In a Facebook statement Kyosho’s Yuichi Kanai has announced his departure from his engine suppliers RB. The split isn’t that unexpected as the French company recently underwent some sort of restructuring and has since went out of business. As for Yuichi the forthcoming French Kyosho Masters will be his last event for and with RB with more information about his future power unit suppliers being awaited shortly after. This is what Yuichi has to say about the situation:
I leave the RB. The RB was a splendid engine. It becomes last to use an RB in France Kyosho masters of the next week. Thank you very much so far.
Ielasi tuned and Fun & Drive have announced that Serpent driver Tobias Kerler will be using the Ielasi tuned Fun & Drive Edition engines this season. The young and talented driver will compete at all ENS rounds as well as the European Championship A in Ettlingen as well as some local races and the German Masters in Türkheim. Tobias had the following to say:
The test in Ettlingen was great, the engines work perfect, and I am happy to get support by Fun & Drive Klaus Lechner and Daniele Ielasi at all races this year.
Following the introduction of their 2015 nitro off-road engine range French company RB now have information on two new on-road engines available. The super long stroke CXR SLS9 V2 is available in a standard and a special Ielasi Tuned version for even higher performance. Based on the 2014 range the V2 offers a 9-port design with two by-passes, the Multi Exhaust System and two additional lubrication wholes and the engines make use of a lightened and silicone paste filled 14.5mm crankshaft with 3-weight balancing. The rear bearing is a 14.5mm ceramic race while the front 8-ball type is a standard affair. The new low centre of gravity lightweight cooling head offers 10 degree angled cooling fins for improved heat dissipation and the double adjustment carburettor comes with 9mm and 8.5mm restrictors. While looking the same from the outside – despite the Ielasi Tuned engraving on the cooling head– the powered-up version of the CXR SLS9 V2 features subtle modifications to the liner and crankshaft, made by the Italian frontrunner to extract the maximum performance from the engine.
Following the introduction of the BXR LS5 Plus and the BXR SLS5 V2 French company RB now announce the next off-road related engine with long stroke technology, the BXR LS5 V2. The 5-port MES technology engine features a 14.5mm crankshaft, steel ball bearings and a redesigned carburettor with double adjustment and extra spraybar as it is used on all 2015 engines RB introduced to far. Also new is a low centre of gravity cooling head that still allows for exceptional cooling performance and the engine is designed for the use on tracks that need a good amount of power while keeping mileage in mind.
Following the introduction of the BXR LS5 Plus the French company RB now announce the BXR SLS5 V2 engine. The V2 version of the super long stroke 5-port engine features a redesigned sleeve with updated intake ports timing and lateral intake ports orientation for increased torque and improved overall power. The engine also comes with a redesigned carburettor with double adjustment and an extra sprayer for make for better idling and easier adjustment. The package is rounded out by a new low centre of gravity engine head that still allows for very good cooling and the SLS5 V2 is best used on slippery or bumpy tracks where smooth acceleration yet a good amount of torque is needed.
French company RB introduce their 2015 line of nitro engines for off-road and on-road applications. The range will include three .21 off-road, two .21 on-road, four .12 on-road and one Rally/GT engine, starting with the BXR LS5 Plus off-road engine. The high-level off-road competition engine uses a long stroke design with 5-port MES technology, a 14.5mm silicone-balanced lightweight crankshaft and a ceramic main bearing. The newly developed carburettor is using double adjustment with an extra spraybar for improved idling and adjustment. The new cooling head is of a low centre of gravity design yet large enough to provide efficient cooling. The BXR LS5 Plus offers a unique combination of power and consumption and the engine is ideal for both tight and open tracks with high grip and a good amount of jumps.
Today French company RB Products issued a statement regarding the company’s future and to avoid any misleading rumours. From what is understood a shareholder of RB Products ran into financial problems but RB Products is currently working in a normal fashion and the 2015 engine range will be introduced next week. Support and products supply currently is unaffected by the new circumstances and restructuring will be finalised in March.
For some time, the GR Fi Group (a shareholder in RB Products) encountered difficulties with its banking partners. The best option was to be placed under the protection of the Commercial Court of Grenoble. Therefore, its subsidiary RB Products, is now under the same protection. The goal of this action is to ensure the continuation of the activity by the intervention of a new shareholder.
RB Products has announced the contract renewal with 9-times Spanish National Champion Alberto Garcia. For 2015 Alberto is set to race the Spanish and Madrid Championships, the 1/8th Buggy Euros as well as selected international events.