New from Team Associated are 1/10th scale blank shock pistons. Suitable for use with the B4, T4, B44 and TC5 shock absorbers, they are perfect for those who are looking for some extra tweaks to dial in their suspension. They allow for a wide array of hole sizes and number of holes but come with 2-hole, 3-hole and 4-hole locating dimples as standard.
The third round of the Much More backed 2008/2009 Euro Touring Series has arrived in Poland where a World Class entry has descended on the capital city Warsaw. After a three month break, the ETS reaches its mid point with defending Champion Jilles Groskamp facing his toughest line up so far in the second edition of the series. The Tamiya Racing Factory driver won Round 2 in Hungary back in December and leads the current standings from fellow countryman Bart Wubben who took a podium finish at last weekend’s 1:12 Stock Euros.
Hong Kong based CSO have announced the release of some new parts for the Xray NT1. First up is a super lightweight flywheel, made from 7075 T6 aluminium and hard coated, which retains the same dimensions as the original but is now only 4.4 grams, a weight saving of 30% over the original. Also new for the car is a lightweight mid shaft, again made from 7075 T6 hard coated aluminium, coming in at only 2.2 grams.
Multiple US National Champion Josh Cyrul has been in touch to let us know that he has departed Motonica, a manufacturer with which he has much success in the past year. Josh had to the following to say about the move:
Last year saw wins at the Motonica GP, Byron’s Challenge and Great Lakes Challenge with Motonica but as we tried to work into 2009 we weren’t able to come to an agreement to continue on so I have decided to move on to find a better solution for the 2009 season. I would like to thank Motonica and especially Garen at Motonica USA for all the hard work and effort. I wish them the best of luck and sucess with their new cars in 2009 and beyond. Soon, I should have details of my new sponsor looking forward to the 2009 season and World Championships.
The first round of the Italian regionals took place last weekend in Paternò, and it was multiple Italian national winner Giusepppe D’angelo that took the win. Racing for his new team with Mugen Seiki, SM engines and Matrix tyres he took the win from former European B Champion Alessio Mazzeo, the Serpent driver racing for the first time with his new JP Racing powerplant, having previously raced for Max Power. The battle for 2nd was a close one and Mazzeo just beat Novarossi powered Team Magic driver Raimondo Gilletti who ended up in 3rd.
ABEC35 have signed three Thai drivers to their team during the recent TITC race. The drivers, Meen V., Tanit K., Charlee P. are not just impressive drivers but are also good ambassadors for the sport. They will be using the company’s full line of Type-X ceramic bearings, ceramic balls, thrust bearings and engine bearings during 2009. Meen V. and Charlee P. finished 5th and 10th in 1/10 touring A main modified class. Tanit K. finished 5th in 1/10 touring B main modified class, and TQ’d & won overall in 1/10 2WD mini class (M chassis) ahead of Atsushi Hara and Marc Rheinard. According to these drivers, the Type-X bearings really make a difference giving smoother performance, stronger acceleration and the main advantage being that the car rolls further when off throttle.
Shown for the first time at the toy fair last month, Hudy have released their new range of touring car setup boards. Suitable for 1/10th and 1/12th scale, they are perfectly flat and so are a dependable reference surface. Exceptionally flat and with a warp-resistant surface, it is easy to clean and now comes in 3 different colour finishes, silver, dark grey and titan.
New from Xceed RC is a bunch of polycarbonate products that have been pre printed with a carbon fibre look. First up is this Formula 1 body shell, supplied with helmet (not shown), for F103 type chassis’ such as the Tamiya, Cross and Tech Racing made versions. Also for the same car is a great looking rear diffuser that is easily mounted to the rear of the car. Shown previously, when branded by East, is the Civic 200mm shell that again is fully carbon printed and is supplied with carbon rear wing, as well as light and window decals. Finally for 1/8th scale bodies is the carbon print rear trim strip, which works like previous versions but looks great and costs a lot less than a real carbon version.