The fifth and final round of the Off-road Showdown Tour by Scotty Ernst rolled into town hosted by Superior Hobbies/Beachline Raceway this past weekend. Beachline Raceway is an amazing facility housing one of the largest 1/10th indoor scale off-road tracks, and plenty of indoor pitting. The track surface is sealed/glued orange clay making it very unique as it provides plenty of traction and is very consistent from start to finish. The track opened for official practice Friday morning and racers took full advantage as they dialed in their vehicles for the super high bite surface. Practice buttoned up around 7pm giving racers plenty of time for dinner and race day prep.
Samix have introduced an aluminium shock body upgrade kit for the Axial SCX10 and SCX10 II. Machined from aluminium and coming with a hard-anodised or silver finish the shock bodies are of a threaded design and they come including aluminium spring pre-load nuts, aluminium lower caps and fake piggy packs in the same colour as the shock bodies. Laser etched markings round out the visual appearance. All parts are a direct fit to the needed donor Axial pieces and using the alloy bodies will make for a smoother shock action and an overall better performing shock absorber.
T-Works have announced the release of several turnbuckle and screw sets for the Destiny RX-10S touring car. The range includes a hybrid titanium and aluminium as well as full titanium turnbuckle set, 64-grade titanium UFO and standard head screw sets, a black anodised 7075-T6 aluminium screw set, as well as a mixed titanium and aluminium screw kit and also a set of gold-anodised steel screws.
Coming from Muchmore are two new 5200mAh LiPo battery packs. First up is the Impact HV FD2 5200mAh 110C LiHV battery, made using the latest generation LiHV cells with a higher nominal voltage. Using LiHV-compatible chargers a 2S pack can be charged up to 8.7V allowing for higher output voltage. LiHV packs are also good to be charged to the standard 8.4V for sanctioned races with the flat discharge curve compared to regular packs making for more punch towards the end of a run. The pack measures a standard 138×46.5mm but the reduced height of 22.3mm makes for an overall lower centre of gravity. The hardcase battery pack is equipped with 4mm bullet-type connectors.
Round two of the Florida State Electric Auto Racers Association Race FSEARA was held this past weekend at The Village Raceway. In the 17.5 Pro Stock Touring A-main David Vera would come out fastest in front of second placed David Baptiste and third placed Robert Cooper. Pete Pepe, Steve Pendergraph, Ken Moss, top qualifier Austin Wolfe, George Martinez, Mike Dobbs, and Joe Sumasky would round out the final results.
Team Powers have introduced the Actinium V2 brushless motors. The version 2 features a redesigned stator with lower resistance and improved power efficiency, which reduces the motor’s running temperature. The new case design incorporates an air flow convection system to keep motor temperatures down by 10 to 15 degrees. On top of this the new neodymium rotors produce a stronger magnetic field than the previous Actinium, by almost 10 percent, and they fade less at the end of a run for more power in the decisive moments of a main. The motor is rounded out by a new endbell design that has a greater range of timing, this gives the racer the ability to tailor the motor to his gearing and also changing track conditions. The V2 will become available in a range of modified and stock windings very soon.
The ninth and final round of the Czech Open series was held in Kolin after heavy rain fall made the scheduled Radotin track unusable. Jiri Mara took the TQ in the muddy conditions from Kaja Novotny and Max Gotzl. In the main final both Jiri and Kaja quickly got away from the field and they both battled for the lead but a couple of errors from Kaja meant he had to led Jiri pull away, settling for second in front of teammate Max Gotzl.
With the racing season drawing to a close, the BRCA 1/8th Circuit section headed to the northern venue of Wombwell Model Car Club, with rain forecast on the Sunday. Saturday practice stayed dry with Tim Wood, Andy Hastings and Neal King looking very quick. Come Sunday all the dry practice would be irrelevant as the rain arrived, very few drivers went out to set times in the early rounds of qualifying, it wasn’t until round four when the track was starting to dry that all drivers went onto circuit to set their best times.