More bodies today, this time from Pro Line, who have added yet another body to their Crowd Pleazer range. This one looks pretty hot and its for the Kyosho Mini Inferno and so is simply a scaled down version of the great performing Inferno body. It incorporates ultra-low styling, original bodylines, and functionality to bring you the latest in durability, versatility and high-performance race technology.
Adam Drake has made it look easy by heading up the times after 4 rounds of 5 minute organised practice at the 2006 Neo Invitational event in Newport, Shropshire (no pics from the event yet). The American Team Losi racer, who is competing in both the buggy and truggy classes, is class of the field so far with a 14 second advantage over 2nd place in the buggy class and a 13 second advantage over 2nd place in the truggy class. Of course this is only practice and some racers may be sandbagging or not have found the best setup yet but still impressive none the less and the way that ‘The Drake’ has been winningraces lately it could just be that he genuinely is that much quicker.
Interesting to note is that Adams truggy time is fast enough to get 2nd position in the buggy class. Also worth noting is that David Crompton, driving the Team Magic M1B, is going pretty well on the cars debut, ending the day in 23rd position.
Possibly in an effort to detract the doubters that their laydown type suspension allows the Rush 2 to handle ruts and jumps as well as conventional shock mountings, Piktor have released a little interactive flash movie on their site that shows how the clearance of the car relates to compression of the shock absorbers. According to the interactive animation the Rush 2 should have no problems in that department and if you dont beleive me, have a look for yourself.
View the interactive animation here (didnt seem to work in Firefox).
Former World Champion and top international electric racer, Marc Rheinard has signed a multi year deal with Team Checkpoint and O’Donnell. Announced today, for the 2007 season Marc will run Team Checkpoints batteries and motors for his electric racing and he will also step up his nitro racing using O’Donnell products. Big news indeed for the fast German driver, who also announced an extension of his Tamiya contract, signing for 2 more years to the Japanese manufacturer. Marc leaves Team Orion and joins fellow former World Champion Atsushi Hara who signed a similar deal with Team Checkpoint earlier this year.
Marc is racing in the UK this weekend at the Neo Invitational event, driving a Hot Bodies buggy.
Top European off road racer Ellis Stafford has signed to use Nosram electrics in his cars for 2007. Having only recently signed to X-Factory, the 2005 European 4wd Champion has made a complete equipment switch for next year which will see him race the UK Nationals, Belgian GP as well as the World and European Championships.
Stafford won his first BRCA National buggy event in his first year of competition on the circuit, and took the buggy title both in 1996 and again in 2000. He has a total of 27 National wins, among the most of any active driver, placing him second on the all-time win list. He’s also won the European Championship twice in 4WD, 1992 with a Kyosho and 2005 with a Losi.
This new holographic paint from Powers is wicked, the image above looks like some graphic but is a photograph of a body that has been painted with this stuff. There has been some variations of this rainbow effect before but this just seems to have work really well and has a very strong rainbow effect. It comes in a 28.5ml bottle and can be used immediately without diluting in your airbrush and dries almost immediately.
Serpent are reporting on their site that DJ Apolaro and Scotty Gray have won round 4 of the FORGASS Florida State Series held last weekend at Homestead RC Speedway in Miami. DJ Apolaro was running the Serpent 720 in the Sedan class and won easily by 2 laps ahead of teammate Danny Horta in 2nd with Andrew Duperrouzel in 3rd. Meanwhile Scotty Gray was using his Serpent 960 to good effect, finishing just over a second ahead of team mate Paolo Morganti to take the win with Vince Tate 6 laps further back in 3rd position.
Xray have released this new 370 Supersize Micro Motor for their M18 range of cars. Claiming a 30% increase in performance this new motor features a manually epoxy balanced armature, special noise filter, pre-installed wires and is factory pre-assembled with surface-mount capacitor circuit board (no capacitors to solder).