Last weekend, under changing weather conditions, saw the 5th round of the BRCA 1/8th scale Nationals run at the Halifax track in the north of England. In qualifiying, and despite rain plaguing the event, everyone managed to get a dry run in which allowed Tim Wood, racing a Serpent 960, to take the pole position spot ahead of 2nd placed James Connolly racing a Kyosho Evolva. In the final, which some drivers decided not to race because of the weather, it was Tim Wood and Mugen racer Andrew North that had a close battle in the early stages but as the track dried Andrew started to drop back, leaving Tim to take the win, 2 laps ahead of 2nd placed Gareth Bell who managed to pass North in the closing stages demoting him to 3rd.
Corally have been busy recently, with the release of lots of optionals for their 2 flagship cars, the RDX Phi and the SP12X. First up for the RDX Phi, we have this ball differential that uses lightweight duraluminium out shafts, large thrust bearings and an innovative nut type diff adjustment that replaces the usual screw adjustment. Also for the Phi is a new front one way system, that allows you to use the new front pulleys that have also been released, also there are new front and rear bearing holders that allow you to adjust the wheelbase of the car. The Phi now also has a choice of optional chassis plates in different thicknesses (2.9mm, 3.4mm), new top deck in 2.9mm carbon, a graphite battery plate, a newly colour center steering lever and finally some new front bearing holders that make swapping between diff / spool and the one way axle super simple.
Corally have also released new parts for use with the SP12X WC front end, such as the lower graphite A-arm spacers for ride height adjustment, a new graphite cross brace for greater stiffness and a new type of 43mm duraluminium turnbuckles. And finally Corally have released blue (hard) damper syrup for tube and friction dampers which now comes in air tight smart mini-bottles.
We were contacted by Speedzone, to tell us about the Grepow 4200MAh matched cells that they are now selling. These cells allow great runtime and reliability and have proven to be a lighter, more consistent cell, with no drop-off and minimal self-discharge when compared with other cells available in the market. All Grepow matched cells are labeled with Speedzones standard matching information, including the cells release date.
We showed you the new 3Racing one piece QC engine mount from their new line of Xray NT1 optionals yesterday and today we have the full list of optionals to be released for this car. All the 3Racing aluminium parts for the NT1 will be anodised red and while I wont go into detail about each product I will say that this is an extensive line of optionals, and if you own the car it will be pretty obviouse what part it is. Also note that these parts arent yet released and also that there are many more not shown, because there was no picture or it was a CAD image.
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It appears that black screens are all the rage at Much More these days, following on from the release last week of the Motor Master Platinum with the black LCD display. Today sees the release of both the CTX-W Platinum tire warmer and the Silent Charger Platinum, both of which have been ugraded with the cool new screen that was only seen previously on the Moore and Rheinard editions. Apart from this change there are no other updates on the tire warmer but the Silent charger has been upgarded to have user selectable 3-step delta peak sensitivity (Low-Medium-High).
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The guys from Trinity were in touch to tell us about their new “Critical Mass” sport pack that features the EP 3600 mAH cell which is based on the same technology East Power developed for their 4200 mAh M-III cells. Designed for higher voltage output and longer run time the EP 3600 is one of the most durable sport battery packs on the market. The internal resistance of the EP 3600 cell makes it suitable for all stock, 19 turn spec and milder modified motors down to 13 turns and its also suitable for all brushless motors.
A summary of other news pieces from around the internet today in our Red RC Round-up:
> Pictures of the Kawada tuned Tamiya TamTech Gear – Link [rcworld.ch]
> A report from the latest French A buggy National round – Link [rbproducts.com]
> Gaz-on have a complete review of the 2wd X-Factory X-6 – Link [gaz-on.net]
> NT1 on podium at FEMCA 2007 On-Road GP Race – Link [teamxray.com]
> RB have a report from the latest French B buggy National round – Link [rbproducts.com]
> World buggy Champion Neil Cragg gets his driving license – Link [cmldistribution.co.uk]
Last weekend at the Antibes track in the south of France, saw the 4th round of the French 1/10th 190mm touring car Nationals run under perfect racing conditions. Qualifying saw local Xray driver Stéphane Bellity take the pole position ahead of Schumacher racer Alexandre Laurent in 2nd place, while in the triple A-main it was Bellity that came out the clear winner in the overall results ending his race ahead of Tamiya racer Loic Jasmin in 2nd while 3rd spot fell to Aurélien Thréhout, driving an Xray. In the B class the race was all about Corally racer Olivier Beining who took the TQ spot and went no to take the win from team Michel Berty in 2nd, while Hot Bodies racer Cyril Fages claimed 3rd spot.