Following on from the release of the lightweight clutch bell housing for the Xray NT1 back in September, KM Racing have now released a similar product for both the Kyosho V-One RRR and Mugen MTX4. Designed to be super lightweight, with the maximum amount of material removed without sacrificing strength, both bell housings has been made from a new hardened steel material for extra durability.
Hosted at the TRAP venue in Pretoria South Africa, the African Cup is now the toughest and most prestigious race in Africa. In the 200mm Nitro Touring Class Taki Dermatis was top qualifier with Christian Fourie 2nd, with all drivers running a 10 minute qualifying format. The grueling 45 minute final saw Henri Kotze take the lead early on and continue to lead throughout the tough race, held under very hot conditions. Kotze took the win by 5 laps, followed home by Mugen team mates Taki Dermatis in 2nd and Christian Fourie in 3rd. The hour long 1/8th scale final saw most drivers do a tyre change at the halfway mark, with Top qualifier Wayne Joelson & Jacques Libenberg having an early battle, with Hein Kotze close behind. Jacque ran into mechanical problems which allowed Wayne to cruise to victory, finishing ahead of Jacques Liebenberg in 2nd and Hennie Kotze in 3rd.
Xray have a report from the recent Korean 1/10th 200mm Nationals that saw the race win go to class débutante Ryan Lee. In qualifying it was Choi Nak Sung that took the pole position from Ahn Hyun Ho in 2nd, with Ryan Lee in 3rd and Goo Sung Mo 4th. Sunday’s racing saw the weather change for the worse with rain putting a damper on the event and giving the racers an extra challenge trying to protect their cars from the water. The main final saw Xray racer Ryan Lee dominate the entire race, taking the win from Jang Ji Hwan in 2nd and Kook Mu Sung in 3rd.
Taiwanese engine manufacturer STS have unveiled more additions to their already extensive range of engines. First up is the new S12XS, 2.1 cc touring car motor that has a 12mm crankshaft with turbo scoop, 5 port tear dropped ABC liner and is supplied with a turbo plug. The S12XS is also available as a 3 port IFMAR legal version. Also for on road is the new 3.5cc S21R motor that has a 14mm balanced crankshaft with turbo scoop, 5 port ABC liner, carburettor with interchangeable venturis and is also supplied with a turbo plug. Finally is the S21T buggy engine which is exactly the same as the on road motor but has a larger cooling head as is normal with off road motors.
KM Racing have released some new tools for on road racers in the form of a new droop gauge and droop blocks. The red anodised blocks (above) have been machined from aluminium, feature the KM Racing logo, and provide an accurate base from which to measure your cars downstop settings. Designed to accompany the blocks, is a new red anodised aluminium droop gauge that can measure between -3mm to +10mm in half mm increments, allowing for very accurate settings.
CS Electronic have released this side wall protection glue for use with both indoor and outdoor foam tires. Simply apply the glue into the pores of the side wall of your tire and it will create a thin flexible protective layer that will help to prevent chunking from hitting kerbs and other drivers. The glue does not affect the tire structure or reduce grip.
The first engine to be released from Spanish company SIIM Racing’s new engine line up, as we announced last week, is the PGR S12T touring car motor. Made for SIIM by Italian company Star Motor Engineering, who make the Sirio motors, this new engine features a 5 port ABC liner and a 12mm crankshaft, with extra work done to the porting to improve fuel flow, while externally it sports a black crankcase and a branded gold cooling head.
Marc Rheinard has won the Super expert class at this years JMRCA EP touring car nationals held at the Yatabe Arena. Having qualified 2nd, the Tamiya driver was able to win the first final by less than a second from pole man Hayato Matsuzaki driving for Hot Bodies, with Masami Hirosaka racing for Yokomo in 3rd. In the 2nd final the German former World Champion could win once more by less than 2 seconds, once more from Matsuzaki, with Daisuke Yoshioka coming home 3rd. This result was enough for Rheinard to claim the title and he didn’t then run the last final, which was won by Atsushi Hara which secured him 3rd overall behind Matsuzaki in 2nd.