May 27, 2024

Shimo crowned Japanese 1:8 Onroad Champion

Infinity’s Takaaki Shimo is the new JMRCA Japanese 1:8 Onroad National Champion.  Racing at the 2023 World Championship host venue Infinity International Speedway, Shimo regained the title he last held in 2016 with a 2.5-second victory over Top Qualifier Naoto Matsukura.  In qualifying the Infinity of Matsukura topped three of the four rounds to secure the TQ and lock himself into pole position for the 45-minute final.  A TQ run in Q2 would secure reigning 1:10 Nitro Onroad World Champion Tadahiko Sahashi second overall, a result that also locked him directly into the Main.  With Shimo P3 after qualifying and the Mugen Seiki of defending Champion & 2019 World Champion Shouki Takahata 6th, they would both have to race their way into the Main from the 20-minute Semi Finals.  Shimo won his Semi while the other went to Takahata.  In the Main, Matsukura lead for 2/3rd of the race as he and Shimo gapped the field but getting by Matsukura, Shimo maintained that lead to the end to secure the title.  Three laps back Tadahiko Sahashi would completed the podium ahead of Takahata.

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May 27, 2024

Fenix Racing R16 235mm Pro10 body

New from Italy’s Fenix Racing is the R16 235mm Pro10 body.  The R16 is originated from a brainstorm session between Julien Parnot, Andi Frattaroli and Fenix Racing owner Giorgio Favaretto.  The idea was to make a 90’ish looking body, but incorporating all the elements of a modern design.  They followed a bit the path introduced with the R14, using some parts of the body to achieve an interesting structural rigidity however the core of body is made by all those voluptuous curves typical of Group C cars like the Peugeot or the Toyota.  The result is a body that is extremely functional: fast on the straight, with a nice amount of steering at the begin of the curves.  The cool 90’ish paint job, reminiscent the one used by “Magic” Johnson, is made by René Bonvent.  The body, which fits most 235mm pan cars, is equipped with a removable Gurney flap and is available in 0.5mm and 0,75mm high-quality polycarbonate.

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May 27, 2024

Kurzbuch wins ENS season opener

Mugen Seiki’s Simon Kurzbuch opened the latest season of the Euro Nitro Series with maximum points, the former World Champion winning the 1:8 category from the TQ position.  The first of the four round championship took drivers to the Ettlingen track in Germany where qualifying would see both Kurzbuch and the Capricorn of reigning ENS Champion Toni Gruber post two TQ runs each over the four qualifiers.  On tie-break it was 2023 World Championship Top Qualifier Kurzbuch who lined up on pole for the 45-minute final ahead of Gruber with the Infinity of Teemu Leino P3.  Able to establish an early gap over his rivals, Kurzbuch would cruise to victory by over a lap from Leino, Gruber having retired from the race just after half way distance.  Bumping up from the B-Main to line up 11th on the grid, 1:8 Onroad legend Lamberto Collari would work his way through the field to complete the podium for Infinity.  In 1:10, Melvin Diekmann got his title defence off to the perfect start taking his Capricorn to the TQ & win ahead of the Infinity of former Champion Jilles Groskamp with France’s Quentin Leroux taking the final step on the podium.

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May 25, 2024

Rebellion NT10 1:10 Nitro Touring Car

It has been a pretty interesting week for car design with the presentation of the Capelli F1-RR 1:10 Formula 1 and the Agama N110 1:10 2WD Buggy and now the Rebellion NT10 1:10 Nitro Touring Car.  In this a World Championship year for the Nitro Touring Car class, Daniel Rosenmayer is debuting his latest engineering creation at the season opener of the ENS at the Ettlingen track in Germany.  Having featured Daniel’s Rebellion F1 in a Chassis Focus during the 2022 MIBO International Race, his amazing work always draws an audience and the  Rebellion NT10, the car featuring a centre belt that run through the fuel tank!  The story of the Nitro car project started on 15th February this year while in the car for 1500km, thinking about how it would be possible to make a 2-belt nitro car, and ended with him studying many engine-pics to see if this could be made.  At this year’s MIBO International Race Cup Daniel finally found his passion again and decided to do it, in a record breaking time of less then 3 months.

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May 25, 2024

Agama N110 1:10 2WD Buggy

Agama has officially released images and details of its first foray into 1:10 Offroad with the release of the N110 1:10 2WD Buggy.  Set to be available in the fourth quarter of 2024.  After years of design and development, including building on the success of its bigger brother – the Agama N1 1:8 platform, that revolutionary design is finally realised in the 1:10 market.  Its unique suspension creates an incredibly low centre of gravity race car, while their engineering teams experience has pushed to ensure that not only is it fast, but it’s the easiest car to work on in its class, just like its big brother.  Lower COG makes the N110 more consistent to drive while being able to hold higher corner speeds.  With the N110, Agama introduce RAD, its Rapid Access Diff gearbox for easy and quick diff removal at the rear of the buggy.  The number of parts you need to remove for easy maintenance is reduced, allowing you to spend less time wrenching and more time racing.  High grade metal and plastic parts are found throughout the kit, making sure your car is not only fast, but durable too.  A Linear Rail Steering System removes all the traditional steering system, replacing it with the lowest, cleanest play-free solution creating a feel while driving that is so smooth in the curve.

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May 25, 2024

Bittydesign Arrma Vendetta GTR 1:8 body

In its latest creation for the Arrma Vendetta chassi, Italy’s Bittydesign has released the GTR 1:8 Body.  Based on the iconic Japanese performance car, during the design they paid attention to every possible detail and this has led to the body including details that complement the unmistakable style of the GTR.  These accessories include a Rear wing to give the body a more complete appearance, a Front splitter to create a more aggressive appearance and give the body a “racing” look.  Also include are a set of screws, nuts and washers necessary for the correct fixing of these additional parts.

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May 24, 2024

T-Works TC10/3 Titanium Antiroll bar Ball

T-Works has introduced a set of high-quality Titanium Antiroll bar Balls for the Japanese Axon TC10/3 1:10 Electric Touring Car.  Increased lines and two sets of holes at the antiroll bar ball bottom, 1.3mm and 1.4mm, make it easier to install and adjust the position of the antiroll bar balls.  Titanium Antiroll bar Ball greatly reduce the weight compared with the standard aluminium version as well as offering excellent durability and corrosion resistance.

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May 24, 2024

Exotek F1 Ultra R5 carpet spec upgrades

Exotek Racing has released a number of ‘carpet spec’ upgrades for their latest 1:10 formula pan car kit the F1Ultra R5 which it launched back in March.  The Calfornia based manufacturer has added four new upgrades to adapt the car for carpet start with an Inline battery mounting set.  This provides more steering for high grip black carpet tracks and is for use with LCG shorty packs (20mm or lower) and smaller ESC’s such as the Hobbywing XR10 Stock Spec.  They have also introduced a direct to rear pod carbon fibre wing mount.  With lowered mounting and less flex it is best suited for high grip carpet tracks with Exotek highlight it is not for use on older F1 Ultras.  The F1Ultra R5 also gets a wide profile carpet shock tower with the wider shock mount geometry providing less chassis roll to maximise performance on high grip carpet.  Finally they are offering a 5.8mm machined delrin swivel ball with cup.  This offers lower friction than the alloy ball for the smoothest steering pin movement and suspension action.

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