The NOS Puerto Rico championship series come to the end last month and awards were presented at the Winter Cup last Saturday. After 10 races Andy Báez was able to have 6 TQs in the 10 races in the 1/10 sedan class and 5 in 1/8th scale. This gave him a 5 points advantage in the 1/10 class and 17 in the 1/8 at the end of the year, showing he is back to back one of the best drivers in the Island. Mike Swauger was in Puerto Rico to celebrate the victory with his team drivers.
Shown for the first time during the Tokyo hobby Show a few months ago, Kyosho have released full details on the new V-One RRR Shim Edition. This special version features many not yet released option parts and the whole car is finished off in Shimo’s signature silver color. Heading the list of upgrades is the new smaller diameter clutch unit as well as the new ‘Velvet coated’ V-One shocks for smoother shock action as well as other nice touches like the different belt tensioner, ventilated brake disk, new 3mm carbon shock tower and hard coated pillow balls for better durability.
The 2009 KO Grand Prix took place last weekend at West Coast RC Raceway in California. Barry Baker was in attendance with his Hot Bodies Cyclone and was untouchable all weekend, setting the TQ in both the modified and 13.5 class. The former National Champion would go on to win both classes as well, beating out Xray driver Paul Lemieux and Associated racer Rick Hohwart who finished 2nd and 3rd in Mod and Rick Hohwart and another Associated driver Keven Herbert in the 13.5 class.
HPI Racing have released more new parts for their Formula Ten chassis. Formula Ten car owners using foam tires can now modify their cars with this ball differential set that allows quick and easy tuning of the differential to track conditions for optimal handling. The smooth and efficient diff action gives extra traction for lower lap times. Also used to maximize the handling of your foam tire equipped car is this new aluminium steering knuckle set. The steering knuckles are precision machined from billet aluminium for durability and feature additional steering link locations to help dial in the steering response to track conditions. Other parts include this friction damper plate thats made from high tech woven graphite for extreme strength and custom looks, and precision machined to HPI specifications for a direct bolt-on high performance upgrade to the stock plastic part. Finally for the Formula Ten are new wheels, for high grip foam tires with these precision molded FT02 wheels that are made from black high impact nylon for a perfect fit and have a flat mounting surface designed specifically for high performance foam tires. The FT01 precision front wheels are molded from high impact nylon and their high precision design assures that the tires roll true and round for maximum grip and minimal vibration. These silver wheels feature a split 6 spoke design for realistic looks.
ROAR have made the announcement that Homestead RC Raceway, located in Homestead, Florida, will host the 2011 IFMAR 1/8 I.C. On‐Road World Championships. The track will undergo major renovations to ensure that all of the facility will meet the racers demands, with a focus on extending the race track to provide a longer racing line as well as a new driver’s stand that is higher, longer and able to accommodate up to 15 drivers.
The final round of the Taiwanese Nationals was held last weekend and attracted drivers from North and South of Taiwan. During race weekend the weather was perfected and high grip conditions meant all drivers could push their cars to the limit, making for some very close battles. Following qualifying the TQ spot went to Wu Zheng-Chung from South of Taiwan. Following the 30 minute Main Final, the top 3 drivers were on the same lap, with Huang Yi-Hou taking the win and the National title ahead of pole man Wu Zheng-Chung in 2nd, with Yeh Ton-Cheng taking 3rd spot. This race was also a Serpent Asia Tour qualifying race and the winner will be sponsored to attend the Serpent Asia Tour race next year in Hong Kong.
The much anticipated 4th and final round of the Malaysian National Championship took place recently and as it was well into the rainy season the weather was the only concern that all racers had. But it turned out to be a very good day, as the weather was excellent throughout, even becoming too hot at times. The field consisted of 30+ racers that were divided into 4 groups and after qualifying it was Jackie Siow that took the pole position in front of Mizan and Norazam.
Motonica have announced that their P8F 4WD, which was shown for the first time back in February, is finally available. A totally new concept of suspension-free 1:8 scale 4wd car, Motonica wishes to offer the market an entry level model that can attract new drivers and enable them to approach the On-Road category. They believe this shall be possible thanks to the low maintenance costs and simplicity of its construction, as well as the possibility to also buy the model complete with the engine and the exhaust system in a single Combo Tech package. This model will be just as fun for those who wish to entertain themselves without having to endure the complexities typical in high level competition models.