Corally have announced that they have signed this years IIC Modified Foam class winner and former Xray racer Mike Blackstock to race for them from 2007 onwards. With Xray dropping international drivers left right and center with their team shake up a while ago there was suddenly a lot of talent seeking rides and Mike seems to have fallen on his feet with this Corally deal.
Team Corally International is pleased to announce the signing of Mike Blackstock for 2007 and beyond. Winner of the 2006 IIC Modified Foam class, Mike will be an excellent addition to the International Corally Team. Mike’s dedication to on track testing and development will be a great asset to develop current and future Corally products.
Parma have dropped their new 1/10th scale 190mm Mohawk Sedan body, designed specifically for carpet racing. Based on the Alfa Romeo it is available in 2 versions, standard and lightweight, and according to Paul Ciccarello of Parma the new body works exceptionally well giving good steering yet is still very easy to drive. Expect to see it in the shops by the new year.
I like when people mod their racing machines especially when they try and tweak an already manufacturer optimised machine so it was great when i was tipped off to this guys Serpent 960 mod. As far as i can work out, this is a weight distribution mod as the creator ‘Got the Grip’ from RC Tech is using a small throttle servo that allows him to move it closer to the tank. He has created a single plate to mount both servos and an AMB personal transponder, although not in the optimal orientation, and has also created a new narrower radio plate too. The only thing that lets it down, besides the photography, is the use of flat head screws, really unforgivable.
Kyosho have announced the release of their latest range of cars in their ultra successful Mini-Z line of 1/24th scale racers. Nascar is of course immensely popular Stateside, and Kyosho have realised that it would be a clever decision to make officially licensed cars to sell to the fans of this class of racing. As always the attention to detail and scale looks are what makes the mini-z cars stand out and these oval racers are no different.
NASCAR, the most popular racing series in the US, has teamed up with Kyosho to produce the only hobby-grade, officially licensed NASCAR RC cars available in the world. The Kyosho team visited the racing development facilities of many of the top NASCAR racing teams, and even attended NASCAR events, all in an effort to ensure that the bodies include exceptional detail that is unmatched in accuracy and scale.
Yokomo have announced the release of a new electronic speed controller suitable for the increasingly popular smaller classes of racing cars, anything from 1/20th – 1/16th scale. Called the SCR18M this lightweight unit is recommended for use with 4-6 cells (4.8V to 7.2V) and at only 20 x 26 x 16mm is also one tiny speedo and should therfore cause no headaches when trying to find a place to mount it in your car.
Xray have a report on their site from the first round of the R1GP Winter Attack Indoor Carpet Race held in South Korea and organised by our site partners RC Forum. This race was held on a great carpet track in the Olympic Gymnastic Stadium in Seoul and saw 90 people attend which was also the debut race for the new Xray T2007 in Korea. After Xray dominating the proceedings it was a crash between the two leading Xray racers Mun Yong and Ryan Lee that allowed Jang-JiHyun driving a HB to take the win with Lee in 2nd and Xray racer Seo-Dongil in 3rd.
The Yatabe Arena, one of Japans most famous and best racing facilities has today opened is new all weather drifting circuit. This is a great facility for an immensely popular class and we will hopefully see similar dedicated facilities pop up around the world as this class continues to grow. The first drifting event in this new facility will take place in February.
Xray have a report on their site about the second round of the German Indoor electric touring Nationals which took place in Erlangen on December 9th & 10th. This event marked the first time that the racing took place with 5 cells in accordance to the new EFRA regulations. The modified class was won by Alexander Stocker who finished ahead of Dominik Fleischmann in 2nd with Felix Bishoff in 3rd whilst in Stock the class was completely dominated by Xray taking all 8 final placings with Erik Dankel taking the win ahead Florian Bernklau in 2nd with Staudinger Christian rounding off the podium in 3rd.