Our friends from the RC Pro Series in the US were in touch to update us on what has been going on lately with the series –
“The 1st Pepsi Nitro Beach is over and now everyone who attended has to return to the real world! We at RC Pro International would like to thank all the racer who made the trip from the US Mainland and all the racers from Puerto Rico that opened their island to us and treated us like family. Thanks to Rafa Sabatier, Braulio and crew for all the hard work building the track and taking care of all the last minute details. Thanks to the Hau family and staff at the Mar Hau resort, also thanks to Pepsi for their support of the RC Pro Caribbean Series this year. Find more about that event here.”
“The Cabin Fever race at the Lewiston Roundup Arena is coming up February 2nd & 3rd. We currently have 150 entries for this event and we’ve been told Ryan Cavalieri will be making this event.”
Finally RC Pro look set to introduce a monthly podcast about the series and so they are looking for videos from people who attend the events to be sent to them to be included in their monthly round up. Find out more information here.
Edit RC have released a complete set of high quality bearings for the Hot Bodies Cyclone D4 4wd buggy. ABEC 3 (ISO Class 6) rated, these bearings are of a higher precision than most manufacturer’s standard bearings with tighter tolerances for fit, which means less slippage in the bearing and so more speed & longer life. These bearings are direct replacements for the Cyclone D4 standard kit bearings.
The British importer for HongNor, SMD, has shown details of the newly released X1CR FT BB Special Edition buggy on their website. In addition to the standard F.T. SE spec, the X1CR FT BB now includes 16mm Big Bore shocks and springs for simply awesome bumpy track stability. Further highlights include CNC machined centre diff mount, front knuckles, front plate and front & rear multi position shock towers. There is also a carbon fibre radio plate and centre diff plate and Universal joints are included all around.
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Another race announcement, this time for the Pro-Line International Challenge 2008, which last year was held indoors but this year will be run outdoors, hosted by the Remote Model Car Club in Berkshire, England. The event takes place over the May Bank Holiday Weekend, beginning Saturday 3rd May with the finals on Monday 5th May and camping spaces are available for what is already lining up to be an amazing weekend.
Horizon Hobby in the UK was in touch to let us know about the 2008 Panther Cup will take place on the 19-20th of April at the Frankley club. Backed by Panther Tyres, Novarossi and Losi, the race sees 5 rounds of qualifying followed by Xmas tree finals. Entry costs 30 pounds and this will include a set of control tyres, the Panther Komodo Dragon 2 Medium soft tyres and inserts.
Team Xray have made the announcement that former Australian National Champion, and top off road racer, Ian Haley has joined their team. Ian has a very impressive and extensive list of National and International championships to his credit in the hotly-contest Buggy & Truggy classes and had the following to say about the prospect of joining Team Xray.
Joining Team XRAY is a dream come true for me. Working with both Mario and Juraj and the team, using the highest-quality performance-driven products, will be a great pleasure! After testing both the XB8 and XT8, I found them exceptional straight from the box, and with all the options available they are true race winners. I would like to give a big “Thank you” to Team XRAY and Custom Model Cars.
Losi have introduced their new 1/10 Speed-T RTR, which is the only electric choice for serious drivers in need of serious speed. Based on Losi’s proven, durable chassis design and agile suspension setup, the Speed-T can handle serious acceleration better than any other RC electric truck. Losi’s revolutionary brushless power system, including a potent Xcelorin motor and programmable ESC, sends the Speed-T to top speeds in excess of 65 mph.
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Ultimate Racing have released new lightweight, machined 7075-T6 Swiss aluminium, covered wheel nuts. Incorporating a special block system that uses a silicone O-ring to prevent the nuts coming loose from the wheel hub, they sport a new covered design meaning the wheel hub is always protected against dirt and collision damage. Available in blue, purple, black and gold with different threads for different cars, the face of the hubcaps features the Ultimate Racing logo.