Mantua Models, makers of the Laro D4, have released these new grey anodised 7075 aluminum optional parts for the D4 Pro 1/8th scale buggy. Available seperately, or even better, you can buy them in a set, which consists of all 7 pieces and will cost you 89 euros and do everything you would expect pieces like this to do such as add a bit of strength along with a bit of bling.
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Solaroli Tuning, if you haven’t heard of them, is a company run by top Italian racer Stefano Solaroli who, amongst other things, tunes motors like only Italians know how. While he tunes all different makes of motor, his current pair of offerings are from Picco and are based on the new Evo2 .21 and .12 engines which in turn is similar to the current range of Mega ZX engines. Stefano has done all the usual work like porting the liner and working, optimising and polishing the crankshaft to get the absolute most from the engine. Expect them to be fast but suprisingly they arent too expensive despite all the hand work done to them.
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Leon McIntosh has won the first round of the RC Pro Series East held at the Badlands track in Myrtle Beach, SC. Leon driving and Xray XB8 managed to take the TQ spot, despite limited practice running, to qualify ahead of Losi pairing of Travis Dupree in 2nd and Jason Smith in 3rd. In the race Gene Hickerson managed to get the holeshot and pulled ahead, only to run into mechanical problems at the halfway point, leaving Travis and Leon to take over at the top. Dupree then himself ran into difficulties which dropped him back and allowed Leon to take the lead and go on to take the win ahead of Kyosho racer Robin Nelson in 2nd and Xray racer Chris Crews in 3rd.
Xray have a report on their site from Soeren Boy Holst who writes about the 4th round of the Pilegaards Cup in Denmark. Soeren managed to claim the TQ spot in the modified class and then went on to win the race ahead of Michael Priest and Nikolaj Hviid who finished in 2nd and 3rd respectively
The first final was perfect. Michael was close in the beginning, but made some mistakes and so I made a gap. The car was still fine, but the tyres felt a little looser this time. Michaelâ€™s car broke down, and so did Nikolaj Hviid, so it was Kim Lindegaard who would take 2nd place with his T2â€™007, and his son Nicolai in third, also with a T2â€™007.
You can read the full report and get the top 3 from the other classes here.
This week sees the 2007 ROAR Carpet On-road Nats run at Josh Cyruls indoor track, the CEFX Raceway, in Toledo Ohio with the race catering for 1/10th sedan and 1/12th scale, with 3 categories for each scale. With the entry expected to be around 230+ entries, the racing will begin on Wednesday with open practice on the completely new track layout that you can see above. We will hope to bring you reports from the race at the end of each race day but in the meantime if you want more information, here are some useful links.
There is a bit of a storm brewing in France with regards the new EFRA rulings that allow the previous Outlaw crankshafts be used in EFRA legal motors. The row stems from a long standing FVRC (French Federation) regulation that states that EFRA rules will only be adopted 1 year after they are decided upon. The new engine regulations according to the FVRC do not fall under this year delay and are to be implemented immediately, so far all is fine. But it starts to get tricky when a certain French engine manufacturer objects to the new engine regulations being implemented this year and thus causing the new .12 Ninja motor, that has only just been released and only supplied with the current EFRA legal crankshaft to be illegal, therefore stopping the use of this engine completely in France. Of course the engines importer is fighting back and the battle is continuing on, and you can check out some info about it here and here (french).
Mike Wiseman has proven himself the man to beat in the first round of the South African Nationals held last weekend at the East London track. In the 200mm class Mike TQ’d the event with his Serpent 720 and then went on to win the final by 4 laps and then managed to repeat the feat in 1/8th scale, with his Serpent 960, TQ’ing and winning the final by 5 seconds. In the 235mm class Mike White with his Serpent 835 TQ’d and won the event.
We obtained this spyshot of the latest, as yet to be released, CRF exhaust pipe which has been developed for use with Team Orion Wasp CRF .12 engine and it is one of the first fruits of the partnership between Adrien Bertin and his new employer Team Orion. This exhaust is supposed to give, whats already a very quick engine even more punch, especially in the bottom end, and we were also told that this pipe was used by Adrien in combination with the Wasp CRF .12 at the Melzo track in Italy to hit a top speed of 107 kmh, while his previous fastest speed, with Sirio, was only 103kmh, which is quite a big difference. We hope to bring you more information when this exhaust is released in the near future.