The 2017 Kick Off race will be held at the M.A.C.H. One track in Helmond, The Netherlands on the 22nd and 23rd of April. The season opener will see 1/8th nitro and electric classes run on the club’s astro turf track with the Saturday being devoted to practice and a first qualifier while Sunday is the official race day. More information and registration is available on the club’s website here.
Coming from VBC Racing and made for the WildfireD09 and also older Wildfire kits are several new option parts. First up are red dot composite suspension parts such as steering blocks, front C-hubs and rear uprights. The red-marked composite material is VBC Racing’s stiffest yet and it is suitable for very high traction conditions, improving the car’s precision. Also new and made for the D09 variant are two carbon fibre Centre IsoFlex Linkage braces in 2mm and 2.5mm specifications. The braces replace the standard turnbuckle linkage and allow to fine-tune the car’s flex characteristics with the thinner brace being softer and the thicker brace being harder, reducing the car’s tendency to flex under load.
Available now from Team Magic is a centre differential set for the E5 series of trucks. The diff replaces the standard centre main shaft and spur gear and it features a sturdy composite diff case, metal cross gears, steel cross shafts and it is tuneable using different weight diff fluids to achieve the best balance between traction and drivability.
The sixth season of Texas’s premier electric on-road race series got underway last weekend with the opening round at Banana Raceway in Dallas, Texas. This year’s series consists of five races across the best tracks Texas has to offer. To emerge as the coveted series champion at the end of the season, racers will have to conquer tracks ranging from small indoor high-bite carpet tracks to large outdoor asphalt circuits. This weekend, the best electric on-road racers in the state, featuring former national and international champions, descended upon the high-bite carpet track at Banana Raceway. The event saw a full field of 75 drivers across six different race classes. In the premier Modified Touring class, current national champion Chris Adams put on a clinic in the A-main with a perfect run to back up his TQ position. Chris’s Xray team mates Steve Breuer and Andrew Doherty would round out the top 3.
Coming from T-Works and made for a range of electric touring cars are aluminium front spool cups. They are machined from high-quality 7075-T6 aluminium, they feature a hard-coated surface for wear and they are usable with Xray, Spec-R, CSO and Team C kits. The cups are a direct replacement and need to be used with driveshaft blades.
Avid have added new Team Associated B6-series option parts to their portfolio in the form of the Triad titanium steering axles and two carbon fibre steering block arms. Starting with the front axles, the lightweight parts are designed to increase strength over the kit aluminium axles while also allowing to narrow the buggy’s track width with the included 1mm shim. The axles weigh in at 4.4g per pair, they are machined from billet 6AI-4V titanium while the shim is hard-anodised 7075-T6 aluminium, and they are usable on both the B6 and B6D.
Following the essential aluminium conversion kit for Tamiya’s TT-02 entry-level touring car, Yeah Racing now also released a full conversion kit that includes even more red-anodised bling. In addition to the essential kit’s alloy suspension, alloy steering and steel drivetrain parts the full kit also includes upper alloy arms, motor mount and motor fan mount, shock towers, wheel hexes, battery mount, the centre driveshaft and also threaded aluminium shock absorbers to replace virtually every plastic part, beside the chassis, with a red anodised aluminium counterpart. Also included are high-quality ball bearings, five different hardness spring sets and also bearing and damper oil.
The opening round of the Grass Roots Series was held at Thunder Alley RC Raceway in Beaumont, California. With 148 entries for the 1-day race, this was the first time in a while that the Californians could get on a track to race due to the rain they had. It was a lot of fun, lots of big jumps and a technical layout. The track started out with some muddy spots and remained wet throughout the day, due to the moisture in the track it developed a lot of ruts and bumps so at times it was difficult to navigate. Qualifying went well for newly signed Xray driver Ty Tessmann, he managed to TQ both rounds over Drew Moller (Mugen) who qualified second and Cody King who qualified third. In the main Drew Moller starting from the second position would challenge Ty throughout the race, at one point Tessmann would make a mistake allowing Moller to get by and then the latter would make a mistake giving Ty back the lead. The first fuel stop both came in together, on the second fuel stop Ty was approaching lapped traffic so his Gord called him in a bit earlier giving Drew the lead for a lap. On the next lap Moller pitted and Ty regained the lead and was able to create a gap, and ultimately went on to take the win from Drew Moller in second and Shawn Kirkman (Tekno) in third.