Record IFMAR World and JMRCA Japanese National Champion, Masami Hirosaka has just released the first three parts of a multi-title autobiography about his racing life. One of the most well-known professional RC car racers of all times, Masami is a role model for decades of racers that can now get a pretty detailed idea of what Masami’s racing life was all about. Part 1 to 3 of the biography is available on Amazon in Japanese language with part 1 being made public in English language now also. The English language parts 2 and 3 are currently in production with Masami already working on parts 4 to 6 as we type. More details can be found on his YouTube channel here and part 1 of the biography is available in English language here.
Essential 1/12th & F1 RC Racer’s Guide is a new book written by Dave Stevens with the support of 3.times IFMAR 1/12th scale World Champion, David Spashett and F1 IFMAR World Cup winner, Jan Ratheisky. It publication is a complete guide to 12th scale and Formula radio control pan cars, with everything drivers need to know from basic setup how-to features to advanced techniques used by world champions. It offers step-by-step guides, advice for every setup option, checklists, troubleshooting, case studies and quick reference material and it is beautifully presented with colour photos of events and cars from around the world. The full-colour 153-page book is available in selected online bookstores and RC stores.
Hudy’s popular on-road set-up book is now available in an updated version. The revamped 50-page brochure gives a comprehensive in-depth view on RC car setup and includes tips and tricks of the Pro drivers, helping to better understand parameters such as caster, camber, toe or roll centre to name just a view. The set-up book was updated with the help of Michal Milanowicz and it is available as a free PDF file here (direct download).
New from recently crowned Australian National Champion Touring Car Driver Ryan Maker, is this informative book covering several critical aspects of car preparation and setup. Applicable to all conventional touring cars on the market, it explains numerous methods and tips used by both Ryan, and the best in the world to get the most out of their cars and perform at the highest level at every race. These are available directly from RC Maker and have started shipping worldwide.
To celebrate their 50th Birthday Japanese company Kyosho released a nicely made 106 page eBook. Find out more about the heads behind one of the most successful companies in RC, remember their iconic products and read the greeting from past and present Kyosho World Champions. Click here to read the book online in your browser.
Following the early sneak peek at the body, Pro-Line have officially released the BullDog body for the CML Centro C4.1 buggy conversion. Pro-Line understands how bodies affect performance, and with the C4.1 already dominating the Euro style Astro-turf, grass and indoor carpet tracks, Pro-Line has taken performance to an even higher level with this body. This specially designed body wraps perfectly around the extremely narrow and sleek chassis featured on the C4.1 and completely clears the mid-motor transmission in the rear. Great care was taken in refining the BullDog design for 2012 to create even more stability with enhanced steering to gain an advantage on the track. The windshield is steeper to create more down force over the front wheels and the roof ridges have been raised to channel the air flow over the middle of the body for increased high-speed stability. The roof has been lowered in the rear and fins have been added to achieve stable air flow over the body. The fins also add rigidity to the body to increase aerodynamic efficiency.
Team Titan have released their latest off road shell, the Blitz Buggy8 for the Losi 8ight. Designed to provide extra downforce on the front, the low profile rear end allows more cooling for the engine. Made by 1.0mm thick polycarbonate and including window masks and decals, it can be used with both the GP and EP brushless version of the 8ight.
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I always associated Haynes Manuals with something you buy when you want to restore a classic car or fix your worn out Renault 5, but it seems they are branching out and this new Radio Control Car Manual may be exactly what you’ve been looking for. Written by Matt Benfield, editor of Radio Control Car Racer magazine, this hardback book contains 176 pages of useful information as well as 250 colour illustrations.
Driving radio-control cars is an enjoyable hobby and also a competitive sport, but the vast range of different types of models now available can prove confusing for those new to the scene. This extensively illustrated book starts by providing all the information needed to choose the right model, and goes on to present advice on how to build kits as well as driving techniques, maintenance, modifying, set-up and the various different classes of racing. Essential reading for those contemplating buying their first model and for those already involved in the scene looking to progress to the next level.