Serpent have just announced the release of their new 9 port, top of the line, 3.5cc engine for 1/8th scale on road called the Mega MF21 Nine MasMo Ceramic. This engine is a top of the line hand tuned engine and sports ceramic bearings, 9 port hand tuned liner as well as a hand tuned lightened crankshaft. While the inside of this Novarossi based engine is completely different, the only external difference on the engine is the new cooling head that sports a new fin design.
If you race the Kyosho Mini-Z, or even own one, then this is the one thing you have to have. This awesome Multi Tool kit from Atomic RC is basically all the tips you need to work on your min-z in one tool. On one side of the carbon effect handle, which features anodised ends in Titanium, orange, silver and blue, you have a 4.5mm socket driver that enables you to remove the wheels from your car, while the other end accommodates and double ended tip that has a small 3.5mm philips head screw driver on one side and a 1.5mm allen head on the other end.
Last weekend, the second round of the 2007 Portuguese 1/8th scale off road National Championships took place on the Ortigosa track in Leiria. After qualifying it was Crono racer Nuno Casal Ribeiro that took the pole position spot for the main final, but just after the start he got hit by another car, damaging his exhaust badly and loosing him 2 laps in the pits getting it fixed. Getting back onto the track he drove a great recovery drive to bring himself back up to 3rd by the end of the race just behind 2nd place Kyosho driver Miguel Matias with Mugen racer Fernando Almeida taking the overall win.
Xray have a report on their site about the 2007 Ottawa TC Championships run by the RC Ottawa club at their great indoor facility. Joe Glover managed to TQ both the 19T and modified classes and went into the finals confident of winning both classes, but a collision in the 19T final meant he went a lap down, but was able to fight his way back to 4th at the end with Louis Vanderway taking the win ahead of Leonard Shinzano and Gordie Tam. In the modified class it was much easier for Glover and he won easily, leading home an Xray 1-2-3 finish with Leonard Shinzano and Gordie Tam finishing in 2nd and 3rd respectively.
Corally USA have released more details on the 2 different specs, European and US, that the RDX Phi will be made available in. The European version has been designed for 5 cells and comes with a front one-way, rear differential and 3 degree caster blocks, while the US version will be a 6-cell chassis and comes with front differential, rear differential, 6 degree caster blocks as well as harder silver springs. Whats interesting is that Corally haven’t followed other manufacturers in making a thicker chassis for their US spec kits, perhaps its already stiff enough?
Trinity have announced the release of their new ‘Grand Stand’, which is a folding car stand designed to hold the all R/C vehicles from 1/16th cars and trucks up to the biggest 1/7th scale monster trucks. Constructed using a light weight molded composite, and screw assembled, the Trinity patented design allows the â€œGrand Standâ€ to be folded down flat for easy storage in your pit box. Available this month for $49.99.
UPDATE: Trinity have also sent us a release for their new Spring Things which you can read more about here… content
Much More, the accessories specialists, have released more details about their latest product, the Power Truer, that was first shown at the TITC in February. Powered by a 12V power source, the Power Truer is a simple tool with one switch that spins your rubber tires, allowing you to sand them and as always from Much More it will be made available in Black, Moore Purple and Rheinard Blue. Expect them to be on sale in mid April.
SMI, the German importers of Xray cars, has announced on their site the 11 strong team that will contest the German Nationals driving the Slovakian manufacturers new 200mm chassis, the NT1. For the southern region they have Alexander Stocker, Thomas GÃ¼nsel, Michael Heinrich and Robert Pietsch, the latter if you recall is the designer of the Shepherd Velox 07. For central Germany they will have Dirk Wischnewski and Patrik Garbi, in east Germany they will have Wilfried Stecker and finally in the west they will be represented by European 235mm Champion Alain Levy, Alex Piperato and the brother team of JÃ¶rg and Uwe Baldes who recently signed to Motonica in 1/8th scale.