The new Willspeed RF2 conversion platform for the Xray XB2’20 & ’21 was designed and manufactured by engineers and racers alike for the true ultimate in performance on medium to high traction surfaces. The RF2 design focus’s on moving the weight bias forwards by utilising a 5 gear transmission that allows the motor position to be moved further forwards creating a smaller located area of main mass which aids to control weight transfer. The billet aluminium tub chassis is the ultimate in chassis design, the centre of gravity is super low, the chassis has no additional guards or stiffeners removing unwanted tweak and is self integrally stiff. The aluminium was selected for its natural dampening properties that not only allows for an incredibly agile platform but its also super predictable. The end result, a platform that not only loves corner speed but it is also dependable and predictable lap after lap making going fast, easy.
Last weekend was round 3 of EssexCarpetClash4 and the drivers arrived to find a track layout that was to test a lot of people’s skills on track. A little more technical from previous rounds and included a cross over, but getting the lap correct would pay dividends on the timing sheet. In 2wd, Ellis Stafford found his feet easily taking the 1st 2 rounds and looked comfortable to take pole. Kyle moon had other thoughts and would take the last 2 rounds and took pole position having had a better time, demoting Stafford to the 2 spot. Harley Eldridge lined up 3rd ahead of Richard Gasson who had a good qualifying.
Exotek Racing have introduced two new front end options for their F1 Ultra chassis. The first is a pro style front sway bar set which comes with 3 sway bar weights included (soft, medium, hard) so that you can tune for track conditions. The set also includes ball bearing supported mount that attaches to most standard F104 type wings such as Montech, Tamiya, Protoform etc. The mount also has cantering screws to insure it stays centred on the wing and the sway bar’s tension can be adjusted for proper left right balance with the quick tension adjust ball cup design included. Also new is the lightweight damper tubes for the F1 to minimise bumpy asphalt track conditions. Extra lightweight and positioned for low centre of gravity and tucked away to avoid frontal impacts for more durability the set includes machined POM barrels and alloy tubes with included steel ball ends.
SWorkz have announced the signing of top young Austrian driver Antonia Kovalszki to their junior factory team. She will run SWorkz 1/10 and 1/8 cars in the next years. On the deal, Sworkz’ team manager Max Sonnleitner said ‘I am extremely happy that Antonia has chosen SWorkz for her future home. For sure she is one of the greatest female talents in RC.’
JConcepts have introduced a bunch of new brass options for their Regulator MT chassis conversion. First up is a stackable chassis weight, the machined brass unit can be easily added to the bottom of the chassis to increase weight to one of the lowest locations on the vehicle. The design allows the ability to stack additional weights if necessary to the same footprint with (not included) hardware. Weight added to the chassis area on a retro monster truck can improve suspension performance by increasing the sprung weight. This allows for better jump handling and landing and the ability to plant the tires into the racing surface via front to rear weight transfer.
Last weekend it was time for the final round of the Swedish National Cup in tenth scale buggy. This year three rounds were run to crown the Champion and the third and final round was organised by Karlskrona MRK and was held at the great DR Racing arena in the small town of Kallinge. In 2wd qualifying it was straight away obvious that Alexander Landén (AE/Hobbywing) had the pace, in the first round he was the only one posting a 17 lap run. Behind Alexander his team-mate Nils Gustafsson (AE/Reedy) was battling it out with Hampus Berg (HB/Performa). In the end Alexander managed to TQ all four rounds of qualifying and Hampus edged out Nils to reach the runner up spot for the triple mains.
The team at JConcepts have developed a new option for tire sidewall support. During high traction or loaded conditions, tire sidewall deflection causes oversteer and inconsistency with driving performance. By adding the inner sidewall support adaptor and gluing it into place, the sidewall effectively becomes much harder and allows a driver to enter smoother arcs and radius turns on the race track. Already used in competition, the sidewall support pieces have shown to work on glued, sealed, or naturally grippy surfaces where traction rolling or oversteer is an issue. In addition, when conditions are rough, bumpy or dusty, the additional support drives smoother and with more consistency. Available for 1/10th buggy (above) and 1/8th buggy tires, they come in a pack of 4 pieces.
Ielasi Tuned have announced the signing of US 1/8th offroad front runner Ryan Cavalieri to their team for the 2022 season and beyond. Ryan, a 4 time World champion and 29 time US National champion, will use Ielasi Tuned nitro engines at all major National and International races. The TLR facto had the following to say about the deal, ‘I’m super excited to be joining Ielasi Tuned engines for 2022. I feel with Daniel’s knowledge and passion for engine building we will have great success together.’