French tire brand Medial Pro have released a statement announcing that company founder and current owner Eric Bertrand has placed the company up for sale. With declining margins, increased costs to keep manufacturing in France and increased competition with lower priced tires that are being made in Asia, he has decided on this course of action. Having been around for almost 2 decades the company has won many major titles and still continues to make a quality product and hopefully when a new buyer is found, for which he already has some interested parties, the brand that was started in 1989 will continue to exist.
We received an e-mail from the organisers of the Offroad WinterChamps, held in the first weekend of the new year in Hohenems in Austria. The unofficial European Indoor Championship as it has been referred to as, the event attracts top drivers like European Champion Hupo Hoenigl, Joern Neumann and Peter Pinisch every year, who come to take up the challenge on the demanding multi surface indoor track. The race will be held on the 5th – 6th of January and entry opens on the 8th of November at 20:00 CET. In 2007 the race was fully booked out in less than 48 hours so don’t miss out on your chance to sign up to be one of the 160 participants taking part in 2008.
You can find more information about this event here.
Thunder Tiger have finally released their RTR version of the EB4 S3 1/8th scale buggy. We first wrote about the car back in July when our partners RC Mag got some pictures of the car after it showed up at a National race in France. The car, which is available in blue or orange finish, sports a number of innovative features including patented CVD drive shafts that somehow allow changes to be made to the suspension settings, while as per previous TTR cars the front shocks are mounted behind the shock tower for protection in the event of a crash. The car sports aluminium in the place of carbon fibre as per the pro version, but is very well equipped and comes with a pull start .28 motor for power and durability.
Xray have released their Active Differential, which is a high-performance, adjustable front gear differential for XB8 buggies that vastly improved the buggy’s speed and handling characteristics. The special design of the internal components, using different angled segments, allows the diff gears to engage on-power to increase the forward traction and stability to the buggy, making it faster and easier to drive. While the Xray Active Differential is a performance option for serious racers who want to gain an edge on superior speed and handling, it is also of great benefit to any level of driver that wants to a more predictable and easy-to-drive car in any racing conditions.
While the MR-4BX Factory kit by Yokomo was only announced in March, there is already a new version available in the form of the World Spec. The car features newly designed front and rear shock towers that aid the cars aerodynamics through improving the airflow to the rear wing while a new mouting position of the rear dampers aids their durability. The car also features a revised layout for the main components, shifting weight backwards, which helps the cars stability in the air and finally they have also increased the number of tuning possibilities in the upper pivot arm mounts to help you further fine tune the cars setup. You can get the World Spec as a stand alone kit or if you own the previous version you can also purchase a conversion set.
Xray have a report from their team driver Paul LeMieux on the sixth and final race of the Midwest series, which was held in Toledo, Ohio recently. After 4 rounds of qualifying it was LeMieux who was on the pole position with the NT1, ahead of Andy Powers in 2nd and Chris Doseck in 3rd, the latter having ran out of fuel on his final and potentially fastest run. In the finals it was Paul and Andy that could pull away from the pack at the start with Chris settling in to 3rd but after some time Andy started to fall back into the clutches of Doseck, who managed to get passed into 2nd and was able to go after his team mate LeMieux. Bad luck for Chris however who flamed out after a coming together with a marshall with 10 minutes to run, which dropped him down the order. In the end it was Paul LeMieux that took the win from Andy Powers in 2nd and Ira Schultz in 3rd, this win gave Paul the Midwest title with Doseck finishing as runner up in the standings.
Japanese firm, Eagle Racing, have released this large carry case for transporting all your model car gear to the track. Called the GP Bag, it is made from a hard wearing black canvas while the case contains 2 large internal cardboard drawers mounted within a thick cardboard frame to prevent the case from collapsing when the drawers are removed. On the outside there are 2 carry handles while the side sports the Eagle Racing and GP bag logos screen printed on the side pocket. Also new from Eagle Racing are 2 different 7.2V 2200 mAh battery packs available in either straight or stick pack configurations.
German brand Orcan have released these handy and useful exhaust mounting springs. Sold with tubing and collar, they allow you to mount your exhaust floating, thus reducing damaging vibrations and preventing resonance at high rpm. With other exhaust pipe mounts you would tighten the pipe to the wire with a grub screw, while with this system the pipe is sitting freely between 2 pieces of fuel tubing, while a collar mounted to the end of the spring prevents the exhaust coming off.