Thunder Tiger Europe have announced the release of their latest ready to run 4wd shafte driven electric touring car, the Prowler VX. Equally good on both carpet and tarmac, this makes a great entry level car and comes with 2 channel radio, 17 turn electric motor, aluminium motor mount, forward and reverse speedo and front and rear sealed differentials. The car also features a lot of identical parts throughout meaning that the amount of spares that you need to bring to the track is kept at a minimum.
Serpent are reporting on their teams victory at last weekends round 2 of the Greek 1/8th Nationals. Qualifying his Mega MF powered 960 on pole, round 1 winner, Giannis Sotiropoulos was in full control of proceedings winning the 30 minute encounter from team-mate Mimis Papadopoulos in 2nd with Kyosho driver Leonidas Farmakis in 3rd.
Kyosho have just today released information about the 2007 conversion set for their World Champion Evolva 1/8th scale kit. The new conversion set includes a number of major changes, with the most visible difference being the all new radio plate as well as new front body mount plate while other not so visible changes, but still major, are an updated rear body mount and shortened rear upper wishbones.
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Continuing their Racer in the Spotlight series, Serpent have interviewed last weekends Belgian Nationals winner, and 2006 European A Finalist, Robin d’Hondt. Robin has achieved a lot in his short time racing and despite a restricted race program this year, due to school commitments, he will take part in this years European Championships in Lostallo Switzerland as well as competing in his National Championship against team mate Steven Cuypers. As with all driver interviews it gives you a nice insight into the person, so check it out.
Tamiya have released some cad images of their latest electric touring cars, the TA05MS and the TA05-IFS. The TA05MS (above) is a true racing car and is a mix between the TRF415 and the TA05 and so features the best parts of both, making it essentially a competition based TA05 with carbon chassis, racing shocks and other optionals as standard. The other car image released by Tamiya is the TA05-IFS, the IFS standing for internal front suspension, which allows the car to be able to accept bodyshells with very low fronts due to the lack of front shock tower.No date is given for release of either.
A couple of days ago a discussion started on the RC Tech forums about a prototype Russian made Electric Touring car which the designers claim to be very unique and innovative. And judging by the first large picture of it, this as yet unnamed touring car definitely appears to be different with a 4WD shaft drive and non conventionally motor position, which sees it mounted perpendicular to the central shaft and not parallel. Other unique features is the saddle pack mounted batteries and track rod suspension arms. The car has already won races in its homeland but little else is known about it.
Serpent are reporting on their latest success at the opening round of the Belgian 1/8th scale Nationals that took place last weekend at the Houthalen track. In qualifying it was Serpent Team driver Steven Cuypers who secured the TQ spot from D’hondt for a Serpent 960 1-2 with Gunther van Staey in 3rd. In the half hour final it was D’hondt who came out on top as Cuypers hit trouble to take the victory by 2 laps from Gunther van Staey with Eric Vandereyt in 3rd a lap back on van Staey.
The second round of the French Nationals were held last weekend at the Besancon track, one of the oldest in France. The race was well attended with 65 drivers, split between Elite and National classes, and as with all racing last weekend in Europe the competitors were greeted with glorious sunshine. In qualifying for the Eilte class it was Mugen racer, and round 1 winner, Nicolas Guillot that claimed the top qualifying spot ahead of the Kyosho pairing of Sebastian Zatla and Adrien Siegfried in 2nd and 3rd repectively.
In the Elite main final Stephane Bouche quickly made his way to the front with pole man Guillot slotting into second followed by Siegfried, up until he lost his second gear which dropped him down to 6th. Laurent Zatla also ran into trouble losing his belt which meant that Marc Pomponio could move into 3rd and that was how it finished with Bouche taking the win by 1 lap in front of Guillot with Pomponio a further 7 laps back. In the National class it was Serpent racer Gerald Colinet that took the win, by 1 lap ahead of Mugen racer Dominique Lichtle while 3rd position went Sylvain Tolomelli, also driving for Serpent.