A summary of other news pieces from around the internet today in our Red RC Round-up:
> Jon Howells wins RRCi 1/8th off road series Rd3 – Link [cmldistribution.co.uk]
> Trinity obtain the exclusive distribution for EP batteries in N. America – Link [teamtrinity.com]
> Mirage have a report from the RRCi 1/8th off road series Rd3 – Link [mirageracing.com]
> 2008 Snowbirds announced a change of venue – Link [rc411.com]
> Stuart Band reports on the Eden Park Regional race – Link [mirageracing.com]
> Chris Heath reports on the 5th round of the BRCA 1/8th Nats – Link [cmldistribution.co.uk]
The guys from Live RC asked us to tell you about their free live coverage from this weekends ROAR 1/8th Nitro Buggy Nationals, which is held at the St. Louis Dirt Burners track in Missouri.
This year’s U.S. ROAR 1/8th Nitro Buggy Nationals will have one of the largest turnouts for this class in ROAR history. The buggy and truck nationals have been separated this year, and there are currently nearly 300 entries for the 1/8th Scale Buggy class. With this year being the qualifier for the upcoming IFMAR World Championships, which will be held in the USA, all of the top names from around the country are in attendance.
All of the action with live scoring, live audio, and live video will be broadcasted on LiveRC.com. The audio will be streamed live, free of charge to all viewers courtesy of ROAR. Video will be streamed free of charge to all viewers courtesy of Pro-Line Racing.
Check out the Live RC coverage on their site here.
The first fruits of the Team Orion and Kyosho tie-up are soon to be made available when the Kyosho X312T .12 motor goes on sale in Europe on the 10th of July. This engine isn’t simply a rebadged version of the Team Orion CRF Wasp but instead features a revised piston which has been coated with Nikasil, a nickel silicon carbide coating used to reduce friction in moving aluminum alloys, while the carburettor features a different barrel and modified main needle which all adds up to an engine that is easy to tune, very stable and has lots of torque. Also released at the same time is the Kyosho V-One RRR Evo and X312T combo pack which will make a great package for those racers considering racing in the Kyosho World Cup, as we have heard a rumour that the use of the X312T is to be made mandatory for this event.
We briefly wrote about the Top End Nitro Challenge that was run last weekend at at the OCR Raceway, and which allowed OCM racer Ian Haley to take home $3000 in prize money for winning the overall event. Well now thanks to our Aussie pals Rube Dude, we have some videos from that event in which we see Haley on his big cash run with the first part in the player above while the 2nd part can be seen below.
HPI Racing in Japan will begin next month shipping this rather neat looking pit glove, which is perfect for working on your gas powered car while the engine and exhaust system is still hot. The gloves, which come in black and sport an orange HPI Racing badge, are a comfortable and tight fit, heatproof to a high temperature and the tips of the fingers provide plenty of grip to allow you to work on your car without restriction.
Hot Bodies have announced that they will be soon shipping these new pre glued tyres, called Gumballs, which have been designed to be used as control tyres for 30T, 27T and 23T motor classes. Made using a compound that is very durable, yet provides sufficient grip, the Gumballs come pre mounted, with insert, on these durable white disc wheels. Also new from Hot Bodies is the release of a diff upgrade set for the Cyclone D4, with the main change being the use of a 2.6mm screw in place of the 2.0mm version that was originally available. This extra thickness on the diameter of the screw increases the durability of the differential.
X-Factory have released detailed information on the sequel to the companies competitive X-5 4wd buggy platform, called the X-5 Squared. The changes are to the cars molded tub chassis which receives 15 little tweaks for extra strength and better durability and all round fine tuning while the material for the chassis has also been changed to make the overall car stiffer. These changes came about from listening to their team drivers experiences and if you look in the pictures below you can see the changes to the tub highlighted in blue.
The French EFRA GP was held last weekend at the super fast Grenoble track in the South of France, near Lyon. Weather was good for most of the event and on a track that required a fast engine that was not thirsty on fuel it was Kyosho racer, and Picco employee, Daniele Ielasi that took the pole position ahead of Alberto Picco, racing a Mugen, while the final 2 direct qualifiers were Shepherd Velox racer Robert Pietsch in 3rd and French Championship front runner Nicolas Guillot racing for Mugen in 4th. Before the final it start to rain quite heavy and this meant that a number of drivers didnt take the start including Picco, Guillot and Bertin, who ran with a JP motor at this race, and left the other racers struggling to find the best tyres for the changing conditions. After a small rain delay, the event got underway and Ielasi and Pietsch immediately pulled away at the front, leaving the rest of the field to battle for the lower places with the chasing pack being headed by Mugen driver Walter Salemi in 3rd. With 7 minutes to go, Pietsch ran into radio problems which took him out a certain 2nd place and promoted Salemi into the runner spot, which is how it finished, with Ielasi winning by a lap from Salemi in 2nd and Serpent racer Arnaud Chaussard in 3rd.