Last year at the Japanese Grand Prix we saw Lewis Hamilton at the controls of a Tamiya Lunchbox and Esteban Ocon having some fun with a Kyosho buggy thanks to RC Legend Yuichi Kanai and now the two F1 drivers have teamed up at Suzuka this year for a bit more 1:8 Nitro Buggy fun at the event. The Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team shared photos and a video on social media of the pair driving the two buggies up and down the pit lane with both drivers clearly enjoying the experience before they get down to the more serious business of this weekend’s F1 Grand Prix which starts tomorrow. Clearly F1 drivers also need to be marshalled too with a photo of one of the cars upside down. It also appears that Lewis shares something in common with our own 1:8 Buggy and now 1:10 4WD World Champion Davide Ongaro in using a stick radio!!
It’s that time again with RC Cars Köngen e.V. hosting its annual Halloween Race over the weekend of November 4/5th 2023. With over 150 entries, the Halloween Race in Köngen has become one of the largest national electric offroad events in Germany. In the past, drivers from all over Europe have come to Köngen to compete with drivers like Jörn Neumann, Micha Widmaier, Burak Kilic and Moritz Lautenbach from Germany, Clement Boda from France, Senne Pauwels from Belgium and Rik Haemers from the Netherlands. Racing will take place in the classes 2WD and 4WD Modified and Stock as well as Mod Truck according to the regulations of the DMC. On the Friday of race weekend there will be practice at the venue. If you want to be there, you have to be fast with the entries opening via myrcm.ch on 25.09.2023 at 20.00 o’clock.
Infinity has released optional carbon centre stiffener and rear stiffener sets for their World Championship winning IF15-2 1:10 Nitro Onroad chassis. Parts that were used in prototype form to win the title last September in Thailand, the centre stiffener is designed to increase the IF15-2’s longitudinal rigidity, thus increasing on power traction and adding rear stability. The rear stiffener increases the rigidity of the rear section of the IF15-2, offering further tuning options for all track conditions. By inserting it from the upper side of the main chassis, the additional parts do not protrude in any way from the underside which leaves and neat and clean look.
As part of their ongoing 60th anniversary celebrations in 2023, Kyosho has announced another special limited edition Legendary series kit with the Optima Mid ’87 WC Worlds Spec 60th Anniversary Limited edition. A replica of the 1987 Optima Mid prototype which the team drivers were using with special custom parts, the new limited production run is packaged in a special small size box with package handle. The kit features gun metallic finished aluminium cylinders on the oil shocks which are equipped with titanium coated shafts that increase wear resistance. The main gear shaft, which transmits the power from the spur gear to the gearbox, is made of 7075 extra super duralumin with hard anodised finish. It is significantly lighter than the conventional steel, contributing to the improvement of throttle response. Ball differentials on both front and rear provide smooth operation and maximum traction with slip action when excessive load is applied for improved driving stability. Front Universal swing shafts deliver excellent drive efficiency and minimise vibration during steering for improved control.
Option parts and accessories manufacturer T-works has released their Easy-Snap Battery holder Posts for the Awesomatix A800R 1:10 Electric Touring Cars. Available as a complete battery holder set consisting of carbon and black anodised parts, they also offer the set complete with two 22g each brass weights.
New from R1 Wurks for their DC1 Drag car are these optional aluminium Rear Risers and Steering Knuckles. The Rear Riser is designed with a lightweight approach with this option offering enhanced clearance for wider tires. A direct replacement for the injection molded Front Steering Knuckle that come standard with in the DC1 kit, the optional knuckle pair are machined from 7075-T6 and black anodised.
New from LRP is the Graphene-4.1 3700 HV Hyper LCG Stock Spec Shorty Hardcase Battery. The 7.6V 135C/65C battery is the Germany brand’s answer to the frequently asked question for the Lowest Internal Resistance (IR), Lightest and Lowest Center of Gravity (LCG) Shorty Battery possible. They use the case of their popular G4.1 4200 Modified battery with Hyper LCG design of just 18.5mm height for the lowest possible centre of gravity and put the lowest IR cell construction possible inside and this makes the all new 3700 Stock Spec battery
For the fifth and final round of this year’s BRCA 4WD Onroad Championship it was off to the Colchester track. With the Modified and 17.5 titles already decided, it just left the 13.5 title to be decided. A couple of surprise entries were previous champions Olly Jefferies and the now un-retired Elliott Harper. In Modified the first round of qualifying saw the returning Elliott Harper with his Schumacher Mi8 go fastest from Alex Thurston’s Yokomo BD-12 and defending champion, Kyle Branson, with his Xray X4, the top six were all on 22 laps. Q2 saw another TQ for Elliott from Bailey Graves, Alex and Schumacher’s Andy Murray. Elliot made it a hat-trick of wins by taking Q3 from Olly Jefferies and Kyle. So, it was Elliott on pole position from Alex with Olly edging out Kyle for third by virtue of the tie-break. In the finals, the first leg was wet with the rest being dry, and it was Elliott who took the clean sweep of all three legs for the overall win, what a way to make your return. Behind him it was Alex in the runner-up spot with a brace of seconds, with the final podium spot going to Kyle with a second and a fourth, edging out Olly who had two thirds.