Xray have a report from the recently held 3rd round of the Norwegian National Cup that was run on a track some 900m above sea level, in the beautiful mountain side in Valdres. Qualifying saw the Xray NT1 trio of Helge Johannessen, Georg Ellingsen and Frank Andersen claim the first 3 spots for the final, with Johannessen setting a new track record on his way to pole position. In the final the top 3 pulled away in their starting order with Johannessen leading until the 15 minute mark when he hit a stopped car, taking him out of the race. This left the fighting pair of Ellingsen and Andersen to battle it out for the lead with Andersen eventually taking the win followed by Ellingsen in 2nd with Anders Theodorsen in 3rd
The first fruits of the Team Orion and Kyosho tie-up are soon to be made available when the Kyosho X312T .12 motor goes on sale in Europe on the 10th of July. This engine isn’t simply a rebadged version of the Team Orion CRF Wasp but instead features a revised piston which has been coated with Nikasil, a nickel silicon carbide coating used to reduce friction in moving aluminum alloys, while the carburettor features a different barrel and modified main needle which all adds up to an engine that is easy to tune, very stable and has lots of torque. Also released at the same time is the Kyosho V-One RRR Evo and X312T combo pack which will make a great package for those racers considering racing in the Kyosho World Cup, as we have heard a rumour that the use of the X312T is to be made mandatory for this event.
Hot Bodies have announced that they will be soon shipping these new pre glued tyres, called Gumballs, which have been designed to be used as control tyres for 30T, 27T and 23T motor classes. Made using a compound that is very durable, yet provides sufficient grip, the Gumballs come pre mounted, with insert, on these durable white disc wheels. Also new from Hot Bodies is the release of a diff upgrade set for the Cyclone D4, with the main change being the use of a 2.6mm screw in place of the 2.0mm version that was originally available. This extra thickness on the diameter of the screw increases the durability of the differential.
The French EFRA GP was held last weekend at the super fast Grenoble track in the South of France, near Lyon. Weather was good for most of the event and on a track that required a fast engine that was not thirsty on fuel it was Kyosho racer, and Picco employee, Daniele Ielasi that took the pole position ahead of Alberto Picco, racing a Mugen, while the final 2 direct qualifiers were Shepherd Velox racer Robert Pietsch in 3rd and French Championship front runner Nicolas Guillot racing for Mugen in 4th. Before the final it start to rain quite heavy and this meant that a number of drivers didnt take the start including Picco, Guillot and Bertin, who ran with a JP motor at this race, and left the other racers struggling to find the best tyres for the changing conditions. After a small rain delay, the event got underway and Ielasi and Pietsch immediately pulled away at the front, leaving the rest of the field to battle for the lower places with the chasing pack being headed by Mugen driver Walter Salemi in 3rd. With 7 minutes to go, Pietsch ran into radio problems which took him out a certain 2nd place and promoted Salemi into the runner spot, which is how it finished, with Ielasi winning by a lap from Salemi in 2nd and Serpent racer Arnaud Chaussard in 3rd.
Last weekend, under changing weather conditions, saw the 5th round of the BRCA 1/8th scale Nationals run at the Halifax track in the north of England. In qualifiying, and despite rain plaguing the event, everyone managed to get a dry run in which allowed Tim Wood, racing a Serpent 960, to take the pole position spot ahead of 2nd placed James Connolly racing a Kyosho Evolva. In the final, which some drivers decided not to race because of the weather, it was Tim Wood and Mugen racer Andrew North that had a close battle in the early stages but as the track dried Andrew started to drop back, leaving Tim to take the win, 2 laps ahead of 2nd placed Gareth Bell who managed to pass North in the closing stages demoting him to 3rd.
Corally have been busy recently, with the release of lots of optionals for their 2 flagship cars, the RDX Phi and the SP12X. First up for the RDX Phi, we have this ball differential that uses lightweight duraluminium out shafts, large thrust bearings and an innovative nut type diff adjustment that replaces the usual screw adjustment. Also for the Phi is a new front one way system, that allows you to use the new front pulleys that have also been released, also there are new front and rear bearing holders that allow you to adjust the wheelbase of the car. The Phi now also has a choice of optional chassis plates in different thicknesses (2.9mm, 3.4mm), new top deck in 2.9mm carbon, a graphite battery plate, a newly colour center steering lever and finally some new front bearing holders that make swapping between diff / spool and the one way axle super simple.
Corally have also released new parts for use with the SP12X WC front end, such as the lower graphite A-arm spacers for ride height adjustment, a new graphite cross brace for greater stiffness and a new type of 43mm duraluminium turnbuckles. And finally Corally have released blue (hard) damper syrup for tube and friction dampers which now comes in air tight smart mini-bottles.
We showed you the new 3Racing one piece QC engine mount from their new line of Xray NT1 optionals yesterday and today we have the full list of optionals to be released for this car. All the 3Racing aluminium parts for the NT1 will be anodised red and while I wont go into detail about each product I will say that this is an extensive line of optionals, and if you own the car it will be pretty obviouse what part it is. Also note that these parts arent yet released and also that there are many more not shown, because there was no picture or it was a CAD image.
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Last weekend at the Antibes track in the south of France, saw the 4th round of the French 1/10th 190mm touring car Nationals run under perfect racing conditions. Qualifying saw local Xray driver Stéphane Bellity take the pole position ahead of Schumacher racer Alexandre Laurent in 2nd place, while in the triple A-main it was Bellity that came out the clear winner in the overall results ending his race ahead of Tamiya racer Loic Jasmin in 2nd while 3rd spot fell to Aurélien Thréhout, driving an Xray. In the B class the race was all about Corally racer Olivier Beining who took the TQ spot and went no to take the win from team Michel Berty in 2nd, while Hot Bodies racer Cyril Fages claimed 3rd spot.