French company RB Products, better known for their engines, will release their own range of on road foam tires under the Speedline brand. Available pre glued and trued they seem to be currently only available for 1/8th and 1/10th scale gas cars, but beyond that little else is known. We will bring you more information after RB make the official announcement.
New from French company BTech RC are these lightweight titanium shafts for the Xray NT1 1/10th scale 200mm chassis. Available as replacements for both the 2-speed gearbox and middle pulley shafts, the new material helps reduce not only overall weight but also rotating mass. A neat feature is that the end of the shaft, where the clip goes, has been machined with a slightly smaller diameter to prevent the bearing sticking when removing the shaft.
Following on from the announcement by GRP that they would stop producing engines for the Mugen owned Ninja brand, comes the first pictures of the new OS made Ninja motors. According to our site partners Neo Buggy, “the engine, OEM manufactured by OS engines for Ninja, is loosely based on their V-Spec with some custom features: the crankcase is from the OS 28XZ engine and does not feature the distinctive OS ‘black’ coating, the sleeve port design is a bit different from the V-Spec, head design, the crankshaft appears to have the same ‘DLC’ coating as the OS Speed V-spec but without counterweights. All in all a mix up of a few OS engines and Ninja branding.”
Team Associated are reporting that the 2008 FSEARA Championship series and newly acquired Team AE driver Paul Wynn have gotten off to a fantastic start. Last weekend PnP Hobbies hosted the first race of the FSEARA Championship, the first series in the country to adopt brushless motors and Li-Po batteries for all classes. Paul made the most of it by winning 4 out of the 6 rounds in the modified class (Reedy Race format) with his LRP/Reedy powered TC5 to take the overall win.
Following on from the success of their new range of brushless motors, Speed Passion have announced the release of the latest motor, the ultra sportsman brushless stock motor. A 17.5 turn “Stock” motor, the ultra sportsman meets ROAR requirements, and along with the 13.5T motor has an improved bottom power band which allows you to run better gear ratio for more top speed and longer run time. Also new from Speed Passion is the release of a high power active capacitor for the company’s GT ESC that has been specially designed for racing. This new capacitor improves braking, punch and bottom end power as well as helping provide better response in racing conditions while reducing temperatures.
The first race since the ban on racing in Norway due to exploding cells was lifted took place recently in Tromsø, a city 1700km north of Oslo. There was 2 qualifying heats on Saturday and 1 on Sunday and after both days of qualifying in Modified it was Xray racer Adrian Berntsen on pole followed by Corally racer Jon Åge Olsen in 2nd while Serpent racer Goran Langsholt finished up in 3rd. In 19T stock class Marcus Alvestad, driving a Kysoho took top spot ahead of Petter Chruckshank in 2nd and Leif Tore Stensrød in 3rd.
RB Products in the US have a nice interview with their young up and coming team driver Roman Miller. The Mugen racer have only been driving 4 years and is already impressing many with his ability, recently taking his place in the Expert class.
Being with RB this year has helped me improve at every race we attended. At first it was a rough start, my dad had some trouble getting used to the engine, tuning and working on them etc…but with the help of Kevin and Bernard, we were able to get the enignes running pretty well. The consistancy of the engine at all the races we attended made it one less thing for us to worry about throught the year. Me and my dad are very pleased with the support RB has given us both during the year and are looking forward to another great season with RB.
After the huge success of last year’s event, the 2008 Much-More UK GP will be once again held at the impressive Stonehaven circuit in Scotland. In 2007 Andy Moore won both 19 Spec and 5 Cell Modified titles, with Chris Kerswell winning the 6 Cell Modified crown, can they repeat those performances this year? With the recent changes being adopted, the 19 turn class will now become ‘Pro Stock’, while Modified will remain the same as the successful format in 2007. A control tyre will again be used and will be available on-site for all entrants.