US governing body ROAR have made a final decision to use 6 cells in their sanctioned electric events for 2007 after playing around with the idea of running 4 cell for the new season. This move away from 6 cells caused much heated debate on internet forums and in the end it was decided by ROAR that not enough was known about the implication of such changes and as such they will stay with the current configuration for next year.
At this time ROAR has determined that there is not enough information to make an informed decision as to the best direction to take in 2007. Regarding the number of cells in all classes there will be no change to the existing rules. ROAR will monitor the international developments of four and five cell racing and after careful evaluation, make its determination for the 2008 rules when appropriate.
After fridays controlled practice at the 2006 GP Touring car Carpet World Cup, Andy Moore was fastest, the current World and European Champion driving for Hot Bodies was less than a second ahead of Dutch Xray driver Jilles Groskamp who ended the day 2nd. Juho Levanen driving the prototype belt driven Team Associated car was third fastest whilst Teemu Leino making his debut for Xray was 4th fastest. Todays running is of course only an indication of the who will may come out on top as the main competition starts tomorrow.
Xray have today announced the pretty cool M18 PRO, the all carbon version of their popular 1/18th shaft drive electric car. Resembling its bigger brother the T2007, the new PRO features the Xray patented Flex chassis, externally adjusted ball diffs, proper wheel mounting and coil over shocks and of course the, by now, famous Xray quality.
You can find more information on the M18 PRO here.
Team Speed Merchant have a report on their site about the US Indoor Champs held last weekend in Cleveland in which they dominated the Modified 1/12th class with Barry Baker taking the win ahead of Billy Easton.
Last year, SpeedMerchant drivers Mike Dumas and Jake Pritchard ended up TQ’ing, and taking 1st and 2nd place in the pinnacle class, 1/12th scale factory modified. So going into this years Champs, the pressure was really on us to try to repeat the performance. It wasn’t going to be easy.
The TOP Scythe touring car has been around for a while already, but mostly in Asia and in only small numbers in Europe and the US. Its seems like a pretty smart looking car with some nice aluminium and carbon work and it seems to work too having won this years Chinese Nationals. The car shown above is belonging to Keith Anderton who is racing it at this weekends GP Carpet World Cup event, and as you can see Keith went for the red version but it’s also available in Gold too which you can see here.
The fantastic indoor facility at the CRF Power Raceway in Switzerland has been opened for the first practice heats of the 2006 GP Touring Car Carpet World Cup. All the serious competitors are already there and are taking advantage of Thursdays open practice to learn the new track layout that incorpores a tricky new chicane that should sort the good drivers from the great. Controlled practice takes place tomorrow and you can follow the days happenings as it happens by going to the official event site here.
We reported earlier this month that multiple Spanish Champion and RB team driver Richi Gomez had signed for GS Racing from Sidorf. Well now we have trackside pictures of Richi testing his new GS buggy and truggy that he will race at next months Neo Invitational race in England.
Apparently it is a big deal that Hong Nor / Jammin are releasing this optional pivot ball suspension system, seen above, for their X1 CR buggy? Personally i drove gas circuit cars for 17 years, so for me pivot ball suspension is one of the more accepted suspension systems available, but it seems that this is not the case in off road. Our partner sites Buggy-Sport and Neo-Buggy are trembling with excitment with the news of this revelation so please satisfy them by checking out the pictures on their sites here and here.