Hong Kong based Roche RC have released their new optional ball differential for F103 type chassis’ such as those from Tamiya, Cross and Tech Racing. Easy to adjust the tension, the wheel hub is mounted to the outside of the differential by 4 screws and when screwing in a grub screw it locks the diff tension nut, allowing you to adjust it by simply turning the wheel. No need to remove the wheel and just remove the grub screw again when adjusted. Compatible with Tamiya diff balls, plates and spur gears.
Italian aftermarket parts maker Speed RC have been in contact to tell us about their new Shepherd Velox V8 option parts. First up is this new aluminium battery tray, which has been machined with deep grooves for the mounting tape and has been made from high quality materials. Also new are a pair of aluminium body posts that sport an eccentric mounting hole in the bottom, allowing the body shell to be easily moved forward or backward by 2mm. Also suitable for the Mugen MRX4.
Following some apparent confusion over the new EFRA ruling that sees the length of European Championship and Grand Prix qualification heats to 7 minutes, EFRA 1/10th section chairman Franky Noens has issued a clarification on the rule 2.4 of these new guidelines. The updated ruling states that ‘a pitstop, refuelling is mandatory’ in a 7 minute heat, wording that was not initially included in the rule.
Serpent have released the full details on their new 1/8th scale chassis, the 966. As we know from previous releases, and from our coverage at the toy fair, the car sports a most alloy rear end for precise alignment of everything and most of the changes focus around this area. The car also of course has a new chassis plate to cater for the new rear end, as well as new braking system which sees the mechanism as low as possible in the car, as well as other small improvements including updated RCC shock absorbers.
Last weekend saw the first ever Czech Masters race take place in Hrotovice, Czech Republic and the organizer confirmed 75 racers, including Martin Hudy, Steven Weiss, Ronald Volker and Michal Bok, all top European modified racers. Drivers were greeted with a 35×20 meter sized carpet track and the race was open to racers in Toruing Modified and Stock, as well as 1/12th. In modified, it was Vice World Champion Ronald Volker who won five of the six qualification rounds with his HB Cyclone to take TQ, edging out his friend Steven Weiss driving for Xray, with Martin Hudy and Michal Bok rounding out the top 4, also with Xray.
McPappy Racing has now released a number of new items for their Dart 1/10th scale oval racer. First up is a line of 0, 5 and 10 degree Caster Blocks, which feature 3 holes for the upper wishbone mount that allow you to choose how much camber gain you want ,while providing 0, 5 or 10 degrees of active caster. To compliment the new blocks are these precision machined, adjustable bumpstops that allow you to independently control exactly how far each front wheel suspension will travel. You can engage them just a little bit to keep your chassis from bottoming out, or you can engage them earlier to control how the car reacts in the corner. One of the biggest benefits of running bumpstops is getting more weight on the left front wheel in the corners. As the car enters the corner weight shifts diagonally to the RF wheel. The RF bumpstop engages and now the weight travels to the LF wheel. Then the LF bumpstop engages and applies weight down on the left wheel. Bumpstops also can prevent rolling and keep the car level in the corners. These bumpstops are slotted so that you can slide them forward or rearward depending on how much caster you are running.
Following on from yesterdays announcement that Teemu Leino will participate at next months 3rd round of the ETS in Warsaw, Poland, comes the news that Andy Moore will also be participating in this great event. The former World and European Champion has raced at the Euro Touring Series before, most recently at the 2007/08 season finale that took place last summer in Andernach, Germany and is keen to come back for more action. The Hot Bodies driver joins an already World Class field of racers as the ETS makes its debut in Poland on the 6th – 8th of March.
For more information about the event and where it takes place go to the Series page on the ETS site here.
Serpent have released details on their 2009 Mega engine line up, which are the result of continuous development in cooperation with Picco over the previous season to bring you some important modifications. The new line up is called DSIII and pricing on the Mega engines will remain on the very affordable level as before. The entire range has been given a makeover and full details on all the engines can be found below.