December 9, 2010

Orcan to enter .21 on road engine market

Orcan to enter .21 engine market

Orcan engines have been successful in the categories on-road scale (.12) and off-road (.21) for years and have achieved lots of national and international victories and championships. Starting with the 2010 season, SMI Motorsport from Germany is working on the development of an Orcan engine for the highest level of RC on-road racing, the 1/8 scale nitro class. A couple of drivers have been involved in testing the Orcan prototypes which are based on 7-port and 9-port engines from Novarossi and were specially prepared by Michael Heinrich (MH-Tuning). Powered by one of these Orcan test engines Uwe Baldes has achieved a remarkable success at the final round of the Nitro-West-Masters, a series of four races, held in October at Dormagen near Cologne. Using the 7-port version he captured pole position and set a new overall lap record (15,179 sec) beating the old record held by Michael Salven. “I have tested this .21 prototype engine on several circuits. This engine has proven its excellent performance with lots of torque at low revs and an impressive driveability – both valuable aspects especially for those tracks we are used to race in Germany”, concluded Uwe Baldes. “Furthermore the fuel consumption is really low – it is already a real Orcan engine and a promising basis for the future.” Also Bertram Kessler of SMI Motorsport is pleased by the test results. “With the new Xray RX8 hitting the market in 2011 it is logical that we are going to launch a .21 on-road power unit which offers the usual quality features of all Orcan engines. In the period of testing we have gained valuable experiences which will help us to develop a powerful and high efficient Orcan engine for 1/8 scale racing.”

Source: SMI Motorsport []


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