The inaugural International Offroad Carpet Championship was held at Westgate Resort and Casino this week. This is the first carpet off-road race by Scotty Ernst in Las Vegas making it nearly two weeks of racing with its sibling event the IIC right before. Using CRC Fasttrak II black carpet, the racers were treated to a high-grip experience and flowing layout that challenged the drivers and provided close racing. In Modified 2WD Buggy, it was Yokomo’s Ryan Maifield who was in peak form, establishing TQ and going on to take the overall win in the first two mains in a dominant performance. Behind him, the battles raged for the remaining spots on the podium. Current IFMAR 2WD World Champion Spencer Rivkin (Team Associated), showed his signature speed but couldn’t close the gap to Maifield and was forced to go for the silver in main three. However, it wasn’t easy for Rivkin and he was hounded by Team Associated’s Broc Champlin for the first few minutes. As a battle unfolded, Champlin and Rivkin touched wheels with Champlin receiving the worst of it. Champlin had a chance to rally back, but made a few mistakes and was gapped by Rivkin. Champlin stayed in control for a very respectable third overall.
The opening round of the 2017/18 Hungarian Electric Championship kicked off in Kartal, Hungary. The series will be held during Fall and Winter on several carpet tracks and in both off-road and on-road classes. In 2WD Buggy Zsolt Bajusz Junior, Balint Rajki and Zsolt Bajusz made up the top 3 positions after the qualifying. In the opening A-main Zsolt Jr. and Rajki had a nice run with Balint waiting for a mistake of Zsolt but the latter had a flawless run and so the two would come in 1-2 and separated by only 0.2s. The second main was a different affair though as Balint made an early mistake while the leader had a comfortable gap. The lead would change many times though and ultimately it was Balint with the win in A2. For A3 Zsolt Jr. tried different tyres but it did not went to plan for him and Balint was able to get into the lead and bring home the win and with it the overall victory from Zsolt Bajusz Jr. and Daniel Schweizer.
LMR have released their all-new RC Lifestyle car bag for 1/8th and 1/10th vehicles. It is ideal for track days, club racing or even overseas competitions with its aircraft cabin compatible size and design. The bag can be carried using the small handles on the side or, but found in the rear zipped compartment are two straps that turn this bag into a backpack. Suitable for both 1/8th and 1/10th buggies and cars, this bag is capable of carrying 2 vehicles of either scale simultaneously or one car plus accessories, such as up to 30 sets of spare tyres. On top of that, there is a further zip pocket for carrying manuals, set up sheets, decals, pit board, towels and more. The padded main compartment provides the ideal protection for your most valuable RC items and the bag is branded with the iconic LMR design to make the bag stand out from the crowd, not only that, LMR are offering the opportunity to personalise the bag with the inclusion of the name of the driver’s team, club or even the name incorporated into the design.
The third and final round of the Italian IC Track Nationals was held in Gubbio last weekend and in the 1/10th 200mm Touring Expert class it was Mario Spiniello (BMT) with the win from Dante Piersante (Xray) on the runner-up spot. Alessio Mazzeo (Xray) would round out the podium result in 3rd.
Shepherd have introduced the next evolution step of their successful Velox F1 platform. The Velox F1 2018 features a new battery mount system that utilises a new carbon fibre battery brace and upper plate that accommodates a rubber O-ring to secure the battery pack while also shifting the pack about 2.6mm towards the rear for increased traction and easier handling characteristics. To further improve the Velox Revolutionary Shock System the latest evolution of floating pistons is also included in the kit from now on. With the help of an additional O-ring the new floating piston completely prevents any possible tilt of the piston inside the shock absorber resulting in a fully leak-free and easy to adjust operation.
Coming from HRC Distribution is the new HRC Racing 14.8V 4S 5800mAh LiPo battery pack. Build from high-quality 65C/110C cells the hardcase battery was designed for 1/8th off-road vehicles and it comes pre-soldered with a genuine Deans T-plug connector. The pack measures 140x46x48mm and weighs in at 480g making it usable for a wide range of buggies, truggies and monster trucks.
Coming from Xray and made for the XB8 nitro and XB8E E-buggy is the lightweight High Speed body shell. Made from high-quality Lexan material the body offers increased rotation and speed in corners all while creating less chassis roll and a more aggressive handling. The body comes clear, with a protective overspray film and pre-cut window masks.
Vampire Racing have introduced their new 2S TX/RX Charging Adapter XH/5mm that allows to charge 2S LiPo transmitter and receiver battery packs through the their balancer port. Designed for the use with standard 5mm charge and balance wires the adapter utilises 5mm tube-type connectors for the power wires, a 2mm tube-type connector for the male balancer plug as well as an XH balancer connector for the battery side. The adapter does away with the need to use additional JR or Futaba style charge wires and balance boards, greatly reducing the amount of wires to carry and cleaning up the pit area. The adapter comes pre-wired, covered in protective shrink wrap and it is available now.