Belgian racer Christophe De Vocht has developed a Drive Calculator program to work out drive ratios for all of Serpents current, and some older, models. The user can input all the pulley sizes as well as the tyre diameters for it to work out the ratio, it will also suggest a tyre size to get a user determined front to rear drive ratio too. As far as we are aware Christophe has also made versions for other manufacturers too.
You can download the drive calculator here or from the 960, 835 and 720 download pages on Serpent’s site.
You may remember back from the iHobby show, we wrote about the new Team Magic E4 electric touring car. We were quite harsh about its 3 belt system and centrally mounted batteries and likened to a 1/10th 200mm gas car with an electric motor in it. Well that opinon hasn’t changed but these studio pictures from the Taiwanese manufacturer definitely show this car in a new light and i’m starting to like the look of it, look at how low it is….nice.
Looking at the pictures though also highlights a few issues with the E4, like the fact that the speed controller position looks like an after thought, mounted on the pinion side of the motor.
The second round of the Rug Racers Winter Series 2006 took place in Hertfordshire last weekend. The event saw dominate performances from Adam Rogers and Rob Fox, in modified and 19T classes respectively.
From the outset Adam Rogers was the favorite for this final, but with Kit Jones putting in a time that was less than three seconds behind Adam, would he be able to challenge Adam at all? The answer to this question was no, with Adam showing a commanding drive, bettering his qualifying time and showing why he is a national winner and a consistent top ten qualifier at that level.
Like we reported a while back, the Xray T2007 has a problem with the bearings not lasting the distance. This was originally thought to be the not enough lubrication applied by the bearing manufacturer, well the scientists over in Xray did some more research and found that:
The situation is in fact due to the increased precision and higher tolerances of these ball-bearings; when dust or carpet fibres enter into the ball-bearing it becomes trapped and the ball-bearing locks up and unfortunately, this tends to happen sooner than the previous batch of ball-bearings.
Nice way to put a positive spin on it there guys. Anyway click here to find out what you should do to stop this and maintain your bearings.
Team Vertex have now shipped their new RTR VTX buggy and truggy. These cars, that were announced back in October, seem pretty rugged and definitely look the part, far superior to what you would normally expect from a ready to run. Expect to pay $370 for the truggy and $300 for the buggy.
As we are now all aware, the European Governing body EFRA, had their annual get together last weekend in Brussels, Belgium. At this meeting the much talked about 5 cell ruling, that i mentioned in my previousposts, was brought in. But changes took place for IC Track classes too, changes that seemed to have slipped under most peoples radars.
With the EFRA 5 cell ruling only last weekend, Team Orion have released their ‘V-Max Plus RDS voltage enhanced IB4200’ in packs of 5 cells to the eager European masses. Hardly a major undertaking, removing 1 cell from each pack, but they have to be credited for the speed of their announcement and their ‘just get on with it’ attitude.
Ok so today we are bringing you 3 videos, 2 of which feature 4wd electric buggies and were taken at the 2006 Belgian GP on a wicked artificial surface track. The third one is of Rodrigo Luis driving at the Torres Vedras (screenshot above) just last weekend with a 1/8th scale buggy. In this one you can see a wall of death corner half way through the lap that looks super cool.
You can view the 2 videos from the Belgian GP here and here.
You can view the Torres Vedras video here