October 12, 2007

Tamiya TRF416 launched

Tamiya TRF416 launched

Tamiya have released details about their new 190mm EP Touring car, the TRF416 which we showed you pre production images of previously. Designed for use with control tires and brushless motors, the car is optimised for this configuration and to be easy on the tires. The width of the bulkheads have been adjusted to optimise the roll qualities in the front and rear of the car while the motor was repositioned to help raise traction. The carbon fiber upper deck is now also thicker, up to 2.25mm thick from 2mm, for different cornering characteristics.

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October 11, 2007

Martin Lissau wins 2007 Danish Nats

 Martin Lissau wins 2007 Danish Nats

Xray have a report from their team driver Martin Lissau on the 5th and last race of the Danish 1/10 nitro touring car championship was held in Naestved RC Model Center. “I had to finish in the top 7 to be the National champion. It was hard because I had no tools and no staff with me as all were prepared for Worlds Championship in 1/5 cars that I have attended the day after the final run. After the qualification I was second, just behind Martin Fish, another XRAY driver. The final was without any stress as Martin got interference problems so he had to retire. Jesper Hoh could take the victory in this final as I made some mistakes. I finished on the second place, Dennis Hassing could take third place”.

Source: Xray [teamxray.com]

October 9, 2007

CRC 1/12th scale Open-X pod

 CRC 1/12th scale Open-X pod

CRC have announced details about their new Open-X pod for their 1/12th scale chassis, which features a new pivoting center standoff that moves with the rear pod. This center stand off braces the center shock mounting area and the top plate, allowing the racer to remove the left hand side of the top plate and the left hand side of the bulkhead. This open side frees up a good amount of space for motor wires and sensor wires as there is no interference with the wires on the Open-X pod.  This was all possible because of the original Gen-X design with the vertical X-pod rear brace. This rear brace, combined with the center pivot standoff, allows the use of the new Open-X graphite top plate and the wide open left side aluminum bulkhead.

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October 8, 2007

The new Kyosho Evolva M3

Kyosho Evolva M3

Red RC got the exclusive lowdown on the new Kyosho Evolva M3 when we talked to the cars designer Takashi Miyashita. Essentially a completely new platform in 1/8th scale from Kyosho, the new M3 has been designed to fix all the issues that the team had with the previous Evolva through strengthening and optimising the cars construction. When asked to explain what was new on the car, Takashi replied “only a few of the parts are existing parts”, with the main new part being the chassis which has been designed to accept a smaller receiver pack, making for a narrower chassis plate.

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October 7, 2007

Erik Dankel wins Oktoberfest Cup

Erik Dankel wins Octoberfest Cup

Last weekend saw the annual Oktoberfest Cup run at the Turkheim track, and is considered as the final race in the 1/8th scale season for a lot of drivers in this region. This years event saw Mugen racer Erik Dankel, racing the new MRX-4X, take the pole position in qualifying ahead of his brother Jan, but due to an unfixable problem caused to his car he withdrew and gave the position to the next driver. In the final Erik won easily ahead of team mates Norbert Mayrhofer in 2nd and Markus Stegmann in 3rd.

Source: MID [mid-mugen.de]

October 6, 2007

CRC Race Cuts TC tires

CRC Race Cuts TC tires

Calandra Racing Concepts have released a high performance, low cost, touring car foam tire for the racing market called Race Cuts, which are a 27 mm wide touring car tire mouted on CRC’s 51 mm dished wheel. This new tire offers a performance based larger diameter wheel (51 mm instead of 49 or 50) with a 27 mm width so its suitable for all the current touring cars and while the rules now allow the wheel to be 53 mm, a rim this large forces a very small side wall making the tire a one or 2 run tire at best. The new TC Race Cuts come trued to 58 mm in diameter and are available in 2 compounds, magenta and a split double purple/magenta.

Source: CRC [teamcrc.com]

October 5, 2007

IDM Engine Line-up

IDM Engine Line-up

The new U.S. importer for IDM engines and accessories, XS Power, has contacted us with information on the latest line of motors from top Italian Gas on road racer Danielle Ielasi. The engines are manufactured by Picco Micromotori, for whom Ielasi works, and are aimed at competition racers in all the classes that their engines are used in. Available in .12, .21, .26 and .28 sizes, IDM have engines for both on road and off road, with power and great fuel consumption a major feature of these motors.

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October 4, 2007

Speed Passion BL Competition 2.5R

Speed Passion BL Competition 2.5R

Powers International have announced that they have started selling the new 2.5R brushless motor from Speed Passion. This competition level touring car motor, has about as few winds as you can get and yet it has a smooth power delivery, while the internals are kept from melting by the built in rotor mounted cooling fan. Combine this with the air vents on the motor casing mean that there is little need for an external fan in normal racing conditions. This motor works with LRP BL speedos, but due to the 2.5R being capable of destroying the ESC, it is recommended to only use this motors with 5 cells.

Source: Powers Int [powers-international.com]