ARC have introduced their new R11 Mid middle motor chassis conversion kit for the 2019 and 2018 specification R11 touring car. The new layout moves the motor 25mm forward for improved weight balance, helping the car to gain steering and rotation mid corner. The updated motor bulkhead also ensures more event flex distribution between the front and the rear end which further helps with overall balance. The torsional flex of the upper deck and chassis is adjustable by two different flex plates and the new design upper deck can be mounted in two different directions to provide different setup options and a wider tuning window. The set includes the new upper and lower decks, flex plates, motor mount, centre pulleys, belts as well as mounting hardware and it is available now.
RC Maker have introduce their new GeoCarbon servo mount plate for the Xray T4 touring car. RC Maker’s signature GeoCarbon finish gives a very sexy style to the car, whilst also being stiffer than the original plate. The original plate also has the extension for mounting the bellcrank in the floating position, however this is very rarely used worldwide, so the designers have decided to exclude this for added aesthetics. The plate mounts directly onto the original servo mount bulkhead and fits all models from 2017 to the latest 2019 model. It is more rigid than the original, especially on the 2017 and 2018 models which are thinner than the standard 2019 bracket.
Bezerk RC have released a new option part for the RaceOpt T2 and T3 touring car in the form of a battery hooks set. The battery posts are located as close to the side and centre of the battery as possible to reduce the stress on the upper retaining tab while the 5mm thick battery hooks are beefy enough to take a beating and high enough to keep the battery in its place. The mounting holes are slotted to allow a small amount of left/right adjustment and the 3mm upper tabs look minimal in size but due to their placement are more than up to the task. Bezerk recommend shimming the upper battery tab up around 0.5mm above the battery to reduce any chances of tweak. The kit includes two battery hooks, two battery tabs and two black alloy hex standoffs. Other options include shorter standoffs for very low batteries – standard 17mm, option 15mm – and they are also available in silver.
Exotek have announced the release of their new and improved 2nd generation performance pro chassis conversion for the 3Racing FGX Evo. The set completely updates the FGX Evo into a track worthy competitor by changing out the electronics layout for optimal weight bias and more importantly drops significant weight from the base car. It gives owners that competitive edge by combining the independent suspension of the FGX with an extra lightweight yet more durable chassis package. Key features include a nearly 100g weight cut versus the stock components, a 10mm shortened wheelbase for increased corner speeds and more on power grip as well as an adjustable forward or back LiPi cradle system with lateral battery mounting accepts standard shorty batteries. It allows adjusting weight bias on the fly as track conditions require. Also included are a heavy duty top plate system that provides better durability and lower centre of gravity over the stock plate. A new F104 style chassis mounted wing allows mounting of more durable and lighter F104/Xray wings. The alloy front IFS mounting plate ensures secure IFS suspension operation and a machined front damper set with a “soft” spring set has much softer yet plush damping compared to the stock units. This greatly improves steering response and the ability to soak up bumps.
The Xray Racing Series Austria was held at the 1. MRC Wiener Neustadt club in Vienna, Austria recently. Four classes of Touring Modified, Stock 13.5, Stock 17.5 and FWD were offered with the race attracting multi-times European Champion, Jan Ratheisky. In Modified the fight for the victory was between Jan Ratheisky and Patrick Gollner. After a tight four qualifiers Patrick was able to secure all four rounds for the overall TQ from Jan Ratheisky and Sascha Klug. In the opening final Patrick was able to take the victory. However, it became more exciting in the second leg as Patrick made a small mistake and had to give the victory to Jan. Thus, the tension for the third final was even greater. Ultimately it was Patrick who would prevail, taking the win from Jan in 2nd and Sascha in 3rd.
Round three of the Geneva Model Car Series took place with 40 drivers attending the popular no additive racing series. Both Touring Car 13.5T boosted and Formula classes were run on this time’s short and twisty layout that made for lap times in the mid twelve seconds range. In the Touring Car class it was Bastian de Marco, who took the overall win, in front of Arnaud Soulignac and Walter Pollet-Villard. In Formula, it was Daniel Ghirlanda with the overall win in front of 2nd placed Sylvio Kiesewetter and 3rd placed Chrigu Baeriswyl.
Trinity have introduced their new ultra lightweight aluminium pinion gears. Offering a minimalistic design and a thin appearance, the gears are over 25 percent lighter than previous gears, and are comparable with thin plastic gears in terms of weight. The latter however are very delicate and can often strip, with the alloy gears offering exceptional strength for their low weight and thin design. The hard-coated gears are available in 64 pitch and 48 pitch variants and in a wide range of tooth sizes.
The second round of Xray Racing Series Alpe Adria was held in Zagreb, Croatia recently. The weekend started with practice on Saturday followed by a round of times practice and the triple qualifiers on Sunday. In Touring Stock it was Zeljko Selman with the overall TQ, in 1/8th GT Fabio Callegari came out fastest after the qualifiers, in 1/8th IC Track it was Nejc Mihelic with the overall TQ and in 1/5th TC Marko Grigic put himself on top of the timing sheets.