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August 27, 2016

Jimmy Maddison teams up with Tekin

Jimmy Maddison teams up with Tekin

Tekin have announced the addition of UK on-road ace Jimmy Maddison to the team. The Xray factory driver brings years of experience and top results to the team and he has the following to say about the deal:

I picked up a few of the latest Gen3 Redline motors for a race and was blown away by their performance right out of the box. I got great support from team manager Randy Pike even not being on the team. With his help I had great success right away and knew Tekin would be a great fit for me. I look forward to working alongside Randy and helping others around me go fast with Tekin.

Source: Tekin [teamtekin.com]


August 27, 2016

Final qualifier in Beijing shows Coelho still in command

Final qualifier in Beijing shows Coelho still in command

Having wrapped up the overall TQ honours yesterday in the penultimate round of qualifying, Bruno Coelho used the final round of qualifying at the Electric Touring Car World Championships to show his rivals that he is still in command in China.   Coelho would head an Xray 1-2 in the sixth qualifier, topping the time sheets for a fifth time with a 2.5-seconds advantage over team-mate Alexander Hagberg.  With second on the grid already locked up, Yokomo’s Ronald Volker would get 3rd for the closing qualifier ahead of long time arch rival Marc Rheinard, the 3-time World Champion set to start 5th on the grid his worst every Worlds starting position.

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August 26, 2016

Zen Racing RXGT12 1/12th scale pan car kit

Zen Racing RXGT12 1/12th scale pan car kit

Zen Racing have introduced their new RXGT12 pan car kit for the popular GT12 racing class. With a focus on a simple and easy to work on design the car features simplifications where needed while maximising the important aspects to improve handling and performance. The car utilises a black-anodised aluminium main chassis for a low centre of gravity, a low CG rear pod design and a 3-bolt rear diff assembly with thrust bearing. The front ride height is easily adjusted using supplied shims with the front suspension also featuring spring steel axles and flanged ball bearings. Rear tweak adjustments are performed using side springs inside the damper tubes and the fully adjustable rear ride height can be fine-tuned using the included adjusters. A delrin pivot hole makes for bind free rear pod action and also part of the package are hard-coated pivot and stud balls, aluminium servo posts, black aluminium turnbuckles, a Kimbrough servo saver and a 66T 48 pitch spur gear. The kit is rounded out by a set of wheels and tyres.

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August 26, 2016

Muchmore Fleta Pro V2 brushless speed controller

Muchmore Fleta Pro V2 brushless speed controller

Coming soon from Muchmore is the Fleta Pro V2 brushless speed controller. The upgraded ESC features the all-new Flow-Max2 aluminium heatsink case that now only improves heat dissipation but it also allows to route the receiver and switch wires on the left or right hand side of the case, depending on the preferred layout. Additionally the on/off switch is now of a plug-able design, allowing to use it or to leave it away – the latter leaves the controller permanently switched on. The option of dropping the switch makes for an overall cleaner wiring while also eliminating a possible error source. Also new with the V2 is the ability to use a fan extension wire to power an additional motor fan without soldering it to the battery terminals and on top of this the speedo now supports HV servos by offering a powerful 6V/7.4V 8A BEC system.

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August 26, 2016

Coelho is Top Qualifier in China

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Bruno Coelho is Top Qualifier for the Electric Touring Car World Championships.  The Xray driver, who burst onto the scene at the last World Championship two years ago in the US, secured pole position in Beijing with a fourth TQ run in the penultimate qualifier.  With only Ronald Volker able to deny the 2014 Vice Champion the overall TQ, just half a lap into the fifth round the Yokomo driver’s challenge was done as he suffered a driveshaft failure but Coelho wanted it on merit and did so with a new fastest 5-minute pace.  Behind Alexander Hagberg would make it an Xray 1-2 with Jilles Groskamp completing the Top 3 from Marc Rheinard.  Unfortunately for current World Champion Naoto Matsukura, who had the high of winning a fourth 1:12 World title earlier in the week, his touring car campaign hasn’t improved and the Japanese driver will not be defending his title as with just one more qualifier to run he is ranked 19th overall.

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August 26, 2016

’17 Reedy Off-road Race of Champions – Announcement

'17 Reedy Off-road Race of Champions – Announcement

Team Associated have announced that the 2017 edition of the famous Reedy International Off-road Race of Champions will be held from January 19th to 22nd at OCRC Raceway in Huntington Beach, California. With three solid years of hosting the Reedy Race under its belt, OCRC remains the “Home of the Reedy Race” and the event continues to grow in popularity and prestige. On many racers’ “Bucket List,” the atmosphere and intensity of the race draws spectators and fans in from around the world, even if it’s just to watch and be a part of the most exciting race of the year. Entries for the 2017 Reedy International Off-Road Race of Champions open at noon, PST on September 1, 2016 exclusively on rcsignup.com and close October 16, 2016 at midnight, PST. As in previous years, the event features its traditional 2WD Open and 4WD Open classes along with the combined 2WD/4WD Invitational format. More information about the race can be found here and here.


August 26, 2016

PR Racing SB401 11 degree aluminium C-hubs

PR Racing SB401 11 degree aluminium C-hubs

UK PR Racing distributors Inside Line Models have introduced new optional caster hubs for the PR Racing SB401 buggy platform. The 11 degree caster block gives an alternative to the kit supplied 5 degree block, and the existing 8 degree option. The increased caster calms down initial steering, and provides a more predictable car with improved stability on bumpy sections. The parts come machined from aluminium, they are gun metal anodised and laser-etched for easy identification.

Source: Inside Line Models [insidelinemodels.com]


August 26, 2016

Bruno takes Q4, Volker crashes out

Bruno takes Q4, Volker crashes out

Having conceded Q3 to Ronald Volker with a series of driver errors Bruno Coelho jumped back into control of qualifying at the Touring Car World Championship in China.  Claiming his third TQ run, the Xray driver was to top the fourth round ahead of Marc Fischer as his so far closest rival Volker crashed on the final lap breaking his Yokomo when a P2 was on the cards.   Running in the same heat as Fischer, heat 14 of 15, Akio Sobue would get a third followed by Alexander Hagberg, both drivers not happy with the cars for the round.  Having broken into the Top 6 for the first time in the previous round, Marc Rheinard would again post a P5 run ahead Yokomo’s Nicholas Lee.

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