UK Intellect distributors Schumacher have introduced the 2017 range of LiHV batteries. The new Silicon-Graphene series offers improved cycle time when charged at 1C rates and they can be charged at higher C rating, with less risk of damage to the pack. The LiHV technology has the ability to be charged to 4.35V per cell, but they can also be charged to the standard 4.2V if required. The batteries are built to meed BRCA, EFRA and ROAR rules and they are available in a range of specifications including a 4200mAh shorty (24.8mm/186g), a 5000mAh shorty (24.9mm/211g), a 6000mAh shorty (25.0mm/222g), a 3600mAh LCG shorty (18.7mm/150g), a 8200mAh 1S shorty (18.5mm/152g), a 5200mAh LCG standard size pack (22.1mm/248g), a 6000mAh LCG standard size pack (22.0mm/272g), a 8400mAh standard size pack (24.9mm/333g), as well as a 6000mAh saddle pack (24.8mm/276g) and a 6000mAh 4S stick (543g).
Following last week’s announcement of Ryan Cavalieri and David Ronnefalk as part of JConcepts’s 2017 race team line-up, the US company has welcomed more drivers to their team for this year. The latest additions include seasoned racers such as Jake Thayer, Tommy Hinz and Chris Jarosz but also a lot of up and coming talents that for sure will soon make an impact on the scene.
Team Losi Racing’s new gear differential for the 2WD 22-series of vehicles has been designed to drop right into the 22-series transmission cases, so there is no need hand-fit, modify or alter the car to make it fit. Besides providing improved performance on all types of surfaces, the gear diff can be accurately and consistently tuned using diff fluid. The case is machined from 7075-T6 aluminium to balance out weight, durability and performance. The unit is compatible with all 22-series buggies and trucks, and it can be used with 3-gear, 4-gear and laydown transmission cases.
Critter Hobbies and Raceway of Fairfield, New Jersey held its first trophy race of the 2017 season this past weekend, the 2017 Hangover Race. With around 80 entries, the most popular classes included 2WD Stock and Modified 2WD and 4WD Buggy while a new track layout, finished up Thursday evening, gave a pretty level playing field for most. 4WD Buggy saw Duane Karlovsky score the top qualifier honors and taking the win. Ian Kiss would take second and Roger Bustos rounded out the Podium.
The 30th annual CRCRC Winter Midwest Championships were held this past weekend at The Ohio R/C Factory with over 330 race entries for the usual mix of 1/10th electric Modified and Stock off-road classes. TLR’s Dakotah Phend would top seed in 2WD Mod Buggy while Kyosho’s Jared Tebo went quickest in 4WD Mod Buggy and Mod Truck as Ryan Cavalieri (Team Associated) top seeded 2WD Mod SCT. After the qualifiers things looked a bit different up front as Dakotah had shifted into second gear to top qualify 2WD Mod Buggy, 4WD Mod Buggy and 2WD Mod SCT while Jared Tebo was quickest in Mod Truck. Elsewhere Aaron Korhmann TQ’d 4×4 Modified SCT.
Tekno RC have announced the release of two new products for their line of 1/8th and 1/10th vehicles. First up are black anodised aluminium shock caps made from 7075 material. They allow the use of any build style – emulsion/vented/standard – in order to fine-tune the damping characteristics to any track surface. The included left and right side shock caps allow the cap screw to face toward the inside of the vehicle and the bleeder hole to face the rear, away from incoming dirt and dust. The package includes one left and one right side shock cap, two emulsion O-rings, two emulsion cap screws and two small cap screw O-rings. The O-rings are also available separately as spares.
The XRS Challenge Australia was recently held at the Castle Hill club with entries having to be capped at 140 a week before the race to make sure the event could be held with a reasonable time schedule. The sugar-prepped track made for great traction and the layout was fast and challenging with many jumps, table tops and even a massive quad. Racing-wise the 2WD Modified Buggy A-final saw Josh Pain (Team Associated) taking the win from Jarred King (Xray) and Andrew Gilliott (TLR) in second and third respectively.
Coming from Pro-Line is the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor bodyshell for the use with Axial’s Yeti Trophy Truck. Resembling the mean looking F-150 the body is a direct fit on Axial’s scale trophy truck and it comes made from clear polycarbonate and including a comprehensive decal sheet.