Nitro Onroad frontrunner Toni Gruber has been announced as a new addition to the Capricorn factory team for 2023. The German departs Shepherd after 4-years to join fellow countryman Dominic Greiner at the Italian manufacturer which also bolstered its line-up with the signing of Italian Alessio Mazzeo last month. The former European Champion said, “I want to say a big thanks to the complete Shepherd family. We had a great time together and we enjoyed this Team a lot. The last 4 years we will never forget and you will be always a nice memory in my mind. But beginning season 2023 we start with a new adventure. We really looking forward for a great cooperation with Capricorn and we can’t wait to hit track to archive strong results together.”
Dominic Greiner has capped off an impressive 1:8 nitro onroad season with victory at the Miami Nitro Grand Prix. Qualifying second at Homestead RC Raceway, the factory Capricorn driver took the win ahead of Top Qualifier Filippo Domanin. The Xray driver led the race for more than 100 laps before European Champion Greiner took control to win with 161 laps completed at the end of the 45-minute final. Behind Domanin, Infinity’s Carmine Riola completed the podium in Florida followed by the ARC of Dutch veteran John Ermen and Hotrace Tyres’ Nicola Marrone. In 1:10, Top Qualifier Teemu Leino took the win for Infinity with Capricorn’s Thilo Diekmann only 1.5-seconds back. Having qualified fourth, Chris Tosolini found his way passed third place starter Bobby Horan to secure the final step on the podium. In 1:8 GT, it was victory for Serpent thanks to Italy’s Gabriele Paloschi. Behind the pole sitter Joaquin Desoto Junior and Martin Bayer completed the Top 3.
Two weeks after announcing his departure from Serpent, Alessio Mazzeo has revealed his switch to Capricorn. The Italian follows Dominic Greiner and Merlin Depta in joining the Italian manufacturer from Serpent with all three set to represent Patrizio Rossi’s brand at the Miami Nitro Grand Prix this week in Florid of which Mazzeo is the defending Nitro GT champion. Making the announcement on social media, on the Capricorn Facebook page the 200mm World Championship podium finisher said, ‘My first real “change” after 18 years. A collaboration that makes me proud, all made in Italy. It’s going to be hard to do better than Capricorn has done in years past, one more reason to thank the company and its staff for this ambitious choice’. On his own social media Mazzeo added, “Thank you Patri and all the Capricorn family for this generous opportunity celebrating Italy, our passion and our love for doing things, I hope you are just as winning in this sport as it has been for others. Can’t wait to get back out in the game alongside some of the best drivers in the world. See you on track very soon!
Capricorn has announced the upcoming release of a nitro 1:10 230mm platform. Based off the popular Capricorn C04 200mm chassis, this car had been designed to run in 230mm GT configuration with the intention of increasing popularity towards the 1:10 scale nitro class. Many of the parts are compatible to the extremely successful C04 car. Some key differences with this car include a rear solid axle, a front one way, rear upper wishbones, the front & rear shock towers and the rear body mount. The car will be available from distributors in the coming weeks once shipping begins.
Capricorn RC has announced Merlin Depta as part of their factory team line-up for 2023. Having announced his departure from Serpent after 17-years of racing with the brand back in August, the German joins former team-mate & countryman Dominic Greiner at the reigning European 1:8 & 1:10 Nitro Onroad Champion manufacturer. Commenting on the announcement, Depta said, “(I am) Very happy to announce that I’ll join the Capricorn factory for 2023 and beyond. The quality and mechanical design are so on point. As if every single part of a car was taken into revision to make it as light and high-grade as possible. It’s so much fun to work on that car and I’m happy to join such a professional team. See you on the track.”
Forced to wait two extra years due to the pandemic, 2019 1:10 200mm European Champion Dominic Greiner was able to successfully defend his title over the weekend with victory ahead of arch rival Dario Balestri. Returning to the Gubbio circuit in Italy, the venue of his 2016 World Championship victory, retaining his European title comes as a huge boost for the German given 2022 is a World Championship year (Red RC will be travelling to Thailand to bring you extensive coverage from title battle).
After a successful & lengthy stint at Serpent, Greiner had switched to Patrizio Rossi’s Capricorn squad for the 2020 season but just as the world was forced into shut down due to Covid. Having to wait so long to make his first major championship appearance for the Italian manufacturer, Greiner kicked off the 16th running of the EFRA European Championship with p4 in practice as Balestri set the pace for Infinity from up & coming Xray star Filippo Domanin and Dutch veteran Jilles Groskamp.
It wasn’t long however before Greiner hit the front to take the opening qualifier. With some mistakes in Q2, Balestri going on to take that qualifier, he was back on top in Q3 & 4 to secure the overall Top Qualifier honours. With 2 time EC champion Balestri booking his spot directly in the main 45-minute final by taking the Super Pole, he would be Greiner’s main challenger. After initially applying pressure before making an early tyre stop, this would give Greiner an advantage he wouldn’t relinquish. Posting the fastest lap of the final, he would win by over 10 seconds from the Italian. Capricorn would enjoy a podium double with Thilo Diekman claiming third ahead of the Infinity of Carmine Raiola.
Italian brand Capricorn have introduced their all-new 1/8th nitro flat pan car to race in the classic class, the C8 Classic. This car provides a whole new concept to the flat pan category and has been in development for some time and is now ready for release. Designed to be fully adustable in both the front and rear, as well as user friendly, the new platform is highly durable and manufactured in Italy from the best quality materials.
One have introduced their new carburettor for O.S. based 1/8th circuit or GT engines. Designed to increase torque as well as improving stability from the engine it has a new lightweight design, comes with 7mm and 8.5mm Venturi and all needle screw adjustments are done using a 2.5mm Allen key. The carburettor is a very vital component to an engine and while the current carburettor is doing a good job, One have not stopped with development and have come up with a new improved version.