The opening qualifier for the first round of the new 2019/20 OneTen series presented by Infinity has been completed and it was Jin Sawada who set the pace. As he had done all through free practice on Friday and in controlled practice this morning, the Japanese driver was in complete control. Leading the charge for Infinity, as reigning champion Akio Sobue was called up to test the new IF14-11 in Japan this weekend, the young driver was pleased with his car however as temperatures had risen he felt the traction was lower compared to the morning. Ending the run some 4 seconds up on 2nd placed Gary Huang, it was RCI local pros Rocket Zhang and Motor King in 3rd and 4th respectively.
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Following a first teaser Protoform have now officially introduced their all-new Hyper-SS body shell for the popular 1/8th scale GT classes. When IFMAR announced the first-ever 1/8th GT Worlds with a new set of Global Body Spec rules, Protoform set out to design a new body that was not only fast, but also relevant to the full-scale racing era that is here and now. In the past, GT8 cars have always featured cab-forward sports-car style bodies. But in recent years, the rapid advancement of the full-scale GT cars has evolved into the Supercar, and then more recently into the Hypercar that will be featured in the premier class at the Le Mans 24h in 2020. The radical, low-slung shape of the body includes a unique rear-wing with moulded-in Gurney flap. At the rear window area, low-drag louver vents can be trimmed out to allow for efficient engine cooling if required. The Hyper-SS meets all 1/8th GT Global Body Spec rules and is already approved for IFMAR competition at the upcoming World Championship. The body fits popular 1/8th scale GT cars with the shorter GT1 wheelbase of 325mm, and comes with rear wing, nylon wing mounting hardware, decal sheet, window masks, and overspray film. It is available in two weights of high-quality polycarbonate: 1mm regular weight and 0.75mm light weight for expert racers.
The opening round of the 2019/20 Xray Racing Series Slovakia was held at the Hudy Arena in Trencin last weekend. The event saw the running of both off-road and on-road classes with practice on Friday and racing on Saturday. In 2WD Buggy it was Max Götzl with the TQ in round 1 followed by Martin Bayer and Ales Bidovsky. Max was able to score another TQ run in Q2, again in front of Martin and Ales. Q3 then went to Martin, but as Max had faster time in the Q1, I took the overall TQ as Martin lined up 2nd and Ales 3rd.
Xray have announced the soon release of their new XB2C 2020 2WD off-road buggy. Designed for racing on carpet and astroturf tracks the kit will hit stores just in time for the new indoor season and full details should surface very soon.
Following a couple of teasers on social media Xpress have finally fully unveiled their all-new Execute FT1 1/10th scale competition FWD touring car kit. The car utilises a carbon fibre double deck chassis design, front and rear carbon fibre shock towers and a belt-driven drivetrain as it has become a standard recently. A XQ1-type gear differential ensures exceptional forward traction while double joint driveshafts make for smooth cornering even at high steering throw angles. Adjustable upper deck stiffeners allow to fine-tune the chassis’ torsional flex and various battery positions help to adapt the weight balance to a variety of track conditions and driving styles. Other features include a front bumper with integrated 30mm motor fan mount, front and rear swaybars as well as as quick change brass balance system integrated into the bulkheads.
Coming from the Hasi Tuned brand of multi-time World Championship finalist, Silvio Hächler is a new O.S. R2104 based nitro on-road engine. The power plant is made to the exact same specifications as Silvio’s race engines and professionally tuned, offering a differently timed crankshaft, a modified case and sleeve. The specifications aim to increase end speed on large tracks, giving extra power over the whole RPM range. The easily recognisable engines come with a modified cooling head and they are pre-run-in in order to offer instant and exceptional performance on the track. The 9-port engine includes a hard-coated pipe and a MR02 manifold and it is available worldwide here and in Switzerland it can also be ordered directly by contacting Silvio.
MST have released first information on two forthcoming new 1/10th scale on-road body shells in the form of the EK9 and the E30 RB. Starting with the EK9, it is the follow-up model to the popular EG6 and will feature a simple integrated front bumper design, a scale front grille, enlarged rear spoiler and it was developed for 257mm wheelbase 190mm touring cars, making it ideal for the growing FWD touring cars category. The EK9 is scheduled for a release in late 2019.
Muchmore have introduced their new Mega traction compound for rubber and foam tyres. Coming in a 40ml additive applicator pen bottle, the tyre sauce will improve traction especially when running in low to medium bite conditions with the odourless formula ensuring the additive can be used indoors. Despite extracting a lot of grip from the tyres, the Mega traction compound will not increase tyre wear.