Serpent have released a first “official” image of their forthcoming 1/10th 4WD electric off-road buggy. In use by Jörn Neumann and other drivers during last weekend’s German Nationals, the shaft-driven and SDX-named buggy is still in prototype stages, making use of both already available Serpent parts such as lower A-arms, shocks while the remainder of the buggy is a mixture of prototype and externally sourced bits. So far the vehicle makes use of a common design with aluminium front and rear bulkheads, and a simple, lightweight mid section. We bring you more information on the project as they become available.
Round five of this year’s Huge RC Club Race series was held over the weekend. In the 1/10th 200mm Touring class Serpent’s Pichakorn would take the TQ and the A-main final would see a close fight between the TQ holder and Mugen’s Supawoot with both being never separated by more than 3 seconds the whole race. At the end Pichakorn’s driving and strategy would win him the race from Supawoot with Yingyos (Xray) taking the final podium spot.
The 4WD and Stadium Truck portion of this year’s German 1/10th Electric Off-road Nationals was held this past weekend at the MSV Hürtgenwald club. After winning the 2WD Modified event some two weeks ago, Jörn Neumann was again the driver to beat and he would TQ and win the 4WD Modified class in style while taking the Racing Truck title also. On the 4WD podium Jörn was sidelined by Luca Rau and Michael Lepuschuitz while Björn Prümper and Marcel Schneider rounded out the top 5 results.
The Norwegian Nitro Touring Championship was held this past weekend at the Lorenskog Modellbilklubb in Norway. With several pre-event favourites this year’s championship was considered to be one of the most exciting in years and it was local driver Trygve Bull Freng who took the TQ and the pole position for the A-main final, followed by André Roine, Jonas Ramsrud, Espen Myhre and Anders Mikkelsen who made up the top 5 on the starting grid. The reigning champion, Trygve Bull Freng has already shown his go-fast ability, but the other drivers has also had a very high pace meaning they would be a real threat for Trygve’s title ambitions.
Made for Team Associated’s sixth generation 1/10th 2WD buggies come two aluminium chassis weights. Machined from high-quality alloy and sporting a back anodised surface and laser-etched markings the under servo weight weighs in at 9.5g while the under electronics weighs adds 15g to the all-up weight of the buggy. Both use existing hardware holes and are thus securely fastened even when the going gets tough. The weights are usable separately or in combination and they fit both the B6’s and B6D’s chassis pockets.
Reigning Champion Marc Rheinard will defend his 1:12 World Championship from the best position possible, the Yokomo driver claiming the honour of Top Qualifier in China this morning. Having kicked off the final day of the 18th running of the championships with a second TQ run in Q5, the German initially looked set to take pole position with the perfect score of 0 points as he set the pace in the sixth & final qualifier. On target for a 40-lap run with 4 of the 8-minutes complete, a mistake in the fast chicane on the right side of the track would put him out on the spot as he popped off a trailing link. With Akio Sobue, the only one who could deny Rheinard the overall TQ, the new pace setter Rheinard would have to watch nervously from the drivers stand as his touring car team-mate looked on target to beat his Q5 which would have given him the overall TQ on the tie break but the CRC driver would make a mistake promoting Naoto Matsukura to the top of the timing screens. Taking the round by 1.6-second from Sobue, Matsukura’s second TQ run would also see the Top Qualifier of the last four World Championship bump his fellow countryman back to third on the grid.
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Coming from Zeppin is a spring gauge that helps to measure and match shock absorber springs. Offering compact dimensions of 54x72x143mm the device allows for a maximum spring rate of 29.7 N/cm and it is able to display the results in the four different units of N/cm, N/mm, LB/in and gF/mm. Other features include unit memory save, auto power off, short circuit, over weight and over voltage protection. The gauge is externally powered by a 4.8V to 15V DC power source and the set includes the main body, spring press set, press stand, cable and 5mm spacer with a 2mm spacer being available optionally.
Modify have introduced specially designed 5g chassis balance weights for Xray’s T4 series of touring cars. Made to use the chassis’ pre-drilled holes underneath the steering assembly, but also fitting other brand’s cars, the dumpbell-shaped weights are a snug fit and they come with suitable mounting hardware.