I think everybody who reads this site knows im a big Much More fanboy and pretty much drool over all the new shiny anodised stuff that they come out with, despite never having even used any of their products. These Limited edition tire warmers have been on the Much More site for a while but until now they didn’t have any large images of them so i decided to wait before writing about them. So now we have big images, here they are, based on the original tire warmer from the Korean company the limited edition Andy Moore version comes in his now trademark purple whilst Marc Rheinard gets his blue version. Both versions come with a black LCD screen and sport their respective racers logos and apart from that theres not much else to write about them
This weekend sees the RC circus make their way to Thailand, fresh from the Snowbirds & Winternats in the case of Jilles Groskamp, to race the Thailand International Touring Car Championships, or TITC for short. This years event takes place at the Radio Control Speedway in Jadujag, Thailand and is sure to be a tough race for all involved as it has attracted all 4 IFMAR ITC World Champions as well as some of the best Asian and European racers (see entry lists here). Last years Mod race was won by Marc Rheinard and he is certain to be a favourite this year along with local favourite and winner of last years Stock class Surikarn C, but they first have to get their cars dialed in on the rubber tires and in the 40 degree C heat that is beating down on the track in practice.
Expect the heat to play a major role in who can win this event, as the track temperature is in the mid 50’s celcius, and when you consider that modern machinery is already struggling to get rid of the heat while racing indoors in cooler conditions you can expect to some heat related failures throughout proceedings. Qualfiying will start on Saturday, with the finals on Sunday and we hope to bring you some end of day updates as we get them.
For pictures from the event until now, you can go here, here and here.
Xray have a report on their site from team driver Helge Johannessen who has done a write up from the 4th round of the indoor national cup series held 2 weeks ago in Trondheim at the Spectrum Sports Center. Johannessen set the TQ in both the modified and 19T classes ahead of fellow Xray racer Adrian Berntsen and went on to finish in those positions after all the finals were run. In winning both races in Helge took both National Cup titles.
So we are very excited to bring you the first pictures of the new 1/8th scale for the 2007 season from Serpent, the 960 ’07. The car itself hasnt changed much from the previous car that won last years European A and B titles but it does have some nice optionals now included as standard. First off you notice that the car has a black anodised chassis plate, which is all about the looks, but then you see that it includes the aluminium front upper suspension brackets, servo saver with adjustable ackermann and it also comes as standard with front CVD’s, something customers have been asking for, for some time. We’re told that the car also has harder plastics throughout and will be stiffer, in particular in the drive train where the left sideplate is stronger and along with a redesigned left rear bearing block, eliminates flex in this area.
Although we already covered the Winternats I thought it was interesting to get an insight on how the Xray team felt they had performed, considering the hype surrounding the event and the debut of their new 200mm racer, the NT1. While the car definitely performed, it suffered from some off track problems when it mattered most such as poor pit stops as well as the problem that got Jilles Groskamp disqualified after the B-main, but they showed some good speed in the A-main but suffered major tyre wear problems as the track conditions on the finals day changed.
Despite using the harder tire compounds the tires were wearing more than expected and with only a few minutes remaining the rear tires on both Martin and Ralph’s cars wore down almost to the rims making the car more difficult to handle; in the last laps, both lost their 2nd and 3rd position respectively.
Thanks to the wonder that is YouTube and the enthusiasm of some great spectators with a video camera we can bring you all the important A-mains from the Worlds biggest race, the Snowbirds. This is far better than the webcam as you can actually now see the far corner of the track, those who watched it live online will know what im talking about. The first one is above and is from the Touring Mod final that was won by Jilles Groskamp, the others are below.
Kawahara, the Japanese tuning company, have shown these drawings of their upcoming release for the MRX4-R. This PRO chassis is narrower than the standard version and features inserts for stiffening up the chassis, similar to the LCG chassis from Serpent. It mentions something about being able to use weights in place of the plates, which could make sense, and also they offer droop blocks with pins that correspond to holes in the chassis so you are sure that your car is always sitting flat when applying your setup. This chassis plate is available as a complete set or as individual parts and should be available in the middle of March.
This new camber gauge from Yokomo is trick, its so simple, looks so cool and just works. This blue anodised gauge looks like the flights on an arrow, but actually is a simple camber gauge where the fins represent different angles in relation to its flat base. Each camber angle is represented by little dots on the fins and a simple rotation of the gauge ensures you obtain the correct measurement or you can set the correct measurement.
Click more for more pics and a demonstration of how it works… content