Coming from Team Associated’s Qualifier Series of RTR vehicles is the SC28 Lucas Oil ready-to-run short course truck. Sporting Carl Renezeder distinctive livery the SC28 comes complete with everything needed in one box – ready to rip around the corners, fly over the jumps and speed across the finish line. The 175mm long 2WD micro truck weighs in at about 100g and it comes including an integrated speed controller/receiver unit, 2.4GHz radio system and the Carl Renezeder replica bodyshell.
Coming from Reedy is the 540-SL4 sensorless brushless motor for ready-to-run vehicles. Due to its 4-pole configuration, the motor offers high power, efficiency and reliability as it is needed for demanding RTR applications. The 3300kV rating provides plenty of speed with 2S LiPo batteries but installing a 3S LiPo battery makes for even higher speeds. At the same time does a high-strength rotor provide plenty of torque and resists overheating better than 2-pole alternatives. The motor comes pre-wired with flexible silicone wires that ease wire routing in tight spaces and work in conjunction with 3.5mm bullet connectors to reduce power-robbing resistance and heat. The package is rounded out by triple insulated windings, a hardened steel shaft, and oversized ball bearings.
The second round of the Washtenaw RC Raceway Points Race Series was held at the Washtenaw County Fairgrounds between Ann Arbor and Saline, Michigan. Conditions were great for a perfect day of racing on the indoor 1/10th scale off road track. The atmosphere was electric and racing was fantastic. This season the WRCR track has a number of detailed sections such as the option lane, an inside line heading to a tight S-Turn with four wood strips with dirt smoothing them. This round most of the classes were using the option lane as it became faster after track updates from round 1. The 4WD Buggy class is most impacted by the bumps but those willing to risk the trip through this lane may gain time on their competition. Conner Stanley was one of those drivers who took the advantage and was able to qualify into the top spot. Ben Belote was the next fastest driver starting in the second position only a few seconds ahead of Tom Erickson.
ST Racing Concepts have introduced two new option parts for the Traxxas 1/10th 2WD series of vehicles such as the Stampede, Rustler, Bandit and Slash. Aimed towards the Stampede and Blackfoot trucks is the new front suspension hinge-pin brace kit featuring a heavy duty CNC Machined aluminium front hinge-pin brace complete with a pair of heat treated polished steel hinge-pins with lock-nuts. The set provides more durability against impact to the front suspension arms of Traxxas’s 2WD trucks and it fits the Rustler/Bandit and Slash 2WD as well.
Team Losi Racing have introduced their new 22SCT 1/10th 2WD mid motor short course truck kit. Building on the proven 22 platform the latest incarnation offers a revised mid motor mounting location with the motor being 12mm closer to the diff gear, resulting in an increased rear weight bias and thus improved rear traction on corner exit. The 3-gear transmission also makes for quicker acceleration and better handling with a 4-gear gearbox being available separately. Also new to the 3.0 is a revised rear suspension geometry that further adds rear end grip without loosing corner speed. The rear arms and shock towers have revised shock mounting locations. The jumping, landing, and chassis roll dynamics of the rear end have been optimised for a higher rear weight bias percentage. Rounding out the drivetrain is the new HDS slipper with heavy-duty spring that allows for a wider range of adjustments while being more consistent at the same time.
The 2016 Team Associated Off-road Championships were held this past weekend at Trackside R/C in Brookfield, Wisconsin. After qualifying was complete, Ryan Cavalieri would got onto TQ 2WD Modified Buggy, Modified Truck, and 2WD Modified Short Course. He would also tie for the overall TQ in 4WD Modified Buggy, but was just edged out by his teammate Spencer Rivkin. Cavaleri would then win A-Main one and two of 2WD Modified Buggy to take home his first championship of the weekend. Cav then would also win A-mains two and three of 4WD Modified Buggy to take home his second championship and to round out a perfect weekend he would also come out fastest in the single A-mains in Modified Truck and 2WD Modified Short Course to complete the sweep for the weekend.
Source: Team Orion [teamorion.com] | Image: Ryan Cavalieri
The 7th Annual Northwest Invitational will be held November 19th to 20th at Cottage Grove R/C Raceway in Cottage Grove, Oregon. Over the past six years, The Northwest Invitational has brought in some of the best factory drivers in the World including 4-time IFMAR World Champion Ryan Cavalieri, 2-time World Champion Jared Tebo, and ROAR National Champion Dustin Evans. The event will see triple bump-up A-mains and it is held in an Invitational 2WD Mod Buggy class as well as 2WD Mod Buggy Open, 4WD Mod Buggy, Super Stock 13.5T Truck, Stock 17.5T Buggy, and also 2WD Mod SCT. More information can be found here and you can also email the organiser Joe Pillars at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Castle Creations have introduced a range of sensored brushless motors. Known for their popular sensorless “basher” motors, Castle now also steps into the highly competitive sensor game with several different sizes of motors. The range starts with the 41.1mm diameter 15xx-series motors such as the 1515 2200kv, 1512 2650kv and 1512 1800kv variant with the 1515 targeting towards 1/8th buggies, truggies and 1/10th monster trucks while the 1512-series is best suited for 1/8th on-road and off-road vehicles as well as 1/10th 4WD SC trucks.