Italian tire company ATS has contacted us to let us know that they have signed front running US gas on road racer DJ Apolaro. After a couple of years of collaboration with the ATS Tires distributor in the USA, DJ joins the International ATS team and will run the tires in the 1/12th & 1/10th and 1/8th on road nitro classes.
We already know from previous notices by Xray, that the Slovakian company will be releasing updates for their XT8, XB808 and NT1, but as the new picture (click for large version) taken from the company’s website shows, they are also releasing a completely new car into their product line, the X10. Although not confirmed, we are pretty sure looking at the picture that it is a 1/10th scale pan car, fitted with a Worlds GT bodyshell and most probably is based off the company’s recently released XII. We will be at the toy fair from tomorrow onwards and hope to bring you confirmation of this as well as full details from all the new Xray line.
Murnan Modified Motors, in conjunction with Novarossi, have introduced what they claim to be the ultimate .12 on road racing engine, the M353R Modified. Based on the Novarossi 353, it has undergone the Murnan treatment and so the engine internals have been hand selected to ensure the best tolerances and then modified to Murnan Modified Motors specifications. This new engine includes a rear ceramic bearing and the cooling head has been etched with special marking to denote this special edition engine. Thought has gone into making the most powerful engine possible, while still making more than 5 minutes of runtime. This engine is intended for serious racing applications.
Trinity team driver Paul Lemieux has taken yet more victories at the Snowbirds, as the Xray driver dominated this years proceedings, which took place at the weekend, notching up wins from the pole position in both the 10.5 rubber and Pro Mod classes. The Xray driver had it all his own way in the rubber class to win by over a lap ahead of Austin Harrison in 2nd and TJ Bradley in 3rd. In the Foam class (above) he was pushed hard by young Associated driver Kevin Herbert who ended the race only 2 seconds behind, while Jeff Dayger took the final podium spot in 3rd for Corally. In the other categories there more domination in the 1/12th 10.5 and Mod classes as well as World GT for Associated team driver Mike Blackstock, his team mate Kevin Herbert was victorious in the 13.5 Foam class, Donny Lia won 1/12th 17.5, Mike Haynes won 17.5 foam and Jeff Cuffs came out on top in 17.5 rubber.
The finals for the first European Indoor Championships took place today in Turino, Italy today and there were some very familiar faces on the top of the podium following 3 intense legs of racing. Run alongside the 1/12th scale finals, the Touring car A-mains took place earlier in the round and so the Champion for this class was to be decided first. At the start of the first TC A-main leg, it was Marc Rheinard that crossed the starting line first, following a very early collision with the barriers by both, pole man Jilles Groskamp and 2nd placed starter Alexander Hagberg that allowed the DHI Cup Champion through. Once up front Marc didn’t offer any chance to get passed and crossed the finish line first, followed by team mates Viktor Wilck and Jilles Groskamp.
Serpent have released further details of their soon to be released 1/8th scale chassis, the 966, this time focussing on the cars new braking system. The bracket shown supports the 2-speed shaft on the gearbox side, and together with its left counterpart, make the shaft run 100% true and free. It also supports the ball-raced aluminium hard anodized brake-cam and the spring-loaded brake-assembly which encompass the brake pads that are mounted at the lowest point in the car to keep the centre of gravity at its lowest possible position.
This week sees the first ever EFRA Indoor European Championships for 1/10th electric touring cars take place in the old Fiat factory building in Turino, Italy, run alongside the annual 1/12th scale Euros. With 80 racers in attendance, the race is held inside the biggest shopping mall in the city, and has been attracting hundreds of visitors every day who pass by the track which is situated in a 14 x 30 meter area, making for a very technical & challenging layout that doesn’t offer much room for overtaking.
Capricorn RC have been very busy lately it seems, and today sees the announcement of more releases, this time its their new competition .12 engine, the CL-12ETX, the newest evolution of Capricorn Competition racing engines. This engine has been updated with new timing on the liner, adopting the Sirio XXX port timing for better response in the bottom end and higher top end speed, while the crankshaft has been hand modified and polished. This engine also uses a rear ceramic bearing and this is mounted into the new silver customized Capricorn crankcase. Available now.