May 28, 2023

Takahata successfully defends JMRCA 1:8 Onroad title

Mugen Seiki’s Shoki Takahata has successfully defended his Japanese 1:8 Onroad National Championship title with a tone to tone victory at Infinity International RC Speedway.  Topping all four rounds of qualifying to secure the overall TQ honours from fellow Mugen driver Hayato Ishioka, the reigning World Champion lead all 187-laps completed over the 45-minute final.  Proving his closest challenger, the Infinity of former 1:10 Nitro Onroad Naoto Matsukura finished just 6-seconds back having qualifier 3rd.  With Ishioka encountering problems that would see him retire after 15-minutes, Shinnosuke Yokoyama would complete the podium having started from fifth on the grid.  World Finalist Shinya Shimazaki maintained position qualifying and finishing 4th with Yuya Sahashi completing the Top 5.  The Infinity International RC Speedway will host the 23rd edition of RC racing’s original World Championship category from October 27 to November 5.  Red RC will be travelling to Japan to tell the story of how the title unfolds.

Image: Atsushi Hara [Facebook]

May 28, 2023

Greiner wins ENS Germany

Capricorn’s Dominic Greiner has won the opening round of the Euro Nitro Series in Germany.  The reigning European 1:8 Onroad Champion took victory at the Ettlingen track from Infinity’s Jilles Groskamp who finished less than 6-seconds back at the end of the 45-minute encounter.  Having secured the overall TQ on Saturday, Toni Gruber lead out the 12-car field but after just 18-laps hit issues that would drop him to last place.  This resulted in Simon Kurzbuch’s Mugen taking over the lead but as the race approached half distance he too hit problems as he flamed out.  Groskamp and Merlin Depta then took turns at the front before Greiner took charge of the lead in the final quarter of the race where he would stay to the finish.   Setting the fastest lap of the race, Gruber wold recover to salvage a podium finish from the weekend.  Bumping up from the B-Main Tobias Hepp would finish fourth with Alex Thurston and Teemu Leino completing the Top 6.  In 1:10, Top Qualifier Melvin Diekmann converted for the win ahead of French duo Quentin Leroux and Basile Concialdi.

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May 28, 2023

Takahata Top Qualifier at Japanese 1:8 Onroad Nationals

Mugen Seiki’s Shoki Takahata will start on the TQ at the Japanese 1:8 Onroad National Championship which are taking place at this year’s IFMAR World Championship host circuit Infinity International RC Speedway.  The reigning World Champion and defending JMRCA Champion locked his OS powered MRX6 into the overall TQ when he made it three from three in the penultimate round which brought Saturday’s action to a conclusion.  Attracting a field of 63 drivers, with one last qualifier still to run on Sunday morning it is ISTC World finalist Hayato Ishioka who holds second ahead of the Infinity of multiple World Champion Naoto Matsukura and his team-mate Takaaki Shimo.

Image: Atsushi Hara [Facebook]

May 28, 2023

Gruber TQ’s ENS season opener

Capricorn’s Toni Gruber has TQ’d the opening round of the Euro Nitro Series in Germany.  With 2023 a big year for 1:8 Onroad with the return of the World Championship after a four year break,  this year’s ENS is an opportunity for Europe’s top drivers to get in some top level competition ahead of the trip to Japan in October.  The first of three rounds that make up this year’s series, Gruber secured the overall TQ in Ettlingen when he topped the final two qualifiers with his Ielasi Tuned powered C804.  Behind the German, former World Champion Simon Kurzbuch secured P2 for Mugen having TQ’d the opening qualifier.  Fastest in Q2, reigning European Champion Dominic Greiner will start P3 ahead of Capricorn team-mate Merlin Depta with Team Shepherd’s Lars Hoppe and Infinity’s Jilles Groskamp completing the Top 6.  In 1:10, Melvin Diekmann secured the TQ topping 3 of the four qualifiers for Capricorn with Q3 pace setter Milan Holthuis lining up second.

Image: Toni Gruber [Facebook]

May 26, 2023

MonTech M23 235mm Pan Car Body

Coming from MonTech is their new M23 235mm pan car bodyshell.   The new M23 has aggressive and sharp lines, which give it excellent stability and perfect cornering with lots of traction out of corners.  Molded from premium quality polycarbonate, the kit includes window masks and headlamp and grille decals.  The kit also includes the rear spoiler and the fixing screws.

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May 26, 2023

Xray X4F’24 FWD Touring Car

In a busy week for 1:10 Front Wheel Drive Touring Car kit releases, with the unveiling of the new Team Magic E4FWD and Schumacher FT8, Xray presents its new X4F’24.  All-new Feature of the car include a 2mm shorter wheelbase that improves steering and handling characteristics.  A Lower profile motor mount with more slick design eliminates collision with top deck when flexing.  New 3mm centering pins improve motor mount reliability when using limited mounting screws for flex tuning.  The car gets a narrower motor bulkhead insert which moves the motor 1mm inward for better chassis roll characteristics and provides more space for the pinion gear.  Durability is improved with heavy duty lower bulkheads while maintaining ultra-low weight with heavy duty upper clamps improve durability in hard crashes.  In the area of suspension 9mm shorter XLP shocks improve cornering speed, steering response, and stability for better control on all surfaces.  The 2.6g lighter shocks remove 10.4g from the ends of the chassis improving weight placement while retaining the same internal oil volume compared to ULP shocks for consistent dampening.  8mm lower front shock tower lowers CG with two optimised shock mounting positions while the rear shock tower is strengthened to improves durability in severe crashes and improves CG and optimise handling.  Also new is a redesigned servo mounting system with a bit more frontward servo position provides better weight balance and improves clearance between servo and pinion.  New 2x50g chassis weights relocated under the front driveshafts at the centreline of the front suspension improve on/off-power weight transfer for better balance and rotation.

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May 26, 2023

HUDY 1:8 Onroad Camber Tool

Slovakian tool manufacturer Hudy has released this very niche 1:8 Onroad camber adjustment tool.  The handy tool features the iconic Hudy tool handle and a rod that is inserted into the adjustable turnbuckle hole on the 1:8 on-road cars for camber adjustment.

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May 25, 2023

MonacoRC Pro Level Set-up Board system

MonacoRC has released their new “Pro Level SetUp Board” system, designed to maximise your model’s setup process.  Almost everyone uses a setup board to adjust their model, but how many do it correctly?  What’s the point of having a reference surface if it’s not used properly?  Working on a flat and level surface is crucial for correct geometry setup.  While working at home, you can be reasonably sure of working on relatively straight surfaces, but often this is not the case on the track.  The “Pro Level SetUP Board” is an aluminium appendage that can be attached to your own SetUp Board. Thanks to adjustable feet, it allows you to level the same Set-up board even when it’s on highly inclined surfaces. 

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