Xray have a report by Martin Hudy from the International Swedish Friendship race that took place last weekend in Enskilstunda, approximately 130km from Stockholm, the capital city of Sweden. A lot of top drivers from around Europe attended this race and in qualifying it was local ace Alexander Hagberg racing for Xray that took the pole position from Prague GP winner Steen Graversen for Kyosho in 2nd with Martin Hudy for Xray in 3rd. The first final was won by Graversen followed by Hudy in 2nd after Hagberg made a mistake while in the lead. Final 2 saw Hagberg return from a bad first final to take the win in front of Graversen with Martin once more in 3rd. The last and decisive final saw Hagberg win once more to claim the overall win, after a coming together between Martin and Steen allowed the Swedish driver to go into the lead, Martin closed but couldn’t get passed and so Graversen claimed 2nd overall with Hudy on the final podium step in 3rd.
The 2008 Snowbird Nationals entry form is now live, and over 50 entries were received the first 5 minutes the form was up. It is so easy to register, you can sign up and pay on-line. The largest R/C race in the world comes to Orlando, Florida January 29th through to February 3rd, with carpet on-road and carpet oval racing action. The past five years have sold out with over 700 entries each year. Check out the official site for complete class information, hotel information, schedule and more. Over 40 sponsors and teams are coming, everyone in the R/C world will be here. The Snowbirds are the ultimate R/C race vacation.
More new products from Serpent for the S400 with the release of these –0.5 mm offset hex wheel adaptors. Sold in a set of 4, these orange anodised aluminium adaptors provide the opportunity for more adjustments to be made to the geometry of the car. They are a direct replacement for the standard versions and as with the originals they use a screw (not included) to clamp itself to the wheel axle. Serpent have also announced the release there new t-shirt for the 2008 season. Made from 100% cotton, this black shirt features screen-printing on the front as well as the back. The front side sports a colour print across the chest with the Serpent oval and new Serpent logo centred on the chest whilst the rear features the Serpent oval logo with serpent.com below it, both in white.
New for the Serpent S400 is this innovative 35T rear gear differential. Designed with competition in mind, this new diff is only 5 grams heavier than the standard ball differential yet provides more consistent operation and there is absolutely no slippage, which helps improve acceleration. Another benefit is that it requires little or no maintenance or rebuilding and it can be simply set by just changing the oil. To keep the weight down, the differential is supplied with coated aluminium out drives and to get you on the track as quick as possible, the diff comes pre-assembled, with you only needing to add oil. Expect a front gear differential in the near future.
Serpent are reporting on the the final of the Serpent backed Korea Cup 2007, which took place at the Kirina Circuit in PoChun area near Seoul where Serpent drivers Ahn Hyun Ho and Nam Sang Jun took race victory and overall championship success. Run over four rounds, the Korea Cup was open to all brands of cars with 40 drivers taking part in the season finale. In 1:10 200mm Hyun Ho dominated with his MAX powered 720. Securing the TQ position in qualifying he went on to win the 30-minute Main Final by almost a lap from fellow Serpent driver and SDD team member Sang Jun. Oh Sae Yong, also driving a 720 completed the podium. Also racing in the 1:8 class, Sang Jun went one better with his 960 taking his fourth win of the Series to claim the 2007 Korea Cup title. Sang Jun, who recorded the fastest lap of the race, was followed home by Namkoong Wook who was using the same 960/Max combination with the Kyosho of Oh Yong Taek completing the Top 3.
Novarossi have announced that they have created, and will begin selling, a limited edition range of motors to celebrate Lamberto Collari’s 8th World title in Cordoba, Argentina. Limited to only 999 pieces, the ‘Cordoba Edition’ is an exact replica of the engine that Collari used to win Novarossi’s 9th World title.
The 35 PLUS 21 LC “Cordoba Edition” has an all-new carburettor. Made from a different kind of alloy and combined with the integrated cooling fins will it keep the temperature of the fuel down before it will enter the engine’s internals. The cooling fins will also reduce the overall mass of the engine; this improves the performance of your 1:8 On-road racing car. Next to the new carburettor we also have made a new look on the cooling head, to remember our victory in Cordoba. The sun we used is very similar to the sun in the flag of Argentina.
Available in December, if you want one you’d better start saving as it isn’t going to be cheap.
UPDATE: We’ve been informed by NR that it is expected to be in the EUR500-600 region, so not as dear as we originally thought.
Taiwanese company K-Factory have released this UFO2 white clutch shoe for use in Centax type clutches. This high grip clutch shoe has a special high friction surface which means the clutch engages the moment it comes in contact with the clutch bell making it very useful on high traction circuits where you may have a very high engagement rpm setting for maximum acceleration. When set up correctly, in high traction, this type of clutch shoe can help the car accelerate very quickly.
Along with announcing that the T2’008 190mm touring car is now shipping, Xray also announced that the first batch only will be supplied with aluminum externally-adjustable ball differentials. This is due to the fact that the mold for the new Composite Diffs was not finalized for mass production in time for the export of kits, and as such the first batch of kits feature this aluminum version. The US Foam-Spec edition features two alu ball differentials and the EU Rubber-Spec edition features the aluminum ball differential in rear only. Both kits include the appropriate amount of the new 3.5mm drive shaft composite blades.