tweaks for extra strength and better durability and all round fine tuning while the material for the chassis has also been changed to make the overall car stiffer. These changes came about from listening to their team drivers experiences and if you look in the pictures below you can see the changes to the tub highlighted in blue.
The French EFRA GP was held last weekend at the super fast Grenoble track in the South of France, near Lyon. Weather was good for most of the event and on a track that required a fast engine that was not thirsty on fuel it was Kyosho racer, and Picco employee, Daniele Ielasi that took the pole position ahead of Alberto Picco, racing a Mugen, while the final 2 direct qualifiers were Shepherd Velox racer Robert Pietsch in 3rd and French Championship front runner Nicolas Guillot racing for Mugen in 4th. Before the final it start to rain quite heavy and this meant that a number of drivers didnt take the start including Picco, Guillot and Bertin, who ran with a JP motor at this race, and left the other racers struggling to find the best tyres for the changing conditions. After a small rain delay, the event got underway and Ielasi and Pietsch immediately pulled away at the front, leaving the rest of the field to battle for the lower places with the chasing pack being headed by Mugen driver Walter Salemi in 3rd. With 7 minutes to go, Pietsch ran into radio problems which took him out a certain 2nd place and promoted Salemi into the runner spot, which is how it finished, with Ielasi winning by a lap from Salemi in 2nd and Serpent racer Arnaud Chaussard in 3rd.
Last weekend, under changing weather conditions, saw the 5th round of the BRCA 1/8th scale Nationals run at the Halifax track in the north of England. In qualifiying, and despite rain plaguing the event, everyone managed to get a dry run in which allowed Tim Wood, racing a Serpent 960, to take the pole position spot ahead of 2nd placed James Connolly racing a Kyosho Evolva. In the final, which some drivers decided not to race because of the weather, it was Tim Wood and Mugen racer Andrew North that had a close battle in the early stages but as the track dried Andrew started to drop back, leaving Tim to take the win, 2 laps ahead of 2nd placed Gareth Bell who managed to pass North in the closing stages demoting him to 3rd.
Corally have been busy recently, with the release of lots of optionals for their 2 flagship cars, the RDX Phi and the SP12X. First up for the RDX Phi, we have this ball differential that uses lightweight duraluminium out shafts, large thrust bearings and an innovative nut type diff adjustment that replaces the usual screw adjustment. Also for the Phi is a new front one way system, that allows you to use the new front pulleys that have also been released, also there are new front and rear bearing holders that allow you to adjust the wheelbase of the car. The Phi now also has a choice of optional chassis plates in different thicknesses (2.9mm, 3.4mm), new top deck in 2.9mm carbon, a graphite battery plate, a newly colour center steering lever and finally some new front bearing holders that make swapping between diff / spool and the one way axle super simple.
Corally have also released new parts for use with the SP12X WC front end, such as the lower graphite A-arm spacers for ride height adjustment, a new graphite cross brace for greater stiffness and a new type of 43mm duraluminium turnbuckles. And finally Corally have released blue (hard) damper syrup for tube and friction dampers which now comes in air tight smart mini-bottles.