The 2017 Ice Breaker was held at Indy RC World In Garland, Texas with the event being sold out with 250 entries. Adam Drake was the top qualifier in Nitro Buggy and Electric Buggy and on the second lap of the 45 minute truck final he took the lead and never looked back taking the victory by nearly one lap. Adam also won the electric 1/8th buggy class, bringing home two titles.
Coming from Xray and made for the X1’17 formula kit is a 2mm carbon fibre chassis. The thinner main plate allows for improved chassis flex and thus more traction and side bite in low-grip conditions, improving the car’s overall performance on “green” asphalt and carpet tracks. The chassis incorporates new mounting positions for the pod links with a standard outer and an angled inner position, the latter will improve mid-corner steering. Furthermore the chassis sports a new, more forward centre mount plate position for running the new shock short absorber.
Coming from JConcepts and made for the XB2 series of Xray buggies is the F2 body shell. Based off of the original Finnisher body, the F2 features a more aggressive look with performance to match. Cut-lines are included on each side of the body to accommodate stand-up and lay-down transmission layouts giving all out versatility. With the evolution of race tracks, complicated circuits combining more aggressive jumps and extremely high-speed corners, JConcepts incorporated many features which provide several benefits in the most critical situations. Increased windshield angle provides a steady force upfront during mid-flight wind gusts on large jumps. Forward cab placement changes performance/visible bias which helps steering rotation in low traction corners. The side-pods have been simplified and JC chamfered to remove unwanted changes in height to neutralise the at-speed handling. The front of the pods have a dual step, scoop treatment which give a first in class look to the F2 body. The rear of the cab has the Finnisher step feature which allows the placement of a secondary side window and also several louver options off the rear which can be trimmed to allow air to escape at the top of the body.
Rusti Design from France have introduced their new range of carbon fibre option parts for the Team Associated B6 series of buggies. Available now are 4mm gullwing and flat front as well as standard and long rear shock towers all of which match the standard suspension geometry. They feature an updated overall design though, making them stand out from the kit parts. Next up is a 1mm front bulkhead shim to lower the suspension mounts for improved steering while a +2mm rear gearbox shim set has been designed to raise the gearbox and shock tower block with an additional shim being provided for the specific laydown gearbox. Using the parts helps to maintain low driveshaft angles while lowering the chassis which can help avoid traction rolling on high-bite surfaces.
Italian company Capricorn have introduced the Power Light Kit chassis update set for the TE-03 Evo 1/10th electric touring car kit. The kit consists of a new carbon fibre main chassis that allows the use of special brackets and the new slim motor mount while still utilising the traditional motor mount if needed. Also included is a new upper deck, again to allow the use of the new motor mount and despite being slightly asymmetrical it was designed to have a perfectly linear response in both directions. As for the slim motor mount, the bulkhead moves the motor 6mm towards the centre of the car while also making it also sit 1mm lower on the chassis for an improved centre of gravity. The centre axle mount is now of a two-piece design in order to increase the flex in the centre section of the chassis. Part of the package are also the aforementioned bulkheads brackets. The new parts give the options to connect the bulkheads and the suspension mounts to the chassis for an increased stiffness. Last but not least come the V4 shock bodies and shock towers:. The shocks bodies are shorter, but thanks to the use of a single o-ring together with the new teflon bushings the overall stroke has been increased. The shorter shocks are meant to be used with the new lower shock towers.
Capricorn have announced the return of German frontrunner, Marc Fischer to their electric on-road racing team. After reaching the World Championship A-main in Beijing last August, Marc is ready to be back working together with the Italian company, racing and developing the TE-03 Evo platform through to 2018. Marc has the following to say about the deal:
I want to thank VBC, Victor Law and Carven for the short but good times. Now i am really looking forward to return to Capricorn after the A Main at the Worlds in China. I really want to thank Patrizio Rossi for the chance he gave me to race for him and for Capricorn one more time. My First Race with the TE-03 will be the ETS in Madrid, follow by the Euros, Reedy Race and all other ETS Races which will follow. I signed a contract until 2018 Worlds in South Africa, so I will have the time to prepare and am really happy about it.
The Hudy GP was held at the GLARC track in Los Angeles over the weekend. The 1/8th class final saw a close battle between Mike Swauger and JJ Wang until a costly mistake by the Chinese-American driver gave some breathing room to Mike, who capitalised and started working to keep the lead until the checkered flag.
Xray have introduced 2 degree aluminium C-hubs for the T4 line of touring cars. Machined from Swiss 7075-T6 aluminium and coming orange anodised and also engraved for easy identification, the parts are usable with ECS driveshafts, they improve handling on high-bite tracks and are available separately for the left and right hand side of the car.