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July 23, 2016

Coelho is new ETS Champion

Coelho is new ETS Champion

Bruno Coelho is the new Yokomo Euro Touring Series Champion, the Portuguese ace ending Ronald Volker’s 5-year reign over the World famous championship on only his second attempt.  The title marks a number of firsts with it Xray’s first title in the ETS’ premiere class and the first time one manufacturer has claimed a clean sweep of titles with the Slovakian manufacturer having already taken the Pro Stock and Formula titles.  As a driver Coelho also becomes the first driver to win both an ETS and Euro Offroad Series title a claim he can add to his already impressive feat of being the only driver to win races in the ETS, EOS and Euro Nitro Series. While Volker was eliminated from the title race at the previous round in Luxembourg, Coelho still had to deal with the possibility of having to share the title with Marc Rheinard.  With the former champion needing to take the overall TQ to keep that slim chance alive, the third round of qualifying at the Hudy Arena would decide the title as Coelho’s team-mate Alexander Hagberg topped the penultimate qualifier while Rheinard could manage only a P8, leaving the Tamiya driver likely to finish runner-up for the sixth consecutive season, only a win tomorrow by Volker able to demote him.

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July 23, 2016

STRC Arrma 1/10th 2WD alloy option parts

STRC Arrma 1/10th 2WD alloy option parts

STRC have introduced more aluminium option parts for Arrma’s line of 1/10th scale 2WD vehicles. The new launch includes aluminium front and rear shock tower braces, heavy duty front skid plates, and machined aluminium hex adapters for the front and the rear. The shock tower braces greatly improve the durability of the upper shock mounting location and eliminates flex of the shock tower while the CNC-machined front skid plate is made out of thick high-quality aluminium to take a lot more abuse than the stock plastic piece and to provide much better protection to the front hinge-pin area. The CNC-machined aluminium hex adapters feature set-screws that pins the hex adapters to the axle so the hex adapter does not fall off and cause to lose the drive pin when removing the wheels. The components are available in anodised blue, gun metal and red.

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July 23, 2016

Arrowmax 4000mAh 7.4V low-profile LiPo battery pack

Arrowmax 4000mAh 7.4V low-profile LiPo battery pack

Coming from Arrowmax is a 4000mAh 7.4V 2S low-profile LiPo battery pack. Built using high-performance 55C/110C cells the battery is of 139x47x22.5mm dimensions, allowing for an overall lower centre of gravity compared to standard 25.1mm hardcase packs. The battery makes use of 5mm bullet type connectors and it is usable in both Modified and Stock racing classes.

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July 23, 2016

Roche Rapide P10W 235mm 1/10th scale pan car kit

Roche Rapide P10W 235mm 1/10th scale pan car kit

Roche have introduced their Rapide P10W 235mm 1/10th scale pan car kit. Building on the 200mm variant the car makes use of a 3mm high-grade carbon fibre main chassis plate and lower pod plate, and it allows for extensive wheelbase settings with ±2mm being achievable using the front lower alloy suspension block and additional ±1.5mm are available using the front graph suspension plate. Other features include a ball-raced rack-type steering system, quick adjust Ackermann, fully adjustable Xenon-made front suspension, a big bore centre and lightweight micro side dampers as well as a floating steering servo mount for low-profile and mini-size servos. The chassis itself allows for a range of battery configurations including inline standard and shorty packs as well as transversally mounted shorties. The link-type kit furthermore comes with a range of options such as a differential thrust race, 64 pitch 93T Xenon Racing main gear as well as a 30mm cooling fan mount and low-friction pivot balls and ball studs.

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July 23, 2016

BMT 984 Evo Chassis & new anti-roll bar wires

BMT 984 Evo Chassis & new anti-roll bar wires

New from BMT and made for the 984 1/8th on-road car are the Evo chassis and several front anti-roll bar wires. Starting with the chassis, the main plate is machined from high-quality aluminium and it makes use of a new front suspension geometry, improving steering in both low and high speed corners and it also utilises a new battery plate position for an optimised weight balance. As for the three front anti-roll bar wires, they are available in 2.0mm, 2.3mm and 2.5mm diameter and help to fine-tune the roll characteristics of the chassis.

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July 22, 2016

Coelho holds overnight TQ in Slovakia

Coelho holds overnight TQ in Slovakia

Euro Touring Series champion elect Bruno Coelho completed the perfect day at the season finale in Slovakia as he claimed another TQ run in the second round of qualifying leaving the Xray driver to hold the overnight TQ.  Having TQ’d the opening qualifier from outgoing champion Ronald Volker, the second time of asking Coelho topped the times ahead of his only remaining title rival Marc Rheinard however the German’s hopes of sharing the ETS title with the Portuguese ace now looking like increasingly unlikely due to both having used two their sets of tyres while others have a new set still at their disposal for tomorrow’s remaining two qualifiers.  Also on new tyres, Freddy Sudhoff would complete the Top 3 just ahead of Alexander Hagberg who was the quickest driver on second run tyres.  On used tyres, Volker would suffer an ‘unnecessary roll’ which would leave him with a P16 for Q2 but some consolation for the German is that he still has a new set for tomorrow. After a strong P3 in Q1, Yannic Prumper was again on a good time leading the second fastest heat until he put his VBC on its roof opting to pull off once marshalled.

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July 22, 2016

RDRP XB2 2.5mm carbon fibre main chassis plate

RDRP XB2 2.5mm carbon fibre main chassis plate

Revolution Design Racing Products have introduced a 2.5mm carbon fibre main chassis plate for the Xray XB2 buggy. 0.5mm thicker than the standard alloy chassis, the carbon fibre part offers optimised flex characteristics, especially aimed at low to medium-grip clay tracks. On top of this the increased thickness also adds much needed strength to the rear end of the chassis, doing away with breaking issues. The limited edition chassis fits both the carpet and dirt edition kits and it is available now.

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July 22, 2016

Coelho takes opening qualifier at ETS Finale

Coelho takes opening qualifier at ETS Finale

Bruno Coelho has taken the opening qualifier at the season finale of the Yokomo Euro Touring Series in Slovakia.  With qualifying brought forward due to forecast rain that thankfully didn’t arrive in Trencin, Coelho was top seed for qualifying after setting the pace over yesterday’s 5 rounds of free practice and had no problems carrying that form through to qualifying.  Initially followed by team-mate Alexander Hagberg until a small error, Coelho would top the time by almost a second from outgoing champion Ronald Volker. Only 18th fastest in practice which put him in the second fastest heat Yannic Prumper would put in a great Q1 performance to complete the Top 3 ahead of Viljami Kutvonen and Hagberg.  Needing to TQ to stand a chance of sharing the ETS title with Coelho, Marc Rheinard would retire from the first of the four qualifiers after suffering a spin, the Tamiya team struggling with today’s extra hot track conditions.

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