Coming from Associated Electrics’ new Element RC brand is a 60x120cm pit mat. Made from industry standard black 5mm thick yoga mat material the mat features a bold Element logo printed in white on the narrow edge for easy recognition and brand awareness. The mat is ideal for both the own workshop or when attending events abroad as it easily rolls up, making for convenient transportation and storage.
Round 6 and also the season finale of the Grassroots Racing Series was held at Thunder Alley RC Raceway in Beaumont, California this past weekend. In the Pro Nitro Buggy class it was former IFMAR World Champion, Cody King (Kyosho) with a popular win from HB Racing’s Cole Jenson on the runner-up spot. TLR’s Anthony Westergaard would complete the top 3 podium result.
Last weekend a round of the North German IC Track regionals took place at the track of the MC Munster club. With treads of rain before the weekend the race itself stayed dry, making for good racing conditions for the drivers. After four rounds of qualifying in the 1/8th IC Track class, it was Serpent’s Merlin Depta in front of ARC’s Lars Hoppe and Shepherd’s Timo Schröder. In the entertaining 30-minutes main finale there were some ups and downs for everyone and in the end it was Lars with the win just 0.16 seconds in front of Merlin. Serpent’s Lennart Skornia completed the podium in 3rd position.
Coming soon from Mugen is their new MBX8 Eco Team Edition 1/8th scale E-Buggy kit. Building on the success of the proven MBX8 World Edition nitro buggy, the MBX8 Eco Team Edition will share many of its siblings option parts such as 1mm wider wheel hubs for improved stability and cornering, inline front uprights for running in higher grip conditions, -3mm front uprights arms for better initial steering response and more stable cornering as well as centre dogbone driveshafts for improved drivetrain efficiency and traction. Also included is the +15mm wing stay that improves cornering. The kit will hit stores very soon.
West Coast R/C Works have introduced their new pan car servo setup system V2. The updated tool was designed based on customer requests and suggestions throughout last year. The outcome of this is the V2 which is machined from 6061 aluminium and hard anodised in black. The V2 will now withstand the hardest use cases. The mounting hole is now M3 threaded which makes mounting it to the car much easier. Usually the servo position and angle of the servo horn or servo safer are set with the eye balling method. This method usually results in inaccurate servo positions and servo horn angle. The new tool is designed to counter this problem and introduce a high repeatability of the servo setup process of today’s RC cars. The setup system is composed of two pan car servo centering tools and one servo straight edge V2. The set contains all necessary parts to install the servo in the center and the desired angle on 1/10th and 1/12th scale pan cars. It fits most chassis with a front end hole spacing of 15mm to 40mm.
The third round of the Spanish 1/8th E-Buggy Nationals was held at the CARTT Fuencarral track in Madrid this past weekend. The event attracted 75 entries and it was SWorkz’s Juan Carlos Canas who would lead the way, taking the TQ and also the win after the triple A-main events. Kyosho’s Joao Figueiredo came in 2nd, starting from 3rd, while runner-up after the qualifiers, Oscar Navarro, had to settle for 3rd. overall. Joao Espasa and Ignacio Candel rounded out the top 5 results.
Sunpadow have announced the signing of Italian offroad front runner Marco Baruffolo. The National Champion is a multi-time EFRA Euros A-finalist and he will be using Sunpadow LiPo batteries starting immediately at events including the 2019 IFMAR 1/10th Buggy World Championship and 1/8th E-Buggy Euros. Marco has the following to say about the deal:
I’m very pleased with Sunpadow LiPo’s quality and performance. Its complete product line could fulfill the needs of different track and classes. I think I will do better in the future events.
This past weekend the first round of the Austrian 1/10th 200mm Championship took place at the SFMAV Nußdorfring club. With fantastic spring weather, a total of 38 participants made their way to Salzburg. After the qualifiers Leonardo Varga secured the TQ ahead of Gerhard Kandelhart and Christoph Rohrmoser, all running Shepherd cars. The start of the A-main was very turbulent, and due to technical problems of Leonardo, Gerhard could take the lead, but unfortunately later also had to retire from the race. Christoph Rohrmoser took profit of the situation up front, snatching the lead and pulling a gap from the chasing Franz Engel and the rest of the field. Five minutes before the end, tyre strategy came into play. Franz Engel was able to pass Christoph Rohrmoser, who was already on the rims, for the lead and after 45 minutes, Franz was able to take a popular win from Christoph Rohrmoser 2nd and veteran racer Hermann Berger in 3rd, all running Shepherd cars. Over in the Youngsters class it was Simon Engel with the win at his maiden nitro race.