February 3, 2023

1:8 GT World Championship Stage 1 Report

New South Wales Radio Control Racing Car Club has published its Stage 1 for the IFMAR 1:8 GT World Championships it will host later this year in Australia.  Only the second running of a World Championship for the category,  the event takes place from the 8-15th of October at the ‘The John Grant International Raceway’.  Renowned as the most technically challenging and fast flowing RC racing track in Australia, it is located approximately 28km from Sydney International Airport.  The World Championship will have both controlled fuel and tyres with both being provided by Italian companies.  The 16% nitro fuel will be supplied by RunnerTime while PMT will supply their Rally 1:8 Q03 tyre to competitors.  While designated a Nitro World Championship, the host Country, with support from IFMAR, may, if sufficient interest is found, accommodate an Electric Powered GT class into the event.  Joern Neumann is the reigning inaugural 1:8 GT World Champion, taking the title for Sworkz in Florida in January 2020.  1:8 GT has proven a growth area for a number of manufacturers with it enjoying strong levels of racing in certain countries.  With plenty of different manufacturers with interests in the class, it is hoped that there will be strong support for the World Championship in Australia so the event can showcase the category.  Red RC plan to be on hand to report on all the racing news from Down Under.  To view Stage 1 report document click here.

Source: IFMAR [imfar.org] 

February 3, 2023

Coelho to contest 1:12 World title

In a major boost for the IFMAR 1:12 World Championship, reigning Touring Car World Champion Bruno Coelho has announced his intentions to travel to Florida for the 21st running of the IFMAR’s second longest running World Championships.  The factory Xray star unveiled his intentions at the famous Snowbirds National which is taking place this week when he revealed that in addition to racing Touring Car he would be also contest 1:12 at the iconic Florida race.  Known for his ultra successful relationship with Francesco Martini of MonacoRC as his mechanic in Touring Car, the Portuguese driver has teamed up with 1:12 expert Paul Ciccarello to guide him through his first foray into the pan car category.  Known for his versatility that includes being the reigning 4WD Buggy World Champion, Coelho has had no trouble adapting to 1:12 as he claimed a TQ run in the opening round of qualifying together with a TQ run in Touring Car.  In the past 1:12 kicked off the week of onroad electric World Championships action and most of the touring car stars raced for the title but after South Africa in 2018, where Alexander Hagberg was the only touring car front runner to take on the event, which he duly won, it became a standalone event.  In 2020, touring car legend Marc Rheinard took the title in England for a second time.  With the US, where Marc won his first 1:12 title in 2014 ending Naoto Matsukura’s 6 year reigning of the category, a hot spot for 1:12 and now Coelho committing to the event, the category looks set to garner plenty of additional attention in 2023.  Red RC will as part of our extensive 2023 World Championship coverage be travelling to Florida to tell the story of how the race unfolds.

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February 2, 2023

The Drake Racing LED Tuning Screw Driver

Adam Drake’s The Drake Racing has released this LED Tuning Screwdriver which has been created by his longtime friend and accomplished racer Billy Fisher.  Featuring glossy carbon fibre housing, the lightweight design has is fitted with 3 bright LEDs controlled by a recessed 2 step push button switch.  The lights are powered by LR44 button cell batteries and it accepts 4mm diameter tips. You can purchase the complete screwdriver, driver only, or tip only.

Source: The Drake Racing [thedrakeracing.com]

February 2, 2023

R1 Wurks Super Short 13.5 motor

New from California company R1 Wurks is their new ROAR approved Super Short 13.5 motor.  The stator on this motor is 6mm shorter than their V21-S motors, allowing for the weight to be more towards the middle of your chassis for a better centre of gravity.  Both a 17.5 and 21.5 turn Super Short motor will be added to the range shortly.

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February 2, 2023

Reedy Zappers SG5 HV-LiPo LP shorty

New from Reedy is the Zappers SG5 HV-LiPo LP shorty battery.  It features a new hard case design and state-of-the-art LiPo chemistry with advancements in cell manufacturing and battery construction that result in higher capacity and power output, lower internal resistance, and improved durability.  Zappers SG5 HV-LiPo batteries feature a 3.8V/cell nominal voltage, which means that the battery can be safely charged to 4.35V/cell.  It is well known that more voltage equals more power so there is no easier way to increase power and top speed than a higher charge voltage!  Even when the typical 8.40-8.44V (4.2-4.22V/cell) charging limit is enforced, Zappers SG5 batteries shine thanks to their inherently flat discharge curve which results in higher voltage deeper into the race.  A high quality, durable hard case helps prevent damage while embedded socket connectors keep power-robbing resistance to a minimum. Male ESC connectors are included!

Source: Reedy [associatedelectrics.com]

February 1, 2023

Tamiya TT-02 Type-SRX

It is a chassis that has been the starting point for many a newcomer to the world of RC racing and today Tamiya unveiled the latest edition designation of its TT-02 1:10 Touring Car, the Type SRX.  This variant of the 4WD plastic chassis is an upgraded version of the TT-02 Type-S Series with enhanced durability and performance for racing.  This chassis kit uses Items 22049 and 22047 with updated parts.  Also, parts included in this chassis kit were chosen for users who want to learn setup before levelling up to mid-level Tamiya chassis kits.  It is also a more cost-effective than buying each part separately.

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February 1, 2023

Nitro Warrior EP2 2023 – Report

Nitro Warrior EP2 2023 was held at ORT Oasis Racing Track in the Chanthaburi Province of Thailand over the weekend with 3 classes with 1:8 GP Racing, 1:10 GP Touring and 1:8 GT making up the race programme. The race started on Saturday with 4 rounds of qualifying with extreme cool and windy weather affecting both car set-up and driving provide a great experience for many racers.  Sunday’s action with one final round of qualifying after which the Top Qualifiers were confirmed as Nay Eon Lee from Republic of Korea from Team KARS in 1:8 GT,
Thailand’s Meen Vejrak from Team Maxima in 1:8 GP Racing and Anusorn Sirironaharong  from Thailand from Team SPF Racing in 1:10 GP Touring.

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