September 16, 2017

Semi final line-up complete for 21st WC

The 21st running of the 1:8 Onroad World Championships is down the final 22 drivers with the 1/4 finals completing the line up for the two Semi finals which will decide the 8 drivers to join Dario Balestri and Naoto Matsukura in the fight to become the World Champion.  In the first of the 1/4 encounters it was JJ Wang who took the win ahead of Takaaki Shimo after the 2015 Vice Champion was given a penalty for bad refuelling. Behind them John Ermen was holding third but the ARC driver came under intense pressure from 2013 World Champion Tadahiko Sahashi in the final laps.  With the Serpent driver all over the Dutchman the pair made contact at the final corner with Ermen ending up on the grass.  While Ermen protested the result, after watching video footage of the pass officials deemed the result would stand with Sahashi progressing to the Semis.

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September 15, 2017

Xray T4 2018 electric touring car kit

Xray have introduced the 2018 version of their highly popular T4 1/10th scale 4WD electric touring car. Like in recent years Xray have carried out some subtle updates and revisions to the platform with the most noticeable change to the 2018 variant being the all-new Ultra Low Profile ULP shock – probably the shortest coil-over dampers to find on a 1/10th touring car. 4mm shorter than the SLP the ULP were developed to lower the CG of the car even more to further improve handling. With the ultra short shocks the T4 is meant to stay flatter, making it easier to drive through chicanes in high-grip conditions and making the car more resistant to traction rolling, letting the driver carry more speed through high-traction sweepers while the steering response and cornering speed are significantly improved as well.

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September 15, 2017

Bittydesign TC body marker line kit

Coming from Bittydesign is the TC body marker line kit for 1/10th touring and 1/12th pan car body shells. The set includes a black permanent marker and an Ergal pen holder that, once the pen is inserted, allows to draw straights lower cutting lines of 6mm to 9mm of height. This ensures clean and repeatable cutting lines and easier and more accurate body preparation.

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September 15, 2017

Matsukura claims Super Pole in Monteux

Naoto Matsukura will feature in the final of the 1:8 Onroad World Championships in Monteux, France tomorrow after the Infinity driver won the Super Pole shoot out to directly join Top Qualifier Dario Balestri on the grid.  The first time Super Pole has been used at the 1:8 World Championships, having been introduced at last year’s 1:10 Worlds in Italy, Matsukura would come out best of the four drivers setting the fastest lap from reigning World Champion Simon Kurzbuch who was last to run his 6-laps.  Also taking part, Super Pole open to the drivers who qualify 2nd through 5th, Bruno Coelho would set the third fastest single lap ahead of Jesse Davis who was first to go and set a time.

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September 15, 2017

VRP Fidget Clicker ride height gauges

VRP have introduced their new Fidget Clicker ride height gauges. The tools are of a somewhat uncommon and unique design that allows to adjust the desired ride height simply by lifting and rotating the dial. Two high strength magnets are used to hold the rotating dial to the handle with the latter allowing to easily slide it under the vehicle as well. The gauges are available for 1/8th and 1/10th scale vehicles and they come in black or blue anodising.

Source: VRP [visionracingproducts.com]

September 15, 2017

Schumacher Eclipse LMP12 carbon fibre link mount

Coming from Schumacher and made for the Eclipse LMP12 pan car is the carbon fibre link mount. The mount gives the option to play with LiPo position. Mounted from the chassis holes in a forward position gives an adjustment of up to 7.5mm. When rear traction is high, moving the LiPo forward can give smoother handling and help to prevent traction roll leading to a car that can be driven harder and faster.

Source: Schumacher [racing-cars.com]