New for the Serpent S400 is this innovative 35T rear gear differential. Designed with competition in mind, this new diff is only 5 grams heavier than the standard ball differential yet provides more consistent operation and there is absolutely no slippage, which helps improve acceleration. Another benefit is that it requires little or no maintenance or rebuilding and it can be simply set by just changing the oil. To keep the weight down, the differential is supplied with coated aluminium out drives and to get you on the track as quick as possible, the diff comes pre-assembled, with you only needing to add oil. Expect a front gear differential in the near future.
Serpent are reporting on the the final of the Serpent backed Korea Cup 2007, which took place at the Kirina Circuit in PoChun area near Seoul where Serpent drivers Ahn Hyun Ho and Nam Sang Jun took race victory and overall championship success. Run over four rounds, the Korea Cup was open to all brands of cars with 40 drivers taking part in the season finale. In 1:10 200mm Hyun Ho dominated with his MAX powered 720. Securing the TQ position in qualifying he went on to win the 30-minute Main Final by almost a lap from fellow Serpent driver and SDD team member Sang Jun. Oh Sae Yong, also driving a 720 completed the podium. Also racing in the 1:8 class, Sang Jun went one better with his 960 taking his fourth win of the Series to claim the 2007 Korea Cup title. Sang Jun, who recorded the fastest lap of the race, was followed home by Namkoong Wook who was using the same 960/Max combination with the Kyosho of Oh Yong Taek completing the Top 3.
Novarossi have announced that they have created, and will begin selling, a limited edition range of motors to celebrate Lamberto Collari’s 8th World title in Cordoba, Argentina. Limited to only 999 pieces, the ‘Cordoba Edition’ is an exact replica of the engine that Collari used to win Novarossi’s 9th World title.
The 35 PLUS 21 LC “Cordoba Edition” has an all-new carburettor. Made from a different kind of alloy and combined with the integrated cooling fins will it keep the temperature of the fuel down before it will enter the engine’s internals. The cooling fins will also reduce the overall mass of the engine; this improves the performance of your 1:8 On-road racing car. Next to the new carburettor we also have made a new look on the cooling head, to remember our victory in Cordoba. The sun we used is very similar to the sun in the flag of Argentina.
Available in December, if you want one you’d better start saving as it isn’t going to be cheap.
UPDATE: We’ve been informed by NR that it is expected to be in the EUR500-600 region, so not as dear as we originally thought.
Taiwanese company K-Factory have released this UFO2 white clutch shoe for use in Centax type clutches. This high grip clutch shoe has a special high friction surface which means the clutch engages the moment it comes in contact with the clutch bell making it very useful on high traction circuits where you may have a very high engagement rpm setting for maximum acceleration. When set up correctly, in high traction, this type of clutch shoe can help the car accelerate very quickly.
Along with announcing that the T2’008 190mm touring car is now shipping, Xray also announced that the first batch only will be supplied with aluminum externally-adjustable ball differentials. This is due to the fact that the mold for the new Composite Diffs was not finalized for mass production in time for the export of kits, and as such the first batch of kits feature this aluminum version. The US Foam-Spec edition features two alu ball differentials and the EU Rubber-Spec edition features the aluminum ball differential in rear only. Both kits include the appropriate amount of the new 3.5mm drive shaft composite blades.
Last weekend saw the 28th annual US Indoor Champs take place at the Holiday Inn Hotel in Independence, Ohio with the event open to both Touring car and 1/12th scale classes. In TC Mod it was pole man Ralph Burch, racing for Xray, that made the best start and was able to pull out a gap and cruise to the win in front of Kyosho racer Josh Cyrul in 2nd and another Xray, that of Paul LeMieux in 3rd. In the 1/12th scale Mod class it was top qualifier Mike Blackstock that jumped into the lead at the start of the race and lead until some trouble with traffic took him out leaving Corally driver Chris Tosolini to take the lead and eventually the win in front of LeMieux in 2nd and Cyrul in 3rd.
Xray have a report from team driver Ben Cosgrove on the recent 2nd round of the British Indoor Winter Series that was held on the rubber surface Don Valley track. Qualifying saw Ben Cosgrove take the pole position, after a quick run in round 2, in front of new Xray team mate Sam Smith with Hot Bodies racer Elliot Harper in 3rd. The finals were held over 2 races with the fastest final time taking the overall win on the day and both finals saw a very close battle between Ben and Elliott finishing less than a second apart in both legs. Ben eventually took the win from Harper in 2nd and Phil Chambers in 3rd.
Fermoy Model Car Club hosted the first ever Munster Grand Prix over the weekend in Cork, Ireland with 35 drivers from around the country taking part in the indoor tarmac event. Biggest of the classes was 27T in which Top Qualifier Chris Lawlor took his S400 to victory over Serpent team-mate Keith Dempsey. Lawlor won the first Leg of the A Final from Dempsey but in Leg 2 the result was reversed leaving the pair equal on points however as Lawlor was the fastest qualifier he was declared Munster GP Champion. Completing the podium was local racer Michael O’Leary who finished 3rd in both Legs. In the 19T class Team Associated team driver Alan Bickerstaff dominated proceedings. Starting from the pole he won both Legs of the A Final easily to win overall ahead of fellow Assocated driver Johnny Dunn with Andrew Rennick driving a Corally taking third. The first major EP Touring Car event to be held in Ireland for some time, the Munster GP looks set to become an annual event on the Irish R/C Racing calendar as the 190mm class goes from strength to strength.