Xray have released a range of mounted and trued sedan foam front (27mm) and rear (30mm) tires, developed and designed for high competition nitro racing. The high-grip foam tires have been solidly bonded to Xray’s newly developed Starburst wheels which have been purposefully designed for high-competition racing. Xray used its long-term experiences in composite mixture alchemy to bring forth completely new composite mixtures targeted at nitro touring wheels resulting in super light yet ultra strong and stiff wheels. The tires come packaged in a sealed air-tight vinyl bag, to keep the tires fresh as long as possible, and are available in a wide range of shores.
Hot Bodies have announced the introduction of a range of new 23T motors for use in the popular stock touring car class in Japan. Extensively test by the HB development team, they claim to have created one of the strongest 23T motor on the market and it is now available in 3 different versions. The S30 has a lot of bottom end power, the S40 has been optimised for technical circuits while the S46, having a lot of top end power, has been created for larger tracks.
Hot Bodies have announced that they will start shipping a number of new optionals for both the Cyclone 12 and touring car. First up for the 12 is this aluminium version of the cars unique steering servo mount kit, which is stronger than the original plastic version and comes complete with all the fasteners needed to mount it to your chassis. Also new for the 12 is a black anodised aluminium rear pod, which not only helps greatly with heat dissipation, but also helps stiffen the rear of the car making it very stable. Finally for the Cyclone touring car are a set of offset body posts that go over the normal posts of the touring car and allow the user to fine tune the position of the body by enabling it to be moved in small amounts to either the front or rear.
Following hot on the heels of Tuesdays release of GRP branded sunglasses come these, as useful but less cool looking, bright orange ear plugs. Perfect for use at the races to block out the sound of gas engines and people you don’t want to listen to, they have been made of a soft foam material to help block out high sound frequencies. Sold in a pair, they come in a clear plastic box with GRP branding.
We received a report from Gene Hickersen from the 3rd and final round of the 2007 RC Pro East Series, which was held last weekend in Savannah Georgia at Phil Hurd Raceway. It was a good turnout of about 140 entries as the best of the East battle for the title of RC Pro East Champion. The track was a good combination of fast sections and really slow sections with tons of small double jumps and 1 huge double jump in the middle. There was no place to make up any time on the layout, but many places where you could easily loose time; so the racing was very close as everyone had about the same lap times.
The last round of the French 1/10th EP Touring car National Championship was recently held at Manspach, in the East of France. Qualifying in the Open A class saw Cyril N’Diaye, racing the new Xray T2’008, dominate the qualification sessions, putting himself into pole position ahead of Tamiya racer Loic Jasmin in 2nd and Lucas Urbain in 3rd. In the Open A final, N’Diaye benefitted from his pole position and was able win the first two finals, taking the overall win with Jasmin just behind in 2nd, with another Xray racer Aurélien Threhout in 3rd place. With this result Cyril N’Diaye was able to clinch the 2007 French National Championships.
Massimo Esposito, or Espomax to his friends, a well experienced Italian driver has agreed to join GO Technology and use their engines for the rest of the 2007 season and the whole of the 2008 season. After some extensive tests, he found that GO Tech engines were capable of giving him all the power he needs combined with reliabilty, all from an inexpensive engine.
Schumacher are very pleased with their performance at last weekend IIC event with Jimmy Maddison (UK) and Alan Hewitt (USA) taking 1st and 2nd in the Stock Rubber Sedan class, with Maddison having TQ’d the class. Their Mi3 was also at the top of its game in the 19T Rubber Class with class TQ Randy Caster coming home in 2nd, Jimmy Madison in 4th and 4th qualifier Alan Hewitt in 6th and Foam guru Chris Goetz also took 4th in the Stock Foam A main.
But the REAL story of the race was an astounding display of teamwork and cooperation in the Schumacher pits. As UK team member Jimmy Maddison was struggling with his primary car just an hour before his qualifier, the US team as a whole decided to “team build” his backup kit for him. The team members went to work, and in a flurry of activity they completed the car for him just minutes before his qualifier. Madison then went on to take TQ of the class with that qualifying round! This kind of team effort, friendly attitude and helpfulness were displayed throughout the event, and no single action could do more to personify exactly what it means to be a part of TEAM Schumacher.